Clinical Radiation Safety Educator Expert Witness

Provides Opinion & Testimony In:

Radiology Imaging, Computed Tomography, CT, Best Practices, Standard of Care, Radiation Dose, Clinical Radiation Safety Educator, CT Scan, IV Contrast, IV Contrast Extravasation, Infiltration, Contrast Infiltration

SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS

26 years of experience as a Registered Radiological Technologist and CT Tech. Unique and valuable leadership experience as a service member in the U.S.Army and the combination of its civilian counterparts as a CT Supervisor in both community hospitals and a Level 1 trauma academic center. I have a total of four years professional background in the U. S. Army, specializing in supervising, counseling, strategic planning, hospital information systems, clinical and classroom education and policy development.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

VCU Health Systems
Clinical Radiation Science Educator
July 2018 to Present
To coordinate, operate, develop and administer assigned functions of the Imaging Safety and Compliance Program which includes: clinical radiation safety program, ACR Accreditation, and imaging regulatory compliance. Assist in the education, monitoring, evaluation and controlling radiological and non-radiological imaging health and safety initiatives in clinical practice settings which requires specialized knowledge of Federal and Virginia state laws, regulations, imaging safety, and radiation safety principles. Educates users of ionizing radiation producing equipment and non-ionizing radiation producing equipment. Organizes, delivers and/or coordinates lecture presentations electronically, in person and/or lab-style demonstrations to faculty and staff. Performs “student” observations, evaluations and skill testing.

VCU Health Systems
Peds CT Tech Clin IV
March 2016 to 2018
Serve as a role model for accountability to other technologist in the department and provide leadership in the absence of the manager. Performed job activities independently and was a resource to the team. Worked closely with Pediatric Radiologist in identifying the need and creating new scanning protocols for new ways of identifying pathologies in infants and toddlers.

VCU Health Systems
CT Supervisor:
September 2014-3-2016
Responsible and accountable for the daily clinical operation of the CT Department by ensuring the highest level of operational excellence while practicing safety, efficient, high quality and cost effective care. To ensure that all procedures are performed by qualified and competent staff that are of the highest quality achievable and follow the radiation safety principles of ALARA, and ACR Guidelines for imaging practices. Involved with policy creation and implementation. Work closely with PEDS Radiologist to create and implement Pediatric Protocols throughout the VCU Health System. Involved with protocol development with Radimetrics Platform.

Bon Secours Saint Mary’s Hospital
Lead CT Technologist:
January 2011-Sept 2014
Responsible and accountable for the daily clinical operation of the CT Department by ensuring the highest level of operational excellence while practicing safety, efficient, high quality and cost effective care. To ensure that all procedures are performed by qualified and competent staff that are of the highest quality achievable and follow the radiation safety principles of ALARA, and ACR Guidelines for imaging practices.

Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital School of Medical Imaging
Clinical Coordinator:
Jan 2010 to Jan 2011
Overseeing the clinical education and rotation components of the School of Medical Imaging. Formulating the student clinical rotation schedule and scheduling clinical rotations to correlate with didactic instruction. Collaborating with the program director on devising and implementing strategies for the monitoring and evaluation of student performance in the clinical setting. Evaluating effectiveness and equity of all clinical rotations, and assuring appropriate supervision levels in the clinic. Serving as program liaison, resource, and mentor for each clinical site and for site instructors. Proficient in curriculum development, supervision, instruction, evaluation, counseling and delivering classroom instruction of various radiography courses.

HCA – HDH Parham campus CJW Medical Center
Staff CT Technologist/ Radiologic Technologist:
Aug 2003 to Jan 2010
Perform CT scans following department protocols for out-patient, in-patient, and ER patient settings. Participated in training others as well as expanding my continuing education. Showing shift flexibility including holiday and weekend call. Improved my skills by learning and efficiently performing CT Angiography/Cardiac CTA.

121 General Hospital
CT Supervisor:
Jun 2002 to July 2003
Executed and established policies and standards on the performance and training of 10 personnel. Responsible for establishing new standard CT operating procedures throughout the Republic of Korea. Ensured the administrative, operational, and functional activities of CT were met. Ensured regulatory compliance regarding policies and standards. Assisted with JCAHO preparation. Improved CT schedule backlog, reducing from 31 to 0 days in a 2-month period. Developed new S.O.P. for 42 detailed CT procedures dramatically increasing patient’s safety and care. Conducted inspections to ensure soldiers were confident in their ability to support the Radiology Mission. Conducted training for the hospital and 168th Medical Battalion Soldiers on CT imaging. Maintained the CT imaging equipment and its facility maintenance program in a high state of repair. Facilitated transition phase for a new CT Department.

Winn Army Community Hospital
CT Supervisor:
Jan 2000 to June 2002
Executed an established policies and standards on the performance and training of 14 personnel. Provided administrative and managerial guidance to the CT Department. Responsible for establishing a standard operating procedure for all CT personnel, both civilian and military. Prepared CT Department for JCAHO survey led to a zero finding. Conducted inspections to ensure soldiers were confident in their ability to support the Radiology mission. Maintained the CT imaging equipment and its facility maintenance program in a high state of repair.

DuBois Regional Medical Center
Staff X-ray Technologist
Jul 1993 to July 1999
Performed radiographs to maintain a high degree of accuracy in positioning and exposure technique. Possessed and maintained knowledge of radiation protection and safety for both patients and co-workers.

EDUCATION

  • VCU
  • Masters in Adult Education
  • Enrolled for fall 2019
  • Lock Haven University in Lock Haven, PA
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science
  • Graduated June 1999
  • Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, PA
  • Associates Degree in Radiology
  • Graduated May 1993

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