The disruptive radiologist

J Am Coll Radiol. 2015 Aug;12(8):800-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jacr.2015.02.013. Epub 2015 Apr 24.


Radiologists interact with many individuals during daily practice, including patients, technologists, and other physicians. Some interactions may potentially negatively affect patient care and are termed "disruptive" behaviors. These actions are not uncommon and may begin during training, long before a radiologist enters clinical practice. The causes of disruptive behavior are multifactorial, and it is important that educators and radiologists in practice alike be able to identify them and respond accordingly. An escalated approach for both trainees and practicing radiologists is recommended, with substantial penalties after each incident that can include termination of employment. Training programs and practices must have clearly defined methods for confronting this potentially time-consuming and difficult issue.

Keywords: Physician behavior; health care team interactions; patient satisfaction; professional standards; workplace culture.

MeSH terms

  • Agonistic Behavior*
  • Dissent and Disputes*
  • Interprofessional Relations*
  • Organizational Culture*
  • Physician-Patient Relations
  • Physicians / psychology*
  • Radiology / organization & administration*
  • United States