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Alumni Connection Q1/Q2 2012 Edition

Imaging Institute Updates Imaging Institute Renovation and Expansion Continue Construction documents for Phase II (expansion of existing CT facilities into Gb3) were completed in September 2011, with construction targeted to begin in March 2012. Installation of the Siemens AS+128 CT in the Emergency Department is complete. Expansion of cardiac MRI facilities in J1 continues to move forward, with construction nearing completion. Funding has been approved for the A2-259 digital conversion with construction in progress. Construction is complete for the A-20 research mammography unit, with final connections to be made when equipment is delivered. The Fb20 interventional suite replacement is complete, and patient procedures are being performed. Funding for the design of Phase III (expansion of Angio facilities) has been approved. Mellen Center 7T MRI design is in progress, with construction tentatively starting in April 2012 and equipment delivery in December 2012. Migration to Agfa PACS Moves Forward Migration of the Agfa PACS continues. Implementation has been completed at Main Campus, Lakewood, Lutheran, Fairview,

Marymount, Medina, Weston, Hillcrest, Euclid, Ashtabula and South Pointe facilities. Migration of images from Siemens PACS to Agfa continues. Imaging Institute Informatics and Agfa are reviewing options for ongoing image storage, along with CCF ITD evaluating “Cloud� (off-site storage) options. The Enterprise Image Viewer has started an aggressive implementation schedule, with planned CCHS enterprise implementation completion by third quarter 2012. Imaging Institute Launches New Storage and Distribution Technology The Imaging Institute has installed new technology for the storage and distribution of all radiology images (X-rays, CT scans, etc.). The new system replaces the Syngo Imaging Viewer, providing faster image retrieval as well as offering a suite of advanced tools for image enhancement and annotation. The Enterprise Imaging Project is implementing the new technology in a phased approach that began in January with the Anesthesia, Cole Eye, Dermatology and Plastic Surgery, Digestive Disease and Urology institutes.

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Daniel Lockwood, MD, Appointed Radiology Residency Program Director The Imaging Institute appointed Daniel Lockwood, MD (DR’08, NR’09), as the new Program Director for the Radiology Residency Program. After completing his radiology residency and neuroradiology fellowship at Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Lockwood joined as neuroradiology staff in 2009. He also serves as Chair for the Imaging Institute Educational Committee. As part of the internationally acclaimed Cleveland Clinic, the faculty of the Radiology Residency Program and the Imaging Institute aim to train future radiologists of the highest caliber. Cleveland Clinic’s main campus, eight community hospitals and 18 family health centers perform and interpret more than 1.9 million imaging studies. These facilities are equipped with state-of-the-art imaging technology, offering radiology residents with a variety of training opportunities. With such advantages, our graduates are well positioned at the end of the four-year program to enter a subspecialty fellowship program or private practice.


Our Radiology Residency Program accepts eight residents per year for a total of 32 resident positions. More than 100 board-certified, full-time faculty members guide the training experience in diagnostic imaging from both the basic science and the clinical perspective. Over 48 months of training, our residents develop a thorough understanding of anatomy and radiographic findings in health and disease, enabling them to distinguish between normal and abnormal findings including normal variants. The patient volume at Cleveland Clinic ensures extensive exposure to the everyday and the unusual. Residents gain a thorough knowledge of the appropriate indications for particular examinations and which studies enhance or complement the diagnostic evaluations of various disorders. Our residents formulate a succinct, objective description of an abnormality and convey a logical differential diagnosis based on that data. By progression through the training program, a graduated level of supervised responsibility and autonomy is attained.

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Around CCHS

New Health Center Named in Honor of Tubbs Jones Cleveland Clinic Stephanie Tubbs Jones Health Center opened in October 2011. Previously known as the Cleveland Clinic Huron Community Health Center, the $25-million facility is named in honor of Stephanie Tubbs Jones, a congresswoman, judge and prosecutor who devoted her career to public service before her untimely death in 2008. Situated on Euclid Avenue, the three-story, 50,000-square-foot center is designed to reach beyond traditional healthcare services and link with community resources in one location to make it easier for patients to access healthcare, social and financial services. New Building Opens for Pathology, Laboratory Medicine The new Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Institute (PLMI) and Cleveland Clinic Laboratories building is up and running. The building will improve medical testing capabilities and create hundreds of new jobs for our enterprise. The new building features state-of-the-art laboratories for testing of tissues and other samples and will allow Cleveland Clinic to provide services to other healthcare institutions nationally. Located near the intersection of East 105th Street and Carnegie Avenue, it is three stories and 135,000 square feet. With a staff of more than 80 board-certified anatomic and clinical pathologists and more than 1,500 medical technologists, laboratory technicians and support staff, PLMI laboratories operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Richard E. Jacobs Health Center Opens in Avon The state-of-the-art Richard E. Jacobs Health Center opened in December, replacing the Westlake Family Health Center to bring worldclass healthcare to Avon, Lorain County and surrounding communities. Continuing the commitment to providing healthcare services across Northeast Ohio, the new center offers primary care and more than 30 specialty services, including cardiology, neurology, nutrition services, podiatry and urology. Imaging services provided include MRI (3T), CT (20-row), Nuclear Medicine, Digital Mammography units (2), General X-Ray (4), Ultrasound units (2) and bone density. Located at 33100 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard off of Nagel Road at I-90, the 190,000-squarefoot center includes a pharmacy, on-site laboratory and full conference facilities. Four operating rooms, four procedure rooms and 23-hour overnight stay capabilities round out the facility.

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United Way Campaign Runs Year-round Although the official kickoff date for United Way is in September, the campaign runs all year long. A series of payroll events are scheduled throughout the year to benefit United Way. The events are held at Main Campus, Lerner Commons, Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A bedding sale will be held May 7 – 11, with sheets, towels, comforters and other items available. An electronics sale, including TVs, cameras, computers and blue rays, will take place August 20 – 24. Dynamic fundraising will occur November 26 – 30, with clothes, coats, timberland boots, perfume and other items for sale. Cleveland Clinic employees can purchase select merchandise at these events, with 20 percent of the purchase price going to United Way and the remainder going to the vendor. The purchase is deducted from the employee’s paychecks in four installments. Learn more at

Consulting Radiologist In December, each Imaging Institute Section started identifying a daily “consulting radiologist.” A primary role of the consulting radiologist is to provide consults to referring physicians on exam appropriateness and radiation dose, in addition to providing patient consults when requested. Each Section specifies the daily consulting radiologist on both AmCom and the Section schedule.

Professional Presentations Imaging Institute staff will present 19 abstracts at the annual meeting of the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS), being held April 29 – May 4 in Vancouver, Canada.

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Abraham Levitin, MD, Interventional Radiologist, was appointed Clinical Director-Interventional Radiology, effective May 1. Renee Kolonick is the Regional Vice PresidentOncology for the eastern region hospitals, effective in September. Kolonick previously was Administrative Director for Imaging at Hillcrest Hospital. Craig Irish, MD (GL-1’77, DR’80), Regional Radiology-Fairview, passed away October 13 after a six-year battle with myeloma. Dr. Irish joined the Fairview medical staff in 1980 and served as Chair of the Department of Radiology and the Credentials Committee. Survivors include his wife Kimberly, daughters Meredith Peetz-Larsen (Niels) and Elizabeth Nelson (Jim), grandchildren Sonja and Christian, mother Muriel and brothers Keith (Mary) and Jeffrey (Maggie Brasted). Ron Young joined Taussig Cancer Institute as the Administrator of Radiation Oncology (Region and Main) in October. He previously served as the Clinical Manager for Nuclear Medicine at Main Campus for more than 20 years.

Paul Johnson, MS, DABR, was appointed Section Head of Medical Physics in December. Roseann Spitznagel’s functions were enhanced to include Syngo responsibilities in December. George Belhobek, MD (GL-1’70, DR’73), MSK Radiologist at Main Campus, retired December 31. Dr. Belhobek, a former Chair of Diagnostic Radiology, began his career at Cleveland Clinic in July 1975. Christine Quinn, MD (DR’75), Radiologist in Breast Imaging at Main Campus, retired December 31. Dr. Quinn began her career at Cleveland Clinic as a Staff Radiologist in 1975.

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Brian Herts, MD, expanded his responsibilities November 1 to include Imaging Institute CT operations. Dr. Herts is also Section Head for Abdominal Imaging.

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Mike Hajek, Administrator–PACS, accepted the position of Department Administrator-Informatics, effective November 1.

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In December Scott Flamm, MD, and Chuck Lau, MD, received their Masters in Business Administration from Northwestern University and the Cleveland Clinic MBA program, respectively.

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Alumni Events 2011 RSNA Alumni Reception The 2011 Radiological Society of North America annual meeting was held in November in Chicago. The Imaging Institute hosted the Cleveland Clinic Radiology Alumni Cocktail Reception at the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel in honor of our alumni and staff. Approximately 35 alumni and guests attended the reception.

Baljendra Kapoor, MD, Gregory Borkowski, MD & Shetal Shah, MD

Carl Winalski, MD, Janet Reid, MD & Erika Schneider, PhD

James Frangos, MD & Ronald Lorig, MD, PhD

Patricia Delzell, MD & Monica Koplas, MD

Ali Esmaili & Pauline Kwok, MD

Gary Whitman, MD

Aytekin Oto, MD & Erick Remer, MD

Rupan Sanyal, MD, Brian Allen, MD & Ajit Goenka, MD

Paul Ruggieri, MD, Joseph Veniero, MD, PhD & Alice Rim, MD and husband James Rico, DDS

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Imaging Institute Events 2011 Holiday Party More than 400 people attended the Imaging Institute’s 2011 holiday party at Casa di Borally in Richmond Heights in December. Radiology staff, residents, fellows, program coordinators and their guests were invited.

Gregory Borkowski, MD

Casa di Borally

Paul Ruggieri, MD & John Dillinger

Weiping Wang, MD

Dr. & Mrs. Ruggieri and Tom Masaryk

Dr. & Mrs. Borkowski

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News from Cleveland Clinic Cleveland Clinic TV Campaign Launched in February Cleveland Clinic launched a new television advertising campaign in February to run in the Northeast Ohio market for several months. Called “The Power of Today,” the campaign features 30- and 60-second spots showing Cleveland Clinic caregivers and their family members, highlighting each day of the week as a great day to seek Cleveland Clinic’s world-class care. Same-day access is featured in each commercial. Reinforcing the Cleveland Clinic commitment, the new ads spotlight some of our 43,000 caregivers, including those in Taussig and the regional cancer locations. “Best cancer care in Ohio” is also a featured message. With 300 spots airing each week, the call volume to the ad’s 888.223.CARE phone number has averaged in the 70s each day. Cleveland Clinic Marketing and Communications Department worked with Bunker New York, a film production company, to produce the commercials.

Office of Patient Experience Cleveland Clinic CEO and President Toby Cosgrove, MD, created the Office of Patient Experience in 2007, recognizing that successful healthcare organizations no longer compete solely on the quality of their clinical outcomes. Patients also expect a high level of service. The Imaging Institute has the potential to impact patient experience, which can be challenging considering our brief window to make an impression. However, our rising outpatient scores and number of positive phone calls to our Institute PE telephone line indicate that we are on the right track. The Institute PE Committee meets monthly and welcomes suggestions of innovative ways to exceed patients’ expectations. Please contact Laura Shepardson, MD (DR’07, IMAG/B’08) ( / ext. 47509), Cindy Sears ( / ext. 54516) or Sue Weber ( / ext. 59383) with comments.

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Medical Editor - Pauline Kwok, MD (TRS’95, DR’00, ABI’01) Cleveland Clinic Alumni Specialty Director, Radiology

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Radiology Alumni Connection Q1/Q2 2012 Edition  

Imaging Institute Updates

Radiology Alumni Connection Q1/Q2 2012 Edition  

Imaging Institute Updates