HARVEY L. NEIMAN

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NEIMAN HARVEY L. NEIMAN, M.D., FACR Chief Executive Officer American College of Radiology Radiology Visionary and Brilliant Leader, Supported Radiology, Colleagues and Staff with Determination, Dignity and Spirit Feb. 8, 1943 ~ June 5, 2014 Harvey L. Neiman, M.D., FACR, chief executive officer of the American College of Radiology (ACR), died June 5 following a long illness. Dr. Neiman was widely considered a medical visionary who dedicated his professional life to improving patient care. "Dr. Neiman helped make health care better and safer. The steps he championed enabled dramatic improvements in patient care and helped shape modern medicine," said Ardis Dee Hoven, M.D., president of the American Medical Association. Under Neiman's leadership, the ACR rose to be one of the world's largest and most influential medical specialty societies, taking historic steps to promote health care quality, safety and efficiency. He spearheaded ACR co-founding the Image Wisely® and Image Gently® initiatives to raise awareness of opportunities to lower radiation dose used in medical imaging. Neiman also guided the development of the Dose Index Registry®, which helps imaging practices track, optimize and benchmark radiation dose used in patient scans. During his tenure, ACR successfully educated Congress to require accreditation of freestanding advanced diagnostic imaging facilities, improving the quality and safety of imaging care nationwide. Neiman envisioned and helped create the ACR Education Center to train physicians in advanced medical imaging and image-guided techniques. Upon closing of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, which housed a world-renowned radiologic pathology correlation course offered by the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, he spearheaded creation of the American Institute for Radiologic Pathology (AIRP®). This preserved nearly a century of knowledge and enabled current and future radiology residents to continue to receive a vital part of their medical training. Most recently, Neiman's direction was integral to the formation of the Radiology Leadership Institute (RLI), which provides radiologists with business and leadership training to help make them better administrators and leaders in the changing health care environment. He was also intimately involved with the creation and implementation of the Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR®) and the Annual ACR Forum. "Dr. Neiman's support of clinical trials coordinated at the ACR Clinical Research Center and cutting-edge physician education helped medicine identify new technologies to save lives and speed the flow of medical advancements into clinical practice worldwide," said Jeffrey R. Immelt, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of General Electric, one of the world's leading diagnostic imaging manufacturers, and chair of the Radiology Leadership Institute capital campaign. For his many efforts, Neiman received the Gold Medal award from both the ACR and the Radiological Society of North America, as well as the Distinguished Service Award from the Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound, which he helped found and served as a president. He recently received the prestigious Béclere Medal, the highest honor awarded by the International Society of Radiology. He also was awarded the first RLI Leadership Luminary award. Neiman was a member and distinguished fellow of the ACR for nearly 40 years. In 2003, he was named executive director and subsequently, CEO. He served as a member of the ACR Board of Chancellors from 1994-2002 and as chairman of the board from 2000-2002. Neiman published more than 120 scientific papers in referred journals, 26 book chapters and authored the book, Angiography of Vascular Disease. He also gave more than 277 guest lectures and scientific presentations worldwide. "ACR members and staff, the radiology community, and organized medicine have lost a dear friend and colleague, exceptional leader, mentor and luminary," said Bibb Allen, Jr., M.D., FACR, chair of the American College of Radiology Board of Chancellors. Harvey L. Neiman was born February 8, 1943 in Detroit. He earned his bachelor's degree and medical degree from Wayne State University. After an internship at the University of Cincinnati Hospital, Neiman completed his residency and a fellowship in angiography at the University of Michigan Medical Center. He served as a professor of radiology at Northwestern University Medical School and Temple University School of Medicine. From 1985-2003 Neiman was chair of the Department of Radiology at The Western Pennsylvania Hospital in Pittsburgh. Neiman served as chief of cardiovascular radiology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and chief of cardiac radiology at University Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI. He was immensely proud of his family who survives him: his wife, Ellen (Ellie) Neiman, his two daughters Jennifer and Hilary, and his grandson William. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be sent to the Harvey L. Neiman Molecular Imaging Fund c/o the American College of Radiology Foundation. The website is www.acr.org/neimanfund. Condolences may be sent to Mrs. Neiman and family c/o ACR, 1891 Preston White Drive, Reston, VA 20191. Services will be held Sunday, June 8 at 1:30 p.m. at Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church, Virginia. Services will be held Sunday, June 8 at 1:30 p.m. at Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church, Virginia.

Published in The Washington Post on June 7, 2014
Harvey L. Neiman
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