Ruth Carlos, MD, Named 2019-2020 ARRS President

Leesburg, VA, May 5, 2019—Ruth Carlos, MD, became the 119th president of the American Roentgen Ray Society at the ARRS 2019 Annual Meeting this week in Honolulu, Hawaii. She succeeds Philip Costello, MD, who served as ARRS President from 2018 to 2019.

Carlos is a practicing diagnostic radiologist, a professor of radiology and a former assistant chair of research at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She also co-directs the Program on Women’s Health Care Effectiveness Research (PWHER) in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the U-M Medical School. At Michigan Medicine, her appointments include University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center member and Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation member, and she was named vice chair for the University of Michigan's faculty governance system for 2017-18.

Born in Manilla, the Philippines, Carlos received her undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago, graduating with honors, and received her medical degree from University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. Following her residency in diagnostic radiology at University of Chicago, she accepted a fellowship in cross–sectional imaging at the University of Michigan.

Carlos has authored 131 peer-reviewed publications and served as a reviewer for 10 scientific journal publications. Recently named as the new editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR), she has contributed to JACR for the last 13 years as an author, reviewer and member of the editorial board. She previously served as JACR’s deputy editor, establishing the journal's digital media portfolio including a podcast called the Radiology Firing Line and a hackathon where medical personnel, patient advocates, and IT professionals worked collaboratively to develop innovative solutions to industry challenges.

Carlos’ research emphasizes patient preference measurement, cost-effectiveness analysis, and meta-analysis and systematic reviews in diagnostic imaging. Her research also seeks to improve vaccine uptake in adolescent daughters by studying the efficacy of maternally directed interventions. The significance of her work in health services research and policy has been nationally recognized and she has been awarded fellowships from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Association of University Radiologists (AUR) GE Radiology Research Academic Fellowship (GERRAF) program.

Carlos has chaired committee assignments for the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), the American College of Radiology (ACR), and the AUR GERRAF Board of Review, and was co–chair of the ACR Imaging Network’s (ACRIN’s) Patient–centered Outcomes Committee. She is a former president of both the AUR and the Radiology Alliance for Health Services Research, a member of the AUR Board of Directors since 2006, and served as deputy editor for health services research for Academic Radiology. In 2016, Carlos received AUR’s Gold Medal award in recognition of her unusually distinguished service.


Founded in 1900, ARRS is the first and oldest radiology society in the United States and is an international forum for progress in radiology. The Society's mission is to improve health through a community committed to advancing knowledge and skills in radiology. ARRS achieves its mission through an annual scientific and educational meeting, publication of the American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR) and InPractice magazine, topical symposia and webinars, and print and online educational materials. ARRS is located in Leesburg, VA.