Meet Russell Lodge

Mr Russell Lodge

In your opinion, what are the burning issues in the world of radiology and radiation oncology at the current time?

Coping with the ever-increasing demands made upon these services and how this is addressed with a finite number of staff and resources. Increasing efficiency, enabling costs to come down while maintaining and improving patient care.


You’ve worked with the BIR for some time as Siemens Healthineers have been corporate members and platinum sponsors for many years. How would you sum up the BIR in three words?
Educational, welcoming, professional.

What skills and qualities will you bring to the BIR Council?
Passion, enthusiasm and commitment. Almost thirty years of experience in a variety of roles with Siemens in the healthcare sector.


What would be your advice to a young person starting out at Siemens Healthineers?
Embrace the many opportunities that will come your way. Remember to keep customer and patient focussed – they are what gives what we do real meaning. Be enthusiastic and committed and have some fun!

What is the best thing about your job?
Very difficult to name one thing as the role is so varied. I love the customer facing element and knowing that in a small way I am contributing positively to the patient experience.


Who is your “hero” of medical imaging (dead or alive!) and why?
I have a big interest in CT, given my current role, so Sir Godfrey Hounsfield. This gentleman contributed hugely in inventing and developing one of the most important imaging tools available to radiologists.


Should we fear artificial intelligence in medicine?

Absolutely not. Learning to adopt artificial intelligence into appropriate patient pathways will be key to addressing the challenges facing healthcare providers. Artificial intelligence should be seen as a partner to the various healthcare professionals involved with the delivery of patient care.


What is your proudest achievement (in work or out)?

What I’m most proud of is what I’ve achieved as part of a family in bringing up our daughter, who has matured into a beautiful, caring individual with a good career in front of her.
Who (or what) has been the biggest influence on your life?
My wife, who has supported me through thick and thin and without whom I wouldn’t have achieved the success I’ve enjoyed in both my personal and professional life.
What might we be surprised to know about you?
 I have an irreconcilable dilemma between my passion for classic and sports cars (I’m a petrol head), and my desire to save and protect the environment.

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