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Geraldine McGinty | Nikki Restauri

Geraldine McGinty, MD, MBA, FACR

About Me

John and I live in New York City's East Village, he is a tenured Professor of Genetics and Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. We like to travel and occasionally manage to do that together although both of us are on the road a lot both for our "day jobs" as well as serving on Boards for the Irish Government which takes us back to Ireland frequently. We love getting back "home" to Pittsburgh and are delighted to see how cool the City has become although we thought it was pretty cool when we lived there.

It's hard to believe it's almost 25 years since we finished residency, we don't run into too many of our former colleagues but it's always fun when we do. I generally manage to at least wave at a few people as we are rushing around at RSNA!


Biography

Dr. McGinty did her Medical training in Ireland at the National University and then came to the USA for residency at the University of Pittsburgh where she was Chief Resident. Her fellowship was in Women's Imaging at the Massachusetts General Hospital. While working at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx she completed an MBA at Columbia University.

She is an national and internationally recognized expert in imaging economics. She has served an advisor to the CPT Editorial Panel, the JCAHO and the National Quality Forum. She was Chair of the American College of Radiology's Commission on Economics and was the radiology member of the AMA’s Relative Value Update Committee from 2012-2016.

In May 2016 she was elected as the Vice Chair of the ACR's Board of Chancellors, the first woman to hold this office. She was until 2013 Managing Partner of a 70 physician multispecialty medical group on Long Island. In 2014 she joined the faculty at Weill Cornell Medicine (WCM) in New York City. As well as her clinical practice there she serves as Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Contracting Officer for the Weill Cornell Physician Organization’s more than 1400 members. Her role as lead negotiator for managed care contracts at Weill Cornell Medicine incorporates both traditional fee for service agreements as well as shared savings arrangements. She is also a member of WCM’s digital health strategy team.

Her published work has focused on payment models for imaging, most recently a bundled payment for breast cancer screening. In 2015 she was voted Radiology’s Most Effective Educator by the readers of Aunt Minnie, a radiology news site with more than 140,000 members. She has more than 7000 followers on Twitter.

Nikki Restauri, MD

Biography

Eight years ago, I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh Diagnostic Residency Program and the excellent training I received provided a strong foundation allowing me to grow as an academic radiologist and educator. As a radiology resident and then fellow in Abdominal Imaging at UPMC, I worked hard and had a blast with many of my co-residents now lifelong friends. Although residency and fellowship were times of fatigue and challenge, they were also filled with laughter, teamwork and personal growth. As we used to say - and I now know to be true- the nights go by slow but the years fly by. In addition to learning how to interpret images, my mentors at UPMC taught me what it meant to be a doctor.

Today, I pass on advice to my residents that Dr. Mitchell Tublin imparted to all his trainees when he advised us to “Do the Right Thing” when it came to patient care. This translated to being honest and always putting the patient first. I think one of the biggest gifts I have been given, and a trait that was cultivated during my training, is a sense of curiosity. A passion for teaching goes hand in hand with a love of learning and I have focused my academic career at the University of Colorado on medical student education. It is my mission to engender a sense of awe and wonder about the practice of medicine to students. I believe this is vital in an era where burnout is now epidemic. I live work and play in Denver, Colorado accompanied by my husband and 2 furry best friends, Nala and Honey Badger. Travel, photography, good food and good friends occupy my free time. I also believe in the art of doing nothing. One of my favorite past times involves sitting on the front porch watching the world go by – I learned this from my dogs. Oh yea, I also write both scientific articles and poems and have begun to publish in both arenas and have been learning how to play guitar for the last 4 years.