February 14, 2018
To the School of Medicine Community,
It gives us great pleasure to announce the appointment of Rob Goodman, MB BChir, MBA, as the next chair of the Department of Radiology & Biomedical Imaging and chief of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging at Yale New Haven Hospital.
Dr. Goodman, professor and section chief of pediatric radiology, brings considerable leadership experience to this position, having served for six years as vice chair for clinical affairs for the department as well as recently completing two years as its executive vice chair. He is currently interim chair. He joined Yale in 2004 from the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, UK, where he was lead clinician for its radiology department. He obtained his medical degree from Cambridge University in 1988 and an MBA in Healthcare from Yale in 2017. Upon completing his residency at the Central Oxford Hospitals in the UK, he did a fellowship in pediatric radiology at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.
After his relocation from Europe to the United States, he was struck by the marked differences in radiation awareness between the two countries, which is particularly relevant in pediatric radiology due to children’s susceptibility to the effects of radiation. He subsequently played a major role in the movement to reduce radiation exposure from CT scans in children, as well as adults. As a way to reduce radiation exposure, his clinical interests also include improved utilization of ultrasound in pediatric imaging. He has published and lectured on these topics nationally and is the Pediatric Community of Practice President for the American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine, which recently elected him to its Board of Governors. He has been involved in developing national consensus guidelines for such topics as neonatal echoencephalography, pediatric spinal ultrasound, hip ultrasound, and imaging in pregnant patients.
During his tenure at Yale, Dr. Goodman has overseen the expansion of pediatric radiology services, spearheaded the installation of a dedicated pediatric MRI scanner at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital, implemented a critical test result reporting system, and identified mechanisms to improve the radiology peer review process. Building upon his experience implementing a Picture Archive and Communication System (PACS) in the UK, he will now be involved in the implementation of a new enterprise PACS across Yale New Haven Health. As well as improving clinical efficiency, this cutting-edge tool will have the potential to augment departmental machine learning/artificial intelligence research.
As chair, Dr. Goodman will build upon the department’s clinical strengths and world-class research taking place in such areas as novel MR pulse sequences, functional MRI, MR spectroscopy, novel PET tracers, and 3D image manipulation. By including industry partners, he is eager to expand its translational research program to help convert basic science discoveries into clinical applications that improve patient care.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the search committee chaired by Gary Desir, whose members included Linda Mayes, Jean Bolognia, Walter Longo, Peter Schulam, and Jennifer McNiff.
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Goodman on his appointment.
Robert J. Alpern, MD