Jonathan Kruskal Named 121st President of American Roentgen Ray Society

Leesburg, VA, April 18, 2021Jonathan Kruskal, MD, PhD, of Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center will become the 121st President of the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) during the ARRS 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting this week. He succeeds Alexander Norbash, MD, who served as ARRS president from 2020 to 2021. 

“I am truly honored, and I look forward to serving as your President over the next year,” Dr. Kruskal told the ARRS membership in his Annual Meeting opening remarks. “I would also like to congratulate our newly elected ARRS officers—President-Elect Gary Whitman, Vice President Erik Paulson, and Secretary-Treasurer Angelisa Paladin—and thank our outgoing president, Alex Norbash, for successfully steering our society throughout a rather challenging and tumultuous year.”

Jonathan Kruskal received his MB, ChB from the University of Cape Town (UCT) in South Africa in 1982 and, after an internship in medicine at Groote Schuur Hospital, joined the South African Liver Research Center at UCT Medical School as a research scholar, where, in 1987, he earned a PhD in molecular biology and liver tumor physiology. Dr. Kruskal came to the United States in 1987; in 1988, he completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at the Study Center for Anesthesia Toxicology at Vanderbilt University. In 1994, he completed radiology residency training at Harvard Medical School’s New England Deaconess Hospital in Boston and stayed on as radiology staff member, specializing in abdominal imaging. In 1998, as a Radiological Society of North America Scholar, he developed a mouse liver tumor model for using optical and molecular imaging technology to image mechanisms of intrahepatic tumor growth and metastases. Rising to Chief of Abdominal Imaging in 2001 and Chair of Radiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in 2008, his focus has shifted to include practice and physician quality and performance improvement. An internationally recognized lecturer and teacher, Dr. Kruskal serves on numerous national society committees, including the Executive Council and as Vice President (2019), President-Elect (2020), and now President of ARRS; President (2019) of the Society of Abdominal Radiology; Deputy Editor and Chair of the Practice, Policy, and Quality Initiatives panel of RadioGraphics (2010–2020); Chairman of the Quality Management and Inter-Society Committees of the American College of Radiology, and is a member of the Board of Chancellors for the American College of Radiology. In addition to serving as ARRS President for the next year, Dr. Kruskal serves as Consultant to the Editor for the journal RadioGraphics (2021–2026). Dr. Kruskal has authored more than 200 scholarly publications and has been on the forefront of quality improvement initiatives in radiology, particularly in peer learning efforts. Currently, he is Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School and Chairman of the Department of Radiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

Founded in 1900, the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) is the first and oldest radiological society in North America, dedicated to the advancement of medicine through the profession of radiology and its allied sciences. An international forum for progress in medical imaging since the discovery of the x-ray, ARRS maintains its mission of improving health through a community committed to advancing knowledge and skills with an annual scientific meeting, monthly publication of the peer-reviewed American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR), quarterly issues of InPractice magazine, AJR Live Webinars and Podcasts, topical symposia, print and online educational materials, as well as awarding scholarships via The Roentgen Fund®.