New Horizons Lecture Dedicated to Jolesz
Tuesday, Dec. 01, 2015
The New Horizons Lecture presented yesterday is dedicated to the memory of Ferenc A. Jolesz, M.D., whose innovative work in image-guided therapy distinguished him as a leader in radiology worldwide.
His groundbreaking research contributed to the establishment by the National Institutes of Health of the National Center for Image-Guided Therapy at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), Boston. Dr. Jolesz was honored as the 2002 RSNA Outstanding Researcher.
Dr. Jolesz served as director of the MRI division and the image-guided therapy program at BWH and was the driving force behind the first intra-operative MRI and the advanced multimodality image-guided operating (AMIGO) suite. The AMIGO suite integrates multiple imaging modalities with advanced navigational technologies in a single operating suite. Dr. Jolesz and his colleagues also introduced the first MRI-guided, focused ultrasound (MRgFUS) surgical procedure, which was successfully applied to the treatment of solid neoplasms.
Born in Budapest, Hungary, Dr. Jolesz earned his medical degree from Semmelweis Medical School and completed a residency in neurosurgery at the Institute of Neurosurgery in Budapest. He traveled to the U.S. in 1979 to begin a fellowship in neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Boston Biomedical Research Institute, followed by a research fellowship in physiology at Harvard Medical School. He joined the faculty at BWH in the radiology department in 1985.
Dr. Jolesz died December 31, 2014, at 68.