The ABR – Promoting the Advancement of Radiology

Attending radiologist at Jersey City Medical Center, Steven Bier, MD, has over 25 years of experience in the field of radiology. Throughout his career, Dr. Steven Bier has written several publications and has been a guest lecturer at several hospitals and medical centers. Dr. Bier is certified by the American Board of Radiology.

Since 1932, the American Board of Radiology has been committed to ensuring that the public receives the best possible care by certifying radiologists who meet the board’s standards of practice. The ABR hopes to contribute to the improvement and advancement of health care safety and quality by creating and maintaining high standards for professionals.

As a part of the American Board of Medical Specialties, the ABR along with 24 other boards around the country work together to create common standards for physicians across several specialties. The ABR and the ABMS works to support and help physicians and patients by providing programs for continued education and information about certified doctors. The boards also work with leaders in the industry to help promote higher quality healthcare. Certification through the American Board of Radiology is given to those radiologists who consistently show dedication to quality practice and have the knowledge necessary for practicing radiology efficiently and ethically.

About MyGOAL Autism

By Steven Bier, MD

My Gateway to Overcome Autism in Life (MyGOAL) is a nonprofit organization that works to provide support to individuals and families coping with autism. MyGOAL recognizes that the divorce rates are much higher among families who have members with special needs due to the stress that can arise in day to day life. In order to strengthen families, the organization works to restore autistic children’s capabilities and functionality. To achieve this, MyGOAL provides a wide range of educational and counseling opportunities. The foundation focuses its efforts in a number of realms including prevention, treatment, advocacy, and support services.

In order to operate, MyGOAL Autism depends on the generosity of donors and dedicated volunteers. To learn more about how you can support the foundation, visit http://www.MyGOALAutism.org.

About Steven Bier, MD: Since 2010, Dr. Steven Bier has provided radiology services out of his private practice. He is an enthusiastic supporter of MyGOAL Autism.

Support for Families with Autistic Children

MyGoal Autism in New Jersey dedicates its work to empowering and educating families with children who suffer from autism. The recovery journey for these children often produces many challenges for families. Statistics show that parents of special needs children divorce at higher rates than other parent groups. Because the effective treatment of these kids requires the foundation of a strong family, MyGoal Autism provides family support services, particularly to those from underserved areas and lower socioeconomic backgrounds.

MyGoal Autism provides counseling through family support groups. There are different groups for fathers, siblings, and one designed to address the needs of new parents. One category focuses on how parents can create social lives for themselves. Additionally, the center provides marriage and family counseling advocacy services. To teach families tools for overcoming stress, MyGoal sponsors a Wellspring Life stress management class. Finally, the organization provides a series of educational seminars on autism awareness, treatment, and basic rights to education. For more information on services, visit www.mygoalautism.org.

About the author: Dr. Steven Bier serves on the Board of Directors of MyGoal Autism. A Radiologist, Dr. Bier attended the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine.

Dr. Steven Bier: MyGoal Autism Support Groups

MyGoal Autism offers a new class for young adults with autism. People between the ages of 16 and 21 with Asperger’s syndrome are eligible to take part in the “Get a Social Life” program. This weekly class teaches participants how to communicate more effectively and socialize with peers.

People with Asperger’s syndrome generally have difficulty interacting appropriately with others. They may also use language atypically and have trouble with physical coordination. Those with Asperger’s syndrome can improve their social skills through repetition and direct teaching methods.

MyGoal Autism seeks to support individuals and families coping with autism. They offer information regarding autism prevention, treatment, and advocacy.

Dr. Steven Bier has worked with autism-related nonprofit groups since 2006. He serves on the Board of Directors for MyGoal Autism.

Myths and Facts about Autism: Q&A with Dr. Steven Bier

Dr. Steven Bier serves on the Board of Directors of MyGOAL Autism. He completed his residency in radiology at Mount Sinai Hospital and is a published author on the topic of identifying radiological signs of autism.

Q: What is the number-one myth about autism?

Dr. Steven Bier: I’d say the biggest myth regarding autism is that people affected by the condition all act the same way. The truth is that autism may manifest in a number of ways, some more severe than others.

Q: How many children are affected by autism in the United States?

SB: In the United States, less than 1 percent, or one out of every 110 children, are affected by autism. Generally, impairment expresses itself in one or more areas: impaired communication, social interaction, daily living skills, and repetitive behaviors.

Q: What is another myth regarding autism?

SB: Another myth, which I personally believe must be debunked, is that autism is the result of bad parenting. This is false. Although the exact cause is unknown, we do know that autism is a neurobiological disorder.

Dr. Steven Bier on Primary Care Physicians Eager to Screen for Colon Cancer

Dr. Steven Bier has over 25 years of experience as a radiologist. Dr. Bier currently serves on the staff of the Jersey City Medical Center in New Jersey.

According to a recent article in Health Imaging magazine, many primary care physicians recommend colonoscopies for their patients, even in cases where the procedure will not achieve any lasting benefit. A group of researchers from the Indiana University Medical School in Indianapolis conducted a survey of primary care physicians, including family practice doctors, internists, and gynecologists. The study found that most physicians recommend regular colon cancer screenings, usually colonoscopies, for patients between the ages of 50 and 65.

However, a high percentage of the surveyed physicians also recommended colonoscopies to patients with terminal cancer, specifically unresectable non-small cell lung cancer. Forty-two percent of physicians recommended a colonoscopy for a 50-year-old patient with terminal lung cancer, and 25 percent recommended the screening for an 80-year-old with terminal cancer. This propensity to screen betrays a lack of understanding of the risks and benefits of colonoscopies. In the case of a patient diagnosed with terminal cancer, a colonoscopy is unlikely to prolong or improve the quality of life. In fact, in those situations the colonoscopy and the preparation for the test might actually harm a patient’s health. The researchers suggested more research should be conducted on primary care physicians’ tendency to overscreen in situations where there is no benefit to the patient.

About Case in Point, an Online Learning Tool for Radiology Professionals and Students

By Dr. Steven Bier

American College of Radiology’s Case in Point serves as an educational online tool for residents, fellows, and practicing radiologists. Presenting scanned images from magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), mammograms, Computer Tomography scans, and other diagnostic tools, Case in Point enables viewers to explore actual clinical cases treating everything from breast cancer detection to analysis of autism spectral disorder. According to Dr. Kit Shaffer, Editor-in-Chief of Case in Point, the tool is popular with residents because it gives them the opportunity to view unusual or complex cases they wouldn’t normally have access to. Practicing radiologists also appreciate the chance to fulfill their Continuing Medical Education requirements while sharpening their knowledge.

About the Author: New Jersey-based radiologist Dr. Steven Bier has contributed numerous cases from his own practice, including a January 9th, 2009, set of MRI images treating the issue of Autism Spectral Disorders and a 2008 case entitled “Breast Cancer Detection with MRI.” To view these or additional cases, please visit http://3s.acr.org/CIP/.

MyGOAL Autism Provides Support Programs for Families Affected by Autism

By Dr. Steven Bier

Founded by Robert and Genevieve Kumapley, MyGOAL, an acronym for My Gateway to Overcoming Autism in Life, provides advocacy, outreach, education, and counseling for New Jersey families affected by autism, a developmental disorder. When the Kumapleys’ son was diagnosed with autism at the age of 2 ½, the engineer-pharmacist couple was able to obtain high-quality therapy and other services for their child. Troubled by the idea that not all families could afford that kind of support, they founded the nonprofit organization MyGOAL to serve all impacted families, regardless of economic status. MyGOAL endeavors to help families stay strong and connected by offering stress management programs, family and sibling support groups, marriage counseling, and many other services. To learn more, please visit the web site at MyGoalAutism.org.

About the Author: Dr. Steven Bier, a radiologist practicing in Maplewood, New Jersey, serves on the Board of Directors of MyGOAL Autism.