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 2011 RAD-AID Conference 

2011 RAD-AID Conference on Radiology for Developing Countries  

October 30, 2011, hosted by Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD (RAD-AID JACR White Paper available)

The Third Annual RAD-AID Conference of 2011 was held on October 30th at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. As an interdisciplinary forum consisting of NGOs, academic medical centers, radiologists, technologists, nurses, humanitarian aid workers, businesses, and engineers, the RAD-AID Conference presents strategies for increasing access to radiology services for improving health care in the developing world.   RAD-AID 2011 began with a warm welcome from Dr. Jonathan Lewin, Chairman of Johns Hopkins Radiology (shown at left), followed by an overview of conference objectives from RAD-AID's Founder, Dr. Daniel J. Mollura (not shown). 

The first panel, Economics of International Radiology, featured presentations from Dr. Frank Lexa (shown at right), of the Wharton School of Business, and Anna Starikovsky, RAD-AID's Director of Health Care Economic Development. This panel discussed partnerships between nonprofit health organizations and business schools as a strong mechanism for radiology service planning and implementation using interdisciplinary teams of medical and business professionals. 

The second panel, Public Health of Global Radiology, featured Dr. Pablo Jimenez of the World Health Organization and Pan American Health Organization (WHO/PAHO) (shown at right), presenting on key shortages of radiology equipment in the developing world, and the need for improved training to optimize limited radiology resources.  Dr. Sanjay Jain (shown at left), Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Infection Inflammation Imaging Research, presented on the key role of medical imaging in the management of global tuberculosis. This panel addressed how the achievement of key world health objectives, such as cancer and infectious disease prevention and control, warrant the increased access to sustainable medical imaging. 


The third panel,  Clinical Imaging Models and Radiology Service Strategies for the Developing World, presented a range of medical imaging approaches for limited resource regions.  The first segment of this panel presented four ultrasound strategies in Africa, including Dr. Kristen DeStigter of Imaging the World (ITW), Dr. Elizabeth Krebs of Physicians Ultrasound in Rwanda Education (PURE), Dr. Robert Nathan of University of Washington, and Dr. William Marks of Radia Medical Imaging (shown left to right in photo at left with Drs. Marks and Nathan shown at podiums on right and far right, respectively).  

The second segment of the Clinical Models panel focused on women's health, featuring Dr. Richard Hirsh of Radiology Mammography International (shown at left) and Dr. Kathryn Everton, RAD-AID's Director of Women's Imaging, to discuss women's health projects including mammography for breast cancer screening, DEXA for osteoporosis management, as well as mobile health solutions for outreach screening among marginalized populations.  

The fourth panel, International Education for Attendings, Residents, Technologists and Nurses for Global Service, presented educational strategies for training health personnel involved in medical imaging in the developing world. Dr. Charles Maxfield of Duke University and Adjunct RAD-AID Faculty (shown far right) with Dr. Matthew Lungren, RAD-AID's Director of Education, presented RAD-AID's exchange faculty lecture program in China. Emily Timmreck Jackson (shown at right) presented on the new partnership between RAD-AID and the Association for Radiologic and Imaging Nursing (ARIN) in describing key roles for radiologic imaging nurses in global health projects.  Brad Short (shown below-left) of the American College of Radiology (ACR) presented on the ACR's initiatives for multiple countries to prioritize international public service and residency training opportunities.  Dr. Ryan Sydnor discussed RAD-AID's residency curriculum development efforts and evolving projects in Haiti.   

 The fifth panel,  Technology for Radiology and Health Care in Developing Countries, presented technology innovation for imaging services in limited resource regions.  Dr. Brian Choi, Co-Director of Cardiac Imaging at the George Washington School of Medicine (shown at far right) presented on smartphone based transmission and interpretation of echocardiograms in Honduras.  Dr. Ezana Azene, RAD-AID Director of Research, discussed the RAD-AID online learning management system (LMS) for training overseas health workers. Jonathan Mazal, the 2011 RAD-AID Conference Manager and Board Member for the World Radiography Educational Trust Fund (shown at right) presented on mobile electronic devices (MED) for portable digital learning resources used by radiologic technologists.  

*ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS:  Dr. William Mayo-Smith of the RSNA International Committee and Dr. Vicki Noble of Massachusetts General Hospital were unable to present on the Clinical Models panel due to inclement weather on October 30th, but their contributions to this content are highly appreciated by the RAD-AID Team.

The 2011 Conference Speaker Schedule

8:30-8:55 Opening Remarks and Introduction

Opening Welcome: Jonathan S. Lewin, MD, FACR. Chairman of Johns Hopkins Department of Radiology and Radiological Science.

Introduction, Meeting Overview, Agenda, and Objectives: Daniel J. Mollura, MD. Chief Executive Officer, RAD-AID International.










Daniel J Mollura, MD

9:00-9:40 Economics of International Radiology: Long Term Model Building

The theme of this panel will focus on how international radiology and technology projects achieve economic sustainability for long term societal impact.

Frank J. Lexa, MD, MBA. Vice Chairman and Professor of Radiology, Drexel University College of Medicine. Project Faculty, Spain, United Arab Emirates & East Asia Regional Manager, The Global Consulting Practicum & Adjunct Professor of Marketing, The Wharton School. Professor of Business Development in the Life Sciences, Instituto de Empresa, Madrid: Economic Model Development for International Radiology.

Anna Starikovsky, Director of Health Care Economic Development, RAD-AID International: Radiology Readiness and Economic Development in India.






















Frank Lexa, MD, MBA


Anna Starikovsky






9:45 – 10:25 Public Health International Radiology: Radiology and Global Public Health Objectives

Sanjay Jain, MD. Associate Professor of Pediatrics and International Health, Director, Center for Infection and Inflammation Imaging Research, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health: The Role of Imaging in Infectious Diseases.

Dr. Pablo Jimenez. Regional Advisor in Radiological Health, Medicines and Technologies (HSS/MT), Area of Health Systems based on Primary Health Care (HSS), Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO): Challenges and Strategies To Improve Access To and Quality of Diagnostic Imaging Services in Latin America and The Caribbean.


















 Sanjay Jain, MD


Dr. Pablo Jimenez

10:45-11:55 Clinical Imaging Models and Radiology Service Strategies for the Developing World

The theme of this panel will aim to present different approaches to imaging in developing countries using different clinical and technology strategies.

Part A: Ultrasound Models

Kristen DeStigter, MD. Co-Founder, Imaging the World (ITW): Ultrasound Imaging in the Developing World.

Robert Nathan, MD, MPH. Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology, Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington: Scaling Up an Imaging project in The Developing World - First Steps.

Elizabeth Krebs, MD. Founder & CEO of The Physicians Ultrasound in Rwanda Education (PURE) Initiative: Ultrasound Imaging in the Developing World.

William Marks, MD. Radia Medical Imaging, Seattle, WA: Ultrasound Imaging in the Developing World.

















































Kristen DeStigter, MD


Robert Nathan, MD, MPH


 Elizabeth Krebs, MD


William Marks, MD


1:00-1:40 Clinical Imaging Models and Radiology Service Strategies for the Developing World

The theme of this panel will aim to present different approaches to imaging in developing countries using different clinical and technology strategies.

Part B: Body Imaging and Women’s Health

Richard N. Hirsh, MD, FACR. Founder, Radiology Mammography International: Breast Imaging in the Developing World - Challenges and Solutions for Sustainability.

Kathryn Everton, MD. Women’s Imaging Program Manager, RAD-AID International: Women’s Health Mobile Imaging in India.








Richard Hirsh, MD, FACR - Presentation Was Oratory Only 


Kathryn Everton, MD






1:45-3:15 International Education for Attendings, Residents, Technologists, & Nurses for Global Service - The theme of this panel will aim to present and discuss educational strategies for medical imaging in the developing world.

William W. Mayo-Smith, MD. Professor Radiology, William Alpert School of Medicine, Brown University, Director of Body Imaging and Intervention, Rhode Island Hospital, President of RSNA Committee on International Relations and Education (CIRE): Update on the RSNA CIRE and Radiology in the Developing World, Can we Franchise It?

*Unfortunately, Dr. Mayo-Smith was unable to speak due to travel difficulties related to the inclement weather.

Brad Short. Senior Director of Member Services, American College of Radiology: ACR and International Project Leadership.

RyanSydnor, MD. Director of Residency Project Development, RAD-AID International: Curriculumfor Residents Serving Internationally.

Emily Timmreck-Jackson, MSN, RN, ACNP-BC, Board of Directors, Association for Radiologic Imaging Nursing (ARIN): Promoting Healthcare On A Global Level - ARIN and RAD-AID Partnership.

Matthew Lungren, MD and Charles Maxfield, MD. RAD-AID International, Duke University: Radiology Education in China - Opportunities for Partnership.
























































Brad Short


Ryan Sydnor, MD 


Emily Timmreck-Jackson, MSN, RN, ACNP-BC


Mathhew Lungren, MD


Charles Maxfield, MD



3:20-4:15 Technology for Radiology and Health Care in Developing Countries



Theme is technical strategies for radiology implementation: Image transmission and distance learning.

Ezana Azene, MD, PhD. Director of Research, RAD-AID International: Internet Based Learning for Radiology Professionals in The Developing World.

Brian G. Choi, MD, MBA, FACC. Assistant Professor of Medicine & Co-Director of Advanced Cardiac Imaging, The Richard B. & Lynne V. Cheney Cardiovascular Institute, George Washington University: Mobile-to-Mobile Transmission from Handheld Ultrasound to Web-Enabled Smartphone: Application of Tele-Echocardiography in the Developing World.

Jonathan Mazal, MS, RT(R)(MR), Board of Directors, World Radiography Educational Trust Fund (WRETF); Conference Manager, RAD-AID International: Utilizing Mobile Electronic Devices As An Alternative Delivery Method of Educational Resources.




































Ezana Azene, MD, PhD 


Brian Choi, MD, MBA, FACC


Jonathan Mazal, MS, RT(R)(MR)