Brink replaces Thrall as MGH's chief radiologist

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Dr. James Thrall has stepped down as radiologist-in-chief at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), effective February 1. He has been succeeded by Dr. James A. Brink, previously chair of the department of diagnostic radiology at Yale University.

Dr. James A. Brink.Dr. James A. Brink.
Dr. James A. Brink.

Thrall served in a number of roles at MGH over the past 25 years and will remain active in research at the institution. His accomplishments include founding in 2010 the Webster Center for Advanced Research and Education in Radiation, which is dedicated to reducing radiation dose for imaging exams performed at MGH.

Thrall will continue to serve on the advisory council to Dr. Roderic Pettigrew, PhD, director of the U.S. National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where he will help guide the national research agenda for radiology, according to MGH.

Brink completed his residency and fellowship at MGH in the late 1980s, after earning a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering at Purdue University and his medical degree at Indiana University. He also served at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at Washington University School of Medicine, before accepting a position at Yale in 1997; at Yale, he had been chair of the radiology department since 2006.

Brink's areas of focus include the utilization and management of imaging resources, as well as monitoring and control of radiation exposure. He has served as vice president of the U.S. National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements.

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