By Greg Seiter
Dr. Ryan P. Daly is passionate about his work. In fact, as a cardiologist, it’s almost ironic to say Daly pours his heart into serving as the medical director of cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and cardiac scoring computed tomography (CT) at Franciscan Health Indianapolis.
And his commitment hasn’t gone unnoticed. In fact, Daly was recently inducted as a fellow of the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography. It is an international professional society representing physicians, scientists and technologists who advocate for research, education and clinical excellence in the use of cardiovascular computed tomography, a type of imaging that assists physicians in potentially detecting cardiovascular-related abnormalities.
Daly is one of only 230 cardiologists and radiologists worldwide to have earned this designation, and he is the first to do so in Indiana. “I’m very humbled to be in such excellent company with my mentors and colleagues,” he says. “There are a number of high-quality cardiologists and radiologists in the state, but there aren’t a ton of imagers like me. Everybody has their own specific skill set.”
Within his field, Daly specializes in calcium scoring, which involves a non-invasive CT heart scan that measures the amount of calcified plaque in a person’s coronary arteries.
The SCCT Fellowship isn’t Daly’s first. In fact, before joining the Franciscan Physician Network Indiana Heart Physicians in 2010, he completed a fellowship in cardiovascular medicine at The Cleveland Clinic and obtained advanced fellowship training in non-invasive cardiovascular imaging from Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School in Boston. But the SCCT Fellowship had been a long-time goal for Daly.
“The field itself isn’t terribly large, and the requirements are pretty rigorous. It has taken me years of work to accomplish this,” he says.
Of course, Daly is passionate about other things in his life, too. “Naturally, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, but I also have a real soft spot for sport fishing and playing chess,” he says.