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Dr. Robert D. Pechman, Jr. (C) receives the prestigious ACVR Bernstein Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2015 ACVR Annual Scientific Meeting in Minneapolis, MN. from ACVR President, Dr. Liz Watson (R). He was nominated for the award by Dr. Ron L. Burk (L) with supporting letters from Drs. Crispin Spencer and Liz Watson.

“…during this busy time as an academic radiologist, Bob found the time to become a part of the American College of Veterinary Radiology administration and served on multiple college committees and the ACVR executive council prior to becoming president of the college in 1994. He continued important college committee activity until he became Deputy Executive Director of the college as an assistant to Director Biery. In 2004 he became the Executive Director; a position he continued to serve until 2014.”

“His 14 years as deputy and executive director is more than enough to qualify him for the distinction of the Bernstein Lifetime Achievement Award but it should also be understood that Dr Pechman has, through other committee involvement, served the ACVR for over 30 continuous years. Dr Pechman has spent a large part of his professional career in service to the ACVR, with little recompense and a large sacrifice of time, but always with a smile and a positive attitude.”

“For the past 14 years Bob served the ACVR as Executive Director and Deputy Executive Director. In addition to these roles he served as ACVR’s representative to AVMA’s American Board of Veterinary Specialties. ACVR has grown and easily transitioned in large part due to Bob Pechman’s constant and consistent leadership.”

“In 2000 it was apparent that Dr. Bernstein (the then Executive director) needed help to maintain his function.  Dr. Pechman stood up and accepted the title of Deputy Executive Director with his duties defined as helping Dr. Bernstein.  Dr. Pechman performed these duties with both sensitivity and thoroughness expanded this difficult assignment until 2004.  When Dr. Bernstein stepped down Dr. Pechman stepped forward and has performed the duties of the office with great skill.  Dr. Pechman was deeply involved in developing the College’s administrative function (including the relationship with the Pennsylvania Medical Society).”

ACVR Service

  • Member, Constitution Review Committee – 1982 to 1985 and 1998 to 2005, Chair 2002 to 2005
  • Member, Program Committee – 1986 to 1987
  • Member, Examination Committee – 1986 to 1988, Assistant Chair: 1988 to 1989, Chair: 1989 to 1990
  • Member, Alternate Imaging Committee – 1984 to 1987
  • Member, ACVR Executive Council – 1990 to 1996
  • President, ACVR – 1994 to 1995
  • Deputy Executive Director – 2000 to 2004
  • Executive Director – 2004 to 2014

Dr. Robert Pechman’s Executive Summary and Letters of Support