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Jackson to direct American Board of Radiology

Jan. 23, 2014

Valerie P. Jackson, M.D., has been named executive director of the American Board of Radiology, effective July 1.

Valerie Jackson

Valerie Jackson, M.D.

Dr. Jackson, Eugene C. Klatte Professor and chair of radiology and imaging sciences at the IU School of Medicine, will succeed Gary J. Becker, M.D., professor of vascular and interventional radiology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, who will retire from the board on June 30. Dr. Jackson's appointment was unanimously approved by the ABR Board of Trustees.

An expert in the field of breast imaging, Dr. Jackson is active in clinical work, research and teaching regarding mammography, breast sonography and interventional procedures of the breast. She is also active in radiology resident education, and previously served as residency program director for the IUSM Department of Radiology. The principal investigator on numerous funded grants, including several focused on radiologic education, Dr. Jackson is a sought-after lecturer and educator who has made more than 300 scientific and educational presentations at meetings worldwide.

"The ABR is excited to have someone with the expertise of Dr. Jackson in the role of the new ABR executive director," said James P. Borgstede, M.D., board president of the ABR.
"We also thank Dr. Becker for his work over eight years." 

Prior to her election as executive director, Dr. Jackson served as an ABR trustee from 2001 to 2010, during which she was active on numerous board committees. She is also a past president and fellow of the American College of Radiology, where she also previously served as chair of the ACR Commission on Education and a member of the ACR Breast Task Force and ACR Board of Chancellors; a past director for the American Board of Radiology Foundation, where she also previously served as chair of the Leibel Lecture Committee, the ABRF Oversight Task Force and the ABRF Bylaws Committee; and a past president of the Society of Breast Imaging, where she has also been elected a member and a fellow. She also served as the first vice-president of Radiological Society of North America from 2008 to 2009, where she is also a member and active on many committees and boards, including the RSNA News Editorial Board and RSNA Research & Education Foundation Board of Trustees.

In addition, Dr. Jackson has served as a reviewer for numerous radiologic journals, including Radiology, where she previously served as an associate editor; the American Journal of Roentgenology, Academic Radiology; and Journal of the American College of Radiology. She is the author of approximately 100 peer-reviewed articles and 20 books and book chapters with an emphasis on breast imaging and radiologic education.

She has received the gold medals of the Indiana Radiological Society, SBI and ACR. The Valerie P. Jackson Education Fellowship also recognizes her work with ACR.

"Dr. Jackson is a perfect choice for the ABR executive director position," Dr. Becker said. "Having known her for more than 35 years, I can say with utmost confidence that she possesses the attributes and experience that will help her work successfully with the board of trustees to serve patients, the public and the medical profession. She is renowned for her expertise in breast imaging and highly regarded as an educator and accomplished department chair."

"As I prepare to step down, I am comforted to know that I am leaving the board in Dr. Jackson’s capable hands," he added.

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