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Kruskal Named Radiology Department Chair

Dr. Kruskal

BOSTON – Jonathan B. Kruskal, MD, PhD, has been named the chair of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Department of Radiology and Radiologist-in-Chief.

BOSTON - Jonathan B. Kruskal, MD, PhD, has been named the chair of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Department of Radiology and Radiologist-in-Chief.

Kruskal, a liver tumor imaging specialist, has been a member of the BIDMC Radiology Department for 18 years. He was previously Chief of Abdominal Imaging and Associate Chief of Quality Assurance. He is also a Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School

"We are pleased that after an exhaustive national search by BIDMC and Harvard Medical School, Dr. Kruskal's name was at the top of the search committee's list," said BIDMC President and CEO Paul Levy. "Dr. Kruskal is an expert radiologist, but it is his work regarding patient safety and quality that has earned him the confidence and respect of his colleagues here at BIDMC and throughout the international radiology community."

Kruskal's quality and safety efforts include several innovative web-based tools that track physician and patient access to services, customer satisfaction and any concerns or "near misses" involving patient safety. He worked with staff to establish regular safety "walk-abouts" in the department and a first-in-the-country quality assurance elective for Radiology residents.

As department Chief, Kruskal will lead a 106-member staff of physicians and PhDs in clinical, research and educational activities. BIDMC performs more than 300,000 radiology procedures annually, including abdominal imaging, interventional radiology, MRI, musculoskeletal imaging, ultrasound, neuroradiology, breast imaging, nuclear medicine, thoracic imaging and emergency radiology.

Research within the department is currently a $7 million enterprise, with promising work in molecular imaging (identifying the earliest stages of disease at the cellular level) and other areas. The department hosts 40 residents, 25 fellows, Harvard Medical School students and two radiologic technologist training programs.

"The pace of discovery and new technology in radiology is truly astounding," noted Kruskal. "With each new generation of expertise and imaging technology, we are closer to the point where human disease will literally have no where to hide."

A South African native, Kruskal earned his medical degree from the University of Cape Town, joining the South African Liver Research Center upon graduation. He pursued his doctorate in liver tumor physiology and came to the United States as a post-doctoral fellow and research associate at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He arrived in Boston to complete his residency at New England Deaconess Hospital in 1989, and he became a staff radiologist in 1994.

Kruskal is Associate Editor of and on the editorial board of RadioGraphics, Consultant to the Editor of Radiology and on the editorial board of RSNA News.

Kruskal lives in Newton with his wife and their two teenage children.

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a patient care, teaching and research affiliate of Harvard Medical School, and consistently ranks among the top four in National Institutes of Health funding among independent hospitals nationwide. BIDMC is clinically affiliated with the Joslin Diabetes Center and is a research partner of Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center. BIDMC is the official hospital of the Boston Red Sox. For more information, visit