ARRS Names 121st President

April 24, 2021
Whitney J. Palmer

Abdominal imaging specialist Jonathan Kruskal, M.D., Ph.D., assumed the role during the 2021 ARRS Virtual Annual Meeting.

Jonathan Kruskal, M.D., Ph.D., chair of radiology and chief of abdominal imaging at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, became the 121st president of the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS).

The organization announced his new leadership role during its 2021virtual annual meeting this past week. Kruskal will take over for Alexander Norbash, M.D., an interventional neuroradiologist from the University of California-San Diego Health.

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Alongside his new ARRS position, Kruskal also serves as Consultant to the Editor for RadioGraphics, a position he will hold from until 2026. He is also a leading voice on quality improvement initiatives and peer learning efforts in radiology, having authored more than 200 publications on these subjects.

Kruskal’s storied career began when he began his MB and ChB degrees from the University of Cape Town (UCT) in South African in 1982. After completing a medical internship at Groote Schuur Hospital, he joined the South African Liver Research Center at UCT Medical School in 1987 as a research scholar, earning his doctorate degree the same year in molecular biology and liver tumor physiology.

After arriving in the United States, in 1987, he completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at the Study Center for Anesthesia Toxicology at Vanderbilt University. He, ultimately, completed his radiology training in 1994 when he finished up a residency at Harvard Medical School’s New England Deaconess Hospital.

His contributions to the field of radiology have been myriad. Not only did he, as an RSNA Scholar, develop a mouse liver tumor model that can be used with optical and molecular imaging technology to assess tumor growth and metastases, but, as an attending provider, he has also been deeply involved in practice and physician quality improvement efforts.

In addition, Kruskal has also help several leadership positions. Within the ARRS, he has also served on the Executive Council and as Vice President (2019) and President-Elect (2020). He served as president of the Society of Abdominal Radiology in 2019, as well as chairman of the Quality Management and Inter-Society Committees and Board of Chancellors of the American College of Radiology. 

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