Daily Bulletin 2017

2017 RSNA Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting Program Dedication

Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017

Richard L. Baron, MD, 1949-2017

Richard L. Baron, MD


RSNA dedicates the 103rd Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting Program to the memory of Richard L. Baron, MD, who died May 4, 2017.

Widely respected by colleagues across the globe as a diagnostic radiologist, educator, author and researcher, Dr. Baron forged a lasting legacy at RSNA, serving in numerous leadership positions culminating in his RSNA presidency in 2016.

Throughout his career, Dr. Baron was dedicated to building bridges between radiologists across the globe. He worked closely with radiology associations around the world, building a roster of lifelong personal and professional relationships along the way.

Among his many accolades, Dr. Baron received the Medal of Honor and honorary membership in the French Radiological Society in 2015, the gold medal of the Asian Oceanian Society of Radiology in 2014, and honorary membership in the European Society of Radiology earlier this year.

Dr. Baron spent the latter part of his career at the University of Chicago (UC), serving as professor of radiology from 2002 until the time of his passing. He served as UC chair of the Department of Radiology from 2002 to 2011 and as dean for clinical practice from 2011 to 2013. At the University of Pittsburgh, he served as chair of the Department of Radiology from 1992 to 1999, and as founding president and CEO of the University of Pittsburgh Physicians from 1997 to 2002.

Dr. Baron's research focused on diagnostic imaging of liver disease and he served as an international authority on imaging in chronic liver disease and liver tumors. At RSNA 2016, Dr. Baron organized a special Liver Symposium where experts from across the globe met to discuss this critical area of research.

He joined the RSNA Board of Directors in 2008 and served as the Board liaison for education and international affairs. In his RSNA 2016 President's Address, "Beyond Imaging: Ensuring Radiology Impact in Clinical Care and Research," Dr. Baron offered valuable insight on the future of the specialty he devoted his life to building.

In recognition of his enormous contributions to radiology, Dr. Baron will receive a posthumous Gold Medal at today's Opening Session.

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Collimation reduces patient and staff dose and improves image quality.  Attribution: Tyler Fisher and John M. Wait

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