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Rob Goodman Named Chair of Radiology & Biomedical Imaging

February 14, 2018

Rob Goodman, MB BChir, MBA, has been appointed chair of the Department of Radiology & Biomedical Imaging and chief of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging at Yale New Haven Hospital.

Goodman, professor and section chief of pediatric radiology, brings considerable leadership experience to this role, 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.

"As chair, Rob will build upon his many experiences in radiology to enhance and integrate the department's world-class research and clinical strengths,” says Robert J. Alpern M.D., dean and Ensign Professor of Medicine. “I’m delighted that he will lead the department and look forward to working with him.”

Goodman joined Yale in 2004 from the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, UK, where he was lead clinician for its radiology department. When he relocated 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, 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.

Goodman will build upon the department’s clinical strengths and cutting-edge 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.

Goodman 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.

Submitted by Jill Max on February 14, 2018