Daily Bulletin 2015

Special Lecture Dedication

Monday, Nov. 30, 2015

Joseph N. Gitlin, M.D.

Joseph N. Gitlin, M.D.

Sunday's special lecture is dedicated to the memory of Joseph N. Gitlin. Dr. Gitlin was a visionary proponent of medical informatics and a founding member of the Radiology Information System Consortium, which helped launch a revolution in imaging informatics.

Throughout his career, Dr. Gitlin worked adeptly with government, radiologists and vendors to continually push the specialty forward.

His interest in medicine was sparked as a young man growing up in a coal mining town. He was acutely aware of the health risks of the local occupation, and he often peppered the family physician with questions about the practice of medicine.

As an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania he was accepted into the Naval Reserve Officer Training program, where he specialized in medical training. With just one year of training, Dr. Gitlin was called to active duty and found himself the ship's doctor on a Navy destroyer escort.

After earning a Master's of Public Health degree from John Hopkins University, Dr. Gitlin turned his attention to studying the benefits of applying computer technology to radiology department operations. Later in his career, Dr. Gitlin joined John Hopkins University as an associate radiology professor and continued to explore medical informatics.

Dr. Gitlin died August 2, 2014, at 86 years old.

Question of the Day:

We just purchased a new CT scanner from a different vendor and it's like trying to learn a new language to understand their parameters. How do I learn the new nomenclature?

Tip of the day:

Even if it is your personal lead apron, if it is stored on-site at the clinic, it must be checked annually as part of a quality assurance program.

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