ARRS Launching New Journal, Roentgen Ray Review (R3), With John Leyendecker as Inaugural Editor

Leesburg, VA | June 13, 2024—The American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) is proud to announce that ARRS will begin publishing a brand-new radiology journal in early 2025: the Roentgen Ray Review, or R3.

Coinciding with ARRS’ own 125th anniversary, every week, the society’s new online journal will publish pictorial essays, case reports, and expert commentary for today’s practicing radiologists. Curating and commissioning this clinically focused content for R3 will be the charge of longtime ARRS member, present UT Southwestern faculty John R. Leyendecker, MD.

Noting that radiologists are busier than they have ever been, “As the inaugural Editor in Chief of the Roentgen Ray Review,” Dr. Leyendecker said, “I see a unique opportunity to take the lead in providing image-rich, clinically relevant educational content for our busy members that is easy to read and apply.”

He continued: “I want to be responsive to the educational and practice needs of our members, while being respectful of their time. My vision is to create a journal packed with practical information and tips that can be easily digested and immediately applied in a typical radiology practice.”

Additionally, Dr. Leyendecker was quick to note that the Roentgen Ray Review will provide ARRS Annual Meeting presenters “a new opportunity to see their Educational Exhibit and Categorical Course contributions published in a journal of the ARRS.”

North America’s very first radiological society, ARRS has published the American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR) since 1907, making that journal the longest continuously published general radiology journal in the world.  

And when the Roentgen Ray Review arrives early next year, R3 won’t be competing against the 118-year-old “yellow journal” of radiology. A truly dynamic duo, AJR and R3 will work in concert to provide society members of each practice type and at every training level with the trusted knowledge they have come to expect from ARRS.

"I think R3 will nicely complement the outstanding content already provided by AJR,” Dr. Leyendecker said. “I am really looking forward to synergizing with [Editor in Chief] Dr. Andrew Rosenkrantz, who is a great visionary and innovator. Together, I think we can deliver a broad spectrum of content that meets the needs of all our members."

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John R. Leyendecker, MD, is adjunct professor of radiology at University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas, where he has been a faculty member since 2015. Previously, he served as vice chair of clinical operations, followed by vice chair of academic affairs. Dr. Leyendecker completed his residency at Emory University in 1993, serving as chief resident. While at Emory, he participated in the inaugural “Introduction to Research” course at the 1990 ARRS Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.

In 1994, Dr. Leyendecker completed vascular and interventional radiology fellowship at Wilford Hall United States Air Force (USAF) Medical Center, and after serving an additional six years as an interventional radiologist and abdominal imager in the USAF, he completed body MRI fellowship at the Mallinckrodt Institute in St. Louis, MO. He has since worked clinically as an abdominal imager, while co-authoring two popular textbooks: A Practical Guide to Abdominal and Pelvic MRI and Problem Solving in Abdominal Imaging. Dr. Leyendecker has published numerous peer-reviewed scientific papers and clinical review articles and co-authored many award-winning scientific abstracts and educational exhibits presented at national and international meetings. His ability to distill complex topics and connect with his audience led to speaking engagements around the world, and in 2014, he served as the Society of Abdominal Radiology’s (SAR) Igor Laufer Visiting Professor. For many years, he served as an oral examiner for the American Board of Radiology and was awarded fellowship in the SAR in 2013 and the American College of Radiology in 2021.

In addition to his extensive service to other societies, Dr. Leyendecker has served as a reviewer for the AJR, Categorical Course Director for the ARRS Annual Meeting, chair of the ARRS Abstract Review Subcommittee, chair of the ARRS Science and Innovation Committee, and as a member of the ARRS Executive Council. His intense dedication to educating and elevating his peers and future generations of radiologists has yielded many teaching and mentorship awards. Dr. Leyendecker’s teaching efforts now focus on leadership and emotional intelligence, and in 2022, he was co-recipient of an Association of Academic Radiology Strategic Alignment Grant to develop a nationwide course to cultivate leadership and emotional intelligence skills in early-career radiology faculty.

North America’s first radiological society, the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) remains dedicated to the advancement of medicine through the profession of medical imaging and its allied sciences. An international forum for progress in radiology since the discovery of the x-ray, ARRS maintains its mission of improving health through a community committed to advancing knowledge and skills with the ARRS Annual Meeting, the world’s longest continuously published radiology journal—American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR)—InPractice magazine, ARRS Symposia, free-access multimedia from our Global Partner Societies, as well as awarding scholarships via The Roentgen Fund®.


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