Scott Reeder MD, PhD, FSABI, FISMRM is a Professor and Vice Chair of Research, as well as Chief of MRI in the Department of Radiology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is also Associate Director of the Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD) in the School of Medicine and Public Health. He joined UW-Madison in 2005 from Stanford University where he completing his radiology residency, and a fellowship in abdominal and cardiovascular imaging. Previously, he completed medical school at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, where he also received his Masters and PhD in Biomedical Engineering. He is originally from Canada where he received his BScE in Engineering Physics at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. 


Beth McFarland, MD, FSABI, FACR is a board-certified Radiologist with Radiology Imaging Consultants in St. Charles (MO). Dr. McFarland graduated medical school at the University of California-San Diego and completed her residency and a fellowship in Interventional and GI/GU Radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Her clinical interests include CT colonography, women’s imaging, procedures, and multimodality breast biopsy.




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Chief Membership Officer

Desiree E. Morgan, MD, FSABI is an Abdominal Radiologist, Professor, and Vice Chair for Education at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She received her M.D. from the Medical College of Georgia her radiology training at UAB. Her clinical subspecialty efforts focus on Oncologic and GI radiology, particularly imaging of the pancreas and hepatobiliary system. Her research interests include abdominal dual energy CT, advanced abdominal MRI, neoplastic and inflammatory conditions of the pancreas, and tumor response. She has authored 115 peer-reviewed publications, more than 180 scientific presentations and exhibits, and has given more than 160 invited lectures. Desiree has mentored numerous medical students, residents and junior faculty throughout her career at UAB, and has been honored with greater than 15 teaching awards. As a former Diagnostic Radiology Program Director, she remains keenly interested in the development of the next generation of radiologists, and is a tireless coach and sponsor. In 2016 she was presented with the UAB Brewer-Heslin Award for Professionalism in Medicine, an honor reserved for the School of Medicine faculty member who upholds the highest ideals of integrity, honesty, and concern for his or her patients.  


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Member At Large

Aarti Sekhar, MD, FSABI is an Associate Professor in the Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences at Emory University School of Medicine. A board-certified interventional radiologist, Dr. Sekhar specializes in image-guided interventions including CT and ultrasound-guided procedures such as biopsy of lung and abdominal/pelvic masses, fiducial marker placement and abscess drainage. She works closely with colleagues in gastroenterology, urology, surgical oncology and general surgery to provide expert image interpretation of abdominal and pelvic MRI, CT, ultrasound, and x-rays for patients with gastrointestinal and genitourinary cancer.

Dr. Sekhar serves as co-director of the Emory Global Health Initiative which includes a collaboration with Black Lion Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Vice President

Joel F Platt, MD, FSABI is a board-certified fellowship trained Radiologist with a focus on abdominal imaging.  Current clinical and research interests include Dual Energy CT, Dose Reduction Strategies for CT and Innovative bowel imaging.  He has authored over 100 scientific articles in the peer-reviewed literature with several additional review articles and book chapters. He has delivered over 200 invited lectures at a variety of sites both nationally and internationally. Dr.Platt is an active teacher of residents, fellows and medical students at the University of Michigan Medical Center. He acts as a reviewer for over 15 scientific journals. 



Ivan Pedrosa, MD, PhD, FSABI A Professor of Radiology and Chief of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)  at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He holds the Jack Reynolds, M.D., Chair in Radiology and is co-leader of the Kidney Cancer Program at the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Originally from Spain, Dr. Pedrosa earned his medical degree at the University Complutense in Madrid and completed his radiology residency at the Hospital ClĂ­nico San Carlos in Madrid. He received advanced training in trauma and emergency radiology through a fellowship at Jackson Memorial Hospital/Ryder Trauma Center in Miami, and in Body MRI through a fellowship at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.


Brian R. Herts, M.D, FSABI, is an Abdominal Imaging staff at Cleveland Clinic and professor of Radiology at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner college of Medicine at CWRU.  He received his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and his radiology training at NYU Medical Center.  He has nearly 100 peer-reviewed publications, over 120 published abstracts, and over 100 invited lectures, and has reviewed for numerous medical journals. His contributed work has received Cum Laude and Moncada awards from the SCBTMR, and Best GI and Best GU scientific exhibit awards from the SAR. He is a member of the ACR incidental findings committee and is joining the editorial board of ACTA Radiologica. After serving as section head of Abdominal Imaging at Cleveland Clinic for 13 years, he is now the medical director of CT imaging services for the Cleveland Clinic Health System. He is honored to have mentored many radiology residents and fellows who are now members of the SCBTMR.  






Immediate Past President

Susan M. Ascher, MD, FSABI is a Professor of Radiology at Georgetown University School of Medicine and the Co-Director of Abdominal Imaging at Georgetown University Hospital (GUH). Dr. Ascher graduated from Weill Cornell Medical College and did her Diagnostic Radiology Residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital.  After completing an Abdominal Imaging Fellowship at GUH, she joined the Radiology Department.  Her clinical duties and research efforts have focused on Gynecologic Imaging.

Dr. Ascher served as a Medical Advisor in the United States Office on Womens’ Health in the Department of Health and Human Services. In that capacity, she helped further development and promotion of Breast MRI.  She is also a Fellow of the ISMRM and has been both a panelist and moderator of the RNSA Sunday Unknown Film Panel. Dr. Ascher was a member of the Reproductive Endocrinology Committee that formulated the new American Board of Radiology Core Curriculum Exam.


Greetings from the SABI 2020 Board Members!