Bhavya Rehani, MD Gives the Annual Oration in Diagnostic Radiology at RSNA20

“We are all one. As we look forward to the post Covid-19 era, radiologists around the world can unite to make a difference in the health of human beings throughout the world. The concept of "seva" or selfless service has never been more important.” These are the words of Bhavya Rehani, MD, assistant professor at the UC San Francisco Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging and recognized authority on global health and health inequities among vulnerable populations.

At this year’s Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Annual Meeting, Dr. Rehani was invited to give the Annual Oration in Diagnostic Radiology on Tuesday, December 1, 2020. This is an honored lecture presented by invitation of the RSNA president, with the approval of the board of directors. The topic of her highly anticipated talk is “Building A Better Future for the Global Radiology Community: Selfless Service, Innovative Technologies & Online Radiology Education for COVID-19 & Beyond.”

There is no better person to speak on this topic than Dr. Rehani. Growing up in India, she witnessed the poor access to health care for her own grandparents in rural India and was inspired to find a solution. As co-founder, president and CEO of Health4theworld, an award-winning nonprofit organization, she and her team work tirelessly to provides free education and technology resources in 110 countries (and counting). “Our goals are simple. We want each health care provider to have access to the kind of reliable medical knowledge needed to treat their patients, free of cost, anywhere in the world,” she said in the 2019-20 issue of Images Magazine.

“The impact of COVID-19 has highlighted the healthcare disparities in vulnerable populations. As physicians, we feel that it is our moral obligation to help our colleagues and patients in areas of need,” says Dr. Rehani. “How do we radiologists make a difference and build a better future for the world community?”

Dr. Rehani addresses this in her talk. The use of virtual education, telemedicine, mobile health and machine learning provide powerful platforms for the education and support of healthcare workers and patients throughout the world. Dr. Rehani shares her vision for building a better future together as a radiology community with innovative technologies and breaking boundaries in education while sharing stories of her 20-year journey in global health, selfless service inspired by her grandfather and hopeful messages featuring radiologists around the world.

The department is very proud of Dr. Rehani’s work. Acclaimed for her service to the global community, she was recently awarded the 2020 UCSF Chancellor Award for Public Service. Read more about Dr. Rehani’s work and other stories about global health efforts of UCSF Radiology faculty in a previous blog post.

All RSNA plenary sessions are featured at 11 a.m. CST and can be accessed on demand during the live meeting week. Premium registrants are able to view them on demand through April 30, 2021. Here is the live program.


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