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Who We Are

A nonprofit organization, IAC Vascular Testing is supported by the following organizations while operating independently of their activities. Representatives from these organizations, listed below, make up the IAC Vascular Testing Board of Directors.

Board of Directors & Sponsoring Organizations

American Academy of Neurology (AAN) / American Society of Neuroimaging (ASN)

Richard Genova, BA, RVT, NVS, RPhS serves on the IAC Vascular Testing Board of Directors as a representative of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) | American Society of Neuroimaging (ASN). Currently, he is the Neurovascular Lab Technical Director at Weill Cornell Medicine where he is a certified sonography investigator for several registered clinical trials and helps to prepare vascular neurology fellows for the ASN credentialing exam. He also continues working per diem in an IAC accredited peripheral vascular lab at another major medical center in NYC. Mr. Genova graduated from Brandeis University in Waltham, MA and received his vascular technology training and certification from the Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus. He is also credentialed by Cardiovascular Credentialing International as a Registered Phlebology Sonographer (RPhS) and by the American Society of Neuroimaging as a Neurovascular Specialist (NVS).

Tatjana Rundek, MD, PhD serves as President on the IAC Vascular Testing Board of Directors as a representative of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) / American Society of Neuroimaging (ASN). Dr. Rundek is a Professor of Neurology, Vice Chair of Clinical Research and a Director of Clinical Translational Research Division in the Department of Neurology of the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami. She also holds a secondary faculty appointment at the Department of Neurology at Columbia University in New York City where she was a director of the non-invasive vascular laboratory. Dr. Rundek is a stroke neurologist, clinical researcher and principal investigator of several NIH/NINDS funded R01 grants on genetic determinants of carotid atherosclerosis and stroke. Dr. Rundek is also a recipient of a NINDS K24 career development award. She participates in large stroke genetic consortia including the NINDS Stroke Genetic Network and International Stroke Genetic Consortium. Dr. Rundek was a Fulbright Scholar and the recipient of the research awards from the Hazel K. Goddess, the Dr. Gilbert Baum Fund and the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) for best clinical application of medical ultrasound. Dr. Rundek is an editor of the Carotid Stenosis book and a Current Opinion in Neurology series for clinical and scientific neurology professionals. She serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine, Stroke, Neurology and Cerebrovascular Diseases. She has published more than 300 scientific and professional publications, editorials, reviews and book chapters. In addition to ASN, she is also a member of the American Heart Association (AHA), American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM). Dr. Rundek is immediate past president of the Neurosonology Community Practice of AIUM.

American Association of Neurological Surgeons / Congress of Neurological Surgeons Cerebrovascular Section

American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM)

Brian J. Burke, MD serves on the IAC Vascular Board of Directors as a representative of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM). Having more than 31 years of diverse experiences, Dr. Burke affiliates with many hospitals including North Shore University Hospital, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Flushing Hospital Medical Center, New York-Presbyterian Hospital and cooperates with other doctors and specialists in medical group North Shore. He received his BA from Holy Cross College, his MA from University of Miami and his MD from University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. Burke has contributed to more than 20 reports and reviews and taught a variety of lectures over the years. His research interests include interventional applications of ultrasound, clinical applications of color Doppler imaging, venous thromboembolic disease and minimally invasive diagnosis of breast cancer.

Joseph F. Polak, MD, MPH serves on the IAC Vascular Board of Directors as a representative American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM). Currently, he is Professor of Radiology at Tufts University School of Medicine and Chief of Radiology at the Lemuel Shattuck Hospital in Boston, MA. A graduate of McGill University School of Medicine and of the Harvard School of Public Health, is major clinical interests are in the use of ultrasound imaging to detect and follow atherosclerosis. He has co-authored more than 310 peer reviewed papers and 100 non-peer reviewed articles and chapters. He is sole author of a text book on vascular ultrasound, “Peripheral Vascular Ultrasound. A Practical Guide” as well as co-editor of a textbook “Introduction to Vascular Ultrasonography.” He has served on the editorial board of Radiology and currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Neuroimaging, Journal of Vascular Ultrasound and the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine. He is past-president of IAC Vascular Testing, has served on the board of AIUM, and is currently serving on the board of the Society of Vascular Medicine (SVM). He has been co-investigator and director of the Ultrasound Reading Center that was funded by the NIH and evaluated many ultrasound markers of atherosclerosis such as carotid artery intima-media thickness, carotid artery plaque, carotid artery distensibility, brachial artery reactivity, and currently brachial artery intima-media thickness. He is working on developing a calibrated methodology that can be used for cardiovascular risk assessment.

American Society of Echocardiography (ASE)

Bryan J. Wells, MD serves on the IAC Vascular Board of Directors as a representative of the American Society for Echocardiography (ASE). Dr. Wells is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Wells graduated from the Medical College of Georgia. He completed residency and chief residency in internal medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and cardiology fellowship at Emory University. Dr. Wells is board certified in internal medicine, cardiology, vascular medicine, vascular imaging (RPVI), echocardiography, and nuclear cardiology. In addition to ASE, he is an active member and fellow of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the Society for Vascular Medicine (SVM). He is the Director of Vascular Medicine for the Division of Cardiology at Emory, and is the Medical Director for the cardiology vascular laboratory of Emory University Hospital Midtown.

Susana Robison, BS, RVT serves as President-Elect on the IAC Vascular Testing Board of Directors as a representative of the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE). Currently, Ms. Perese is the Director of Cardiovascular Diagnostic Services at Keck Hospital of USC in Los Angeles. She earned her BS in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Ms. Perese has authored and co-authored several book chapters and articles as well as lectured extensively. In addition to ASE, she is a member of several other professional societies including the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS), Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (SDMS), the Society of Vascular Ultrasound (SVU) and the Society of Vascular Medicine (SVM).

Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery (SCVS)

David L. Dawson, MD serves on the IAC Vascular Testing Board of Directors as a representative of the Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery (SCVS). Dr. Dawson is currently a Clinical Professor in the Texas A&M University College of Medicine. He is chief of vascular surgery for the Central Texas VA and on staff at Baylor Scott & White Health medical center in Temple, TX. After his general and vascular surgery training at the University of Washington, Dr. Dawson served in the U.S. Air Force on active duty for 10 years and later in the Air Force Reserve, retiring in 2018 at the rank of colonel. Dr. Dawson is a distinguished fellow of the Society of Vascular Surgery (SVS) and has clinical expertise in the management of complex aortic disease, critical limb ischemia and vascular noninvasive diagnosis. He currently serves as a board member of the Society for Vascular Ultrasound (FSVU) and is Council Vice Chair of the for the Alliance for Physician Certification and Advancement (APCA). He is active in the American College of Surgeons (FACS), the Society for Vascular Medicine (FSVM) and other professional organizations. In addition to his many publications and book chapters, he has served as invited faculty or presenter for more than 200 major regional, national and international educational presentations. Dr. Dawson is also co-editor of the most recent edition of Strandness’s Duplex Scanning in Vascular Disorders. Since 2007, he has organized and presented annual continuing medical education meetings focusing on interdisciplinary approaches to vascular care. Dr. Dawson resides in Belton, TX.

Society for Vascular Medicine (SVM)

Soo Hyun (Esther) Kim, MD, MPH serves on the IAC Vascular Board of Directors as a representative of the Society for Vascular Medicine (SVM). Dr. Kim is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Kim graduated from Duke University School of Medicine, received her Masters in Public Health from the Public Health Leadership Program at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Public Health. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD and her fellowships in Cardiovascular Medicine and Vascular Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. She has written and lectured extensively on the topic of vascular ultrasound and is active in the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology, the Society for Vascular Medicine. She is the immediate past-chair of the Vascular Council of the American Society of Echocardiography.

Timothy J. Crimmins, MD, RPVI serves on the IAC Vascular Board of Directors as a representative of the Society for Vascular Medicine (SVM). Dr. Crimmins serves as Medical Director of the Non-Invasive Vascular Medicine Lab where ultrasound is used for the diagnosis of vascular disorders. He received his BS and MD from The George Washington University and completed residency in internal medicine at The University of Washington in Seattle and board certification in internal medicine in 2001. He completed training in Vascular Medicine at Columbia University through the informal pathway and completed board certification in Vascular Medicine in 2008. Clinical interests include vascular medicine, non-invasive vascular diagnosis, general internal medicine and medical education. Dr. Crimmins has a master’s certificate in Leadership Development having completed the Master Teacher in Medical Education Program at The George Washington University. His clinical goals of care include patient education, patient-centered care and use of systems to enable high-quality patient care. His education goals include enabling independent thinking and the use of metacognition to foster an understanding of the underlying thought processes involved in medical decision-making. He currently serves as Chief Medical Information Officer for Columbia Doctors at the Columbia University Medical Center.

Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS)

Michael Lilly, MD, RVT, RPVI serves on the IAC Board of Directors as Chairperson and as Immediate Past-President on the IAC Vascular Testing Board of Directors as a representative of the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS), where he is a distinguished fellow. After receiving his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine, Dr. Lilly completed his residency training in Surgery at Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, R.I. including a two-year research fellowship at Brown University in integrative cardiovascular physiology. He completed a vascular surgery fellowship at Northwestern University in Chicago. Currently, Dr. Lilly is a tenured Professor of Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and serves as Chief of the Department of Surgery, Director of Vascular Center and Medical Director of the Non-Invasive Vascular Lab, all at the University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus, a major unit of the University of Maryland Medical System in Baltimore. His credentials include the Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT) and the Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation (RPVI) designations from the ARDMS, as well as certification by the American Board of Surgery in both Surgery and Vascular Surgery. In addition to SVS, Dr. Lilly is actively involved in numerous professional societies including the Society for Vascular Ultrasound (SVU) and the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM). He served as the National Surgical Clinical Consultant to the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Fistula First Breakthrough Initiative from 2009-2012. Dr. Lilly was elected to the Board of Directors of ARDMS (now Inteleos) in 2012 and he is currently the Treasurer. During the past 20 years, he has lectured extensively and has co-authored numerous publications, abstracts and book chapters. Dr. Lilly has also served the IAC as a site visitor since 1993.

Michael R. Go, MD, FACS serves on the IAC Vascular Board of Directors as a representative of the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS). Dr. Go serves as Co-Director of Limb Preservation Program at the Comprehensive Wound Center at The Ohio State University (OSU) Medical Center. He received his Bachelor in Science in Biology from Duke University, his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and completed residency in general surgery at OSU in Columbus, Ohio. He completed a fellowship in vascular and endovascular surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Go has been published in numerous scientific and professional publications and served as a reviewer on several publications including the Annals of Vascular Surgery, Advances in Wound Care, Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging and others. In addition to the SVS, he is a member of several other professional societies including the Midwestern Vascular Surgical Society (MVSS), Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Society (VESS), International Society of Endovascular Specialists (ISEVS) and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons (ACS).

Society for Vascular Ultrasound (SVU)

Jeanette R. Flannery, RVT, RDMS, FSVU serves on the IAC Vascular Board of Directors serves as a representative of the Society for Vascular Ultrasound (SVU). Ms. Flannery is currently a manager/technical director at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. She received her education at William Paterson College and completed specialized training at Saint Barnabas Medical Center and Newark Bath Israel Medical Center. Ms. Flannery has contributed to various professional organizations, such as co-founding the North Jersey Chapter of Society for Vascular and the Newark Beth Israel School of Vascular Technology. She has also served as vice president and president of the North Jersey Chapter of Society for Vascular. Ms. Flannery has been involved with the SVU as a member, chair and director. She is currently a chairperson of the Vascular Laboratory Subcommittee for the Tri-Campus Vascular Center of Excellence of the Saint Barnabas Healthcare System.

Sandra Yesenko, DHSc, MHS, RVT, RDMS, FSVU serves on the IAC Vascular Testing Board of Directors as a representative for the Society for Vascular Ultrasound (SVU). Dr. Yesenko is currently the lead sonographer for education and training in the non-invasive vascular laboratory at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH. She is also an active member of the Cleveland Clinic Allied Health and Education Council. She has won numerous awards such as the Caregiver Celebrations Excellence Award, Outstanding Performance in Clinical Instruction and Student Mentoring, Allied Health Educators’ Award, and the Cleveland Clinic Honors Award. Dr. Yesenko is a professor at Lorain County Community College where she teaches and mentors allied health students. She serves on the advisory committee for the diagnostic medical sonography programs at both Lorain County Community College and Cuyahoga Community College. Dr. Yesenko received her doctorate degree in health science from Nova Southeastern University. She is a member of the annual conference planning committee and in 2015 was appointed to the Board of Directors for SVU. She also acts as the associate editor and is on the editorial review board for the Journal for Vascular Ultrasound. Dr. Yesenko simultaneously serves as a board member for education and membership for the Northern Ohio Vascular Association.

Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS)

Aubrey Rybyinski, BS, RDMS, RVT, FSDMS serves on the IAC Vascular Board of Directors as a representative of the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS). Currently, Mr. Rybyinski is a lead technologist at Cooper University Vascular Surgeons at Navix Diagnostix in Taunton, MA. He earned his BS in Diagnostic Medical Sonography at Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences (now called Advent Health University) in Orlando, FL. Mr. Rybyinski has authored several chapters in medical publications as well as lectured extensively. In addition to SDMS, he is a member of the Society of Vascular Ultrasound (SVU).

Tracy Haefner, RDMS, RVT serves on the IAC Vascular Testing Board of Directors as a representative of the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS). Ms. Haefner has also been a member of the SDMS for 16 years. Currently, Ms. Haefner is a Vascular Core Technologist at Mayo Clinic Vascular Ultrasound as well as a Vascular Technologist at Mayo Clinic Non-Invasive Vascular Lab. She provides hands on instruction and support in both departments. She holds an associate degree in Applied Science in Radiography from Tidewater Community College in Virginia Beach, VA and a certificate from the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program from Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Ms. Haefner is involved in multiple research studies at Mayo Clinic to include: Hypertension/Polycystic Disease using EndoPAT technology in the noninvasive lab. In vascular ultrasound, she is involved in numerous research studies involving CIMT, strain imaging, shear wave elastography, US contrast and 3D imaging. Ms. Haefner provides clinical and diagnostic instruction for the Sonographer Program at the Mayo School of Allied Health Sciences.

Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR)

James Benenati, MD serves on the IAC Vascular Board of Directors as a representative of the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR). Dr. Benenati is a practicing Interventional Radiologist, Medical Director, Noninvasive Vascular Laboratory and Fellowship Program Director at the Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute at Baptist Hospital in Miami, Florida. He is a Clinical Professor of Radiology at Florida International University College of Medicine and Associate Professor of Radiology at the University of South Florida College of Medicine. He is past President of SIR. He served as President of the Vascular Division for the Intersocietal Accreditation Committee (IAC) and served for more than a decade on their board. He served as the annual meeting chairman for SIR in 2005. He was the recipient of the SIR Charles T. Dotter Award in 2014. He has participated in numerous clinical research projects and national trials. His interests include peripheral arterial disease, abdominal aortic aneurysm and management of pulmonary embolism. He has authored and co-authored more than 100 scientific publications. He has been a Program Director of ISET for over 20 years. He attended the University of Notre Dame as an undergraduate, received his medical degree from the University of South Florida College of Medicine, completed a residency in Diagnostic Radiology at Indiana University and a fellowship at Johns Hopkins.

Sanjoy Kundu, MD, DABR, FRCPC

Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound (SRU)

John S. Pellerito, MD, FACR, FSRU, FAIUM serves as Officer-at-Large on the IAC Vascular Testing Board of Directors as a representative of the Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound (SRU). Dr. Pellerito is currently the associate chairman of the Department of Radiology, director of both the Body Imaging Fellowship System and the Peripheral Vascular Laboratory, and chief of the Division of Diagnostic Ultrasound, CT and MRI at North Shore University Hospital. Dr. Pellerito is also an associate professor of radiology at LIJ School of Medicine, adjunct assistant professor of radiology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and assistant professor of radiology at NYU School of Medicine. Upon receiving his medical degree from Albany Medical College, Dr. Pellerito completed his residency in diagnostic radiology at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia and his fellowship in cross sectional imaging at Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Conn. He has published two books as well as a multitude of articles and journal reviews. Dr. Pellerito also holds numerous elected positions including vice president of Faculty Council of Hofstra North Shore LIJ School of Medicine and chair of Commission on Education at American College of Radiology. Additionally, Dr. Pellerito is a member of several professional societies such as Radiology Leadership Institute and Society of Ultrasound in Medical Education and has lectured nationally on the topic of vascular ultrasound.

Nirvikar Dahiya, MD, FSRU serves as Secretary on the IAC Vascular Testing Board of Directors as a representative of the Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound (SRU). Dr. Dahiya is currently Senior Associate Consultant and Assistant Professor of Radiology at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix. Upon receiving his medical degree from Punjabi University in Patiala, India, Dr. Dahiya completed his residency in radiology at St. John’s Medical College in Bangalore, India and later, his fellowship in abdominal imaging at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. In 2011, he received his certification from the American Board of Radiology. Dr. Dahiya has lectured extensively, co-authored a book and written and reviewed numerous articles and other publications. Additionally, he serves as a fellow of the Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound (SRU) and a fellow of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM).

Cardiology Member-at-Large

Heather L. Gornik, MD, RVT, RPVI serves as Immediate Past-President on the IAC Vascular Testing Board of Directors as a Cardiology Member-at-Large. Dr. Gornik is the Co-Director of the Vascular Center within the Harrington Heart and Vascular Institute of University Hospitals of Cleveland, OH. Upon receiving her medical degree with honors from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Dr. Gornik completed her residency and fellowships at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. In 2005, she earned her MMSc degree in Clinical Investigation from Harvard Medical School/MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. A teacher and mentor, Dr. Gornik also serves as Associate Professor of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University and has taught previously at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Gornik is committed to educating health professionals from multiple disciplines in the field of vascular ultrasound and has lectured extensively and co-authored numerous publications, abstracts, reviews and book chapters. She has also participated in the writing group committee for the ACC Foundation Appropriate Use Criteria for Peripheral Vascular Ultrasound and Physiological Testing. She is the President of the Society for Vascular Medicine (SVM). Dr. Gornik is also member of the American Heart Association (AHA) and the Society for Vascular Ultrasound (SVU).

CEO

Mary Lally, MS, CAE is the Chief Executive Officer at the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). Ms. Lally began her tenure with the IAC in 2007, serving as Director of Accreditation. In this role she has been instrumental in the development and oversight of the IAC’s MRI and CT diagnostic divisions as well as the Carotid Stenting, Cardiac Electrophysiology and Cardiovascular Catheterization therapeutic divisions. Ms. Lally has a unique combined background of clinical expertise and association management experience, possessing both a Master’s degree in Radiation Health Physics as well as the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential. Before joining the IAC, Lally gained more than 20 years of clinical, operational and leadership experience, serving as the founding MRI program director at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. In addition, she developed and implemented radiology quality assurance programs with emphasis in the vascular surgery, interventional and cardiology departments at the University of Maryland Hospital. An ARRT-certified MRI Technologist, Ms. Lally is a passionate advocate for quality and safety in imaging.

Director of Accreditation – Vascular Testing

Marge Hutchisson, BS, RVT, RDCS, RPhS joined the IAC in April 2008 and serves as the Director of Accreditation for IAC Vascular Testing. Her experience includes more than 30 years in the field of peripheral vascular ultrasound and 13 years in transthoracic echocardiography. Throughout her career, she has served in a managerial and technical director capacity in the establishment and management of cardiovascular laboratories. Ms. Hutchisson earned her nursing diploma at Lakewood School of Practical Nursing in Cleveland, Ohio, and her Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. She is board-certified by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) in both Vascular Technology and Adult Echocardiography. She is credentialed by Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) as a Registered Phlebology Sonographer. She is an active member of the ARDMS, Society of Vascular Ultrasound (SVU) and CCI.