The Radiological Society of North America Nov. 29 announced that Dr. Vijay M. Rao has been named president of its Board of Directors.
The Indian American was officially announced to the post at the society's annual meeting in Chicago.
"It is gratifying to see RSNA volunteers passionately devote their time to support major initiatives that are greatly promoting education and research with the goal of transforming patient care and population health," Rao, the David C. Levin professor and chair of radiology at Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University and senior vice president and chair of Enterprise Radiology and Imaging at Jefferson Health in Philadelphia, said in a statement.
"As a former board liaison for information technology and annual meeting, I strongly believe RSNA is instrumental in moving the field forward. I am excited to represent such a vibrant and innovative organization, and nurture collaborations worldwide," she said.
In her new role, Rao will work to emphasize the significant role radiology has in transforming health care delivery in the digital age, the society said in a news release.
Rao is a graduate of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences. After completing her radiology residency in 1978 at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, she has remained on the faculty ever since.
A passionate educator, she served as residency program director, associate chair and then vice chair for education, and co-director of the Neuroradiology/ENT division, the society said.
In 2002, she was appointed chair of Jefferson's Department of Radiology, becoming the first female chair of a clinical department in Jefferson's history, it added.
In 2016, she was named senior vice president of Enterprise Radiology and Imaging at Jefferson Health. She is also a trustee of the Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals board.
She is recognized as one of the leading experts on imaging of the head and neck and is also very active and widely recognized as a thought leader in health services research in radiology.
She has published over 220 peer reviewed articles, a dozen book chapters and 275 abstracts in medical literature and has edited a popular atlas textbook on MRI and CT of the head and neck, according to her bio.
Rao, an RSNA member for 36 years, has also given 300 presentations at national and international radiology meetings, including invited talks at other academic institutions, and several named lectures.
The new RSNA president has held many leadership roles in national organizations, including president of the American Society of Head and Neck Radiology, the Association of Program Directors in Radiology and the American Association for Women Radiologists.
She has served the RSNA Research and Education Foundation in a number of roles, including member of the Board of Trustees from 2008 to 2011, and in 2016, it said.
In 2011, she was named to the RSNA Board of Directors, and earlier this year, she served as president-elect of RSNA. She is also a member of the board of the Academy for Radiology and Biomedical Imaging Research and the Pennsylvania Radiologic Society.
Among the numerous awards she has received include one of 25 Women of Distinction throughout the region by the Philadelphia Business Journal in 2005, the APDR Achievement Award for her outstanding contributions to radiology education nationally in 2006, and the Marie Curie Award of the AAWR in 2014, among others.