Curtis P. Langlotz, MD, PhD, of Stanford University, has taken the helm as 2023-2024 President of the Radiological Society of North America, RSNA during its 109th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting taking place Nov. 26-30 in Chicago, IL. Image courtesy: RSNA
November 28, 2023 — Curtis P. Langlotz, MD, PhD, has taken the helm as 2023-2024 president of the Radiological Society of North America during the RSNA Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting, RSNA 2023, being held in Chicago this week. An overview follows, summarizing his leadership, experience and focus areas.
Langlotz is a professor of radiology, medicine and biomedical data science, director of the Center for Artificial Intelligence in Medicine and Imaging (The AIMI Center), and associate chair for information systems in the Department of Radiology at Stanford University in California. He is also associate director and senior fellow at the Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI) at Stanford. As a medical informatics director for Stanford Health Care, Langlotz sets strategy for the computer technology that supports the Stanford Radiology practice. He accepted his current position at Stanford University in 2014.
In its news update of the leadership transition which took place on the first day of RSNA 2023 on Nov. 26, RSNA referred to Langlotz as a renowned imaging informatics leader and committed advocate for improved clinical communication. It further noted that as RSNA president, he will inform and guide Society initiatives, including informatics programs and resources designed to equip RSNA members with the tools they need to integrate AI systems into clinical practice.
“As I begin my service as RSNA president, our specialty faces many opportunities and challenges, including artificial intelligence, image-guided intervention, theranostics, workforce shortages and burnout,” Langlotz said. He added, “In the coming year, I look forward to working with our members and volunteers whose dedication enables RSNA to create innovative programs that support our specialty as we embrace our exciting future together.”
Langlotz received his medical degree, a master's degree in AI, and a doctorate in medical information science from Stanford University. He completed an internship and radiology residency at the University of Pennsylvania, where he remained on the faculty for 20 years.
Research and Involvement in Informatics, Machine Learning, Algorithms
His National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded research laboratory aims to reduce diagnostic errors and improve the accuracy and consistency of clinical communication by developing novel machine learning algorithms that provide real-time assistance to physicians and patients. Langlotz has authored or co-authored 200 scientific publications, reviews and editorials. He has also authored The Radiology Report: A Guide to Thoughtful Communication for Radiologists and Other Medical Professionals, and co-edited Cancer Informatics: Essential Technologies for Clinical Trials.
Langlotz and his trainees have been recognized for their contributions to radiology research with many scientific awards, including numerous best paper awards and research career development grants, according to the RSNA news summary.
He is a principal investigator for several projects funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), including the Medical Imaging and Data Resource Center (MIDRC), an opensource database that has ingested more than 300,000 medical imaging exams to help doctors better understand, diagnose, monitor and treat COVID-19.
Leadership Roles with RSNA and Related Organizations
Langlotz has served for many years on RSNA's Radiology Informatics Committee and has served the Society as an informatics advisor. The statement also noted that he is a long-time member who led the development of numerous RSNA informatics initiatives, including the RadLex terminology standard, the LOINC-RadLex Playbook of standard exam codes and the RSNA Imaging AI Certificate program. Langlotz has also served as a member of the RSNA Publications Council, the Research Development Committee, the Radiology Editor Search Committee and the Steering Committee for the RSNA Digital Roadmap. He has served on the RSNA Board of Directors as the liaison for information technology and annual meeting since 2016, and as chair for the past year.
Langlotz founded and is a past president of the Radiology Alliance for Health Services Research. He received its career achievement award in 2017. Langlotz served as chair of the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) and as a board member of the Association of University Radiologists and the American Medical Informatics Association. He is a fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and the SIIM. He has served on the external advisory board of the National Cancer Institute's Imaging Data Commons for the past three years.
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