Red Sox Honor Radiology All-Star

BIDMC Contributor

AUGUST 16, 2019

KruskalRedSoxMedicalAllStarWhen injury or another health concern arises, a common step in diagnosis is often taking a closer look. For radiologist Jonathan Kruskal, MD, this closer look comes in a variety of ways:  through X-rays, MRIs, ultrasound and other imaging procedures.

“If a baseball player injures a joint or muscle, the next step is getting an MRI to see what’s going on,” he says. “That’s what we do. We’re here to help provide safe and effective imaging and diagnosis.”

On Aug. 16, the Red Sox honored the expertise of Dr. Kruskal, who serves as Chairman of Radiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, the official hospital of the Boston Red Sox.

Over the past three decades, Dr. Kruskal has built a world-class team that’s dedicated to early detection of various health conditions, including cancer. While teaching the next generation of doctors at Harvard Medical School, he continues to be a passionate advocate for improving safety and quality of care.

Get to know this all-star radiologist outside of the hospital.

Q: What’s your favorite sport?

JK: Growing up in South Africa, I played and still follow rugby and cricket.

Q: Are you a baseball fan?

JK:  It’s difficult not to be a baseball fan in Boston, especially if the Red Sox are doing well. I’ll never forget one time at Fenway when Manny Ramirez tossed a ball into the crowd near me. My one-handed, cricket-style catch really came in handy. 

Q: Who did you bring with you to Fenway for the Aug. 16 game?

JK: My wife, Pamela (this is her first ever baseball game!), my executive assistant, Andrea, and her daughter, Laurel.

About Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a patient care, teaching and research affiliate of Harvard Medical School and consistently ranks as a national leader among independent hospitals in National Institutes of Health funding.

BIDMC is in the community with Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth, Anna Jaques Hospital, Cambridge Health Alliance, Lawrence General Hospital, Signature Healthcare, Beth Israel Deaconess HealthCare, Community Care Alliance and Atrius Health. BIDMC is also clinically affiliated with the Joslin Diabetes Center and Hebrew Rehabilitation Center and is a research partner of Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center and the Jackson Laboratory. BIDMC is the official hospital of the Boston Red Sox. For more information, visit

BIDMC is part of Beth Israel Lahey Health, a new health care system that brings together academic medical centers and teaching hospitals, community and specialty hospitals, more than 4,000 physicians and 35,000 employees in a shared mission to expand access to great care and advance the science and practice of medicine through groundbreaking research and education.