There was announcement in today’s ACR email blast that CEO Dr. Harvey Neiman is retiring. I have known Harvey since I was a second year resident and rotated to West. Penn. Hospital in the Bloomfield section of Pittsburgh to learn obstetric ultrasound. Harvey and his colleagues Ellen Mendelson and Marcela Bohm-Velez practiced there at an extremely high level in a very busy environment and yet found time to publish and teach. I remember being so inspired by their energy and drive.
Harvey’s contribution to the profession of Radiology has been immense. Chair of multiple Commissions (including Economics which is now my responsibility) and subsequently Chair of the Board of Chancellors he could have stopped there and been a giant. Instead he decided he wanted to take on running the organization as CEO. The full list of his accomplishments in this role is long and nicely detailed in the press release. Among the highlights for me are that he has had an expansive vision that has made the College a premier professional organization, a definitive voice on imaging quality and a vital educational resource for its members.
I know there is great sadness throughout the organization at the thought that Harvey will no longer be at the helm of the ACR. As Economics Chair I will miss his wisdom and perspective. I will always remain inspired by his commitment to serve our specialty and our patients.