2015 Summit Faculty - William T. Thorwarth, MD, FACR

William T. Thorwarth, Jr., MD, FACR

Chief Executive Officer, American College of Radiology.


Bill Thorwarth MD assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer of the American College of Radiology in April 2014.

After receiving his undergraduate and medical degrees from Dartmouth College and Medical School, he trained in internal medicine at Penn State in Hershey PA.  He completed his radiology residency at the University of North Carolina, serving as chief resident his final year. He practiced interventional and diagnostic radiology as a member of Catawba Radiological Associates for nearly 30 years.

Dr. Thorwarth became actively involved with the American College of Radiology in 1987, initially at the state and subsequently at the national level. After initially being involved in the development of ACR Standards (now Practice Parameters and Technical Standards), he shifted his emphasis to Economics and Health Policy, chairing the Committee on Coding and Nomenclature while also assuming the position of ACR advisor to the AMA Relative Value System Update Committee (RUC). He was then elected to the ACR Board of Chancellors where he chaired the Commission on Economics for 5 years before assuming the role of ACR President from 2003-2004.

In addition to the ACR activities, Dr. Thorwarth was appointed to the AMA Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Editorial Panel in 1999, which oversees the CPT coding process, and was appointed as Chairman of the Panel beginning October 2007, concluding that service in June 2011.

Dr. Thorwarth served on the Advisory Board to the Institute of Clinical and Economic Review (ICER), a nationally renowned body performing Clinical Effectiveness Research.

He has also been active in the RSNA, chairing the “Visionaries in Practice” fund raising program for the RSNA Research and Education Foundation. He was appointed to the R and E Foundation Board of Trustees in 2006 and more recently to the RSNA Board of Directors where he served as Liaison for Publications and Communications until assuming his current position with the ACR.

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