Radiologists as Leaders

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  1. skywalker84

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    What is the forum's opinion on radiologists as leaders?

    Are there any examples of radiologists as broad leaders in all of medicine, such as medical directors, head of the AMA, hospital CEOs, deans of medical schools, cancer center directors, leaders of IOM, WHO, NIH, and so on? How common is this?

    On average, are radiologists leaders or followers?
     
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    The interests of the AMA in many cases are diametrically opposed to those of Radiology with respect to overutilization of imaging vis-a-vis self-referral and subsequent wholesale reimbursement cuts by CMS. You will not find many radiologists as leaders of the AMA, let alone even in the AMA.

    On another note. Google Elias Zerhouni.... Radiologists are people. Some people are leaders and some are followers.
     
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    Yes.
     
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    Would you consider the AMA a corrupt organization? (I'll reserve my thoughts to prevent bias)

    Thanks for the Elias Zerhouni link though.

    More examples please!
     
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    There are quite a few radiologist that are deans of medical schools. NYU and ST. Louis University come to mind.
     
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    I think the current chairmen of the NIH clinical center is a radiologist.. I could be wrong...
     
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    That's why more radiologists should get involved w/ the ACR, AMA, local/national radiological societies. We need to cultivate more leaders within our field. The director of the NIH is E.Z. as someone had pointed out earlier!! Great for the NIH and he has done a great job pushing for more research in imaging and really pushed the envelope for medical imaging research funding.
     
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    Dr. William Brody, the President of Johns Hopkins University, is a radiologist by training. Granted, he also has extensive experience in engineering and venture capital.
     
  9. skywalker84

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    It may be even more important to cultivate more leaders outside the field. As Hans said earlier,

    These interests should not be at odds. What should be done?
     
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    I don't know what you can do about it. It all has to do with money and med-mal issues. What Hans means is that many clinicians, in an outpatient setting, can make more money by owning their own imaging equipment and referring their own patients to themselves for imaging. Obviously, this practice takes money out of the arena of radiologists--and in cases where the films are not read by a radiologist, it can compromise patient care. Medicine, as a field, is notorious for eating its own--if people can find a way to get a bigger slice of the pie, most times they will. Also, from a med-mal perspective, I'm sure it's pretty convenient for any primary physician involved in a poor patient outcome to pass the buck and say "Well, the radiologist should have caught that on the scan." And there are obviously more non-radiologists than there are radiologists, so the A.M.A.--as a function of numbers--in general represents interests contrary to those of most radiologists.
     
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    Thank you DrDre,
    That was cogently stated.
     
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