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Past Presidents of the Society of Uroradiology

Ronald J. Zagoria, MD
Ronald J. Zagoria received his undergraduate degree from the Johns Hopkins University, and his medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He completed his residency and fellowship at Wake Forest School of Medicine (formerly Bowman Gray). He is a Professor of Radiology and Urology at Wake Forest Baptist
Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Dr. Zagoria's main academic interests include imaging of renal tumors, CT Urography, urolithiasis, thermal ablation of renal tumors, and fallopian tube recanalization. Dr. Zagoria has authored several textbooks in radiology including The Requisites in the Genitourinary Radiology, and two editions of the Case Review book for GU radiology. Dr. Zagoria formerly was president of the Association of Program Directors in Radiology, and a member of the Radiology Review Committee for diagnostic radiology. Dr. Zagoria was the Associate Editor of the American Journal of Roentgenology, and is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal Emergency Radiology. He is a fellow of the European Society of Uroradiology. Dr. Zagoria has had leadership positions in numerous organizations including the RSNA, but a highlight of his career was his term as president of the Society of Uroradiology (SUR). During his time on the Board of Directors and as president of the SUR, Dr. Zagoria helped improve the investment portfolio for the Society to ensure long-term financial viability, and contributed to the successful merger with the SGR to form the Society of Abdominal Radiology.

Parvati Ramchandani, MD - Bio not available.

James H. Ellis, MD, FACR

One of the highlights of my professional life was the privilege of serving as President of the Society of Uroradiology in 2009-2010.  Through the efforts of a great many people (including a superb Board of Directors; dedicated and hard working members of the Plenary and Workshop Committees, Film Panel Coordinators, Scientific Program Coordinators, Case of the Day Coordinators and CME Directors; and outstanding effort from International Meeting Managers), a successful meeting was held in conjunction with the Society of Gastrointestinal Radiologists in Orlando, Florida.  During the year, continuing progress was made toward a merger of the Society of Uroradiology with the Society of Gastrointestinal Radiologists. It was a pleasure to work with my counterpart Peter R. Mueller, MD, President of the SGR, and his team, along with many members of the SUR, in working toward a stronger combined society to represent and encourage abdominal imaging. Stu Silverman, MD and Alec Megibow, MD took leadership roles in constructing bylaws for the new organization.  Looking back from my position as Professor of Radiology and Urology at the University of Michigan, mentorship from members of the Society of Uroradiology was instrumental in directing my academic career. Following radiology training and a faculty position at Indiana University, I returned to my medical school alma mater as a faculty member where I have served the department sequentially as Chief of Radiology Service at the Ann Arbor Veterans Health System, Director of the Abdominal Imaging division at University Hospital, Associate Chair for Clinical Services, and Associate Chair for Information Technology. I am a fellow of the American College of Radiology. I joined the Society of Uroradiology in 1992 and became a Fellow in 1995. In addition to my clinical role as a uroradiologist and abdominal imager, I have research and teaching interest in contrast media. Much of my interests and many of my projects were stimulated by listening to presentations at the SUR meetings and the discussions among the SUR members.  One of the most rewarding aspects of SUR membership for me has been the opportunity to meet and work with many outstanding individuals in the field of uroradiology, both in the United States and across the world, including members of the European Society of Urogenital Radiology (ESUR).  Again, it has been an honor and pleasure to serve the Society of Uroradiology as President, but I have received much more from the SUR than I have given, including meeting colleagues, making friends, and receiving assistance and encouragement with an academic career. I look forward to a continued association with this wonderful organization. I wish the best for all the members of the SUR and, going forward, for the new combined society.

Raymond B. Dyer, MD, FACR

It was my honor and privilege to serve the SUR as President in 2008-09. It was a year of working with a great Board of Directors and dynamic membership, which in collaboration with our SGR counterparts, culminated in a very successful meeting in Maui, HI. My association with the society and its membership has been a highlight of my professional career.  I am a Southern boy. I trained at the University of Virginia where renal angiography and intervention fanned my early interest in the kidney and its disease processes. I had the opportunity to join the faculty at Wake Forest University School of Medicine with responsibility for Genitourinary Imaging in 1983. For those of you who may not know, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is the buckle of the Appalachian kidney stone belt. The huge stone population was the source of several of my early literature contributions that allowed me to become a member of the SUR in 1989.  Over the past 20 years I have made many great friends through the Society. I have even forgiven Dr. Robert Hattery (and all of the other Mayo GU stars) for inviting me to visit Rochester in the "spring”. I don’t care what people in Minnesota say (including you Dr. Wasserman), a temperature of 12 degrees is winter where I come from!  The best part of an extended career (and I state emphatically that I am much grayer in this picture than I am in my own mind) is watching the younger members prosper. I allow myself the single arrogant thought that in some small way I’ve had the opportunity to encourage the careers of a few of our current membership. From my perspective as an ex-president, the prospect of our future as abdominal imagers is bright!

Nancy S. Curry, MD, FACR

Nancy S. Curry, MD, FACR, is a Professor of Radiology with a dual appointment in Urology at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina.  Dr. Curry was born in Rochester, NY, and attended the U of R as an undergraduate. She married husband, Bob, in 1969 and graduated in 1972 from the Medical College of Pennsylvania (now Drexel University School of Medicine). Thereafter, she remained in Philadelphia for two years of an internal medicine residency before returning to Rochester for a short period of private practice. After the birth of her first child, she completed radiology residency at the University of Rochester, serving as that program’s first female Chief Resident. A Fellowship year in Uroradiology at UCLA followed, working with Drs. Zoran Barbaric and Tommi Cochran. Dr. Curry joined the faculty of the Medical University of South Carolina in 1980. She served as President of the South Carolina Radiological Society in 1994 and President of the Society of Uroradiology in 2007. Dr. Curry has authored or co-authored 75 scientific publications and book chapters and has been honored as the recipient of three departmental Resident teaching awards.  Bob and Nancy have three grown children who have embarked on careers of their own. Scott is an infectious disease specialist on faculty at UPMC. Ryan received a mechanical engineering degree from Georgia Tech and works in Atlanta. Laurel has a master’s degree in public health from Emory and works as a researcher for an anti-tobacco agency in Washington, DC. Now retired from Robert Bosch Corporation, Bob has taken up golf along with his church and Kiwanis activities. Nancy is a competitive runner, collecting age group awards from over two hundred races ranging from 1 mile to 15K.

Richard H. Cohan, MD

It was my pleasure to serve as the SUR President in 2006-2007. During that year our Society had its first joint meeting with the European Society of Urogenital Radiology in the United States, a meeting which was held in conjunction with the Society of Gastrointestinal Radiologists in Bonita Springs, Florida (which culminated in an excellent scientific session, the usually outstanding meeting, and a somewhat unusual talent show). It was my privilege to work with the outstanding Boards of three Societies during that time.  To me, the most rewarding aspect of being a part of the Society of Uroradiology and of the Abdominal Radiology Consortium has been the opportunity to meet so many wonderful individuals who share the same interests and passions. Through the years, many fellow Society members, who work in all parts of the United States and, in fact, who live and work throughout the world, have become more than just colleagues. They have become great friends.  I was born in Bronxville, New York and I grew up in the New York metropolitan area. This explains my continuing loyalty to New York professional sports teams, a loyalty from which I have not yet been able to extricate myself. I received my M.D. at New York University, and then trained in Radiology at NYU, before completing a fellowship in Abdominal Imaging and Interventional Radiology at Duke. During my training, I was fortunate to be mentored by many outstanding Uroradiologists and Gastrointestinal Radiologists, including Emile Balthazar, Morton Bosniak, Reed Dunnick, Freddie Kelvin, Mel Korobkin, Alec Megibow, and Reed Rice. I was fortunate to join the Society of Uroradiology in 1989 and have attended every annual meeting since that time.  I am currently the Associate Chair of Education at the University of Michigan. Each week I also spend time rotating on our dwindling GU service, doing GI fluoroscopy procedures (now mostly consisting of swallowing studies, defecograms, and tube injections and insertions), and in CT. My primary subspecialty interests include radiographic contrast media and CT urography.  My association with the Society of Uroradiology and now with ARC has been one of the most rewarding activities of my increasingly lengthy professional career. I am indebted to many Society members, who have been such an important part of my life. It is also deeply gratifying to see so many younger members, who are just as committed to the future of genitourinary and gastrointestinal imaging as we have been.

John J. Cronan, MD, FACR

 Dr. John J. Cronan is a graduate of Providence College in 1972. He then graduated from Albany Medical College of Union University in 1976. He completed his radiology residency training at Yale-New Haven Hospital, where he was chief resident in 1980. Dr. Cronan then completed a two-year fellowship, junior staff position at Massachusetts General Hospital from 1980-1982. During that time he was trained in abdominal imaging. Dr. Cronan arrived at Rhode Island Hospital in 1982. He has held the position of program director and vice chairman. He helped formulate and develop the Department of Diagnostic Imaging at Brown University. He was appointed Radiologist-in-Chief and Chairman of the Department of Diagnostic Imaging at Brown Medical School in 1994. His clinical interests and research interests are in the area of renal obstruction and non-vascular intervention.. He has a particular interest in ultrasound and its application in genitourinary imaging. Dr. Cronan is past president of the Society of Uroradiology and is a fellow of the Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound. He has published over 180 peer reviewed scientific articles and lectured nationally.

Peter L. Choyke, MD

Dr. Peter Choyke is the Chief of the Molecular Imaging Program of the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Choyke graduated from Jefferson Medical College and received training in Diagnostic Radiology at Yale University and the University of Pennsylvania.  He is focused on imaging of genitourinary malignancies. His program develops novel molecular imaging agents for cancer.


Philip J. Kenney, MD - Photo and bio not available.

E. Stephen Amis, Jr, MD - Photo and bio not available.

Bruce J. Hillman, MD

Dr. Hillman is the Theodore E. Keats Professor of Radiology and Public Health Sciences at the University of Virginia, where he was Chair of the Department from January 1992 until March 2003. He now serves as both the Chief Scientific Officer of ACR Image Metrix, a contract research organization owned by the American College of Radiology (2007-present), and as founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American College of Radiology (2003-present). During 1999-2007, he was the founding PI and Chair of the American College of Radiology Imaging Network (ACRIN), an NCI-funded clinical trials cooperative group that has organized more than 30 multi-center studies of imaging as it relates to cancer.  Dr. Hillman was educated at Princeton University (BA '69) and the University of Rochester (MD '73). He received his radiology training at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital. His first appointment was at the University of Arizona.  Dr. Hillman has published over 160 peer-reviewed articles and more than 140 book chapters, review articles, editorials, and texts. He has presented more than 30 honorary lectures, including both the RSNA Pendergrass New Horizons Lecture and the ARRS Caldwell Lecture. His principal research interests have focused on health policy issues important to radiologists, the development of research careers, and technology assessment. His research has altered AMA ethics policies and influenced legislation restricting self-referral.  Dr. Hillman has been President of five radiological societies and is a member of the American College of Radiology Board of Chancellors (1995-present). Dr. Hillman was Editor-in-Chief of Investigative Radiology from 1989 to 1994, and was founding Editor-in-Chief of Academic Radiology during 1994-1997. Among his many honors, Dr. Hillman has received Honorary Membership in the French Society of Radiology, the Gold Medal of the Association of University Radiologists, and was the 2007 Radiological Society of North America Outstanding Researcher.

Jeffrey H. Newhouse, MD -
Photo and bio not available.

Robert J. Stanley, MD

Dr. Robert J. Stanley is the former editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Roentgenology, having held that post from July 2003 till July 2008. Prior to that he had been the chairman of the Department of Radiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham for 20 years, until October, 2002, when he stepped down from the chair and embarked on a sabbatical to learn as much about the world of electronic publishing as possible, prior to applying for the AJR editor’s position at the American Roentgen Ray Society.  Dr. Stanley got his start in academic radiology at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology (MIR), Washington University, St. Louis. In 1970, after completing his radiology residency across town at St. Louis University, he joined the faculty at MIR, which was chaired by Dr. Juan Taveras, of neuroradiology fame. Within a year, Dr. Taveras had left for Harvard and Dr. Ronald Evens became the new chairman. Under Dr. Evens' leadership, Dr. Stanley and the abdominal radiology section, of which he was the chief, enjoyed a very productive and professionally satisfying 12 years.  In the fall of 1975, EMI elected to collaborate with Washington University and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester for the implementation and evaluation of its first two whole body CT scanners in the United States. Given the opportunity, along with Dr. Stuart Sagel, to head up the newly created body CT facility, Dr. Stanley soon became an authority in the new imaging field. From October 1975 until his departure in May 1982, Dr. Stanley focused on abdominal CT and vascular/interventional procedures, all of which were included under the responsibilities of the abdomen section. Just prior to leaving the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Dr. Stanley and his co-authors, Drs. Stuart Sagel and Joe K. T. Lee, completed the first edition of their CT textbook, the fourth edition of which is now in print.  Dr. Stanley began his chairmanship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in June 1982 and has seen the department grow in size and stature over the past 27 years. During this time, he remained active in all aspects of abdominal radiology, and also found time to serve as a member of the Board of Chancellors of the American College of Radiology for 7 years, chairing the Commission on Standards and Accreditation, as well as being elected the Vice-President of the College. During this same time period he also served as a committee chairman and officer of the American Roentgen Ray Society, of which he is now a senior past president. From 1997 until June of 2005, Dr. Stanley served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Board of Radiology, responsible for the written and oral examination in gastrointestinal radiology.

He was elected into Fellowship of the American College of Radiology in 1981, Honorary Fellowship in the Royal Australasian College of Radiologists in 1988, and Honorary Fellowship in the Faculty of Radiologists of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 2005.  During the years 1985 to 1994, while continuing his duties as chairman of the radiology department, he also served as the first and only Chairman of the Board of Directors of Complete Health, a managed care health insurance company, which started primarily to serve the needs of the University of Alabama at Birmingham employee health care needs and grew over its 8 years history to operate in seven southeastern states. The sale to United Healthcare based in Minneapolis, Minn, in 1994 produced a substantial return to the UA Health Services Foundation on its original investment. The resulting fund has supported numerous educational and research ventures since then.  In March, 2003, Dr. Stanley was named the Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Roentgenology, known as the AJR, one of the two largest radiology journals in North America. In July of 2003, he moved the editor's office to Birmingham, Alabama, while continuing to serve on the faculty. Since July 2008, he has rejoined the clinical faculty of UAB where he is primarily involved with abdominal CT studies. He also serves the Medical Association of the State of Alabama as an accreditation surveyor of sites in the state which offer CME programs.

N. Reed Dunnick, MD

After completing a residency in Diagnostic Radiology at Stanford University, Dr. Dunnick moved to the NIH as a staff radiologist, where he developed an interest in genitourinary tract radiology. He spent 11 years on the faculty at Duke University before moving to Ann Arbor in 1992 to become Professor and Chair of the Department of Radiology at the University of Michigan.  Dr. Dunnick has written 295 scientific papers, 62 book chapters, and 9 books on various aspects of radiology, especially diagnostic oncology, uroradiology, and more recently, administration. He has served as Visiting Professor to 75 medical centers, as a guest faculty for 398 continuing medical education courses, and delivered 20 named lectures. He has served on the editorial boards of 13 peer review journals.  Throughout his career, Dr. Dunnick has been an active participant in professional radiology organizations. He has served as President of his two subspecialty societies, the Society of Uroradiology and the Society of Computed Body Tomography/Magnetic Resonance. He is a past President of the American Roentgen Ray Society and the Michigan Radiological Society, and is the Trustee for genitourinary radiology and President of the American Board of Radiology. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Radiological Society of North America as the Liaison for Science.

He has served the American College of Radiology in a variety of capacities, including Chair of the Professional Self Evaluation Committee, Chair of the Intersociety Conference, Chair of the Commission on Body Imaging, Vice President and as a member of the Board of Chancellors. A long time member of the Association of University Radiologists, Dr. Dunnick has served as Chair of the Publications, the Staufer Award, and Membership Committees, Secretary-Treasurer, Vice President, and President. He served on the Executive Committee of the Society of Chairmen of Academic Radiology Departments (SCARD) for seven years and was President in 1999/00.  A strong advocate for research, Dr. Dunnick is the Immediate Past President of the Academy for Radiology Research. He had the privilege of testifying before Congress on the need to establish a new institute, which was signed into law as the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering by President Clinton on December 29, 2000.

Bruce L. McClennan, MD

Bruce McClennan, MD is the honoree of the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) Gold Medal Award for 2009. The ARRS Gold Medal is the American Roentgen Ray Society’s highest honor awarded to recipients for distinguished service in the field of radiology.  Dr. McClennan, a native of upstate New York and 2005 president of the ARRS, is a professor of diagnostic radiology at the Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, CT where he served as chair of the department of diagnostic radiology from 1995-2002.  After receiving his undergraduate degree from Union College in Schenectady, NY, Dr. McClennan completed medical school at SUNY-Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. He then completed his National Institutes of Health (NIH) fellowship and residency in diagnostic radiology at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City, achieving board certification by the American Board of Radiology. In 1972, Dr. McClennan entered the US Army Medical Corps and was stationed at Patterson Army Hospital at Fort Monmouth, NJ where he served as chief of radiology with the rank of major.  Dr. McClennan is a member of 20 plus societies including the ARRS, the Greater St. Louis Society of Radiologists where he served as president from 1986-1987, the New England Roentgen Ray Society where he was vice president from 1989-1990 and the American College of Radiology where he served on the board of chancellors for six years. He also holds honorary memberships with the Chicago Radiological Society, the St. Louis Urological Society, the Texas Radiological Society and the Southern Radiological Conference. Dr. McClennan serves on the New England Roentgen Ray Society’s executive committee and served as chair on the NIH’s external advisory committee for a cooperative radio-imaging study to assess progression in polycystic kidney disease. Also, he currently serves on the executive committee for the Radiological Society of Connecticut.

Throughout his career, Dr. McClennan has been an editorial board member and reviewer for numerous journals including the AJR, Radiology, the Journal of Urology, European Radiology, Investigative Radiology and the American Journal of Kidney Diseases. He is also editor of the monthly publication, RSNA News.  Dr. McClennan is credited with 36 books and chapters, 107 scientific presentations and more than 140 scientific papers. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the discovery of the x-ray in 1995, he edited a book on the history of radiology published by Radiology Centennial Inc. He also has participated in several named lectureships, including the first annual Leon Love Lecture at the Loyola University School of Medicine in April, 2000.  His prolific career as an educator and physician has earned him several honors and awards over the years. In 2002, he was recognized by the American Board of Radiology and received the Distinguished Service Award. He was also named in the 2nd edition of America’s top Doctors in 2002, named in the 7th annual edition of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers in 2002 and named in the 2003 edition of Who’s Who Among American Executives and Professionals.

Robert L. Lebowitz, MD - Photo and bio not available.

Robert R. Hattery, MD - Photo and bio not available.

Alan J. Davidson, MD

Alan J. Davidson received the B.A. degree from the University of California (1955) and the M.D. degree from the University of California, San Francisco (1959). He completed a residency in Diagnostic Radiology at Stanford University (1966) where he developed his clinical interest in genitourinary radiology and began his laboratory research into the characterization and nature of the physiological effect of iodinated contrast material on the canine kidney.  During his career in academic radiology, Dr. Davidson held appointments at Yale University, the University of California, San Francisco, Stanford University, and The Johns Hopkins University. At the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington DC, he was Distinguished Scientist (1986-7), Senior Scientist and Chief, Genitourinary Radiologic Pathology (1987-1996). A charter member of The Society of Uroradiology, Dr. Davidson was its President (1983) and received the Gold Medal of the Society (2001). In addition to his research papers, monographs and book chapters, Dr. Davidson was the author of Radiologic Diagnosis of Renal Parenchymal Disease (1977), Radiology of the Kidney (1985), with David Hartman of Radiology of the Kidney and Urinary Tract 2nd ed. (1994), and with David Hartman, Peter Choyke and Brent Wagner of Davidson’s Radiology of the Kidney and Genitourinary Tract 3rd ed. (1999).  Since retirement in 1996, Dr. Davidson has resided on Orcas Island and in Seattle, Washington.

David M. Witten, MD * - Photo and bio not available.

History of the Society of Abdominal Radiology
Past Presidents of the Society of Abdominal Radiology
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