A Visionary Leader

Sal Martino

In January 2015, Sal Martino, Ed.D., R.T.(R), FASRT, CAE, begins his 40th year of working in the radiologic sciences. His passion for the profession is widely recognized throughout the radiologic science community and his career has touched nearly every area of the field. Consequently, his background, skills and vision for the American Society of Radiologic Technologists made him an excellent choice to serve as the chief executive officer of the world’s largest radiologic science organization and its philanthropic arm, the ASRT Foundation.

His background is a virtual blueprint for how to build a successful career in the radiologic sciences. In addition to being a registered radiologic technologist, he has nearly two decades of experience working in radiologic science education and top-notch experience in leadership positions with the ASRT, New York City Society of Radiologic Technologists and American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

An ASRT member since 1977, Sal brings a unique vision and perspective to the association. As a member, he understands the importance of member services; as a leader of the association’s staff, he is keenly aware of what it takes to build a world-class association. Sal has worked for the ASRT since 1999. He also served as the chief operating officer of the ASRT Foundation from 2001 until January 2009, when he became the CEO of both the ASRT and ASRT Foundation.

Under Sal’s leadership, the ASRT Foundation has grown into a powerful resource for members, students and the entire field of medical imaging and radiation therapy. The Foundation now provides almost 100 scholarships and grants each year to students and R.T.s who need assistance attaining a college degree, earning additional certification, investigating critical research, sharing their knowledge with others and more.

Sal made a pledge to continue working with the radiologic science community to advance and protect the profession. “It’s critical that we make strategic choices that will not only help us enhance the profession, but also ultimately improve the quality of patient care,” he stressed.

Providing professional growth and education opportunities are core components of the ASRT’s mission, and Sal has made it a priority to expand these opportunities for technologists. “Advances in technology are moving at a rapid pace, forcing technologists to get up to speed quickly. It’s our job to ensure that all technologists have the resources to effectively work with patients and use what they’ve learned to excel in their profession.”

Sal’s vision for the ASRT and ASRT Foundation aligns with the future of the profession. It’s bold, exciting and full of new possibilities. Furthermore, his initiatives enhance the profession’s reputation and bolster professional opportunities for technologists. “With more than 150,000 hard-working and dedicated members, our association has a lot of clout in the health care world,” he said. “And by continuing to help our members grow, learn and prosper, we can make sure that our patients receive the best care possible, and also ensure that R.T.s have the opportunity to achieve their professional aspirations.“