The American College of Radiology (ACR) has named William T. Thorwarth, Jr., M.D., FACR, chief executive officer (CEO), effective April 2014. Thorwarth will succeed luminary Harvey L. Neiman, M.D., FACR, who is retiring after more than 20 years of dedicated service to the ACR as board chair and later CEO.

A practicing diagnostic radiologist with Catawba Radiological Associates in Hickory, N.C., Thorwarth is no stranger to the ACR. His previous leadership positions include ACR President, chair of the ACR Economics Commission, member of the ACR Board of Chancellors. Thorwarth was also honored with the ACR Gold Medal in 2010. In addition to his work with the ACR, and most recently, Thorwarth served on the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Board of Directors.

Thorwarth brings extensive medical and managerial experience to his new role as CEO. He began his career as an emergency room physician in New Bern, N.C., and later served as chair of the Frye Regional Medical Center Board of Directors in Hickory, N.C. He has been a private practice radiologist in North Carolina for nearly 30 years. He also chaired the American Medical Association (AMA) Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Editorial Panel and served as the College’s advisor to the AMA Relative Value Update Committee.

“Dr. Thorwarth is an outstanding and widely respected leader. As we enter a new era in health care, the College is extremely pleased to have a CEO with such a breadth of experience to help radiology navigate the shifting medical landscape. We look forward to his energetic leadership for many years to come,” said American College of Radiology Board of Chancellors Chair, Paul H. Ellenbogen, M.D., FACR.