A new Medical Director of Imaging for Long Beach Memorial, Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach and Community Hospital Long Beach has been selected, the hospital system announced today.
Sunayna Bakaya, M.D., a board certified diagnostic radiologist, who served as Chief of Body Imaging for six years at the three hospitals, which annually perform 204,000 imaging procedures, will help lead more than 150 radiologists, technologists and support staff in her new position.
“Imaging impacts all areas of medicine, and emerging innovations in molecular imaging and therapeutics is transforming patient care,” said Bakaya in a statement. “It’s an honor to be part of this exceptional team supported by the most advanced technologies, techniques and treatments.”
These include the 320-slice CT scanner that in one rotation can image an entire organ, allowing physicians to detect life-threatening diseases at their earliest stages; the new state-of-the-art MRI scanner at Miller Children’s; advanced endoscopic gastrointestinal care; comprehensive stroke center; interventional oncology; and more, according to the release.
“We’re thrilled to have Dr. Bakaya lead our world-class imaging program,” said Suzie Reinsvold, Chief Operating Officer, Miller Children’s, in a statement. “She’s committed to delivering excellent patient experiences and high quality outcomes that are the hallmarks of our hospitals.”
Bakaya completed her radiology residency at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and fellowship in body imaging at University of Pennsylvania Hospital. She is a graduate of MemorialCare Physician Leadership Academy, where she earned Long Beach Memorial’s Family Medicine Residency Program Outstanding Teacher Award. She also serves on the Radiology Education Committee of the American Roentgen Ray Society.