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NEMA Announces Gail Rodriguez, PhD, as Executive Director / Vice President of its Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA)


2/13/2012 3:16 PM

ROSSLYN, Va.,—NEMA, the association of electrical equipment and medical imaging manufacturers, today named Gail Rodriguez, Ph.D., as executive director / vice president of its Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA).

Rodriguez, who assumes her new role immediately, brings 20 years of experience in diagnostic medical imaging. She joined NEMA and MITA last year.

“It is vital that MITA has the proper expertise to educate the public, legislators, and regulators about how imaging improves health outcomes, saves lives, and reduces costs,” said NEMA President and CEO Evan Gaddis,. “Gail Rodriguez is the right fit.”

Previously, Rodriguez was Director of Policy at MITA where she oversaw the association’s X-ray Imaging Products Section and directed the MITA Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Group, including leading its regulatory, educational, health economics, and coverage initiatives. Rodriguez, who holds a doctorate in political science with an emphasis in health policy from the University of Kansas, has significant experience in radiopharmaceuticals and PET. Prior to coming to MITA, Rodriguez directed policy and business development for the Institute for Molecular Technologies.

“From detecting cancer and heart disease when it’s most treatable to giving physicians the tools to stage the proper therapies to reducing hospital stays and medical errors, the evidence continues to demonstrate how imaging technologies help physicians improve patient care,” said Rodriguez. “I look forward to working with MITA members to enhance policymakers’ understanding of the value our technologies play improving health care and creating jobs,” said Rodriguez.

NEMA is the association of electrical equipment and medical imaging manufacturers, founded in 1926 and headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. Its member companies manufacture a diverse set of products including power transmission and distribution equipment, lighting systems, factory automation and control systems, and medical diagnostic imaging systems. Worldwide annual sales of NEMA-scope products exceed $120 billion.

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