Special Lecture Dedication
Monday, Nov. 30, 2015
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.