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ABR Adds Three Board Members

October 19, 2020
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The American Board of Radiology named three members to its Board of Trustees (BOT) during its annual meeting last week. One member of the BOT, Mary S. Newell, MD, moved to the Board of Governors (BOG).

Pamela Propeck, MD; Paul J. Rochon, MD; and Catheryn Yashar, MD, will each serve three-year terms on the BOT. Dr. Newell is starting a two-year term on the BOG.

Dr. Propeck is a professor of radiology at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. She received her undergraduate degree and medical degree from the Boston University combined six-year medical program. She completed a surgery internship and radiology residency at the University of Wisconsin and has been on the faculty since 1991. Her specialty is breast imaging. She has chaired the ABR Online Longitudinal Assessment(OLA) Breast Committee and serves as an American College of Radiology senior clinical reviewer for breast imaging studies.

Dr. Rochon is a vascular and interventional radiologist in Aurora, Colorado, and is affiliated with the University of Colorado Hospital and Children’s Hospital Colorado. He is an associate professor of radiology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, where he is also the integrated interventional radiology residency program director, director of noninvasive imaging, and co-director of the Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia Center of Excellence. He earned his medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine, completed a radiology residency at University Hospitals/Case Medical Center in Cleveland, and completed his vascular and interventional radiology fellowship at the Miami Cardiac and Vascular Institute. His expertise is in minimally invasive treatment of peripheral vascular disease, women’s health, vascular malformations, aneurysms, dialysis access, and hepatobiliary disease. He is chair of the Society of Interventional Radiology’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group and director of diversity, equity, and inclusion at CU Department of Radiology. He is an ABR oral examiner and president-elect of the Association of Program Directors in Interventional Radiology.

Dr. Yashar is chief of breast radiation services and a professor of radiation medicine and applied sciences at the University of California San Diego. She also serves as chief of staff and associate chief medical officer at UCSD. She trained in an OB-GYN residency at the University of Michigan Medical School and completed a fellowship in gynecologic oncology and a radiation oncology residency at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Dr. Yashar earned her undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and her medical degree from Northwestern University. She participates in numerous medical organizations and societies, including the American Society for Radiation Oncology, American College of Radiology, American College of Radiation Oncology, and American Brachytherapy Society, where she served as president. She is vice chair of the gynecologic section of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.

Dr. Newell is a professor of radiology and imaging sciences at Emory University and a member of its breast imaging division. She has been an ABR volunteer since 2008 and has served as an oral board examiner, member of the Maintenance of Certification breast committee, and chair of the breast certifying and OLA committees. In 2015, she joined the ABR Board of Trustees, and she was selected as vice-chair for diagnostic radiology in 2018. Dr. Newell serves on the board of the Society of Breast Imaging, and she chairs both the American College of Radiology Joint Practice Parameters and Technical Standards Committee and the Subcommittee on BI-RADS. She also is president of the Georgia Radiological Society. She earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Notre Dame, earned her medical degree at the University of Michigan, and completed her residency at St. Francis Hospital in Illinois.


Established in 1934, the ABR’s mission is to certify that our diplomates demonstrate the requisite knowledge, skill, and understanding of their disciplines to the benefit of patients. The ABR is one of 24 member boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties.

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