Toby Gordon, ScD
, and her background were the perfect models when the American Board of Radiology began looking for its first public board member earlier this year.
Gordon is an associate professor at Johns Hopkins’ Carey Business School with a joint appointment at the university’s department of surgery in the school of medicine. She has extensive experience in healthcare, including serving as vice president of the Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System, consulting academic medical centers, teaching, and conducting outcomes research in surgery focused on the relationship between provider experience, cost, and quality.
With a CV like that, it was an easy decision when the board added Gordon to its ranks earlier this month. Gordon will serve alongside board members who are certified in the four main disciplines that comprise the radiology field: diagnostic radiology, interventional radiology, radiation oncology, and medical physics.
“It is a privilege and honor to be appointed as the ABR’s first public member,” Gordon said. “I am thrilled to have a chance to apply my knowledge and experience in health care as an educator, a former hospital and health system executive, and a public health advocate.”
Opinions from someone outside the radiology field will be vital to the organization’s mission of serving the public and its more than 30,000 diplomates. Gordon’s outside views come from someone who has served inside the medical field.
“There is no more important role to play than contributing to ensuring the quality and safety of health care in America,” she said. “Radiology is a field that has always been on the cutting edge of innovation in health care and it is a discipline central to ensuring the best outcomes for patients through diagnosis, treatment, and collaboration with other medical specialists. I look forward to learning about the critical functions the ABR provides, and how I can best contribute to the fulfillment of its mission.”
Before officially joining the board, Gordon attended numerous board sessions during the fall meeting in Tucson, interacting with other members and staff. She came away excited about her new role, which comes with a two-year appointment.
“People have been so welcoming and open to the input I’ve given,” she said. “I’m so incredibly impressed by the organization. I was telling my new colleagues on the board that the ABR epitomizes excellence. It’s great to be with an organization that’s so high-performing.”