Amid the hype and public relations blitz of the announcement of the Aris acquisition of Optimal, is there only light, or is there perhaps some heat as well?
With more than 160 radiologists, this deal creates the second largest grouping, if not group, of radiologists in the U.S. With these kinds of numbers, the roles of the radiologist leadership in this mega-imaging conglomerate become paramount. Whether you are for or against this acquisition or any such increased corporate move into imaging and radiology, the one clear bright spot in the deal is the chief medical officer (CMO) for Optimal, now Aris, Chad Calendine, MD.
According to the press releases, Calendine will be maintaining his role as CMO within the new organization, with perhaps some between-the-lines hints of new potentials ahead. I had a chance to talk with Dr. Calendine about his view of radiology and the current landscape within radiology.