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DR. WHO (continued from page 35) moment without changes and advances. He explained that when he started in the radiology field in 1983, imaging was not nearly as important as it is today. Now, when people come to the ER, they are almost always imaged in some way. “What I’ve learned over the years is that imaging studies, and interpreting them, are more important now than ever. Helping the clinician figure out what’s wrong with the patient is what gives me the most satisfaction.” With a more than 30-year career under his belt, he feels privileged to have been able to see so many changes in imaging. Radiology imaging has gone from hung film, to picture archiving communi- cation systems (PACS), to digital and computerized records. “I’ve seen the golden age of imaging during my time,” he said. “Over the last 30 years, I’ve seen it change. When I was a medical student, I never really was exposed to it. When I got up to Indi- anapolis, I saw so much. I didn’t even consider radiology when I was a student. Later, I just could not believe what was going on.” With all of the advances in radiology over the years, he finds it crucial to surround himself with other physicians in the field. He was the Chairman of the Department of Radiology at Norton from 2006-2017 and was also the president of the medical staff at Norton in 2013. “I enjoyed not only the professional relationships I devel- oped with physicians, but I also developed a lot of friendships and relationships with administrators,” he said. “Norton Healthcare is doing a tremendous job with our community and I am really proud to be associated with them.” While he values those professional relationships immensely, even more important to him is his bond with his family. His two girls have four grandkids between them (with another on the way) and he loves spending time with them more than anything. He plans to retire in 2021, which will allow him time with the grandkids while they are still young. When speaking with Dr. Burger, one can sense in just minutes, his humility and gratitude for those around him—his wife, daugh- ters and grandchildren, and his colleagues and his team. On many occasions, he referenced how crucial they all are to his success. “Health care and patient care is a team effort. There are many different parts to the team, many different people,” he said. “Each of us has our jobs. That includes environmental services, transport, all the way up to the chief administrative officer—and everybody in between. Technologists, nurses, aides, everyone has a job. That’s what it’s all about.” Kathryn Vance is the Communication Specialist at the Greater Louisville Medical Society. ADVERTISERS’ INDEX GLMS Foundation IFC www.glms.org/foundation UofL Health www.passporthealthplan.com 36 LOUISVILLE MEDICINE 2 (502) 230-6350 1 UofLHealth.org Passport Health Plan ReMax Collection - The Birkhead Group The Pain Institute www.thepaininstitute.com 5 OBC