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A Message from the SAR President

February 2013

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Dear Colleagues…


As we look forward to the inaugural meeting of the Society of Abdominal Radiology (SAR) in Maui later this month, I am writing to summarize some of the highlights and accomplishments of the Society during this past year.


The formation of the SAR was highlighted throughout the radiology community.   Announcements were made in several publications including Radiology, RSNA News, ACR Bulletin, Korean Journal of Radiology and the Colegio Interamericano de Radiología’s e-newsletter. A description of the history of the two founding societies, the merger, including the rationale and processes resulting in the formation of the SAR all were detailed in a special article in the November 2012 issue of Radiology.


The SAR is expanding its scope and reach, largely through the creation of the new SAR Communications and Publications Committee. This committee (and its many subcommittees) has done an outstanding job launching and growing the SAR website. The Committee has strived successfully to provide online resources and communication tools for current and prospective members. New social media efforts implemented by the Committee now provide the Society with a presence on both Facebook and Twitter. The SAR has over 2,000 "likes” on Facebook. If you have not "liked” us on Facebook, or are not following SAR on Twitter, I encourage you to do so today.


The SAR membership is growing at a rapid pace. During its first year, the Society welcomed an astounding 50 new members, and since the beginning of the 2013 year has already welcomed over 25 new members. This growth is largely a result of the work of the Membership Committee’s recruitment efforts and review of over 75 applications. To see the SAR’s newest members, click here.

SAR Alliances with other Societies continue to flourish. The Society continues to formally honor its alliance with the European Society of Urogenital Radiology, as well as its collaborative relationship with the European Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology. During 2012, the SAR entered into a new formal alliance with the Asian Society of Abdominal Radiology, and I am looking forward to representing the SAR as its Honorary Lecturer during the 4th Asian Congress of Abdominal Radiology in Taiwan.


SAR collaboration with the American College of Radiology (ACR) grows. Dr. Angela Levy was appointed as the Society’s ACR Councilor, and Dr. Myles Taffel as the Alternate Councilor. Dr. Robert Zeman, the Society’s former ACR Councilor has been instrumental in working with Dr. Levy on cultivating a working relationship with the College. The SAR is working collaboratively with the ACR on Practice Guidelines; several more practice guideline committees were populated with SAR ‘seats’. These guidelines will have both the ACR and SAR ‘stamp’ on them.


The SAR expands its involvement with other societies. Dr. Leslie Scoutt represented the SAR at the Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound Consensus Conference on the sonographic evaluation of the first trimester of pregnancy. The SAR continues in the path of its forming organizations and serves as a member of the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging, and recently became a Supporting Member of the Academy of Radiology Research. Additionally, the SAR was one of many subspecialty organizations that participated in the marketing efforts of the International Day of Radiology Campaign led by the Radiological Society of North America, the American College of Radiology and the European Society of Radiology. The Society looks forward to collaborating with other societies in the near future.

Abdominal Imaging is now the official journal of the SAR. Access to Abdominal Imaging is a benefit to all members; and if you choose, you may receive Table of Content Alerts by e-mail. We have worked with Springer and the Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Morton Meyers to provide SAR ‘content’. To begin with, the Annual Meeting program, meeting highlights, and selected abstracts presented at the meeting will all be published in Abdominal Imaging each year. I am pleased to announce that Dr. Drew Lambert has accepted the new position of SAR Liaison to the Journal.


Inaugural meeting of the SAR planned for February 24 – March 1, 2013, at the Grand Wailea Resort, Maui, Hawaii. The Annual Meeting Council comprised of the Educational and Scientific Program Committees has constructed an excellent program in abdominal radiology. The Scientific Sessions will present the latest advances in research, and the Abdominal Radiology Course will again offer ‘state-of-the-art’ imaging and intervention in the abdomen and pelvis that is both ‘cutting edge’ and practical.

There is simply too much ‘news’ to include in this brief e-mail. I have much more to share with you at the Business Meeting. If you are planning to attend the Business Meeting, please note that in an effort to be environmentally friendly, the minutes from last year’s Business Meetings will not be printed, but can be viewed here.


By way of this e-mail message, I want to formally thank everyone who served the Society this past year. Indeed, all of the Society’s committees have made great strides that are too numerous to detail here. The time and dedication contributed by all serving members of the SAR’s committees this past year has been invaluable and greatly appreciated. It is through our collective efforts that the Society stands as the leading national organization for abdominal radiologists. I encourage you to view the full listing of 2012 SAR Committees here.


For now, I wanted everyone to know that it indeed has been an honor to have served as the Society’s first President. The Society will be in good hands under the leadership of Alec Megibow and an outstanding Board of Directors. I am confident that the upcoming meeting will be a huge success. The design and ‘feel’ will be similar to years past; we made some small changes that I hope you will like. There will be a few ‘surprises’ to commemorate the inaugural event. I hope you will attend and enjoy it.

By far, the best part of the meeting is seeing everyone. If you are not able to come to Maui, you will be missed, but you can access updates via the SAR Facebook and Twitter pages.


All the best, and Mahalo!


Stuart G. Silverman, MD, FACR
Inaugural President, Society of Abdominal Radiology, 2012-2013


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