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Chief Medical Officer of Foundation Radiology Group, Dr. James W. Backstrom, was named one of the top radiologists in his field by Pittsburgh Magazine in its annual “Best Doctors” issue. Only thirteen radiologists made the 2012 list out of the over 300 in the area. Dr. Backstrom was one of only three pediatric radiologists featured.

To create the annual “Best Doctors” list, Pittsburgh Magazine uses extensive proprietary balloting software from Best Doctors, Inc. The research utilized draws from the peer referral process that doctors themselves use to determine appropriate specialists for individual cases. This process is internationally recognized and accepted as the gold standard for identifying top-quality doctors.

Renowned in his field of practice, Dr. Backstrom completed his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh and an internal medical internship at Bethesda Naval Hospital. During his service to the United States Navy, he was awarded the Naval Achievement Medal and The Naval Commendation Medal.

Dr. Backstrom’s training also includes the completion of a diagnostic radiology residency and six month fellowship in adult neuroradiology at Duke University. Additionally, he earned a pediatric radiology fellowship from The Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, NY and a pediatric neuroradiology fellowship from the Hospital for Sick Children, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

As Chief Medical Officer at Foundation Radiology Group, Dr. Backstrom leads a group comprised of over 50 highly trained, board certified radiologists. He has helped architect Foundation’s unique Elegant Radiology model, which ensures comprehensive support of all hospital service lines including: Cardiovascular, Neurosciences, Orthopedics, Oncology, Women’s Health, Gastroenterology, Pediatrics and Emergent/Ambulatory Care. Accredited by the Joint Commission, a nationwide symbol of healthcare quality, Foundation Radiology Group is committed to providing an unparalleled level of patient care to community hospitals.

Tom Skelton, CEO of Foundation Radiology Group stated, “We are extremely proud to have Dr. Backstrom as the clinical leader of our team. The majority of the doctors on the list practice at the major metropolitan teaching institutions which can cause patients to leave their community for care.” Skelton added “Our mission is to revolutionize the practice of radiology in the community healthcare setting and Dr. Backstrom and the other quality physician providers at Foundation firmly support and deliver on this goal.”


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