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American Board of Radiology Appoints New Governor to Board

April 11, 2017
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American Board of Radiology Appoints New Governor to Board

The American Board of Radiology (ABR) has appointed Robert M. Barr, MD, FACR, to serve on its Board of Governors, effective October 23, 2017. He will fill the position of secretary-treasurer currently held by Geoffrey S. Ibbott, PhD.
Dr. Barr is a private practice neuroradiologist and the immediate past president of Mecklenburg Radiology Associates, a group of 45 radiologists and 14 physician assistants covering six hospitals and 14 imaging centers based in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is a graduate of Harvard University and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine. Following internship at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego, he returned to UCSF for radiology residency and fellowship before beginning clinical practice in Charlotte. He chairs the Board of Trustees for the Novant Health Medical Group, recently ranked the 10th largest medical group in the U.S. Dr. Barr is the current secretary of the American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR) and chair of the ASNR Health Policy Committee. He previously served as chair of the ASNR Economics Committee and as the ASNR Advisor to the American Medical Association/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC). He is also the American College of Radiology (ACR) Councilor for the ASNR and serves on the ASNR Foundation Board.
At the ACR, Dr. Barr previously chaired the Neuroradiology Economics Committee, is an ad hoc member of the Economics Commission, and serves on the Advisory Board of the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute. He has lectured and published on topics involving neuroradiology and health policy, and he helped coauthor a series of papers analyzing potential efficiencies of multiple same-day advanced imaging studies that played a role in the recently successful campaign to roll back the Medicare multiple procedure payment reduction (MPPR) for professional component reimbursement.


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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