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American Board of Radiology Names Brent J. Wagner, MD, as President

October 9, 2018
Contact: Valerie Jackson
(520) 790-2900
The American Board of Radiology (ABR) has named Brent J. Wagner, MD, as president. He succeeds former ABR President Lisa A. Kachnic, MD, who became ABR president on October 28, 2016.
Dr. Wagner, a diagnostic radiologist with a subspecialty in body imaging, has been a member of West Reading Radiology Associates, a private practice in West Reading, Pennsylvania, since 1998 and is currently its president. He is a former medical staff president of the Reading Health System.
He received his undergraduate education at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. He served his internship at Roanoke Memorial Hospital and his residency at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center at Lackland AFB, Texas.
Dr. Wagner has served on the ABR Board since 2011 and is currently a member of the ABR’s Board of Governors. He is a former staff member of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) and current visiting lecturer for the American College of Radiology’s (ACR’s) American Institute for Radiologic Pathology (AIRP). He is on the editorial board of RadioGraphics, offering his expertise in genitourinary imaging.
Dr. Wagner also serves on the Professionalism Committee for the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and is a member of the Commission on Leadership and Practice Development for the ACR. A member of the Reading Health System Board of Directors since 2010, he currently serves as board chairman. He is also a member of the American Roentgen Ray Society, the Pennsylvania Radiological Society, and the Berks County Medical Society. He is a senior member of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine and a fellow of the Society of Abdominal Radiology.
Dr. Wagner’s honors and awards include Phi Beta Kappa (Lafayette College); chief resident (October 1990 to March 1991); Residency Teacher of the Year (1992-1993 and 1998-1999); First Place Award, Society of Uroradiology/European Society of Uroradiology Film Interpretation competition (June 1996, Zurich, Switzerland); Air Force Commendation Medal (1988), and Air Force Commendation Medal, First Oak Leaf Cluster (1994). Author or co-author of nearly 50 publications, he lectures regularly on many genitourinary and radiology leadership topics. He counts computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and ultrasound as his areas of special interest and expertise.


Established in 1934, the mission of the American Board of Radiology (ABR) is to certify that our diplomates demonstrate the requisite knowledge, skill, and understanding of their disciplines to the benefit of patients. The ABR offers primary certification in diagnostic radiology, interventional radiology, radiation oncology, and medical physics, as well as several subspecialty certifications. The ABR is one of 24 Member Boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties. For more information, see

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