About SSR

The Society of Skeletal Radiology (SSR) was founded in 1978, at about the same time that Musculoskeletal Imaging (then Skeletal Radiology) was being formed as a distinct specialty within Radiology. Skeletal Radiology fellowships were not being recruited or advertised, and academic Radiology programs did not typically include Skeletal sections or specialists within their organization. The SSR was created to address the issues of specialty recognition and representation, resident and fellowship training, research in musculoskeletal imaging and continuing education. Society membership remains limited to Musculoskeletal Radiologists and Fellows in order to insure dedication to these goals.

It is the continuing mission of the Society of Skeletal Radiology to encourage and support the development of expertise in the subspecialty of Musculoskeletal Radiology. The SSR's CME efforts provide continuing medical education for practicing musculoskeletal radiologists via an annual scientific meeting and online resources.  The society, through these and other means, including scholarships and awards, also supports research, teaching and the development of our organization and its membership. The SSR thoughtfully represents our specialty and our members through its socioeconomic, residency and fellowship, standards, wellness, and other essential committees.  The SSR is a cosponsor of the Journal of Skeletal Radiology, sponsor of the Musculoskeletal Radiology Fellowship Match, has formal liaisons with other international MSK societies and sends representation to the ACR, ARR and AIUM.

The Society of Skeletal Radiology is proud to represent Musculoskeletal Radiology in the United States and Canada and with our membership, is committed to the continual advancement of our science, our teaching and our service.

A Message From Our President

We want to thank you for being an SSR member and want to highlight some of the benefits:

  • SSR is the largest North American Musculoskeletal Society, with over 1500 full members, 182 Members-in-training and 22 International Members
  • New virtual streaming of this year’s SAMs courses for members unable to attend in person, and continued online availability of the SSR Annual Meeting SAMs and select ePosters
  • New “ESSR Award” with stipend applied towards presenting the award-winning scientific paper at the European Society of Skeletal Radiology Annual Meeting. The 2019 meeting will be held June 26-29 in Lisbon, Portugal. ESSR’s winning paper will also reciprocate at SSR’s national meeting.
  • Production of “Nomenclature for Subchondral Non-neoplastic Bone Lesions” (the first of many “SSR Whitepapers”), which will be open to member comments at the Annual Meeting prior to publication
  • Increased funding for the SSR Seed Grants over the next 10 years thanks to contributions from the “40 for 40” SSR Member Fundraising campaign
  • Creation of the new Social Media and Health & Wellness Ad Hoc Committees for increased communication and support of its members
  • Contribution of SSR members’ lectures and the “Ultrasound of the Hip” Instructional Video to the MSK Core Lecture series
  • Yearlong collaboration with dedicated musculoskeletal radiologists and international societies 

Once again, we look forward to seeing you in Huntington Beach. 

Laura W. Bancroft, MD, FACR
President – Society of Skeletal Radiology

Mission Statement

The Society of Skeletal Radiology (SSR) is dedicated to the goal of encouraging and supporting the development of expertise in the subspecialty of musculoskeletal radiology. The Society of Skeletal Radiology’s CME efforts shall be to provide continuing medical education for practicing musculoskeletal radiologists via an annual scientific meeting.

The goals of this annual meeting are to encourage research activity and dissemination, stimulate collaboration among members, and refine subspecialty expertise.

Peer-reviewed papers will be given by society members covering such musculoskeletal topics as tumors, arthritis, sports medicine/trauma, metabolic/endocrine disease, diseases of the spine, imaging techniques and procedures, resident/fellow education, and socioeconomic issues.

Completed research, preliminary work, or germinal ideas can be given a forum, with discussion encouraged.

Based on needs assessment, special topics panel discussions will be developed and presented.

2018-2020 Officers

President: Laura W. Bancroft, MD, FACR
President-Elect: Lawrence M. White, MD
Secretary: Donna Blankenbaker, MD
Treasurer: Jon Jacobson, MD
Immediate Past President: Andrew Sonin, MD, FACR
Executive Director: Sue O’Sullivan