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Mission and History

ASER Mission:

To advance the quality of diagnosis and treatment of acutely ill or injured patients by means of medical imaging and to enhance teaching and research in 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.



Gordon C. Carson, III, MD*
John H. Harris, Jr., MD, DSc*
Alan Klein, MD
Jack P. Lawson, MD
James J. McCort, MD
Stuart E. Mirvis, MD, FACR*
Charles F. Mueller, MD*
Robert A. Novelline, MD, FACR*



John V. Crues, MD
William A. Finger, MD*
Denise G. K. Gray, MD
Phyllis J. Kornguth, MD
James N. Lawrason, MD*
Henry Lerner, MD
James T. Rhea, MD, MBA, FACR*
Salvatore J. A. Sclafani, MD
Barbara N. Weissman, MD
Gertraud Wollschlaeger, MD


 *Fellow of the American Society of Emergency Radiology (FASER)

Society goals:

  • To advance and improve the radiologic aspects of emergent patient care
  • To establish emergency radiology as an area of special interest in the field of diagnostic imaging, including sequencing, prioritization and management of the delivery of imaging services
  • To develop educational curricula in emergency radiology for both medical students and residents
  • To provide, through an annual scientific meeting, a mechanism for presentation of scientific information on various aspects of emergency radiology and continuing education
  • To promote research in emergency radiology by clinical and basic science investigators, including residents and other trainees
  • To act as the resource body in emergency radiology for those interested in emergency patient care
  • To foster the development of emergency radiology in other nations and/or regions around the world
  • To develop and recommend standards of care in emergency radiology
  • To publish a scientific journal for dissemination of emergency radiological, clinical, educational and research education worldwide

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