Imaging accreditation org RadSite announces new CMO, and other recent radiology job changes

RadSite, one of four advanced diagnostic imaging accreditation organizations recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, has appointed Patrick Browning, MD, as its chief medical officer.

In his new role, Browning will oversee the company’s quality-benchmarking programs and help develop new accreditation standards, according to a July 27 announcement. He brings a wealth of imaging experience to the position, including his more than eight-year stint as global chief medical officer of RadLogics.

Browning will continue to practice medicine as Northern California medical director of Open Systems Imaging.

“I am excited to join the RadSite team. RadSite is uniquely positioned as an independent accreditation agency to promote meaningful outcomes that benefit a wide range of stakeholders,” Browning said Tuesday. “Among other activities, RadSite is now working with payers, such as the National Alliance for Healthcare Purchasing Coalitions, and provider groups, like the Radiology Society of North America, to promote the next generation of performance-driven standards. I am looking forward to being part of that effort.”

Radiology Partners’ president steps down

Jay Bronner, Rad Partners’ first-ever CMO announced Wednesday that he will be stepping down as president of the El Segundo, California, imaging provider.

“When I joined RP, my colleagues and I aspired to build the leading radiology practice in the country,” he said in a statement. “Now, reflecting on everything that’s been accomplished, I’d say we’ve achieved that goal in many ways.”

As of this month, Bronner moved into a part-time position, and said he is not seeking a new position elsewhere. The imaging giant also said it will be evaluating the vacated role over the next few months.

Radiology Business has more on the recent decision.

ACR names new director of policy institue

The American College of Radiology named Elizabeth Y. Rula, PhD, the new executive director of the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute. She will oversee Neiman HPI’s efforts to advance evidence-based imaging policy, the ACR announced earlier this month.

Rula has more than a decade of healthcare leadership experience, most recently as executive director of research and thought leadership at Tivity Health. She succeeds Danny Hughes, PhD, who led the institute since its beginnings in August 2012. Read more here.

More appointments

  • The American Society for Radiation Oncology elected four new officers to its board of directors, including President-Elect Geraldine Jacobson, MD, MPH. Jacobson hopes to leverage her advanced education in public health and business to promote diversity and racial justice within the oncology workforce, among other goals.
  • The University of Louisville School of Medicine has tapped Sohail Contractor, MD, as its new J.T. Ling Endowed Chair of Radiology. Contractor was previously a professor of radiology at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, where he received the prestigious Golden Apple Award for teaching.
  • Florida-based physician firm Mednax announced earlier this month that Mark Ordan will take over as CEO, replacing longtime chief executive Roger Medel, MD.  Mednax also revealed its plans to exit the radiology space, focusing on its origins as a neonatology organization.
  • Noted radiologist Debbie Lee Bennett, MD, has been named chief of breast imaging for Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Bennet comes from Saint Louis University School of Medicine where she established the breast imaging section and has served as its chief since 2015.
  • The Society of Nuclear Medicine & Molecular Imaging named Lucas J. Gross, MS, as its 2020 Slosky Fellow. He is currently radiation safety officer at the University of Findlay. Gross will get a behind-the-scenes experience at SNMMI, particularly interacting with other medical societies and patient groups.