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A Message from the SAR President

June 2014

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Dear SAR members, colleagues and anyone else who wandered to the site,

The task of creating my first president’s message is a daunting one. When I first joined the SUR in 1997 and attended my first meeting in Santa Fe, New Mexico, we were a much smaller group, with a much smaller focus. I walked the meeting site in awe of the uroradiology greats with whom I shared a lecture, a bite to eat, a casual conversation. I felt welcomed and nurtured. I have been mentored by many of the folks I met at that first meeting—or maybe the second or third I attended (every one since 1997 except 2001). I have had the distinct privilege to watch the SUR grow, its relationship with the SGR grow and finally to marvel at the ultimately easy transition to the society we now are--the SAR—a more inclusive, more broadly focused group with a more realistic vision of the practicing abdominal imager. I am proud to be its third president!

I would like to thank Stuart Silverman, our inaugural SAR president for his leadership and vision; we will miss having him on the board. I would like to thank Alec Megibow for his sense of humor and practical approach to problem solving; I am grateful he is serving another year on the board and look forward to tapping into his experience (his cell phone number is on my favorites list!). I look forward to working with Judy Yee, Bill Mayo-Smith, and Giles Boland as well as the newest board member, Bernie King as we tackle what are sure to be some growing pains.

But grow we are; not only in membership numbers but also in what I see as interest in our society by our newest members. We have seen increasing attendance at our annual meeting with the largest number ever in Boca Raton (although perhaps we can also blame a particularly harsh winter forcing people to flee south!). We have increasing volunteerism for committee work and workshop sessions (so many interested people that unfortunately we cannot give everyone a position or workshop). But even more important is that we have a year round presence thanks to our Communications and Publications committee—this committee under the able leadership of Bill Olmstead became so active and took on so many projects that we have split the single committee into multiple parts to facilitate its truly important work. One of these projects is our improved website; hopefully you noted:

• The bold new look
• Easy login access to your member record from any page
• Ability to donate to the SAR Fund online
• Ability to apply for membership on-line
• Radiology-related images and photos

In the coming months, we hope to add educational content—which relates to one of the 3 strategic goals the board has set for the coming year. To reiterate a part of Dr. Megibow’s farewell letter these are: the creation of Disease Focused Panels, to deliver year round CME (we passed the first hurdle of achieving ‘deemed status” by the ABR) and defining the abdominal radiologist. Smaller but no less important goals include keeping our annual meeting engaging and vibrant by increasing audience participation, presenting practical as well as cutting edge material and expanding opportunities for member collaboration; continuing to expand our social media presence and encouraging submission of quality work to our official journal Abdominal Imaging under the able leadership of Dan Johnson.

I hope the newest members who come to our annual meeting and interact with our society year round feel as welcomed and nurtured as I did and still do. I would not have the career I have had without the SUR and SAR.

I look forward to serving as the SAR President for 2014-2015.


Deb Baumgarten, MD, MPH, FACR, FSAR
SAR President, 2014-2015


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