RADPAC backs 2 radiologists running for Congress

RADPAC, the political action committee of the American College of Radiology Association, will support two radiologists’ first-time bids to win seats in the U.S. House in the 2018 election.

Steve Sevigny, MD, a Florida Democrat and mammographer, is running in Florida’s 6th District. He is a partner in Radiology Associates Imaging and has been medical director of Florida-based Twin Lakes Imaging Center since 2005, according to an American College of Radiology press release.

RADPAC also voiced support for interventional radiologist Steve Ferrara, MD, a Republican from Arizona. He is running for a U.S. House seat in Arizona’s 9th District. In 2016, Ferrara was appointed the Navy’s chief medical officer.

“The party label does not matter to RADPAC,” said Ted Burnes, the PAC’s director, in the release. “What matters when supporting radiologist candidates is the credibility of their candidacy. Do they have a realistic path to victory? Are they willing to work with the college and the radiology community on issues important to the profession and for patients?”

There’s been an uptick in radiologists running in local races, according to the release, which includes Karen Berg, MD, a specialist in mammography running for State Senate in Kentucky’s 26th District.

While RADPAC’s federal PAC designation disallows contribution to state and local races, it can promote these candidates.