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A Message from the SAR President

May 2017

new imageDear Members, Colleagues and Friends of the SAR,

I would first like to thank the immediate past President Bill Mayo-Smith for leading us all through the last year of continued growth, energy and innovation in the Society. Under Bill’s leadership the SAR continues to go from strength to strength. It’s remarkable but we have doubled our Society members over the last three years to over 1200. This really is a reflection of the vision developed by our prior leaders at both SUR and SGR and realized in 2012 with the merging of the Societies such that we can now scale and harmonize our activities, thinking and friendships. This was reflected in the spectacular meeting we just held at the Diplomat Resort in Hollywood, Florida this past March. While every SAR meeting is a truly rewarding experience, the immediate feedback was that this SAR meeting offered not just up-to-date meaningful and practical educational content but enhanced our understanding of leadership, mentorship and practice management, all of which are key to our success in the rapidly and perpetually changing healthcare environment. The Society strongly advocates for radiologist leadership to enhance not just our specialty but radiology as a whole – we are gifted in that many of our members already hold key leadership positions across the country. The meeting also stimulated our collective thinking as to the future of radiology, particularly machine learning and artificial intelligence. While many radiologists have justified concerns about what this means for our profession, by taking the lead, radiologists can help frame the discussion, advocate for meaningful clinically relevant solutions and actively participate in the direction of AI. Indeed, we have a significant opportunity to steer the debate and science in a direction that primarily delivers better patient outcomes but also retains abdominal radiologists’ key role in the delivery of optimal care. I would like to also take this occasion to thank all the speakers and volunteers at the meeting who were the central reason for its success. One of our key strengths is the incredible amount of work, time and effort that all members commit to the Society to take it each year to another level. And before we know it, next year’s meeting agenda will be set in place as we look forward to yet another spectacular meeting March 4-9, 2018 at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in Scottsdale, Arizona.

 

As the Society grows, we are delighted to welcome our new and increasing international members. The Board strongly believes that international collaboration and development is key to our future so we were delighted to see so many of our international colleagues at the meeting this year. As usual, the President will be joining a number of active SAR members later this year for the IEC meeting. This year we are delighted to join our Chilean colleagues at their annual meeting in September under the leadership of SOCHRADI President, Dr. Alex Wash Franulic. We look forward to further building friendship and educational opportunities with our international colleagues.

 

The Disease Focused-Panels (DFPs), a remarkable innovation by prior leadership, is now central to our mission, devising and delivering best practice guidelines on a whole range of abdominal diseases. I want to thank, on behalf of all of us, JG Fletcher’s leadership in forging the framework and content of the DFPs, which now have a significant impact on how we as radiologists collaborate with our other specialty disciplines to deliver consistent evidence-based care to millions of patients across the country. There are now 12 panels with over 200 members participating on an active on-going basis. We also welcome Susanna Lee, who has taken on the leadership role of the DFP Oversight Committee and we look forward to the further innovation and impact of the DFP panels.

 

The Abdominal Radiology Journal continues to grow with excellent and relevant content as evidenced by its increasing Impact Factor. A special thank you to the continual editorial leadership of Dan Johnson, who works tirelessly to promote and strengthen the Journal. We look forward to another year of growth.

 

We have also increased the size of the Board to reflect the growing size of the Society and the increasing number of roles and responsibilities across the range of SAR activities. I am delighted that JG Fletcher and Cheri Canon have recently joined to bring the number to 7. The Board is always interested in hearing your thoughts and ideas, so please don’t hesitate to contact one of us.

 

I would also like to recognize the younger members who have recently joined the Society who bring new energy and leadership to us all. The enthusiasm and creativity that our new colleagues bring to the Society is inspiring and we believe to our core that our future is in good hands with the remarkable talent that has recently joined the Society. 

 

Finally, I think I can state on behalf of all of us, that SAR is really about its people. Its true value is in the relationships we develop, making new friends, developing new educational and scientific partnerships and encouraging each other to always look for new and better ways to deliver clinical care. It is through these wonderful relationships that we are better radiologists. SAR will continue to do all it can to foster and grow this special part of our mission, this year and well beyond.



Sincerely,

 

Giles

Giles W.L. Boland, MD, FACR, FSAR
SAR President 2017-2018

 

 

 

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