Feb. 17, 2005 Executive Committee
Present: Dr. Edward Melian, Dr. Abraham Dachman, Dr.
Carl Kalbhen, Dr. Nandita Guha-Thakurta, Dr. Jay Korach, Dr. Margaret
Stull, Dr. Ellen Mendelson, Dr. Edward Michals, Dr. Davide Bova, Dr. Thomas
Anderson, Dr. Gary Dillehay, Dr. Kate Feinstein, Dr. Michael Racenstein,
Dr. Aruna Vade, Dr. Kathleen Ward and Mr. Merle Hedland.
The meeting was called to order at 4:20 PM at The 500 Club of Rush University
APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
The minutes from the January 20, 2005 meeting were approved.
RESIDENT SECTION REPORT:
Dr. Guha-Thakurta stated that tonight’s Resident Section will be
given by Dr. John Salantri of Evanston Northwestern Healthcare who will
speak on Cardiac MRI and CT. Dr. Salantri’s talk will be sponsored
by Berlex for $500, and Berlex will be acknowledged during the dinner
for their generous contribution. The Resident Physician Section elections
will take place one month earlier than usual this year, during the March
meeting, so that the resident officers can be chosen prior to the ACR
meeting in April. It was decided to make this change to a March election
Dr. Melian was pleased to report that Dr. Leonard Berlin will be the recipient
of the Distinguished Service Award this year, honoring his many years
of dedication to and achievements within radiology and organized medicine,
including his involvement with the CRS which encompassed previously serving
as President. Dr. Berlin will receive this honor at the April meeting,
and his son, Dr. Jonathan Berlin, will present him with the award. Dr.
Melian also stated that tonight’s Radiation Oncology session will
be sponsored by MedImmune, who will also be acknowledged during the dinner
for their generous support.
PROGRAM COMMITTEE REPORT:
Dr. Dachman gave the list of speakers for tonight’s Breakout Sessions,
with five sessions occurring instead of the usual four. Radiation Oncology
will utilize the Board Room for their session. Dr. Dachman will also be
tonight’s Featured Speaker. He has continued work on the speaker
schedule for the 2005-2006 CRS season, with three of the six sessions
having a Featured Speaker lined up. In October 2005, Dr. Robert Pugatch
will speak on a thoracic radiology topic. Dr. Emanual Kanal will speak
on MRI Safety in November 2005, and Dr. N. Reed Dunnick will speak on
genitourinary imaging in January 2006.
Dr. Kalbhen gave the Financial Report for January 2005, and the Society’s
finances remain strong. The current corporate sponsorship levels of $300
(speaking time given during the Resident Section) and $500 (additionally
get the company name in the minutes, on the program and projected during
the dinner) seem appropriate, but the $5000 level (also get a one year
banner ad on the main page of website) may be too expensive based upon
perceived level of corporate interest. As the website does get approximately
400 unique hits per week, this information will be disseminated to potential
sponsors to more accurately gauge interest. The $5000 sponsorship level
may or may not need to be adjusted. Dr. Kalbhen also reported that he
approached Bank One about handling the Society’s accounts. In contrast
to Harris Bank which the CRS has utilized for many years, Bank One does
not charge Analysis Fees for small business accounts with monthly transaction
numbers similar to those incurred by the CRS. This will be investigated
ILLINOIS RADIOLOGICAL SOCIETY REPORT:
The possibility of holding an Illinois Radiological Society Meeting and
Educational Symposium in conjunction with the March 2006 CRS Meeting was
again discussed at some length. Given the limited time available to plan
such an event and find a suitable site, as well as the current absence
of a single individual willing to serve as its Program Chair, the discussion
focused on the more modest goal of having the IRS Steven M. Pinsky Resident
Paper Presentations take place during the regularly scheduled March 2006
CRS meeting. This was universally thought by the Executive Committee to
be a worthwhile endeavor which should be relatively easy to accomplish
in the available time frame. As Dr. Richard Mintzer, the current IRS President
and a strong proponent of having a combined IRS/CRS meeting, was not able
to attend tonight’s Executive Committee meeting, a final decision
on how to proceed will be deferred until Dr. Mintzer can be consulted
directly. The IRS has also hired a lobbyist who has been giving weekly
reports on Illinois state legislation action that could affect radiology.
The initial response from members of the Executive Committee has been
NOMINATING COMMITTEE REPORT:
The Nominating Committee will meet immediately following tonight’s
Executive Committee meeting, and they will recommend a slate of officers
for 2005-2006 at the March 2005 meeting.
Dr. Dillehay stated that the ACR fellowship application forms are due
to the ACR by May, and none have yet been received this year. He was pleased
to report that six Illinois radiologists will be made new Fellows at this
year’s ACR meeting in April.
Drs. Mendelson and Racenstein are in the process of finalizing a meeting
date with Blue Cross/Blue Shield to discuss and hopefully reverse their
denial of reimbursement for breast MRI when performed for the purpose
of local cancer staging. This meeting will hopefully take place in early
Dr. Anderson relayed a request that he received to allow the Breakout
Sessions, and perhaps also the Featured Speaker Sessions, to be recorded
by residents with audio and/or video equipment for their own educational
purposes. While the intent of this request was not thought to be controversial,
the potential distraction to the speakers and their audience, as well
as the possible unauthorized dissemination of their lecture materials,
were thought to outweigh the benefits. It was therefore decided not to
allow any CRS sessions to be recorded.
Having no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:20 PM.
Carl Kalbhen, MD
Dinner was served to 63 people. Following dinner and a short business
meeting, Dr. Kate Feinstein introduced Dr. Abraham Dachman who gave a
talk entitled, “Virtual Colonoscopy: When Will Prime Time Arrive?”.