RASF is proud to have had several of its members as leaders in the field of radiology and its subspecialties. A small number of the accomplishments are listed below.


Barry Katzen, MD, founded Baptist Cardiac and Vascular Institute, was past-president of Society of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology. He was awarded the Society of Interventional Radiology's Gold Medal for lifetime achievement, as well as receiving the Gold Medal from the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (CIRSE).

Ricardo Cury, MD, is a board member of the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT). He is also the director of cardiac and peripheral vascular education for the American College of Radiology (ACR).

Neil Messinger, MD, is an invited panelist at a premier journal in our field, theAmerican Journal of Roentgenology (AJR), as a "Master of Radiology."

Jim Benenati, MD, is the immediate past-president of both the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) and the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL).

Ira Braun, MD, was one of the first neuro-interventional radiologists in the country, performing brain embolizations on large or inoperable tumors. He is a past-president of the American Society of Head and Neck Radiology.

Jack Ziffer, MD, PhD was past-president and co-founder of the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) and a co-founder of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ANSC). He is also vice-president of ASNC and a member of the executive council. He is a past-president of the Southeastern Chapter of the Society of Nuclear Medicine (SNM) as well as of the Cardiovascular Council of the SNM. He is a founding member of the Certification Board of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography and of the Certification Board of Nuclear Medicine, and he has been a director of the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Nuclear Laboratories (ICANL) and of the American Board of Nuclear Medicine.

The Thallium StallionsOn the lighter side, Dr. Ziffer plays saxophone for a nuclear radiology themed rock group, the Thallium Stallions.

Hao Vuong, MD, is vice-president and president-elect of the Southeast Chapter of the Society for Nuclear Medicine.

Gary Becker, MD, former RASF interventional radiologist, founded the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology (JVIR) while at Miami Vascular Institute, and he is now the Executive Director of the American Board of Radiology (ABR).

Warren Janowitz, MD, JD, was past president of the Southeast Chapter of the Society for Nuclear Medicine (SNM), past member of the Board of Directors of the SNM, and past Chairman of the Health Policy and Practice Commission of the SNM, and currently chairman of the ethics committee of the SNM. He is also a member of the government affairs committee. He is the president-elect of American College of Nuclear Medicine. He is chairman of the radiation safety advisory committee for the Department of Health for Florida.He is on the MEDCAC committee of CMS (Medicare).

The following current or former RASF physician have served as board examiners for the American Board of Radiology. This honor is reserved for the leading lights of the field: Barry Katzen, James Benenati, Jack Ziffer, Thomas Scagnelli, Neil Messinger, Ira Braun, Ann Podrasky,Thomas Naidich, Michael Dake.

In the 1980s, Warren Janowitz, an RASF physician, helped create the cardiac CT calcium score, along with Arthur Agatston, world-renowned preventive cardiologist. South Beach Diet. The calcium score number is a powerful predictor of the dangerous risks of coronary artery disease.

In 1990, RASF interventional radiologists at the Miami Vascular Institute performed the first TIPS procedure on a patient in the US. The TIPS procedure helps alleviate the terrible metabolic imbalances of end-stage liver failure patients by relieving pressure in the liver via a stent.

Ann Podrasky, MD, is active on a national level as a member of the American College of Radiology Committee on Appropriateness Criteria for Women's Imaging. She also is active on committees for the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine andSociety of Radiologists in Ultrasound and additionally is an Oral Board examiner in Ultrasound for the American Board of Radiology. Dr. Podrasky serves as a journal reviewer for Ultrasound Quarterly.