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Phoebe Freer, MD, Named as Section Chief for Breast Imaging

Dec 14, 2017

Phoebe Freer, MD, has accepted the position of Section Chief of Breast Imaging beginning January 1, 2018. Freer has been an Associate Professor of Radiology in Radiology and Imaging Sciences since 2015. She completed residency training at Washington University, St. Louis / Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology and a breast imaging fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital / Harvard Medical School. Subsequently, she was appointed as a faculty member at MGH / Harvard in Breast Imaging from 2008-2015. During her time as the Director of Education and Program Development in Breast Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital, she led the ground-breaking clinical implementation of tomosynthesis as the first clinical installment of the new modality at one of the largest breast imaging centers in the United States (>65,000 mammograms/year). She was a co-founder and member of the Massachusetts Breast Risk Education and Assessment Task Force (MA-BREAST), a multi-disciplinary group of experts in breast cancer including breast surgeons, oncologists, radiologists, and internal medicine / primary care clinicians to develop a standardized evidence-based algorithm for implementation as response to breast density notification legislation passed in Massachusetts. She has authored and co-authored numerous publications, review articles, educational exhibits and presentations, book chapters, and pivotal lay press pieces directed for patient education on breast cancer screening, breast density, and tomosynthesis. She has been actively involved in professional societies both nationally and internationally and serving as faculty at RSNA, ARRS, and SBI meetings in the leadership capacity. She is a member of the inaugural class of the esteemed Breast Cancer Screening Leadership Group with the SBI / ACR.We thank Matthew Stein, MD, for his years of work as a transformative section chief of breast imaging. He has revolutionized our breast imaging section with new processes like , Same-day Biopsy, and other patient-centered, value-driven practices. He has expanded the section with five new faculty members under his leadership. Because of his innovative, compassionate, and relentless approach in clinical care, he has been promoted to be the Director of Clinical Value Innovation in Radiology and Imaging Sciences as well as Ambulatory Chief Value Officer (CVO) for University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics since 2016. He has led the System-wide Imaging Clinical Scheduling (SICS) group in the department and has created a framework for our new section Acute Care Imaging in 2017. This transition in his leadership will give him more time to focus on the department-wide value initiatives and for him to represent our department more effectively in the hospitals and clinics.