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ASER Intergalactic Monthly
Case Conference

Be sure to attend the ASER Intergalactic Monthly Case Conference (first Thursday of each month).

Date: February 3, 2022
Time: Noon-1pm EST, 9am-10am PST
Subject: Why We Miss What We Miss in The ED And Strategies To Avoid It
Presenter: Sowmya Mahalingam (Yale)

Please come ready to listen, learn, share and discuss the most interesting cases you have. Network with others as they share their most unusual cases – be sure that you have prepared your cases to be anonymous/de-identified. Powerpoint or keynote is best viewed.

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You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (224) 501-3412
Access Code: 576-917-829

If you would like to sign up to present at a future session, email Claire Sandstrom at

American Society of Emergency Radiology

In 1987, while attending Harvard’s emergency radiology course, eight radiologists met to discuss the formation of a new group to define and disseminate the body of knowledge unique to emergency radiology. The American Society of Emergency Radiology was formed in 1988 from this small nucleus and has steadily increased in numbers and interest, providing consultation to radiologists and corporations who deal with emergency radiology challenges. Since 1995, the society membership has sponsored a new journal of practical imaging, Emergency Radiology, in which peer reviewed articles are presented and discussed

ASER 2022 Annual Meeting

October 19 – October 22, 2022
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Journal of Emergency Radiology

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Leonard (Len) Swischuk, M.D. passed away peacefully in Galveston, TX on October 22, 2021, surrounded by his devoted and loving family.

Leonard was born on June 14, 1937 in Alberta, Canada to Ukrainian/Polish immigrants who ran a gas station/general store and a motel in the early years of his life. He attended the University of Alberta, Edmonton earning his medical degree in 1956. While in medical school, Len met the love of his life, Janie Campbell. They married on December 28, 1960. Janie was a remarkable woman and they were an inseparable team for over 60 years. Len and Janie raised four sons, two of which later became radiologists.  They moved to Oklahoma City, OK, where Dr. Swischuk completed residency in diagnostic radiology at the University of Oklahoma and began his long and illustrious career in pediatric radiology. In 1970 the family moved to Galveston, TX and Len took a position on the faculty at the University of Texas Medical Branch and practiced for the next 50 years.

Dr. Swischuk was a pioneer in pediatric radiology who was admired by radiologists and pediatric specialists across the world.  His passion was teaching and writing, authoring six textbooks and over three hundred (300) articles in various medical journals.  His textbooks have been translated in many languages.  Len was a popular lecturer throughout North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. His teaching was always insightful and highly practical, generously laced with wisdom and humor.  He was a superb teacher and mentor for numerous medical students, residents, and fellows throughout his career.  He served in many roles at UTMB, including Chair of the Department of Radiology for a number of years, and he continued to practice pediatric radiology and teach trainees until well past his 80th birthday.

Dr. Swischuk was one of the early leaders in emergency radiology.  His research and teaching focused largely on acute care imaging in infants and children.  He was a regular speaker at the annual meetings of the American Society of Emergency Radiology, as well as many other professional societies.  Two of his textbooks, Emergency Imaging of the Acutely Ill and Injured Child and Imaging of the Cervical Spine in Children became the primary handbooks for radiologists and physicians who cared for children in the emergency setting.  He received the Gold Medal of ASER in 2010 for his extensive and lasting contributions to the specialty of Emergency Radiology.  Additionally, he received gold medals from Texas Radiological Society, American Roentgen Ray Society, and Society for Pediatric Radiology.

Len was known for his direct and honest approach to everyone, regardless of position. He was very generous with his time and his ideas.  He valued hard work and would do anything to help his trainees and colleagues succeed.  He was a source of inspiration for the thousands of students, residents, and colleagues he encountered during his career. Many often referred to him as a second father who changed the direction of their professional lives.  Dr. Swischuk touched so many lives and will be dearly missed.

Written by Susan John, MD
ASER President 2012-14