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Message from the President - October 2019

Jonathan B. Kruskal, M.D., Ph.D., FSAR, FACR


Dear Colleagues,

Each year, the inevitable arrival of Fall brings with it a major upswing in SAR meeting and programmatic activities, which continue to expand faster than the leaves are changing color up here in New England.

Your Program Committees have now finalized the scientific content for the 2020 Hawaii meeting where we will be offering 180 didactic workshops, hands-on sessions, and SAM sessions to run in conjunction with a superb and innovative plenary program organized by Dr. Desiree Morgan. Kudos to our tireless committee chairs (a big shout out to Amy Hara, Ravi Kaza, Jane Wang, Desiree Morgan, Katy Fowler and Adam Froemming) and their committee members for their dedication and commitment in developing what truly is an outstanding educational program that you will all enjoy.


This year, the call for meeting abstracts exceeded all expectations with over 480 abstracts submitted, a 35% increase over last year! New this year will be a “SAR Tank” – modeled after the popular TV show Shark Tank and focused on abdominal AI research proposals. Three selected teams will present their proposals to our live audience and a panel of judges, with your votes deciding on the winner. You should have received an email announcement about this new activity, the deadline to submit your proposal is October 15.  

As a reminder, our annual meeting will be held at Maui’s magnificent 
Grand Wailea Resort from March 1-6. Be sure to make your hotel reservations soon: click here to take advantage of our group discounted rates – you won’t want to miss this outstanding scientific program and networking opportunity. The complete registration program schedule will be posted by mid-October.
We continue to expand and explore new international relations, and I’d like to thank Jorge Soto and members of his task force for working to add even more value to this portfolio. The International Education team will soon be leaving to run a course in Costa Rica in collaboration with the Costa Rican Association of Radiology and Medical Imaging. SAR faculty joining me on this tour include Stephan Anderson, Sandy Lall, Kate Maturen, Stefanie Weinstein, Mitch Tublin and Louis Hinshaw. We look forward to reporting back to you in Hawaii. Your SAR also has formal relationships with the European Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology (ESGAR)European Society of UroRadiology (ESUR), and the Asian Society of Abdominal Radiology (ASAR). We are currently exploring additional relations with the Abdominal Radiology Group of Australia and New Zealand (ARGANZ) and the British Society of Abdominal Radiology.
Another important task force I’d like to acknowledge is being led by Kate Maturen and Raj Gupta, who together with their teams are exploring the current national abdominal fellowship matters, including the interview embargo and proposed fellowship match. We look forward to their recommendations.

On behalf of our outstanding Board members, please know how much we value your membership and participation in SAR activities and our annual meeting, and we all look forward to seeing you in Maui this March.

With Appreciation, 


Jonathan B. Kruskal, M.D., Ph.D., FSAR, FACR

Melvin E. Clouse Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School

Chairman, Department of Radiology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center


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