galgano and lockhartThe UAB Department of Radiology has appointed Dr. Sam Galgano as section chief of the abdominal imaging section chief. Dr. Galgano is currently the GI modality chief, director of the abdominal imaging fellowship, and assistant professor for the abdominal imaging section and the division of imaging and therapeutics.

Sam Galgano, M.D., completed his undergraduate and medical school at Emory University in Atlanta. He then completed his residency training in diagnostic radiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, during which he served as chief resident in his final year. He completed fellowships in both molecular imaging and therapeutics as well as abdominal imaging at the University of Alabama at Birmingham prior to joining the faculty. During his abdominal imaging fellowship, he was awarded a RSNA Fellow Research Grant for his work on PET/MRI for patients with prostate cancer and participated in the UAB Clinical Investigator Training Program.

The department thanks Dr. Mark Lockhart for his excellent work as abdominal imaging section chief over the last decade. His commitment to our department and our mission is admirable, and we are grateful for his leadership and contributions.

“I appreciate all of the support that I have received in helping our section succeed throughout this decade. It makes it a much easier task when I work with such a great group of leaders. Although it brings with it the uncertainty of change, I feel that Dr. Galgano will do a great job in continuing to advance the area of abdominal imaging in our department,’ said Dr. Lockhart.

Dr. Lockhart’s involvement in Radiology is ongoing. He is currently deputy editor for the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine, a member of the Certifying Exam Ultrasound Committee, and program committee chair for the Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound. Perhaps most impactful of all, he serves as the chair of the American College of Radiology Appropriateness Criteria (AC) Committee, in which he oversees 29 panels with 480 physician members responsible for a total of 193 American College of Radiology Appropriateness Criteria topics, 942 variants, and over 1,680 clinical presentations/scenarios. This committee serves as a “qualified Provider-Led Entity” (qPLE) for decision support being implemented in hospitals throughout the country, and the guidelines fulfill the new Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA) requirements.

Dr. Lockhart finalized his third book this year and is currently one of four faculty creating the educational program for the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) fall session and the 2021 annual meeting.

Dr. Lockhart and the department anticipate continued success for the abdominal imaging section with Dr. Sam Galgano as section chief.