Daily Bulletin 2015

RSNA 2015 Gold Medalists

Tuesday, Dec. 01, 2015

RSNA's highest honor—the Gold Medal—will be awarded to three individuals during today's plenary session

Hedvig Hricak, M.D., Ph.D., Dr. hc

Hedvig Hricak, M.D., Ph.D., Dr. hc

Hedvig Hricak, M.D., Ph.D., Dr. hc, is internationally renowned for her extensive research and clinical expertise in genitourinary and gynecologic oncologic imaging. Her pioneering work in MRI and MR spectroscopic imaging of prostate cancer and MRI and CT of gynecological cancers helped lay the groundwork for genitourinary and gynecologic oncologic imaging as we know them today. Dr. Hricak was the President of RSNA in 2010.

Dr. Hricak, a native of Zagreb, Croatia, earned a medical degree from the University of Zagreb, in 1970. She came to the U.S. two years later, completing her radiology residency at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Pontiac, Mich., in 1977, followed by a fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, where she served as a senior staff member.

She served from 1982 to 1999 as professor of radiology, radiation oncology and gynecology and, eventually, as head of abdominal imaging in the Department of Radiology at the University of California, San Francisco. In 1999, she assumed her current position as Chair of the Department of Radiology, Carroll and Milton Petrie Chair, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York. Dr. Hricak received her Ph.D. (Dr. Med Sc) from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1992, and in 2005 became the first woman to receive an honorary doctorate in medicine (Dr. hc) from the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich in its 500-year history.

Dr. Hricak was appointed to the RSNA Board of Directors in 2002 as liaison for publications and communications. Prior to her Board appointment, Dr. Hricak served as chair of RSNA's Public Information Advisory Board and as a member of other RSNA Public Information Committees. As Chair of the RSNA Board of Directors, Dr. Hricak was a driving force behind major rebranding efforts and advocated for international outreach.

Robert A. Novelline, M.D.

Robert A. Novelline, M.D.

One of the most highly respected educators in radiology today, Robert A. Novelline, M.D., has become virtually synonymous with the words "emergency radiology." Along with establishing one of the nation's first emergency radiology residency/fellowship programs in the early 1980s, Dr. Novelline, a professor of radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Harvard Medical School, Boston, has trained hundreds of students and junior staff members and is a founding member of the American Society of Emergency Radiology (ASER).

Born in Boston, Dr. Novelline received his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine and completed his radiology residency and fellowships in both vascular/interventional radiology and radiology education at MGH. Much of Dr. Novelline's early research and many of his publications dealt with therapeutic intravascular infusion therapy, therapeutic embolization and angioplasty.

Dr. Novelline's dedication to radiology education began early in his career. He served as director of both  the Harvard Medical School Core Clerkship and the Advanced Radiology Clerkship at MGH between 1975 and 2012. In 1977, Dr. Novelline was named assistant professor of radiology at MGH and Harvard Medical School, moving up the ranks to his current position as professor in 1996. In 1982, he was appointed director of the newly formed Division of Emergency Radiology at MGH—a position he held until 2012.

Among his extensive RSNA service, Dr. Novelline served as the first RSNA co-chair of the RSNA-ACR Public Information Website Committee, and oversaw the successful launch of RadiologyInfo.org, the first-of-its kind patient information portal. Dr. Novelline also served on the RSNA Refresher Course Committee from 1997 to 2006, serving as chairman from 2003 to 2006, and as director of the Emergency Radiology Track from 1997 to 2002.

Steven E. Seltzer, M.D.

Steven E. Seltzer, M.D.

A renowned clinician and researcher, Steven E. Seltzer, M.D., has forged a legacy as a passionate educator committed to teaching and mentoring radiology students and junior faculty to fill the leadership roles so critical to the specialty's future.

Born in Philadelphia, Dr. Seltzer received his baccalaureate and medical degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and completed his radiology residency at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in 1980. He joined the Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School staff directly afterward, and remained on staff for his entire career.

Since 1997, Dr. Seltzer has held his current position as Chairman of the Department of Radiology at Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Philip H. Cook Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School.

From 1984 to 1997, Dr. Seltzer served as co-director of abdominal imaging and director of CT at Brigham and Women's Hospital, a role that allowed him to educate, mentor and facilitate the development of dozens of residents and fellows—many of whom who went on to long-term careers as academic radiologists or funded researchers.

Dr. Seltzer, who served on the RSNA Health Policy and Practice Committee from 2000 to 2002, is active in numerous radiology organizations and served as president of the AUR, the Academy of Radiology Research (ARR) and the Society of Chairs of Academic Radiology Departments. Dr. Seltzer was elected to fellowship in the American College of Radiology in 1997. He was awarded the AUR gold medal in 2004.

Question of the Day:

I want to change the MR imaging parameters for a new protocol based on a research paper I read, but the console says the SAR is too high. What is SAR?

Tip of the day:

Patients who have many follow-up head CTs should be assessed for dose to the eyes as they swiftly become at risk for cataracts.

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