Outstanding Researcher, Educator Honored Today
Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015
G. Scott Gazelle, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., and Kay H. Vydareny, M.D., will be honored during the RSNA 2015 Opening Session beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the Arie Crown Theater.
RSNA 2015 Outstanding Researcher
G. Scott Gazelle, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., earned his reputation as one of radiology's most important—and prolific—researchers for his pioneering work in radiofrequency ablation, laying the foundation for techniques used today and helping to establish the field of interventional oncology.
Currently a professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School and professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health, Dr. Gazelle is also renowned for his work in technology assessment, most notably developing and applying techniques for cost-effectiveness analysis of new medical technologies and procedures.
Dr. Gazelle's research career ascended quickly after he earned his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in 1985. Soon after becoming associate director for the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Center for Imaging and Pharmaceutical Research in 1993, he began focusing on developing contrast agents for CT and ultrasound as well as techniques for radiofrequency tumor ablation.
In 1995, Dr. Gazelle earned a master's degree in public health at Harvard School of Public Health, during which he established a research program that developed into the MGH Institute for Technology Assessment. Dr. Gazelle now serves as director emeritus of the institute, one of the largest and most successful programs of its kind in the nation.
After earning a doctorate degree in health policy from Harvard University in 1999, Dr. Gazelle focused on comparative clinical and cost-effectiveness analysis research, developing an international reputation for his research evaluating the benefits, costs and appropriate use of new medical technologies.
His extensive RSNA involvement includes serving as chair of the RSNA Research Development Committee and as a member of the RSNA Research & Education (R&E) Foundation Board of Trustees. Dr. Gazelle also helped to establish and served as director of RSNA's Clinical Trials Methodology Workshop, the Advanced Course in Grant Writing program and the Creating and Optimizing the Radiology Research Enterprise (CORE) program.
Throughout her career, Kay H. Vydareny, M.D., has been recognized for her devotion to advancing medical education and mentoring medical students and radiology residents. Her considerable efforts over the years have touched the lives of residents and program directors around the country.
Dr. Vydareny received her undergraduate degree from Smith College in Massachusetts and her medical degree from the University of Michigan. Following an internship at Blodgett Memorial Medical Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan, she completed her residency in diagnostic radiology at Grand Rapids Area Medical Education Consortium, which serves as the Michigan State University (MSU) College of Human Medicine's Grand Rapids campus.
As a thoracic radiologist, Dr. Vydareny's interests lie in the clinical and radiologic evaluation of cardiothoracic disease. She served as principal investigator for the National Lung Screening Trial from 2002 to 2011 at Emory University in Atlanta.
Dr. Vydareny's outstanding work in medical education has led to many prestigious awards including gold medals from the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) in 2002, the American College of Radiology (ACR) in 2005, and the Association of University Radiologists (AUR) in 2006. In 2000, the American Association for Women Radiologists (AAWR) honored her with the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Award for her outstanding contribution to the advancement of women in radiology/radiation oncology.
Dr. Vydareny has served as a member of the American Board of Radiology (ABR) Board of Trustees and has been the ABR associate executive director for diagnostic radiology and the subspecialties since 2008.
Her extensive RSNA involvement includes serving as a current member of the Public Information Advisors Network (PIAN) and the Centennial Planning Committee. In addition, Dr. Vydareny was a member and chair of the general radiology scientific program subcommittee for the RSNA annual meeting. She also served as a moderator for the popular image interpretation session held at the 1987 RSNA annual meeting.