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R. Gilbert Jost Named Head of Radiology, Director of Mallinckrodt Institute

Anne Enright Shepherd

St. Louis, June 26, 2001 -- R. Gilbert Jost, M.D., professor of radiology, has been named head of the Department of Radiology and director of the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology (MIR) at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

In making the announcement, William A. Peck, M.D., executive vice chancellor for medical affairs and dean of the School of Medicine, said, "Gil Jost's outstanding talents as an academic physician and a manager are well documented. We were fortunate that, after our extensive search, we selected Dr. Jost to lead the top-notch Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology to even greater scientific achievement."

Jost, who has served as interim director of the institute since 1999, also becomes Elizabeth Mallinckrodt Professor of Radiology and radiologist-in-chief at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. 
Jost has been chief of diagnostic radiology at the School of Medicine since 1985. In that position, he has overseen diagnostic radiology services at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis Children's Hospital, Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital, Doctors Hospital and the BJC Health Centers located throughout metropolitan St. Louis. Jost also is an affiliate professor of computer science at Washington University.

He is the author of more than 115 scientific articles, many dealing with the use of information technology in the practice of diagnostic radiology. Since 1994, Jost has been a member of the executive committee of the Clinical Desktop project, a joint effort between the School of Medicine and BJC HealthCare. The Clinical Desktop is a teleradiology information system that allows diagnostic images, medical records, video consultations and other medical information to be transferred electronically among the physicians and BJC hospitals. It is among the first systems in the nation to link an academic medical center with suburban, rural and metropolitan-based health facilities.

Jost is a member of numerous medical societies, including the American College of Radiology, the Association of University Radiologists and the Society for Computer Applications in Radiology. He has served as chairman of the Radiology Information System Consortium and as a vice chairman of the American College of Radiology's Committee on Radiological Systems and Informatics. He also serves on the board of directors of the Radiological Society of North America, radiology's largest professional organization. He is scheduled to chair that board in 2005, and he will serve as the organization's president in 2007. Other board memberships include the Washington University Physicians Network and the Faculty Practice Plan.

Jost earned a bachelor's degree from Harvard University in 1964 and a medical degree from Yale University in 1969. After an internship at Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital and two years as a research associate in the Laboratory of Neural Control at the National Institutes of Health, he came to Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology for a residency in 1972. He was named diagnostic radiology chief resident in 1974 and joined the faculty as an instructor in radiology in 1975.

The Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology serves as the Department of Radiology for the School of Medicine, helping to guide the consulting physicians in the discovery, treatment and, ultimately, the healing of disease. Established in 1930, MIR is one of the largest and most scientifically sophisticated radiological centers in the world.

Internationally recognized for its groundbreaking research, the institute continues to pioneer new imaging and treatment techniques for better patient care.

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The full-time and volunteer faculty of Washington University School of Medicine are the physicians and surgeons of Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children's hospitals. The School of Medicine is one of the leading medical research, teaching and patient-care institutions in the nation. Through its affiliations with Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children's hospitals, the School of Medicine is linked to BJC HealthCare.


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