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    By Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology

    Bierhals Named Vice Chair for Quality and Safety

    Andrew J. Bierhals, MD

    Andrew J. Bierhals, MD, an associate professor of radiology, has been named vice chair for quality and safety for Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology (MIR) at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. 

    Bierhals, who became MIR’s assistant director of quality and safety in 2011 and director of cardiothoracic imaging at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital in 2009, succeeds James R. Duncan, MD, PhD. A professor of radiology and founder of the Office of Quality and Safety, Duncan was named MIR's chief of interventional radiology in June.

    Bierhals joined MIR’s faculty in 2006 after completing a residency in diagnostic radiology and a cardiopulmonary fellowship. 

    When MIR began providing radiology services to Phelps Health in Rolla, Mo., in December 2018, Bierhals played a key role in updating quality and safety processes, which included a robust peer review. Along with Duncan, Bierhals also helped secure grant funding to establish a dedicated follow-up program to limit delay in diagnosis for patients with incidental imaging findings.

    A member of the Radiological Society of North America, American College of Radiology and Society of Thoracic Radiology, Bierhals has participated in several educational, scientific and quality committees. 

    He earned his medical degree and a master’s degree in public health at the University of Pittsburgh.