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The American College of Radiology Data Science Institute® is collaborating with radiology professionals, industry leaders, government agencies, patients, and other stakeholders to facilitate the development and implementation of artificial intelligence (AI) applications that will help radiology professionals provide improved medical care.

ACR DSI is developing a framework for implementation of machine learning in the radiological professions that:

  • Defines clinically relevant use cases for the development of AI algorithms in medical imaging, interventional radiology and radiation oncology
  • Establishes a methodology and provides tools and metrics for creating algorithm training, testing, and validation data sets around these use cases
  • Develops standardized pathways for implementing AI algorithms in clinical practice
  • Creates opportunities for monitoring the effectiveness of AI algorithms in clinical practice
  • Addresses the regulatory, legal, and ethical issues associated with AI in medical imaging, interventional radiology, and radiation oncology

Learn more about our progress in the DSI Annual Report 2020.

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ACR DSI Mission

ACR DSI empowers the advancement, validation, and implementation of artificial intelligence (AI) in medical imaging for the benefit of our patients, society, and the radiological professions. Its mission is to:

Leverage the value of radiology professionals through clinically relevant use case development and clinical workflow integration as AI evolves

Ensure patient safety through algorithm validation and by advising government agencies, such as the FDA, to enhance the regulatory approval process in ways that benefit and protect patients

Establish industry relationships by defining clinically valuable use cases, working with the FDA and other agencies to develop an effective regulatory process for algorithm approval, and creating pathways to integrate AI models into the clinical workflow

Educate radiology professionals and other stakeholders about artificial intelligence and the ACR’s role in data science for the good of our patients.

Read the ACR DSI Strategic Plan

ACR DSI Leadership


Bibb Allen Jr., MD, FACR

ACR DSI Chief Medical Officer
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Keith J. Dreyer, DO, PhD, FACR

ACR DSI Chief Science Officer

Laura Coombs, PhD

Vice President, ACR DSI and Informatics

Mike Tilkin

ACR Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Chris Treml

Chris Treml

ACR DSI Director of Operations

ACR DSI Senior Scientists

ACR DSI senior scientists make up a council of physicians, medical physicists, data scientists and software engineers selected to provide expert support for the activities of the institute. They use their experience and skills in the areas of data science, framework, terminology, methodology and clinical integration to guide AI use case development for the radiological sciences.

ACR DSI senior scientists also serve as institute ambassadors to promote collaborations with other professional organizations, industry, governmental agencies and patient groups around the safe and effective implementation of AI in ways that augment patient care. They are leading educational efforts that broaden the understanding of AI in the radiological sciences for physicians, other health care providers, regulatory agencies and industry. Collaborating with the ACR Center for Research and Innovation, they promote the use of AI in clinical and health services research and population health management, ensure AI is developed and implemented with the diversity of our patient population in mind, and that algorithms are effective for all population demographics and free of unconscious bias in their development.

The ACR DSI senior scientists are:

  • Sheela Agarwal, MD, MBA, New York, NY
  • Tarik Alkasab, MD, Boston, MA
  • Katherine P. Andriole, PhD, Boston, MA
  • Bernardo Canedo Bizzo, MD, Boston, MA
  • Garry Choy, MD, Sunnyvale, CA
  • Curtiland Deville Jr., MD, Baltimore, MD
  • Adam E. Flanders, MD, Philadelphia, PA
  • J. Raymond Geis, MD, FACR, Fort Collins, CO
  • C. Matthew Hawkins, MD, Atlanta, GA
  • Jayashree Kalpathy-Cramer, PhD, Boston MA
  • Matthew P. Lungren, MD, MPH, Palo Alto, CA
  • Gregory N. Nicola, MD, Hackensack, NJ
  • Chris L. Sistrom, MD, MPH, PhD, Gainesville, FL
  • Neil Tenenholtz, PhD, Boston, MA

Data Science Subspecialty Panel Chairs

Panels of professionals with both clinical expertise and background in informatics and data science are developing an array of ACR DSI use cases. These panels primarily focus on the clinical areas of pediatric radiology, neuroradiology, musculoskeletal radiology, abdominal radiology, thoracic cardiology, cardiac radiology, interventional radiology and breast radiology. Additionally, they focus on oncology (including radiation oncology) and quality and safety (including areas related to medical physics, exam protocols and radiation exposure).

Current ACR DSI Data Science Subspecialty Panel chairs are:

  • Abdominal │Luther B. Adair, II, MD, DABR, Las Vegas, NV
  • Breast Imaging │Bhavika Patel, MD, Phoenix, AZ
  • Breast Imaging │Robert Rosenberg, MD, FACR, FSBI, Albuquerque, NM
  • Cardiac │Carlo De Cecco, MD, PhD, Atlanta, GA
  • Interventional │Jeremy Durack, MD, MS, New York, NY
  • Musculoskeletal │Jay W. Patti, MD, Charlotte, NC
  • Neuroradiology │Alexander M. Norbash, MD, FACR, San Diego, CA
  • Neuroradiology │Christopher T. Whitlow, MD, PhD, MHA, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Neuroradiology │Sumit Niogi, MD, Phd, New York, NY
  • Neuroradiology │John Tsiouris, MD, New York, NY
  • Oncology │ Reid F. Thompson, MD, PhD, Portland, OR
  • Pediatric │Steven Blumer, MD, MBA, CPE, FAAP, Wilmington, DE
  • Thoracic │Carol Wu, MD, Houston, TX
  • Non-Interpretative │ Alexander J. Towbin, MD, Cincinnati, OH
  • Non-Interpretative │Adam B. Prater, MD, MPH, Atlanta, GA

ACR AI Advisory Group

ACR Board of Chancellors Chair Geraldine B. McGinty, MD, MBA, FACR chairs the ACR AI Advisory Group. The group convenes representatives of various stakeholder contingents within the radiological professions to ensure ACR DSI and other College initiatives around AI are supported by and supportive of the membership.

The group brings together voices from radiology’s diverse membership communities to ensure that the value each contingent delivers has been recognized and included in the discussion. These include physicians in both private and academic settings, members-in-training, young physicians, radiation oncologists and physicists, and physicians in small and rural practices. Representing a broad spectrum of members maintains the ACR’s position as a credible voice in advocating for patients and helps radiologists embrace their roles as stewards of AI and other advanced tools that may augment our practice.

The group also includes representatives from three ACR commissions: the Commission for Women and Diversity, the Commission on Quality and Safety, and the Commission on Economics. Patient members from the Informatics Committee of the Commission on Patient- and Family-Centered Care are also being recruited to ensure that the needs of our patients are fully considered as AI evolves.

ACR AI Advisory Group members include:

  • Chair - Howard B. Fleishon, MD, FACR, Phoenix, AZ
  • Christine Abbott, Augusta, GA
  • Bibb Allen Jr., MD, FACR, Birmingham, AL
  • Katherine P. Andriole, PhD, FSIIM, Branford, CT
  • Jamaal Benjamin, MD, PhD, Haverford, PA
  • Ruth Carlos, MD, FACR, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Amanda Crowell Itliong, Rochester, MI
  • Lori Deitte, MD, FACR, Nashville, TN
  • Keith J. Dreyer, DO, PhD, FACR, Boston, MA
  • J. Raymond Geis, MD, FACR, Fort Collins, CO
  • Judy W. Gichoya, MD, Atlanta, GA
  • Lauren Golding, MD, Summerfield, NC
  • H. Benjamin Harvey, MD, JD, Boston, MA
  • Stephen H. Hobbs, PhD, Augusta, GA
  • Laura Janisse, MFA, Portland, OR
  • Marc D. Kohli, MD, San Francisco, CA
  • Amy L. Kotsenas, MD, FACR, Rochester, MN
  • Neil U. Lall, MD, Atlanta, GA
  • David B. Larson, MD, MBA, Portola Valley, CA
  • Johnson B. Lightfoote, MD, FACR, San Dimas, CA
  • Mahadevappa Mahesh, MS, PhD, FACR, Baltimore, MD 
  • Jean-Philippe Masson, MD, Paris, FRA
  • Geraldine B. McGinty, MD, MBA, FACR, New York, NY
  • Natasha Monga, MD, Cleveland, OH
  • Gregory N. Nicola, MD, FACR, New York, NY
  • Robert S. Pyatt Jr., MD, FACR, Chambersburg, PA
  • Lindsey Shea, MD, Indianapolis, IN
  • Ezequiel Silva III, MD, FACR, San Antonio, TX
  • William Small Jr, MD, FACR , Maywood, IL
  • An Tang, MD, MSc, Montreal, CAN
  • Christoph Wald, MD, PhD, FACR, Nahant, MA
  • Monica J. Wood, MD, Cambridge, MA
  • Pamela K. Woodard, MD, FACR, St. Louis, MO