Arenson is RSNA President

Ronald L. Arenson, M.D.

Renowned diagnostic radiologist Ronald L. Arenson, M.D., is RSNA president for 2015. Dr. Arenson is the Alexander R. Margulis Distinguished Professor and chair of the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging at the University of California, San Francisco, where he has served since 1992.

As RSNA president, Dr. Arenson will focus on the importance of patient-centered care and radiology's evolution from volume- to value-based practice.

"As the healthcare industry grows increasingly complex and patients become more involved in every stage of their medical care, radiology must adapt to embrace value-based practice and the patient-centered care model. As president, I hope to continue to advance these initiatives and encourage the development and use of informatics tools to improve the care we provide to our patients," he said.

Dr. Arenson earned his medical degree in 1970 from New York Medical College in New York. He completed his internship at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York and his diagnostic radiology residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Dr. Arenson began his academic career in 1976 at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) after serving in the U.S. Navy at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. Dr. Arenson held many posts at Penn, including associate chairman of clinical services in radiology, director of administrative services and interim vice-provost for information systems and computing for the campus.

Dr. Arenson has authored or co-authored over 110 peer-reviewed scientific articles, four book chapters, three books and numerous exhibits, audiovisuals, abstracts and editorials. He has served on the editorial boards of various journals including Radiology, Investigative Radiology, Journal of Digital Imaging, Academic Radiology and the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

Dr. Arenson's research achievements include developing a catheter that can be steered in a magnetic field, allowing interventional radiologists to reach further into smaller blood vessels. Dr. Arenson and fellow researchers filed a patent on the invention in 2001. The patent was recently nominated for a national fair on technology, and Dr. Arenson is now working with faculty on the next-stage prototype.

A member of RSNA since 1974, Dr. Arenson has served on numerous committees, including the Publications Council, Education Council, Public Information Advisors Network, Research Development Committee and the Radiology Informatics Committee (formerly Electronic Communications Committee), of which he served as chairman from 1999 to 2005. In 2007, he was elected to the RSNA Board of Directors and has served as the Board Liaison for Information Technology and Annual Meeting. He served as Board Chairman from 2012 to 2013, and s President-Elect from 2013 to 2014.

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