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Radiology chair is elected president of national society

Medicine@Yale, 2011 - July August


James A. Brink, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Diagnostic Radiology and chief of diagnostic radiology at Yale-New Haven Hospital, has been elected president of the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS).

The ARRS, which publishes the American Journal of Roentgenology, is the oldest radiology society in America. Formed in 1900, soon after the discovery of the X-ray by German physicist and Nobel laureate Wilhelm Roentgen, Ph.D., the society is dedicated to the advancement of medicine through radiology and allied sciences.

Brink received a B.S. at Purdue University and an M.D. at Indiana University. He completed his residency and fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and came to Yale in 1997 from the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

Brink has pioneered technologies for maximizing resolution in CT scanning while minimizing radiation dosage and risk to patients. His work evaluating the general underpinnings of image reconstruction has helped manufacturers to develop and implement image-processing algorithms that have brought advanced applications such as CT colonography and CT angiography into clinical use.

Among his numerous awards, honors, and leadership positions, Brink is a member of the Board of Chancellors of the Academy of Radiology Research, and also serves on the board of directors for the National Council on Radiation Protection.