Vincent P. Mathews, MD
Chair of Radiology and James E. Youker, MD, Professor in Radiology
I have had a busy and productive first year as Chair of the MCW Department of Radiology. The faculty has been very engaged as we have developed a new committee structure to oversee the work of the department. The leadership team has done a great job moving us forward in all our missions. The Executive Committee is comprised of Bill Rilling, MD, Vice-chair of Clinical Affairs, Kathleen Schmainda, PhD, Vice-chair of Research, Mark Hohenwalter, MD, Vice-chair of Education and Greg Hill, JD, Chief Administrator. I appreciate their advice and leadership very much.
The department held a strategic planning retreat in December 2014 and developed our mission and vision statements with the input of 55 faculty members. Our mission statement is:
The MCW Department of Radiology will provide the highest quality, cutting edge, patient centered diagnostic and interventional services, perform internationally recognized research to advance patient care, and educate excellent clinicians and radiologists.
Our vision statement is:
The MCW Department of Radiology will be a leading patient care provider of diagnostic and interventional services. We will:
Deliver high quality, value-added, subspecialty clinical care.
Develop and advance basic science, translational and clinical research.
Provide outstanding training programs and become a destination of educational excellence.
We subsequently have worked on various goals that came out of the strategic planning retreat and held a research-focused retreat in May 2015. We will hold a faculty development retreat in September 2015 to help the faculty to continue to grow in their academic and clinical pursuits.
We are experiencing a number of transitions. We had six new faculty members join us in 2014 and will have six more join us in the summer of 2015. Dr. Chuck Kahn, our long-time Director of Informatics, moved to the University of Pennsylvania in November to be Vice-Chair of Informatics. Dr. Chuck Wilson, the Chief of Medical Physics, retired in March after 40 years at MCW. Dr. Yu Liu is our new Chief of Medical Physics. Dr. Kay Shaffer went part-time in January and will wind down her 40 year career at MCW in the coming months. Dr. Jim Youker, our former Chair, is going part-time in July 2015 and will retire December 31 after having served MCW for 47 years. On July 1, 2015 Dr. Parag Tolat will replace Dr. Dennis Foley as Chief of Abdominal Imaging, but Dennis will stay on to continue his 38 year career at MCW. We are fortunate to have had such a stable faculty. As some of these great radiologists move on to the next stage of their lives, we are also fortunate to be able to recruit outstanding young radiologists to continue to help us to meet our goals in clinical service, teaching, research and community engagement.
Vincent P. Mathews, MD
Chair of Radiology