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Lieutenant General Ronald Blanck (U.S. Army, Retired) Appointed To Aurora Imaging Technology, Inc.’s Advisory Board


Aurora Imaging Technology, Inc., manufacturer of the Aurora® 1.5Tesla Dedicated Breast MRI System, today announced a new member to the Aurora Advisory Board. Lt. Gen. Ronald R. Blanck, D.O. (U.S. Army, retired), who began his military career in 1968 as a medical officer and battalion surgeon in Vietnam and retired 32 years later as the Surgeon General of the U.S. Army, has accepted a position on Aurora’s Advisory Board.

Dr. Blanck currently serves as partner and vice chairman of Martin, Blanck & Associates, a leading health care consulting firm serving the private sector and government. In June 2006, he retired as the president of the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, where he oversaw a growing academic health center that includes the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, School of Public Health and School of Health Professions.

While serving as Surgeon General of the U.S. Army, Dr. Blanck also was commander of the U.S. Army Medical Command with more than 46,000 military personnel and 26,000 civilian employees throughout the world. Dr. Blanck’s military honors include Distinguished Service Medals, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star and Meritorious Service and Army Commendation Medals.

A graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Blanck is board-certified in internal medicine. His academic credentials include teaching positions at Georgetown University, George Washington University, Howard University School of Medicine, the Uniformed Services University, the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and the University of North Texas Health Science Center.

“It is a particular honor to have such a distinguished physician, who also holds a high military rank such as General Blanck, on our Advisory Board,” said Olivia Ho Cheng, president and chief executive officer, Aurora. “Aurora is fully committed to the advancement of the capabilities of MRI technology for use in breast imaging, and we can only benefit intellectually, clinically and economically from the counsel of top U.S. healthcare leaders like General Blanck.”

“When I first saw an Aurora breast MR image from their 1.5T machine, I was awed by what it can do,” remarked General Blanck. “It is obvious to me that this technology is ‘precisely what the doctor ordered’ to deal with this horrible disease confronting women of today. It is for this reason that I want to do whatever I can within my power to make sure that it will be available to as many women, especially those in uniform, as possible!”


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