Fleischner Society for Thoracic Imaging and Diagnosis

The Fleischner Society is an international, multidisciplinary medical society for thoracic radiology, dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the chest. Founded in 1969 by eight radiologists whose predominant professional interests were imaging of chest diseases, the Society was named in memory of Felix Fleischner, an inspiring educator, clinician, and researcher who made many contributions to the field of chest radiology. The Society has an active membership of approximately 70 members  as well as approximately 40 senior members who have retired from active medical practice or work in medical science after years of active membership in the Society.

The Fleischner Society maintains a diverse membership that includes experts in adult and pediatric radiology, pathology, adult and pediatric pulmonary medicine, thoracic surgery, physiology, morphology, epidemiology and other related sciences. The diverse membership supports a primary role of the Society, which is the publication of Fleischner position papers, which represent consensus documents that focus on controversial topics.

Recent Fleischner position papers include:

  • Recommendations for the management of subsolid pulmonary nodules detected at CT:  A Statement from the Fleischner Society. Naidich DP, Bankier AA, MacMahon H, Schaefer-Prokop CM, Pistolesi M, Goo JM, Macchiarini P, Crapo JD, Herold CJ, Austin JH, Travis WD. Radiology. 2013 Jan;266(1):304-17.

  • Management of suspected acute pulmonary embolism in the era of CT angiography: a statement from the Fleischner Society. Remy-Jardin M, Pistolesi M, Goodman LR, Gefter WB, Gottschalk A, Mayo JR, Sostman HD. Radiology. 2007 Nov;245(2):315-29. Epub 2007 Sep 11.

  • Guidelines for management of small pulmonary nodules detected on CT scans: A statement from the Fleischner Society. MacMahon H, Austin JH, Gamsu G, Herold CJ, Jett JR, Naidich DP, Patz EF Jr, Swensen SJ;Fleischner Society. Radiology. 2005 Nov;237(2):395-400.

  • A brief history of the Fleischner Society. Janower ML. J Thorac Imaging. 2010 Feb;25(1):27-8.

The Fleischner Society meets annually for scientific sessions where the latest advances in chest disease diagnosis and treatment are presented and discussed. While the preparation of Fleischner position papers is a year-round activity, the annual meeting serves as an important touch point for discussion and consensus around the topics.

The Society is governed by an Executive Committee, composed of the President, the President-Elect, the Secretary, the Treasurer, the Chair of the Academic Development Committee and the Immediate Past President.  In 2014-2015, the President of the Society is Hans-Ulrich Kauczor, MD, of the University of Heidelberg in Heidelberg, Germany.

The Society is managed through the American College of Radiology in Reston, Virginia, U.S.A.

The Fleischner Society 2014 members-only annual meeting was held June 16-18, 2014 in Leuven, Belgium.

Fleischner Society 2015 Annual Meeting (members only)

Sitges, Spain

June 1 – 2, 2015
Sitges, Spain