R. Gilbert Jost, M.D., the Elizabeth Mallinckrodt Professor and head of Radiology at Washington University School of Medicine, has been named chairman of the board of directors of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).
The society is an organization of more than 37,000 radiologists, radiation oncologists and related scientists committed to promoting excellence in radiology through education and research, with the ultimate goal of improving patient care. The RSNA’s scientific assembly and meeting is one of the largest annual medical meetings in the world with approximately 60,000 attendees from more than 93 countries.
Jost will serve as chair for one year. After that he will serve successive one-year terms as president-elect and president of the RSNA. He has been active with the organization for many years, serving on numerous committees and joining its board of directors in 1999.
Jost is also director of the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at the School of Medicine and an affiliate professor of computer science at the university. He is internationally known for his work to expand and improve the use of information technology in the practice of diagnostic radiology.
Jost became head of the Department of Radiology and director of the Mallinckrodt Institute in 2001 after serving as interim holder of both positions for two years. Prior to that he was chief of diagnostic radiology, overseeing diagnostic radiology services at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital, Doctors Hospital and BJC Health Centers located throughout Metropolitan St. Louis.
Before coming to Washington University, Jost interned at Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital and was a research associate at the National Institutes of Health. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University and earned his medical degree at Yale University.
Jost is a member of several medical societies including the American College of Radiology and the Association of University Radiologists. In 2000, he became an inaugural member of the Society for Computer Applications in Radiology.
He has written more than 125 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals.
Washington University School of Medicine’s full-time and volunteer faculty physicians also are the medical staff of Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals. The School of Medicine is one of the leading medical research, teaching and patient care institutions in the nation, currently ranked second in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Through its affiliations with Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals, the School of Medicine is linked to BJC HealthCare.