President’s Letter

December 9, 2013

Dear Fellow NRS Members~

I am writing to introduce myself as the new President of the Nebraska Radiology Society. Thanks to Joel Elson, MD, outgoing President of the Society, for his great work for the society over the past year. His leadership and expertise allowed the NRS to provide a productive year of meetings and actions for the NRS.

It is also my pleasure to make you aware that Rahul Razadan, MD, Lincoln, will be fulfilling the role as President-Elect, while there is a vacant role of Secretary/Treasurer for the society for this year.

In April, Thomas Dworak, MD, James Smith, MD, and Rick Kutilek, MD, Councilors, attended the ACR meeting in Washington, DC. As Councilors for the Society, they represented all NRS Members during the meeting. Additionally, the NRS sponsored two members in training, Joseph Vavricek, MD and Adam Defoe, MD to attend the meeting. All of the individuals participated in the Capitol Hill Visits and expressed concerns about a permanent SGR fix, imaging specific reimbursement, mammography coverage, and radiation safety. The 2014 ACR meeting will take place April 26-30, 2014 and we plan to have a good representation from the Council members at the meeting. If you are not already actively having discussions with federal lawmakers, I would encourage you to get involved to any extent possible (letters, e-mails, personal visits, etc.). Being proactive is helpful prior to ever having a situation arise that may require personal interaction with them.

It is important that discussions take place regularly with our Congressman and Senators. To access their contact information, please visit the following links:



Some key issues currently for discussion are a permanent SGR fix, Imaging Specific Reimbursement, Mammography Coverage, and Radiation Safety.

Have you given to RADPAC? RADPAC is a bipartisan political action committee of the American College of Radiology Association (ACRa). Its goal is to support and elect pro-radiology candidates at the federal level. If you have not given, please consider doing so and support the political voice of radiology. Contributions may be given online or through the enclosed RADPAC donation form. As of November 2012, Nebraska succeeded in having over 15% of membership contribution participation. For additional information about RADPAC, please visit the RADPAC website at: or contact the local RADPAC Liaison, Kevin Nelson (

Attached please find an updated NRS Committee listing. If your name is not listed as part of one of the committees and you are interested in joining one of the groups, please feel free to contact Sarah Dunbar, Executive Director, at the NRS office to have your name added. ( or 402-474-4472).

Four Membership Meetings have been scheduled for 2014. A Save the Date flyer is included in this packet for your reference. I would also encourage you to visit the NRS website: for additional meeting and society information. The NRS membership meetings provide a time for networking and education. I would encourage you to consider attending a meeting if you have not done so in the past.

2014 Meetings

January 15, 2014 ~Katie Mendlick, MD ~ “3D Breast Tomosynthesis”

February 19, 2014 ~Brad Short, MD American College of Radiology ~ “International Outreach, Haiti, and the ACR” Sponsor: ACR

March 19, 2014 ~ Emanual Kanal, MD, ~“MR Safety Considerations” Sponsor: Bracco

April 16, 2014 ~ Silver Medal Ceremony Honoring John Haggstrom Sr., MD

This year we are able to provide all NRS members the opportunity to view presentations via a web stream called “Go-To Meeting”. You will use your web browser to view the presentation that is being given at Happy Hollow in Omaha. This might come in handy to our friends who are in Western Nebraska as well as those who might not be able to make the physical meeting due to time constraints. The website and login information will be included with the meeting notice (and emailed to those who have expressed interest), if you have any questions please feel free to email or call Sarah Dunbar, NRS Executive Director at: or 402-474-4472.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that the Fellowship Committee is currently taking nominations for the ACR Fellowship. This honor is one of the highest ways of formally recognizing members for exceptional achievement in the radiology profession. Since 1981, only 56 Nebraska Radiologists have been awarded this prestigious award. William Harrison, MD and Robert McIntire Jr., MD were given the award in 2013 and Joel Elson, MD and William Marsh, MD will be awarded in 2014. We are fortunate to have had this honor bestowed on many great Nebraska Radiologists. I would encourage you to consider nominating one of your colleagues for this award. Additional information and a letter from the Chair, Kevin Cawley, MD, are included in this packet for your reference. Should you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Cawley.

I look forward to working with all of you. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have regarding the society or if you have topics you would like to discuss concerning the society.

Thank you for your membership and ongoing support in the Nebraska Radiological Society.


Kris Vander Zwaag, MD

President, Nebraska Radiological Society

Nebraska Radiological Society


December 3, 2013

Dear Colleagues:

One of the highest ways of formally recognizing members for exceptional achievement in the radiology profession is by elevation to the honor of Fellow of the American College of Radiology. ACR Fellows are members who have distinguished themselves by a history of service to the College, organized radiology, teaching or research. The honor of Fellow is given to those with truly distinctive accomplishments beyond the high threshold of achievement expected by all College members.

Since 1981, only 56 Nebraska Radiologists have been awarded this prestigious award and honor and only 10% of ACR members have been awarded the award.

The Nebraska Radiological Society’s Fellowship Committee is currently taking nominations for consideration for this award.

To be considered and qualify for nomination, an individual must be a board-certified Member and have completed ten (10) consecutive years, without interruption, as a member in the American College of Radiology and the Nebraska Radiological Society.

Nominees for Fellowship must be nominated under one or more of the following criteria:

  1. Service to the ACR at the national or chapter level
  2. The accomplishment of significant scientific or clinical research in the field of Radiology, or significant contributions to its literature
  3. The performance of outstanding service as a teacher of Radiology
  4. Service to organized medicine in local, state, or national medical organizations

Nominations are currently being accepted and can be sent to the ACR office via online submission at:

And clicking on “Apply Online!”

The deadline to submit your nominations is February 1, 2014.

I would strongly encourage you to consider nominating one of your fellow colleagues for consideration of this prestigious honor.


Kevin Cawley, MD

Fellowship Committee Chair

Nebraska Radiological Society