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Sustainable radiology: Bringing climate-smart medical imaging into focus
In this session, moderated by Dr. Geraldine McGinty, two radiologists and a health care emissions researcher explore the value of data and interdisciplinary collaboration in driving climate-smart radiology practice.

Session participants will:

1. Understand how data and research, including life cycle assessment, guide advancement of climate-smart radiology
2. Learn how radiology contributes to health care emissions along with opportunities to make radiology more sustainable
3. Hear how clinician leadership, cohort groups, and interdisciplinary collaboration can drive changes in both culture and practice
4. Be inspired by how radiologists are engaging professional societies to increase sustainability, advocacy, and awareness

Charting a course to net-zero health care emissions will require bold leadership and action from all health professionals - from the operating room to the boardroom to the radiology reading room. However, health professionals must first be engaged and educated about the climate impact of health care delivery and their roles in diminishing these impacts by advancing climate-smart health care.

In addition, the creation of scalable and effective interventions to reduce emissions reductions across the health care sector requires research, data, and interdisciplinary collaborations.

Historically, attention has focused on the operating room, and it is common for surgeons, anesthesiologists and perioperative clinicians to be engaged in research and other efforts aimed at reducing the impact of surgical care. Increasingly, other clinicians, including radiologists, are recognizing the importance of measuring and reducing emissions from their clinical practice and departments.

In this session you will learn about the value of research in advancing clinical sustainability, and how radiologists are collaborating with researchers, engaging professional societies and colleagues, and creating a sustainability movement within the field of radiology.

Jun 16, 2022 11:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Jonathan Gross M.D.
Attending Interventional Radiologist @Texas Children's Hospital and Associate Professor of Radiology at Baylor School of Medicine
Dr. Grossman is a vascular and interventional radiologist with a research focus on the evaluation of clinical outcomes from minimally invasive procedures. He has a special research interest in assessing the impact of medical practices on the environment, especially the impact of interventional radiology, and recently published an evaluation of greenhouse gas emissions from an academic interventional radiology practice. Through continued collaborative research he aims to find strategies to minimize environmental harm from clinical practice.
Julia Schoen M.D., M.S.
Diagnostic radiology resident @Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist
Prior to medical school Dr. Schoen received undergraduate and graduate degrees in environmental engineering and conducted research in Brazil, Honduras and South Africa. She is a recipient of the 2020 Emerging Physician Leader Award, offered by the Health Care Without Harm Physician Network, and the founder and chair of Radiologists for a Sustainable Future, a cohort group of radiologists dedicated to advancing sustainability in the radiology department.
Cassandra Thiel, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor @NYU Grossman School of Medicine, Dept of Population Health, NYU Wagner Grad School of Public Service, NYU Tandon School of Engin
Dr. Thiel’s research utilizes life cycle assessment and principles of industrial ecology to analyze and improve the environmental performance of infrastructure systems, hospital design, health care practices, and medical technologies. As a 2014-2015 Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence fellow, Thiel calculated the environmental footprint of cataract surgery at Aravind Eye Care System in southern India, finding that Aravind’s carbon footprint for phacoemulsification was 5% of the same surgery done in the United Kingdom. Her research team is currently testing interventions designed to reduce the footprint and cost of cataract care in the United States while conducting research focused on radiology, inpatient units, and surgical waste.
Geraldine McGinty MD, MD, FACR
Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, Associate Professor of Clinical Radiology and Population Science @Weill Cornell Medicine, Cornell University
Dr. McGinty attended medical school at the National University of Ireland, and then came to the United States for residency at the University of Pittsburgh where she was Chief Resident. Her fellowship was in Women's Imaging at the Massachusetts General Hospital. While working at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx she completed an MBA at Columbia University. Her clinical specialization is in breast cancer diagnosis and she is an internationally recognized expert in health care payment policy and the economics of imaging. She has served as an advisor to the CPT Editorial Panel, the JCAHO and the National Quality Forum. She was Chair of the American College of Radiology's Commission on Economics and was the radiology member of the AMA’s Relative Value Update Committee from 2012-2016. In May 2018 she became the first woman elected as the Chair of the ACR's Board of Chancellors.