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Chair's COVID-19 Message

Rob Goodman, Department of Radiology Chairman
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Rob Goodman, MB BChir, MBA
Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging
Yale School of Medicine

The COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly affected Radiology operations at Yale University and Yale New Haven Health System. Despite this, the entire departmental team of radiologists, staff members, research personnel and trainees has played its part in helping Yale University and Yale New Haven Health deal with this disease. I could not be prouder of the teamwork, resilience, compassion and willingness to help I have witnessed throughout the department during this difficult time. Donating PPE, volunteering to help on the wards, communicating with families of in-patients who cannot have visitors, initiating research into COVID-19, ensuring staff safety, augmenting IT tools and providing subject matter expertise for the media are just some of the unanticipated successes we have seen take place within Yale Radiology recently.

In order to reduce the community spread of disease, the department has deferred many of our appointments in order to keep our staff and our patients as safe as possible. We are now actively working towards seeing our patients again shortly, but in a way that is safe and appropriate to do so. This process requires significant coordination with our testing, PPE supply chain, technical staff and clinical colleagues. This will also take a little time to get right. I anticipate that the end result will reflect our commitment to a safe imaging environment and will include extended hours, new schedules, weekend appointments and uncrowded waiting spaces. I am confident that we will soon be well prepared to offer our patients and their families the high-quality imaging services they are used to, in the safe environment they expect.

The Yale Department of Radiology & Biomedical Imaging are true experts in medical imaging and this expertise will help us emerge from the COVID-19 crisis stronger, faster and sleeker. On behalf of the entire Department, thank you for your patience and understanding.