New CEO at Intelerad, top radiologist retires, Carilion’s chief of radiology, and more leadership news

Enterprise imaging leader Intelerad Medical Systems on Thursday presented Mike Lipps as its new chief executive officer. He replaces former President and CEO Paul Lepage, who announced he would be stepping down.

Lipps is currently based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and will spearhead the opening of the Montreal, Quebec-based company’s new U.S. office, according to Intelerad.

He has more than 20 years of software industry experience, including his most recent role as CEO of Insight Software, a global enterprise software provider.

“Intelerad is an incredibly successful company with a meaningful mission to improve patient healthcare,” Lipps said in a statement on Thursday. “As a sector leader, we are in a great position to continue our strong momentum of delivering value for healthcare organizations around the world. I’m thrilled to join such a talented team.”

Back in August, Intelerad appointed Mikael Anden as its executive vice president of hospital and enterprise imaging business development.

Another distinguished UCSF radiologist retires

After a nearly 40-year tenure at UCSF, David Avrin, MD, PhD, announced that he is retiring. Avrin was a noted senior member of UCSF’s Abdominal Imaging and Interventional Radiology Sections. His retirement was effective as of Oct. 2.

Avrin began his career at UCSF in 1979 as a visiting fellow in ultrasound. Most recently he was appointed to a professorship in the School of Medicine and Clinical Radiology. Earlier this year, Avrin was awarded the first gold medal from the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine. He plans to continue his role as editor-in-chief of SIIM’s Journal of Digital Imaging.

“We extend our warmest congratulations to David for a career marked by many accomplishments, his long record of outstanding service to the department and to UCSF, and his lasting contributions to the field of radiology,” UCSF’s radiology department wrote recently.

In June, Jim Barkovich, MD, a world-renowned pediatric radiologist at UCSF also announced his retirement

Leading Philadelphia radiologist dies at 77

One of Philadelphia’s top radiologists, Harvey L. Nisenbaum, died on Oct. 8, due to complications from glioblastoma, according to an obituary published Oct. 13 in the Inquirer.

Nisenbaum came to the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1993, where he developed into a noted ultrasound expert and ultimately chaired Penn Presbyterian Medical Center’s Department of Medical Imaging from 2001 to 2018.

“He had the longest tenure of [any chairman] since the hospital joined the University of Pennsylvania Health System in 1995,” the Philadelphia medical center posted to its website. “Under his leadership, the department introduced tremendous scientific advances in medical imaging into clinical practice, and greatly expanded its contribution to the hospital’s mission.”

Carilion Clinic announces new chief of radiology

Daniel R. Karolyi, MD, PhD, is taking over as chair of radiology for Carilion Clinic and Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, the Roanoke Star reported on Sept. 21.

Karolyi has held numerous positions within Carilion since joining in 2010, including vice chair of radiology and director of the VTCSOM Radiology clerkship.

He is an expert in MRI, and for the past decade has worked as a faculty member for the ACR Education Center, where he teaches rads about best practices and innovations in body MRI.

Other updates

  • William T. Thorwarth Jr., MD, CEO of the American College of Radiology, will be awarded RSNA’s Gold Medal during its virtual meeting that begins Nov. 29.
  • NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes has promoted its chief financial officer Paul Estrem to executive vice president.
  • SpectraWAVE, a startup medical imaging company focused on coronary artery disease, named Eman Namati, PhD, as its new CEO.
  • Clinical-stage radiopharmaceutical company Radiomedix, welcomed Ferey Faridian, to its board of directors.
  • Medical AI firm Caption Health added Karin Ajmani to its board of directors.

Around the web

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Health systems must identify areas where patients are not following up on routine screening and find ways to reassure and reengage them, experts charged. 

The advanced algorithm could make a significant impact on shared decision-making. 

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