Les Folio, DO, FSCBTMR
National Institutes of Health
Les R. Folio, DO, MPH, FAOCR, FSCBTMR is a radiologist in Body Imaging and the Lead Radiologist for Computed Tomography at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center in Bethesda, MD. He is also a Clinical Professor (adjunct) at George Washington University Hospital.
Dr. Folio retired from the Air Force as a Colonel in the summer of 2009. His latest assignments included Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Uniformed Services University and the Pentagon. While in the military, he deployed to hospitals in the Middle East including Iraq. His book "Combat Radiology Imaging of Blast and Ballistic Injuries" is based on his military experiences while treating wounded warriors. Dr. Folio has chaired (and presented) several trauma and imaging conferences both nationally and internationally.
For several years, Dr. Folio has managed a Corporate Research and Development Agreement with the clinical center’s PACS vendor, Carestream Health that led to development of the world’s first multimedia enriched radiology reporting in Feb 2015 that includes hyperlinks that take clinicians directly to the annotated image of target lesions in cancer patients. The reports also include tables that automatically calculate tumor response such as RECIST, and graphs that plot tumor burden over time.
He has shown the resultant interactive reports have improved content with increased concordance with oncologists records used to determine therapeutic response; while improving the efficiency with extraction of tumor measurement data being three times faster. Results will be published in AJR in Feb 2017. For the first time in the history of NIH Clinical Center, select NCI teams are finally doing away with handwriting on paper RECIST forms; rather directly exporting data from PACS into cancer databases made possible through Dr. Folio’s research and funding valued at approximately $500K.
Dr. Folio was trained in four medical specialties while serving in the Air Force. In addition to radiology, he trained and practiced in Occupational, Preventive and Aerospace Medicine as a flight surgeon; based on needs of the military. He was also selected twice by the US Air Force as an astronaut nominee.
He has approximately 100 publications, presented about 100 abstracts nationally and internationally and has authored six books with his latest book titled "Chest Imaging, an Algorithmic Approach," published in November 2011. He has collaborated with NLM resulting in publications related to automated tuberculosis detection already deployed in Kenya; now working with China and several other countries. Several of his publications are related to counter bioterrorism and prevention of deadly infectious diseases including heading up and publishing experience of the largest Anthrax Vaccine program while in Middle East, Smallpox vaccine experience in deploying Air Force pilots, and recently at NIH, procedures he helped developed for imaging Ebola patients and implemented for the first time at NIH in humans without incident.
Honors, military decorations:
Co-investigator leading to a Health and Human Services Ignite Award for Automatic X-Ray Screening for Rural Areas in 2015. Clinical Directors awards for CT exposure monitoring, reduction and CT workflow/ policy development. He is a Fellow of the American Osteopathic College of Radiology and recently elected as a Fellow of the Society of Computed Body Tomography and MR. Military awards include: Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medals, Aerial Achievement Medals, Humanitarian Service Medal; Southwest Asia Service Medal; Korean service Medal; National Defense Medal; Army Commendation Medal; Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, Expert Marksmanship, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (with Valor).
Reena Jha, MD, FSCBTMR
Medstar Georgetown University Hospital
Avinash Kambadakone Ramesh, MD, FSCBTMR
Massachusetts General Hospital