Former ABR Board Member Ready for Challenge as RSNA President
When Mary Mahoney, MD, discusses her plans for 2021 as the new Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) president, she says things are “up in the air.” Interestingly, that’s one place she won’t spend much time this year despite the organization’s global reach.
COVID-19, of course, is to blame. With in-person meetings shut down across the world, Dr. Mahoney and the organization are hoping for the best but prepared to be grounded for at least part of the year.
“It’s hard to make plans, as much as we see a light at the end of the tunnel,” said Dr. Mahoney, who has no RSNA travel planned until July.
COVID or not, RSNA will hold its annual meeting as always after Thanksgiving. Last year’s meeting was virtual; Dr. Mahoney and RSNA leadership hope to split this fall’s event between in-person and remote. The theme, “Redefining Radiology,” reflects Dr. Mahoney’s attitude about the field in 2021 and beyond.
“Coming out of COVID, we realize that we need to redefine a lot of things about our world and how we work,” she said. “We have to find new and innovative ways to teach and communicate. We need to take some of the adaptations we’ve made and build on them in the future and find new ways we can work.”
Dr. Mahoney has a decorated history as a volunteer. She served on the ABR’s Board of Trustees from 2010-’15 and the Board of Governors from 2015-’18. A member of the American College of Radiology’s Board of Chancellors, she has held committee or leadership positions with the RSNA, Society of Breast Imaging, and American Roentgen Ray Society.
As president, Dr. Mahoney will continue to focus on patient-centered care, stress the value of artificial intelligence, and support the society’s goal of fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion in radiology leadership and practice.
The mother of a daughter in medical school, she wants to ensure that women are encouraged to enter the field and welcomed after graduation.
“There is a great need for more women in not just radiology, but medicine as a whole,” Dr. Mahoney said. “At this point in my career, I get more satisfaction out of helping a young woman in the field than I do in publishing another paper.”
ABR Governor to Receive ACR Gold Medal
The American College of Radiology (ACR) Board of Chancellors has named ABR Governor Cheri L. Canon, MD, one of three 2021 Gold Medalists in recognition of extraordinary contributions to the field of radiology and outstanding service to the ACR. Dr. Canon is chair of radiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. She previously served on the founding board of directors of the ACR Radiology Leadership Institute, the board of directors of the American Institute for Radiologic Pathology (AIRP), and the ACR Board of Chancellors as chair of the commission on education and vice president.
This year’s other recipients are Paul A. Larson, MD, a general radiologist and former member of the ACR Board of Chancellors, and Barry A. Siegel, MD, a professor of radiology and medicine at Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Washington University School of Medicine, with more than 40 years of leadership in the nuclear medicine community. Honorees will be recognized during the ACR Annual Meeting, to be held May 16-19.