Former rad named Philips exec; SIR selects new president, and more radiology leadership news

The Society of Interventional Radiology has named Matthew S. Johnson, MD, as its new president, the organization announced Tuesday during its annual meeting.

Johnson is an interventional rad and distinguished professor of radiology research at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis.

"COVID has truly placed IRs on the front line, which is both a challenge and an opportunity—people are now recognizing us as the front-line workers we've always been and seeing what tremendous value we bring to patients and the care team," Johnson said in a statement.

SIR filled out a number of other executive positions during its virtual meeting. Those include President-elect Parag J. Patel, MD, MS, of the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; Secretary Alda L. Tam, MD, with MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston; and Immediate Past-president Michael D. Dake, MD, of University of Arizona Health Sciences in Tucson.

Maureen P. Kohi, MD, and Nadine Abi-Jaoudeh, were both appointed to serve three-year terms on SIR’s board of directors.

New radiologic technologist leaders elected

More than 2,600 members of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists recently cast their votes to elect a number of new officers and delegates, the organization announced Tuesday.

Daniel L. Gonzales, was chosen as ASRT’s president-elect. He is currently director of diagnostic imaging at Carlsbad Medical Center in New Mexico. Gonzalez served as ASRT’s vice president in 2020-2021, as well as treasurer on the board of directors in 2018-2019.

That means President-elect Kristi Moore, PhD, will be elevated to serve as ASRT president for the 2021-2022 term and President Michael Odgren, BS, will move up to chairman of the board.

Additionally, Brandon A. Smith, MBA, has been elected as ASRT’s vice president. Meanwhile, Heather Moore, PhD, was chosen as secretary and Amy Hofmann, MBA, will begin her one-year term as treasurer. All positions are effective as of July 1.

Former radiologist joins Philips C-suite

Medical imaging leader Royal Philips recently welcomed Shez Partovi to its executive committee, promoting him to the role of chief innovation & strategy officer.

Partovi, a 20-year neuroradiologist with Dignity Health, most recently worked at Amazon Web Services where he served as worldwide head of business development for Healthcare, Life Sciences and Medical Devices.

The former rad will succeed Jeroen Tas, who has made a personal decision to take a part-time position within the organization beginning July 1.

“Shez brings deep healthcare and informatics experience to Philips, which will be highly relevant as we accelerate the transition to becoming a solutions leader, leveraging deep clinical insights and big data analytics,” Frans van Houten, CEO of Royal Philips, said in a statement published earlier this month.

Below are additional announcements within the field.

  • Shahriar Matin, chief operating officer of imaging-guided radiation therapy vendor ViewRay, announced he is leaving the company effective March 31. Matin accepted the role of CEO at interventional device firm Cordis.
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center named Katie Davis, DO, as the director of medical student education for the department of radiology.
  • Stephen M. Bravo, is joining U.K.-based imaging and clinical solutions firm Calyx, where he’ll take the reigns as chief medical officer, the organization said Monday.
  • Brendon Stiles, MD, a member of the ACR Lung-RADS Steering Committee, has been named chief of Thoracic Surgery & Surgical Oncology at Montefiore and Albert Einstein College of Medicine.