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April 21, 2005 Executive Committee Meeting

Present: Dr. Edward Melian, Dr. Carl Kalbhen, Dr. Nandita Guha-Thakurta, Dr. Jay Korach, Dr. Margaret Stull, Dr. Edward Michals, Dr. Davide Bova, Dr. Thomas Anderson, Dr. Leonard Berlin, Dr. Kate Feinstein, Dr. Michael Racenstein, Dr. Ruth Ramsey, Dr. Aruna Vade, Dr. Kathleen Ward and Mr. Merle Hedland.

The meeting was called to order at 4:25 PM at The 500 Club of Rush University Medical Center.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: The minutes from the March 17, 2005 meeting were approved.

RESIDENT SECTION REPORT: Dr. Guha-Thakurta stated that tonight’s Resident Section speaker will be Dr. G. Scott Stacey from the University of Chicago who will give a board review presentation on musculoskeletal imaging. Dr. Stacey’s session has been generously sponsored by Genentech for $500. The Resident Section elections took place at the March meeting, and the officers for 2005-06 will be as follows: President, Steven M. Zangan, MD (University of Chicago); Vice-President/President-Elect, Gretchen L. Conroy, MD (Rush University); Secretary/Treasurer, Joe Carabetta, MD (University of Chicago); and Program Director, Rodney Corby, MD (University of Chicago).

PRESIDENT’S REPORT: Dr. Melian announced that, after tonight’s dinner, Dr. Leonard Berlin will receive the Distinguished Service Award medal, honoring him for his many years of service to the CRS and organized radiology, and he will be presented by his son, Dr. Jonathan Berlin. Following this, Dr. James Smirniotopoulos will be the Featured Speaker, and he will be the recipient of this year’s Memorial Award certificate. Dr. Melian also stated that the speaker for tonight’s Radiation Oncology session, Dr. Jennifer de los Santos, and her travel expenses will be generously sponsored by Amgen for $1500.

CHICAGO MEDICAL SOCIETY REPORT: The CMS is holding their Midwest Clinical Conference in Oak Brook and would like to allocate the morning session of Friday, June 10 to specific radiology topics. Because of the late notice of this event, various members of the Executive Committee volunteered to speak, but not necessarily on the suggested topics. The CMS will be contacted in the very near future to see if the alternative topics are acceptable.

SECRETARY/TREASURER’S REPORT: Dr. Kalbhen gave the Financial Report for March 2005. Revenue and expense items were as expected, with the Society’s finances remaining strong. He was also pleased to report that registration for tonight’s meeting is quite high, with over 90 dinner reservations made and some “walk-ins” expected as well. Dr. Kalbhen will contact the Rush 500 Club regarding meal service for next year. Barring an unforeseen rise in meal costs, it is expected that the individual and season ticket prices will remain the same next year.

PROGRAM COMMITTEE REPORT: Drs. Melian and Kalbhen spoke in Dr. Dachman’s absence, giving the list of tonight’s Breakout Session speakers. As the speaker honoraria paid by the CRS have not changed in many years and are lower than honoraria given for similar events, it was decided to raise the Radiation Oncology and Featured Speaker honoraria to $500 and $750, respectively, starting in the 2005-06 season.

NOMINATING COMMITTEE REPORT: The Nominating Committee will formally announce the slate of recommended officers to the general membership after tonight’s dinner, with a vote then taken. The recommended slate for 2005-06 is as follows: President, Dr. Abraham Dachman; President-Elect and Secretary/Treasurer, Dr. Carl Kalbhen; Vice President and Program Director, Dr. Jay Korach; 4th Year Trustees, Drs. Margaret Stull and John Hibbeln; 3rd Year Trustees, Drs. Ellen Mendelson and Edward Michals, 2nd Year Trustee, Dr. Davide Bova; and 1st Year Trustee, Dr. Leonard Bok.

ILLINOIS RADIOLOGICAL SOCIETY REPORT: The agenda for the IRS Educational Symposium scheduled to coincide with the regularly scheduled March 2006 CRS meeting is being planned by Dr. Richard Mintzer. It will be a two day event, beginning on the standard CRS Thursday and then continuing on the following Friday. Tentative plans are to hold both days’ sessions at Northwestern University. The Steven M. Pinsky Resident Paper Presentations will replace the regularly scheduled Breakout Sessions. After the usual Thursday evening dinner, Dr. N. Reed Dunnick will be the Featured Speaker, speaking on a genitourinary topic and receiving the Memorial Award. On Friday, there will be education lectures and probably an Executive Committee meeting. Dr. Mintzer will give us the final schedule once it is complete.

WEB SITE REPORT: Dr. Kalbhen has compiled a list of Feature Speakers for the past 20 years, and they are posted on the web site. He will also attempt to get sponsorship for banner ads prior to the start of the 2005-06 season.

NEW BUSINESS: Dr. Ramsey announced that the April 2005 issue of JACR contains a worthwhile article on self-referral by Dr. Brant-Zawadski.

Having no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:20 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Carl Kalbhen, MD
Secretary/Treasurer

Dinner was served to 110 people. Following dinner, a short business meeting was held and the recommended slate of officers for 2005-06 was elected. Dr. Jonathan Berlin then introduced his father, Dr. Leonard Berlin, who was presented with this year’s Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Eric Russell then introduced Dr. James Smirniotopoulos who gave a talk entitled, “CNS Trauma”. Following his lecture Dr. Smirniotopoulos was presented with the Memorial Award.

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