The WSRS Breast Imaging Task Force has created a new website to provide information and answer questions regarding the Washington State Bill 5084, passed in 2018, which requires mammography facilities to inform patients of their breast density beginning January 1st, 2019. Pages targeted at healthcare providers, facilities, techs/sonographers and patients are available now and will be updated over the next several months. Please help us spread the word about this very valuable resource. The website is found at: www.WA-densebreastanswers.org
Join your colleagues from around the state to visit legislators and policy makers in our state capitol. It’s a fun and fast-paced day and an opportunity to get to know the system that governs much of healthcare policy and other issues that affect both physicians and patients. Please register on the Day in Olympia page of our website. That way we’ll keep you posted as plans are firmed up.
The annual meeting of the WSRS on November 3rd at the Embassy Suites in Pioneer Square saw the biannual change of the executive committee. Our thanks to Dr. Pooja Voria for her skillful leadership over the past two years. As your new President, I hope to replicate my predecessors’ success in advancing the interests and initiatives of the society. Other changes in the leadership include the elevation of Dr. Sammy Chu to Vice-President, Dr. Puneet Bhargava to Treasurer and Dr. Jenny Favinger to the dual role of Secretary and Chair of the Recruitment/Membership committee.
On behalf of the WSRS I would like to thank Dr. Bhargava for organizing a stimulating and informative program for the meeting which included guest speakers from the ACR, Dr. Frank Lexa and Dr. Bibb Allen. Dr. Jeff Robinson will take over as program chair for 2019.
In the recent election, Dr. Kim Schrier was elected to Congress to represent Washington’s 8th Congressional district. On behalf of the society I would like to congratulate Dr. Schrier on her success. It is gratifying to see a fellow physician elevated to the halls of power.
The executive committee intends to reach out to as many state and federal level lawmakers as possible to increase our visibility. I would like to encourage all members to invite their local House or Senate representative to tour their practice. Representatives often enjoy learning about our specialty and connecting with voting constituents including your techs, clerical staff and nurses. Such interactions can help us communicate our legislative priorities when the need arises.
All the best for the festive season and New Year.
Dr. Ruben Krishnananthan, MBBS, MPH
President, WSRS, 2018-2020
A smooth transition of power was accomplished at
the Annual Meeting on November 3rd. Dr. Voria
seems happy to pass the gavel to Dr. Krishnananthan after
completing a successful two year term as president!