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Message from the President - December 2019

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


Dear Colleagues,

Our annual meeting on the magnificent island of Maui is rapidly approaching – believe it or not, our current attendance numbers have already exceeded all expectations. A sincere thank you to our program leaders for crafting a superb agenda. We know that some of you have struggled to secure rooms because we filled our entire block right away. A big shoutout to Sue O’Sullivan and the entire Veritas team for somehow finding additional space, villas and nearby hotels for our attendees. This really will be a wonderful annual meeting!


Of the many membership opportunities offered by your SAR, participating in the annual International Education Conference must surely be one highlight. We recently returned from San Jose after spending four delightful days hosted by the very hospitable Costa Rican Association of Radiology and Medical Imaging (ACRIM). A big shout out in particular to Diego Rodriquez, Hellen Bloise and Carlos Quiros. Your SAR team of Sandy Lall, Steve Anderson, Stefanie Weinstein, Kate Maturen, Mitch Tublin, and Louis Hinshaw lectured to a packed auditorium for two days and the audience was so appreciative for the excellent talks that were so relevant to their local practices. Mitch kept the anxiety level high by throwing out what seemed to be unanswerable clinical questions to our team! Let’s put Mitch on a future unknown case panel!


The academic highlights always include spending time with local trainees, sharing solutions to practical imaging and interpretive challenges, and of course studying the local coffee variations!  Another important highlight is getting to know our own society members, which we certainly did during unforgettable nature hikes in the rainforest, traversing hanging bridges, photographing hummingbirds, feeding toucans, sipping crushed sugar cane, hiking the base of Arenal volcano, lounging in boiling hot springs, imbibing Imperial or Pilsner, and as anticipated over eating. I want to thank the entire team for making this such an enjoyable trip, and for displaying the true expertise and superb people that make up our society. I encourage as many of you as possible to apply to participate in future annual International Educational Conferences – these are truly unique opportunities that you will never forget.


As the year ends, and on behalf of your entire Board of Bernie King, Cheri Canon, Amy Hara, Desiree Morgan, JG Fletcher and Claude Sirlin, I’d like to thank each of you for your many contributions and participation in your SAR, and to wish you a happy holiday season and the best of good health in 2020.

See you all soon on the island of Maui!

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




Key Contacts for SAR at Veritas



Sue O'Sullivan

Donna Kelly

Associate Executive Director

Ryan O'Sullivan


Caitlin Barry

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