Legal/Legislative News Regarding Tort Reform

From MSMA:

Supreme Court Upholds Damage Caps!

The Missouri Supreme Court also issued its decision in the Velazquez v. Reeves case this afternoon.  This case was a challenge to the noneconomic damages caps that were enacted at MSMA’s request in 2015.  In a concise ruling, the Court determined that because the legislature had created a medical negligence statutory cause of action, the caps in medical malpractice cases did not violate Velazquez’s right to a trial by jury.

Barry Siegel, MD, FACR Receives ACR Gold Medal

The ACR Gold Medal is awarded by to an individual for distinguished and extraordinary service to the American College of Radiology or to the discipline of radiology.

We are proud to announce one of the 2021 winners is Barry Siegel, MD.  Dr Siegel is a professor of radiology and medicine at Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Washington University School of Medicine.  He has over 40 years of leadership in the nuclear medicine community, was 2019 Imaging Deputy Co-Chair for ECOG-ACRIN® Cancer Research Group and Principle Investigator of the National Oncology PET Registry (NOPR).

For more information see here.

New Fellows

New Fellows from Missouri inducted at the 2020 Annual Meeting of the American College of Radiology are Andrew Bierhals, MD, Steven Don, MD, Jennifer Gould, MD, Carlin Ridpath, MD, and Mark Wittry, MD.

One of the highest honors the ACR can bestow on a member in good standing is recognition as a Fellow of the American College of Radiology. ACR Fellows demonstrate a history of service to the College, organized radiology, teaching, and/or research. Only 15 percent of College members have been awarded this honor.

Please join us in congratulating our new Fellows!

For a list of recent Fellows from Missouri see here.

MORADS Spring Legal Presentation

Download the legal presentation produced by MORADS attorney Harvey M. Tettlebaum from our virtual spring meeting April 10, 2021.

MORADS Member Carlin Ridpath and RAD-AID Featured in ACR Bulletin

What is RAD-AID?

RAD-AID began in 2008, with a mission to advance radiology in low-resource areas around the world by providing education, equipment, infrastructure, and sustainable services. RAD-AID counts more than 13,500 volunteers serving over 80 hospitals in 35 countries.  MORADS member Carlin A. Ridpath, MD has been RAD-AID program director overseeing multiple projects in Nepal for the last 3 years.  See page 16 in the March 2021 ACR Bulletin for more information.

MORADS Member, Steven Don, MD, receives 2020 Pioneer Award From Society of Pediatric Radiology

The Pioneer Award honors individuals who have advanced pediatric radiology through innovation, forethought and leadership.  For more information see here.


Frank J Lexa, MD, MBA, FACR to deliver 74th Carman Lecture

Frank J. Lexa, MD, MBA, FACR

Dr Lexa is Chief Medical Officer of the Radiology Leadership Institute.
He is also Professor of Clinical Affairs and Operations, Department of Medical Imaging, University of Arizona Medical Center and author of “Leadership Lessons for Healthcare Providers.”
He will be delivering the 74th Carman lecture on Saturday, April 10, 2021.

There is no cost to attend the lecture and no preregistration required.

More information about Dr Lexa here.

MSMA Virtual White Coat Day


Virtual White Coat Day – Tuesday, March 2, 2021

White Coat Day registration is officially open! You can find our full list of speakers at, as well as issues they will be discussing. Let’s make the voice of organized medicine a top priority in the legislature, and this the best attended White Coat Day yet.

MSMA membership is not required for attendance – all Missouri physicians are welcome and encouraged to join us. Please feel free to share White Coat Day information and registration links with your colleagues, residents, fellows, and medical students. We look forward to seeing you all soon.

Please note that although the speakers and topics are broken into different regions of the state, you are more than welcome to participate in as many of the events as you can.

Visit or contact Shantel Dooling at for more information.

MORADS Member Amy Patel, MD Profiled in ACR Bulletin

Congratulations to Changemaker Amy K Patel, MD who is profiled in the February 2021 issue of the ACR Bulletin.  For the full story see here.

ACR Webinar on Medicare Health Plan Choices