Baylor College of Medicine and Radiology Partners, the largest physician-owned and physician-led radiology practice in the United States, have announced a new affiliation to provide services at Baylor’s academic hospital, Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, as well as at Catholic Health Initiatives network hospitals in Houston and Southeast Texas, in addition to other community hospitals in Southeast Texas. With the affiliation, a new section will be created within Baylor’s Department of Radiology. Initially comprised of 32 radiologists, this section will be called Baylor Radiologists: A Radiology Partners Affiliated Practice.

“As we have gotten to know Radiology Partners, we have come to realize that this is a natural partnership of two mission-driven organizations,” said Dr. Eric Rohren, chair of the Department of Radiology at Baylor College of Medicine. “In order to keep pace with the changes in the healthcare world, we need to consider innovative approaches that bring together the best of academic and community-based medicine. Through this affiliation, we will have the opportunity to align the strengths of our two outstanding organizations to meet these challenges. Our teams have already begun enthusiastically planning specific initiatives for near-term growth, clinical development and research collaboration. We look forward to a long and successful partnership.”

The affiliation between Radiology Partners and Baylor creates a strong strategic link between a leading radiology practice and an academic medical institution. Radiology Partners will provide Baylor with technology and clinical operating capabilities that will allow the affiliation to extend its reach to numerous new sites in Southeast Texas and will offer access to a rich clinical data-set and new research and publishing opportunities for the Baylor faculty, residents and fellows. Radiology Partners will gain access to key resources to advance its clinical initiatives, including its evidence-based best practice recommendation program for findings such as incidental thyroid nodules, ovarian cysts and abdominal aortic aneurysms, as well its care management follow-up program.

“This broad-based academic, research, clinical and business affiliation is the first of its kind,” said Rich Whitney, chair and CEO of Radiology Partners. “The sharing of resources, talent and expertise among the largest private radiology practice and a top university medical center and radiology training program offers both partners exciting opportunities for growth and clinical innovation.”

Dr. Daniel Fang, a partner with RP who will head the Community Division of Baylor Radiologists, said, “This affiliation affirms our belief that academic and community radiologists can and should be working together, for the benefit of everyone, most importantly our patients.”