Interventional rad group hires top executive, UNC radiology’s new chair members, and more leadership news

The Society of Interventional Radiology has named Keith M. Hume, as its new executive director, the organization announced on Friday. He will join the company on Jan. 15.

SIR’s President, Michael D. Dake, MD, said the organization is “thrilled” to welcome Hume back after his 13-year stint at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Plastic Surgery Foundation. Hume previously worked as executive director of the SIR Foundation from 2003-2008.

“I am honored to join SIR at this exciting time as IR continues to cement its status as a primary specialty and build a brighter future for patients through minimally invasive medicine,” Hume remarked in a statement. “I look forward to working with SIR’s physician-volunteers, members and staff to advance the interventional radiology specialty by transforming the way SIR educates its members and patients, fostering scientific research and innovation, and increasing cross-specialty collaboration.”

American Association for Women in Radiology hands out top honor

The American Association for Women in Radiology has selected Cheri Canon, MD, the Witten-Stanley Endowed Chair of Radiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, to receive its highest honor.

AAWR made the announcement on Friday and will present Canon with this year’s Marie Sklodowska-Curie Award sometime this month. The honor recognizes outstanding accomplishments in leadership, teaching, research and scholarship that has impacted women in imaging.

“As a budding radiologist, I remember being so inspired by the prior recipients of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Award,” Canon said. “I was in the audience for many of these ceremonies. These women were larger than life and instilled in all of us such optimism and inspiration.”

UNC Radiology's new hire

Maureen Kohi, MD, was recently named chair of the UNC School of Medicine’s Department of Radiology, the Chapel Hill-based institution announced on Nov. 5.

When she joins UNC Dec. 31, Kohi will replace Keith Smith, MD, PhD, who has served as interim chair since September 2019. Before that, Matt Mauro, MD, held the title for 12 years.

Kohi currently serves as associate professor and chief of vascular and interventional radiology at the University of California, San Francisco. Nicholas Fidelman, MD, was promoted to interim chief upon Kohi’s departure. Kohi wears a number of different hats, including associate editor for the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology and executive council member for SIR.

“The UNC Radiology Department has an outstanding national reputation for clinical prowess, academic excellence and a robust research footprint with faculty and learners who wholeheartedly embody the ‘play hard, play smart, play together’ Carolina Way,” Kohi said in an announcement. “I look forward to working with my colleagues both within and outside the department to further build upon these past successes.”

Here is more radiology leadership news, in bite-sized fashion:

  • In more UNC news, the department of radiology appointed Carlos Zamora, MD, PhD, as its new division chief of neuroradiology.
  • Flint, Michigan-based Regional Medical Imaging honored Kristin Krizmanich-Conniff, MD, with a ceremony dedicating its women’s imaging center to the late radiologist who helped develop its breast MRI screening program.
  • MRI software firm Synthetic MR tapped diagnostic neuroradiology specialist Alex Rovira, MD, and NYU musculoskeletal rad Jan Fritz, MD, to join its medical advisory board.
  • Kaiser Permanent hired Andrew Bindman, MD, as its new executive vice president and chief medical officer, the health giant announced on Nov. 5.
  • Global medical imaging firm, Guerbet, has appointed Jean-Sébastien Raynaud, as a director representing employees to its board.