Q & A with RSNA president, Dr. Valerie Jackson

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Q & A with RSNA president, Dr. Valerie Jackson

por Sean Ruck, Contributing Editor | November 12, 2019
Dr. Valerie Johnson
From the November 2019 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine

RSNA 2019 takes place this year, December 1 – 6 at McCormick Place in Chicago. Any regular reader of HealthCare Business News magazine or our online news over the years knows that RSNA is a big focus that helps to wrap up the year nicely. We have had nearly 20 reporters travel to the show over the years to learn what OEMs have in store for the following year, what innovations were finally being revealed and just to get the opportunity for more face-to-face interviews in a few days than we might expect to get over the course of months.

We often have stories published within hours of an event or interview and we even had a foray into video from the show nearly a decade ago. One piece of coverage that has remained constant throughout that time has been our annual interview with the RSNA president. The tradition continues with this year’s interview of RSNA president, Dr. Valerie Jackson.

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HCB News: What inspired you to pursue a career in healthcare?
Valerie Jackson: I have always loved science and helping people. Medicine provides the perfect combination of these.

HCB News: How long have you been a member of RSNA?
VJ: I have been a member of RSNA since 1982. I highly recommend it. As an RSNA member, you’re surrounded by support throughout your career. RSNA provides the perspective and tools you need to navigate this ever-changing specialty.

HCB News: What inspired you to join?
VJ: I have always been passionate about education, and RSNA is the world leader in radiology research and education. Add to that the annual meeting, the opportunity to meet and learn from radiology leaders from around the world, and, of course, the Society’s commitment to its members — I leapt at the chance to be a part of this wonderful organization.

HCB News: Can you talk about your path to becoming president? What inspired you to rise to this level and what were the steps to get there?
VJ: I attended my first RSNA meeting in 1980, when I was still a resident. I was hooked. RSNA provides the highest quality of education and has fostered the research and innovation that shapes our practices. And that doesn’t happen in a vacuum. I was inspired by the many volunteers working together to keep radiology at the forefront of patient care; so I became a volunteer. And I never stopped. Being part of this network of tremendously dedicated people from around the world in service of a common goal has been infinitely rewarding, and it is equally gratifying to see more women moving up through the ranks to take on leadership roles in medical societies.

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