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Media Contact: Janet Christenbury 30 August 2004    
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Emory School of Medicine Names New Chair of Radiology from Harvard Medical School
Sanjay Saini, MD, widely recognized for applying his research expertise and business skills to develop top-tier working environments in academic medicine, has been appointed the William Patterson Timmie Professor and Chair of the Department of Radiology and professor of radiology at Emory University School of Medicine, effective September 1, 2004. He will also hold a joint appointment in the Goizueta Business School at Emory.

A specialist in gastrointestinal radiology and liver imaging, Dr. Saini comes to Emory from Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston. At Harvard, he served on the faculty for 23 years, most recently as a professor of radiology. At MGH, he was the director of Computed Tomography, as well as vice chair of radiology for Health Systems Affairs. Dr. Saini was also director of Partners Radiology, a collaborative organization encompassing five acute care systems, including MGH, Brigham and Women's Hospital and three community hospitals.

Dr. Saini succeeds William Casarella, MD, professor and former chair of Emory's Department of Radiology. Dr. Casarella will continue as executive associate dean for clinical affairs in the School of Medicine, focusing on Emory's clinical services at Grady Memorial Hospital and also providing active clinical services in the Department.

"Sanjay Saini brings to our Department of Radiology a formidable record of achievement in research and organizational leadership," says Thomas J. Lawley, MD, dean of the Emory University School of Medicine. "Both his scientific expertise and his strong foundation in business development and management will help propel this important department to the next level of achievement. The remarkable advance of imaging technologies makes this an exciting time for radiology as a discipline, and the prospect for increasingly fruitful collaboration with psychiatry and the neurosciences, oncology and other frontier clinical sciences makes this an especially auspicious time for radiology at Emory."

Dr. Lawley also expressed his appreciation to Dr. Casarella, who came to Emory in 1981, for "nearly 25 years of outstanding leadership in the School of Medicine, University, and professional societies in radiology. He has developed the Department into one of the leading radiology departments in the country, with outstanding faculty and trainees in clinical and academic areas and complex and extensive collaborative relationships throughout our School and healthcare system."

Collaboration and innovation are top of mind as Dr. Saini comes on board.

"Emory researchers, clinicians and educators have developed a highly collaborative approach for advancing the art and science of medicine," Dr. Saini explains. "This approach, in conjunction with Emory's rich resources, attracts and retains top-notch scientists and practitioners and will ensure Emory's position as a leading health care institution. In radiology, traditional morphologic imaging is being complemented with advances in functional and molecular imaging. These developments will be key for providing tomorrow's personalized medicine. Emory already has a strong tradition in radiology, and by delivering radiological services at the time of clinical care, radiologists become increasingly central for practicing high quality cost effective medicine. Thus, through innovation and collaboration, Emory will continue to grow as a leading national and international center for patient care, teaching and research, making a significant impact in improving the health of all people."

Dr. Saini's research interests include clinical research and management investigation. His early clinical research focused on developing novel contrast agents to improve imaging of liver malignancies. More recently, he has been examining workflow of radiology departments, cost reduction and improving quality of care.

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