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Dr. Michael D. Ward

Vice Dean for Student Affairs and Diversity
Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes Jewish College

4483 Duncan
St. Louis, Missouri 63110
Phone: (314) 362 9155
Fax:     (314) 362 9250                               

Dr. Ward is the Vice Dean for Student Affairs and Diversity and Professor for Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College in St. Louis, Missouri.  He received his bachelor’s degree in Radiologic Science from St. Louis University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude.  He holds a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from the University of Missouri – St. Louis and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Higher Education Administration from Saint Louis University.

On September 7, 2010, he was elected the 13th President of the International Society of Radiographers and Radiological Technologists at its meeting held in Gold Coast, Australia.  He is the first American to serve as President.  Dr. Ward is also a past president and Fellow of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists.

Dr. Ward has served on and chaired numerous committees and commissions and has been very active in local, state, national and international radiologic science organizations.  At the Missouri affiliate level, he has held the offices of Treasurer, Vice-President, and twice has served as President and Chairman of the Board.  In October 1987, the Missouri Society presented him with the first “Mallinckrodt Award of Excellence” and later honored him with “Life Membership” in 1995.

At the national level, Dr. Ward has served as Vice-President, President-Elect, President, and Chairman of the Board of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists.  In June of 1988, he was elevated to Fellow of the ASRT and in 1996; ASRT honored him by selecting Dr. Ward to be the Hartman Memorial Lecturer.  This marked ASRT’s 75th birthday and the 100th anniversary of the discovery of X-ray.  Dr. Ward was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the ASRT Education and Research Foundation (the philanthropic arm of the ASRT), and from 2000 to 2003 was elected Chairman of the Board of the Foundation.  In April 2005, Dr. Ward completed his second three year appointment on the Board of Directors of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.  He continues to serve as a site visiting team chair for this accrediting organization.

At the international level, he has served on the Board of Management for the International Society of Radiographers and Radiological Technologists and has represented the United States Radiologic Science community as a member of the governing Council of this organization at meetings worldwide.  Prior to assuming the ISRRT Presidency, he served seven years on the board as the Regional Director for the Americas.

His personal motto is to “Always Strive Toward Excellence.”



Rita Eyer, R.T.R.,A.C.R.,C.A.E

ISRRT Vice President of the Americas

Address 42531 W. Palmyra Lane,

Maricopa, Arizona 85138

1-520-350-1916 in the USA

1-807-543-3194 in Canada

E-Mail address:

Rita Eyer trained as a Radiographer in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Her vast career began as a front line worker in a very busy clinic then evolved to the Radiography Clinical Instructor at the Misericordia General Hospital in Winnipeg. By 1991 she had advanced to the level of Diagnostic Imaging Department Manager at the Misericordia where she was in charge of Radiology, CT, Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine, Cardiology and EEG. In 1995 she became the Diagnostic Imaging Manager at the Grace General Hospital then returned to the Misericordia nine years later. During the latter part of her management career Rita was also been involved in some consulting work with the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Manitoba which included site accreditations of rural Diagnostic Imaging Departments. In the last three years Rita has returned to the front line of radiography to work as a mammographer, an experience she had always hoped to accomplish. Rita loves teaching new students and knows that has been one of the most rewarding parts of her career. During her career she ensured that she was always enrolled in continuing education courses in order to remain current with the ever changing world of medical radiation technology. She also wanted to make certain that she was well aware of what was occurring in the other medical imaging technology disciplines in order to serve as the their department manager.

Rita knows that the world could not survive without the assistance of volunteers so she has volunteers for almost every position on the Manitoba Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (MAMRT) including the President of the MAMRT as well as working in a multitude of positions in the organization of provincial and national conferences. She has been the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) President, Vice President, on the CAMRT Board of Directors twice for two three year terms, a member and the Chair of the Strategic Planning, Council on Education and Re-Branding Committees. 

Rita served as the ISRRT Council Member for the CAMRT from 2005 until December 31, 2010 at which time she became the ISRRT Vice President of the Americas.

She resides in both Canada and the United States now as you will see from the address she has listed above. 




Dr. Maria Y.Y. Law
Ph.D., M.Phil,BRS,TDCR
Vice-President, Asia/Australasia

Medical Physics and Research
8/F, Lee Shu Fan Block,
Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital
2 Village Road, Happy Valley, H.K.

Dr. Maria Law is the Associate Professor of the Department of Health Technology and Informatics in the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Visiting Associate Professor of the Department of Radiology in the University of Southern California, USA.
 Dr. Law trained as a Radiation Therapist in the School of Therapeutic Radiography in Hong Kong in 1974 and then a Tutor Radiographer in the Guy’s Schools of Radiography and Radiotherapy, UK, in 1983. She obtained the Bachelor Degree in Religious Science in the Pontifical Urbanian University, Rome; Master of Philosophy in the University of Hong Kong and Doctor of Philosophy in the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Dr. Law works in the Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital as Consultant in Medical Imaging and Radiotherapy and teaches in the HK PolyU. Her research interest is informatics in radiation therapy and radiology. In Hong Kong, Dr. Law was the founding member of the Association of Therapeutic Radiographers and an Executive member until 1995. She has served in various positions in the Hong Kong Radiographers’ Association since 1995, in the various Committees and Sub-committees of the local statutory Hong Kong Radiographers Board of the Supplementary Medical Professions Council since 1996, as a Council Member of the International Society of Radiographers and Radiological Technologists (ISRRT) for Hong Kong since 2000 and the elected Vice-President (Asia Australasia) of the ISRRT in 2006. In the13th ISRRT World Congress held in Hong Kong, Dr. Law was elected the chairman of the Congress.





Mr Philippe Gerson
Vice President Europe/Africa

 Philippe qualified as a radiographer in 1981 at the hospital Hotel Dieu , the oldest hospital in Europe. The hospital was built in the year 651 and is close to Notre Dame Cathedral. Philippe became Chief Radiographer in 1990. He manages the Department of Radiology which, since 2005,  includes the management of nuclear medicine and functional explorations.Philippe  was ISRRT ‘ s council member for France between 1995 and  2010 and Regional Co-ordinator Public Relations  for Europe and Africa  from 2002 to 2005. Thanks to the late Marion Frank  and  Adrian Finch Philippe he has been very involved in Africa. Philippe has been very active in this part of the world organizing several workshops and conferences in Burkina Faso , Cameroon, Ivory Coast , Gabon, Benin and the next one in Togo in November 2010 attending the first ISRRT workshop in Arusha ( Tanzania ) in 1994. He has been appointed by the French Red Cross as an expert to set up Radiology Departments  in Health Day Care Centres for AIDS  in Africa specially in Congo , Niger , Burkina Faso , and Gabon . Philippe has also organised one workshop in Vietnam in 2000 and was appointed by the University of Hai Duong in Vietnam as consultant  in 2009 . Philippe is an active member of the French Society  of Radiographers (AFPPE)  and has been Vice President since 2009 and Director of the International Relationship Department since 1995. He has been a member of the Scientific Committee of the Eeuropean Congress of Radiology  since 2008  and has presented many papers about his work in Africa at several national and international conferences . Philippe is married to Frederique who helps him now in the ISRRT and during the workshops In Africa . Philippe ‘s hobbies are “like a good  Frenc man”, cooking and tasting wines and watching a rugby match on Saturday afternoon is one of his great pleasure for the week end .


Mrs. B. Patricia Johnson
Regional Director The Americas
5 First Douglas Development
St. Peter, Barbados

I am a graduate of the Albert Einstein School of Medicine (Hons.), having passed the A.R.R.T. registry in Radiography, Nuclear Medicine and Radiation Therapy. 
I earned a degree in Hospital Management from Manhattan College, and Public Administration from Towson State University.
I did my Ultrasound training at New York Medical Center and Thomas Jefferson Medical Center, Philadelphia.  
I trained and worked in Interventional Radiography at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia,.
I was seconded to Howard University Hospital, Washington D.C. to expand the Ultrasound Programme, training radiographers and Junior Medical doctors.
I left my post at Howard University to join my husband who was a Diplomat, first posted to Canada and then to New York for Barbados.
We were posted back to Barbados in 1993.
I was elected President of the Barbados Society of Radiographers for 7 years.
Within those years, we hosted many regional conferences and the I.S.R.R.T. Conference of the Americas in 2001.
Elected to the I.S.R.R.T. Board of Management in Amsterdam, and a second term on the Board at Denver.
I am a member of the Barbados School Board.
I am a member of the A.R.R.T., A.S.R.T., A.I.U.M., I.S.R.R.T., Barbados Association of Radiographers, and Guyana Association of Medical Practitioners.
I am married, and a mother of a son.

Ms. Cynthia Cowling
Director of Education
410/152 Sturt Street
Victoria 3006

Cell: 61 439508322

Cynthia Cowling is currently employed as a senior Lecturer at Monash University, Melbourne, co-ordinating their radiography program in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Cynthia trained as a diagnostic radiographer at Guy’s Hospital, London. She completed her Advanced Certification from the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT), and a B.Sc. and M.Ed from University of Toronto. After 15 years of clinical work, which included a period in St Vincent, West Indies and angiography in Canada, Cynthia started to teach at The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences in Toronto. She became Chair of Radiography, Director of Business Development and finally Vice President, Business. This included all international activities of The Institute and she established programs in South Africa, Lebanon, Trinidad and Tobago, and Bangladesh, as well as negotiating a comprehensive agreement with Charles Sturt University in Australia, and implementing the first Canada- EU exchange program for radiography students.During this time Cynthia acted as a chair or officer in several committees at the Provincial and Federal level; acted as Accreditation Chair for several Canadian health technology Programs; and was awarded the Dr. Marshall Mallett Award by the CAMRT for contributions to Radiography Education in Canada. In 2002 Cynthia was appointed as Industry Linkage Officer in a Canada-India funded educational program, and was based in Pune, India for 3 years.

Cynthia moved to Australia with her late husband Peter and in 2009 developed new programs in medical imaging and medical sonography for Central Queensland University (CQU). She retrained as a mammographer and worked for BreastScreen Queensland. Cynthia was given the position of adjunct Associate Professor at Central Queensland University in 2011. 

As Director of Education, Cynthia has been closely involved with workshops offered in emergent countries. She has actively liaised with WHO, PAHO and IAEA and has acted as spokesperson for ISRRT and Radiographers on several occasions. She has presented at RSNA on behalf of ISRRT. She has worked with Philips and a Canadian project officer to offer online education to selected countries. In her capacity as Director of Education Cynthia has been part of the scientific committees of the World Congress in Durban in 2008, 2010, 2012  and the upcoming Congress in 2014. She has assisted in the organization of radiography educational streams at International Congress of Radiology in Morocco and Shanghai, and Brazil.

Cynthia has one son who is proudly a medical sonographer.




Mrs. Donna Newman
Director Professional Practice

I began my career in radiography in 1990. I graduated from the St. Alexis School of Radiologic Technology in North Dakota and worked in radiography for a year before moving to nuclear medicine. I spent my evenings at school learning nuclear medicine. I finished my bachelor’s degree during the day. I have spent the past 18 years in nuclear medicine and have earned advanced certifications in PET, or positron emission tomography, and cardiology.

In 2005, I helped start the PET and Cardiac PET department at MeritCare Medical Group in Fargo, N.D., a 585-bed facility. I manage the PET department. MeritCare has two PET scanners, one in the cancer center for oncology and CT planning and the other in the heart center. MeritCare is one of only 100 facilities in the United States performing rubidium cardiac PET scans.

I have had many profession opportunities throughout my career at MeritCare including helping to start a preceptor training program for facilities adding cardiac PET imaging. I led our PET center’s accreditation process by the American College of Radiology, or ACR. MeritCare’s oncology PET department has been approved for its second three-year term by ACR and our cardiac PET department has also passed accreditation.

I have been a clinical preceptor, teaching nuclear medicine students in our area, and I am working with a cardiologist on a PET research project. I have had many opportunities to be involved in the purchase of new PET equipment, and I enjoy public speaking engagements on cardiac PET and oncology PET imaging. I just finished collaborating on a national Webcast for medical centers contemplating starting cardiac PET imaging.

Nuclear medicine technology has been a very exciting profession to work in and has provided me with many opportunities for growth. I have been actively involved in my profession from the beginning of my career, serving on city and state professional boards before advancing to leadership roles in the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, or ASRT, where I served on the Board of Directors for five years. I owe much of my success to what I have learned through my involvement with the ASRT.   



Dr. Fozy Peer
D Rad, Dip:HR Management, Dip:Reflexology &Therapeutic Aromatherapy
Director of Public Relations
Address: PO Box 1435, Wandsbeck 3631, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Tel: + 27 31 2401881
Fax: + 27 31 2403519
Cell: + 27 83 7863058

Dr F Peer is the Director of Public Relations serving on the Board of Management of the ISRRT. She currently manages the Department of Nuclear Medicine Department at a tertiary level hospital in Durban, South Africa. Fozy holds qualifications in Diagnostic and Nuclear Medicine both achieved cum laude, with masters and doctoral degrees in Radiography. She qualified as a radiographer in 1980. She also has qualifications in human resource management and in the alternate health professions of aromatherapy and reflexology.

 Fozy has been very active in local and national radiographic professional organisations where she has chaired and served on numerous committees. Positions held on the national council of the Society of Radiographers of SA (SORSA) include 2 terms as president, treasurer, nuclear medicine category representative, council member on the ISRRT, public relations officer and currently member of the executive committee. At the local SORSA branch level she has served as chairperson, treasurer, nuclear medicine category rep and council member.

 She has served on the executive committee of the Board of Radiography and Clinical Technology on the Health Professions Council of South Africa of South Africa (HPCSA). The HPCSA is a statutory body founded for public protection and professional guidance.

 Dr Peer has publications in peer-reviewed/accredited journals and has presented papers/posters at many local, national and international conferences. She has served in various positions on congress committees including treasurer, scientific committee, congress chair and most recently congress convenor for the 2008 ISRRT World Congress.

 She is married to an absolute treasure, Aslam, and they have two great kids both married to super spouses. The role she treasurers most, is playing grandma to Suhayl, Hannah, Mohammed and Uwais.

Regional Director Asia/Australasia
Department of Radiological Technology
Faculty of Medical Technology
Mahidol University
2 Prannok Rd., Siriraj Hospital
Bangkok 10700, Thailand
Telephone: +66 2 419 7173
Facsimile: +66 2 412 4110
Mobile: +66 81 900 2210
Email: ;

Dr.Napapong Pongnapang is an assistant professor and the director for Master of Sciences degree program in Radiological Technology at the Faculty of Medical Technology, Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Radiological Technology from Mahidol University in 1994. He holds a Master’s degree in medical physics from the same institute in 1996. He attended the University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in San Antonio, Texas, USA and received his doctoral degree in Radiology- Medical Physics in 2002.

Napapong’s professional expertise includes; physics measurements in radiology, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, operational heath physics and radiography education.

He holds dual professional qualifications as a licensed professional radiographer and a medical physicist. In Thailand, Napapong is a member of the Radiological Technologist professional practice committee, the Ministry of Public Health. He is very active in radiography profession practice and education in Thailand and in Asia region. Napapong has been invited to teach in number of universities/institutes in Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan and Laos.

Napapong has been involved with international organizations such as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as he is an IAEA expert in diagnostic radiological physics since 2009. He was also involved in the set up of a Diploma program in radiography in Laos under the World Health Organization (WHO) funded project.












































Mr. Caesar Barare
BTech RAD (T), Dip RAD (D)
Regional Director Africa

P.O. Box 29868 - 00202
Nairobi, Kenya
Phone: +254 20 2726300-19 Ext. 43432/44414/43563
Fax: +254 20 2725272 RADIOTHERAPY

Born on July 23rd 1971

Professional Qualifications:

o   Admitted to study Diagnostic Radiography on September 1990 at Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC), Nairobi

o   Diploma in Diagnostic Radiography, December 1993

o   Certificate in Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy from the JICA - Osaka Japan, March 1999

o   Bachelors Degree in Radiography from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) Cape Town, December 2001

o   Currently a Masters Degree student at the CPUT

 Additional Qualifications:

Certified Auditor with the IAEA for Radiotherapy Departments.

Professional Interests:

Research, Conformal Therapy, Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy, Leadership, Management, Strategic Planning, and Public Administration.

Other Attributes:

o   Working at Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi since 30th August 1994 to date;

o   Instrumental in the setting up and inauguration of the RASCO in 2004 (currently held biennially);

o   Harmonisation of Radiography Education, Standards and Practice in East Africa in 2005 (currently ongoing);

o   MeduProf-S Local Project Coordinator in Technical Assistance on Improvement of Twenty Three (23) Hospitals in Medical Imaging, Casualty Care, Hospital Waste Management, Medical Engineering and Hospital Management, in Kenya, January 2010 to date;

o   International Society of Radiographers and Radiological Technologists (ISRRT) Board Member, June 2006 to date;

o   ISRRT Council Member, May 2003 – June 2006;

o   Society of Radiography in Kenya (SORK) Council Member, May 2003 to March 2011;

o   SORK Honorary Secretary May 2003 – March 2008;

o   Association of Professional Societies in East Africa (APSEA) Council Member, 2003 to March 2011;

o   APSEA Public Affairs Committee Member, January 2007 to date SORK Chairman March 2008 to March 2011;

o   KMTC Student Leader at the Students Representative Council 1991/92 and 1992/93;

o   Gold Award Holder with the President’s Award – Kenya an affiliate of the Duke of Edinburgh Award, 1992.

 Vision: To see radiography get its due recognition and become an independent profession but playing in the same league and in unison with the other well-established health professions.

 Hobbies: Reading, Traveling, Music, Movies, Sports and Swimming.




Dimitris Katsifarakis
Regional Director Europe

Dimitris Katsifarakis qualified as Medical Radiological Technologist in 1979 and specialised as Radiation Protection Supervisor in the UK in 1990.

He was awarded an MSc in Health service management in 2006.
Dimitris is an active member of the Pan-Hellenic Society of Radiological Technologists being elected as President from 1984 - 1989 and from 1993 until the present.

He was a co-founding member of the scientific society of Radiological Technologists in Greece in the year 2000 an is Vice president of this scientific Society.In 2007 elected as regional coordinator for Professional Matters for Europe in ECRRT  and has also been appointed as representative of ECRRT in the Medical ALARA network.He was a member of the Scientific Subcommittee of ECR from 1993-1996 and is co-chair of the scientific subcommittee of Radiographers of ECR 2008Dimitris is actively involved in postgraduate courses for radiographers in Greece, giving lectures on Quality Services in Radiation medicine and Radiation Protection in Greece and abroad.

He is the author of 3 books (in Greek language) on radiological technology and quality assurance and several papers and is currently working as associate lecturer in the National School of Public Health, Athens Greece.

Dimitris has been the ISRRT’s Council Member for Greece since 1989.

Mr A. Stewart Whitley
38, The Brooklands
Wrea Green
EnglandPR4 2NQ
Telephone: +44(0)1772 686689
Mobile: +44(0)7973458499
E mai:

Stewart was born in Belfast, N. Ireland and is married to Eunice and has three children; Judith, Shirley-Ann and Mark all married and five grandchildren.
He lives in Wrea Green, a Lancashire village, near Preston, England and visits regularly his daughter in Australia.  
Stewart undertook his radiography training in the Royal Army Medical Corps qualifying in 1967 at the Royal Herbert Hospital, Woolwich, London.  After serving in the Army he returned to N. Ireland working first at the Lagan Valley Hospital Lisburn and then at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast where he qualified as a Radiographer Teacher before moving to Altnagelvin Hospital, Londonderry as Deputy Superintendent Radiographer.
In 1978 he was appointed District Radiographer at Blackpool Victoria Hospital where he remained until the autumn of 2006 when he retired from the NHS as Directorate Manager of Radiology and Physiotherapy Services.
Shortly after leaving the NHS he established UK Radiology Advisory Services Ltd a company dedicated to providing medical imaging advice and support to various NHS and Private sector organisations.
In his role of Radiology Advisor he has helped establish Imaging Services in the Primary Care setting as well as supporting a variety of public and private health care providers and currently acts as Radiology Advisor to NHS Blackpool.
Stewart has a passion for Radiography and his professional body the Society and College of Radiographers and has served as a Council Member, Honorary Secretary of the N. Ireland Branch of the Society of Radiographers and as a DCR and HDCR Medical Photography examiner as well as serving on a number of SCOR committees.      
He has represented Radiography in a variety of roles including Radiographer Advisor on the England DoH Radiology Advisory Group in the 1980s, Vice President for UKRC in 2004 and 2005 heading Service Delivery, advisor on the Pritchard Report on Breast Screening, radiographer lead for the SCOR in the development of standards for the National Radiology Accreditation Programme as well as speaking at a number of regional and national conferences including presenting the 2006 William Stripp memorial lecture.
He was instrumental in commissioning a number of major imaging projects in Blackpool as well as introducing a number of significant service improvements and the introduction of enhanced radiographer roles which had a significant effect in improving patient services. He also established effective hospital wide Quality Assurance and IRMER groups and programmes and has spoken at national and regional meetings on these subjects.
In 2001 he commissioned the first community PACS in the North West and one of the first in England outside London well ahead of the national programme as well as organising PACS and IRMER study days at Blackpool.
He lectures on a number of courses and is an Honorary Lecturer and Coordinator for radiographer lecturers on the FRCR course at Manchester University.
Formerly he served as Chair of the North West Radiology Managers group and Chair of the Cumbria and Lancashire SHA Emergency & Critical Care Development Group and advisor to NHS Bolton and the Cardiac and Stroke Networks in Lancashire & Cumbria as well as advising on a number of projects for the Independent Sector.
He has been involved in the production of four text books; Clark’s Special Procedures in Diagnostic Imaging as senior editor and the 11th and 12th editions of Clark’s Positioning in Radiography (senior editor) and the recently published Clark’s Pocket Handbook for Radiographers.
He is soon ready to embark with colleagues on the 13th edition of Clark’s Positioning in Radiography and the second edition of Clark’s Special Procedures in Diagnostic Imaging.
When not writing text books Stewart involves himself in digital photography, travel and acts as a registrar of weddings at his local Church.
Recently he has been awarded the Silver Medal of the Society of Radiographers.



Dr. Alexander Yule
OBE, JP, DSc, Fellow of the College of Radiographers UK, Honorary Fellow of Cardiff University, Honorary Fellow of the Australian Institute of Radiography, CEO/Secretary General

143 Bryn Pinwydden
Cardiff, CF23 7DG

Dr Alexander (Sandy) Yule is the CEO/Secretary General of the ISRRT. Sandy was born in Aberdeen, Scotland and trained as a diagnostic radiographer in the School of Radiography, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. In 1972 Sandy moved with his family to commission the new Radiology Department in The University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff.
In addition to hospital work Sandy was President of the Society and College of radiographers, Uk, from 1983 until 1984 and was also Chairman of The Radiographers Board of the CPSM. Following changes in legislation Sandy became a Council Member for the new Health Professions Council and at present is a Chairman for The Fitness to Practice Panel. At international level Sandy has been the Council Member for UK on the ISRRT, the Treasurer of the ISRRT and served on the Board for several years.

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