By staff writers

July 11, 2017 -- International Editor Eric Barnes died on July 5 after a brief illness.

One of's founding editors, Barnes joined the company in October 1999, a few months before it launched at RSNA 1999. A Michigan native, he came to as part of a career in health journalism.

Eric Barnes
International Editor Eric Barnes.

Barnes immediately made his mark on as it grew to become the premier online portal for radiology professionals. He specialized in covering CT, CT colonography, and advanced visualization, but found no topic too arcane or specialized to write about.

He had a passion for international travel and, in particular, loved attending the annual European Congress of Radiology in Vienna. He spoke a number of languages fluently, including Russian, Spanish, and French, and was learning German. He counted many radiologists among his personal friends.

His personal interests included the outdoors and choral singing, and he was active in the Metropolitan Community Church of San Francisco.

"Eric had a larger-than-life personality and believed in living every moment to its fullest, every day," said Editor-in-Chief Brian Casey. "He will be missed terribly, both at and by the radiology community around the world."

Donations can be made in Eric's name to the Sierra Club or the Metropolitan Community Church.

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Last Updated np 7/11/2017 9:58:17 AM

13 comments so far ...
7/11/2017 7:57:45 AM
Few, if any, people check the byline when they read a story on AuntMinnie to see who wrote it. That pretty much can be said of just about every story written on an on-line or even print journal. “That’s an interesting story” is as far as most people might get, although every now and then a story might get the ultimate honor of being forwarded to a friend or colleague for their review.
Some people in the radiology community actually got to know AuntMinnie International Editor Eric Barnes whose stories often graced the pages of AuntMinnie, while to many others he was just a byline .I was one of the lucky ones who got to know him and I am a better person for it.
Eric was so much more than just a writer for AuntMinnie. Instead he was a passionate, multi-facted, funny-as-all-get-out guy who lit up the room with his presence. His published stories were always right on target and insightful. That could also describe Eric as a person as well.
In the decade plus since I first got to know him he is also the only person I have met who made me look politically correct. And that, my friends is no easy feat for anyone who knows me. His published stories were great but the unpublished stories we all shared as a team over dinner and drinks at RSNA - the ones that will also never EVER see the light of day in print- made us all laugh until we cried. Erik often lead the way with these stories as well. They also helped take away the tedium of covering stories that by and large were boringly presented by relentless marketing folks who thought they offered the best thing since sliced bread. We all played the game but Eric played it best as the consummate professional he was.
I, and all of us in the AuntMinnie community are still in a state of shock at our loss- everyone’s loss, really- but all we need to do is think back to those crazy dinners and the laughs we shared and the smiles replace the tears.  
I can’t help but to hear the words of a song that Michael Jackson wrote called "Gone Too Soon" to honor his friend, AIDS activist  Ryan White and relate them to Eric as well.....
            Like A Comet
            Blazing 'Cross The Evening Sky
            Gone Too Soon.........
            Born To Amuse, To Inspire, To Delight
            Here One Day
            Gone One Night
Godspeed my friend…..
PACSMan aka “El Grande”

7/11/2017 8:47:45 AM
No man is an Island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.

7/11/2017 9:40:52 AM
Apropos stephenhumes. My condolences PACSman, to you and all at AM.

It tolls for thee. Act accordingly.

7/11/2017 12:03:55 PM
Brian Casey
Thanks for the kind words, all. The AuntMinnie family is still struggling to comprehend our loss. Eric was such a force here and in the radiology community at large that it's hard to imagine the world without him. Thanks to everyone for your thoughts and prayers.

7/11/2017 12:09:05 PM
Chris Woodhouse
This is such a shock.  My condolences to Eric's family and friends.  I warmly remember many conversations with him at RSNA and other meetings since I was a junior doctor.  He was a driving force in the radiology media.  Eric will be missed.  Rest in Peace, Eric.