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  • RSNA 2015 Annual Meeting Preview

    RSNA will pay tribute to a number of distinguished physicians during the 101st Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting. All presentations will take place in the Arie Crown Theater.


    October 12, 2015


    Annual Meeting Preview sections:

    Learning Opportunities | Plenary Sessions | RSNA 2015 Honorees
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    RSNA 2015 Honorees

    Honorary Members

    Presented Monday, Nov. 30 • 1:30 p.m.

    Honorary Membership in RSNA is presented for significant achievement in the field of radiology. At RSNA 2015, Honorary Membership will be given to Lorenzo Bonomo, M.D., of Rome, Chamaree Chuapetcharasopon, M.D., of Bangkok, and Jung-Gi Im, M.D., Ph.D., of Seoul, Korea.

    Lorenzo Bonomo, M.D.  Bonomo

    Lorenzo Bonomo, M.D., has been a respected educator and leader among international radiologists during his decorated career in chest imaging.

    Dr. Bonomo’s scientific research fields include imaging of pulmonary circulation, lung cancer staging, and non-invasive cardiovascular imaging. His research is reflected in more than 350 scientific publications, which include four books and numerous book chapters.

    Currently a professor of radiology and chairman of the Department of Radiological Sciences at the Catholic University of Rome, Gemelli Hospital, Dr. Bonomo is also director of the university’s training program in radiology.

    Dr. Bonomo earned his medical degree at the Catholic University in Rome in 1970. After completing his residency training program in Rome he moved to Chieti University, Italy, where he spent more than 25 years and helped establish the radiology department. After starting as associate professor and interim chairman in the Department of Radiology, he became a full professor and department chairman from 1990 until taking his posts at Catholic University and Gemelli Hospital in 2003.

    From 1998 to 2003, Dr. Bonomo served as the founder and director of a government breast screening program in Italy’s Abruzzo region. From 1996 to 2003, he served as director of the Medical Programme of the University of Chieti.

    Dr. Bonomo has served as president of radiology organizations including the Italian Society of Thoracic Radiology from 1992 to 1996; the European Society of Thoracic Imaging (ESTI) from 1999 to 2000; and the First World Congress of Thoracic Imaging and Diagnosis in Chest Disease in 2005. He served as president of the Italian Radiological Society from 2002 to 2004, also serving during that time as a member of the Education Committee of the European Association of Radiology (EAR).

    He held the post of EAR treasurer from 2004 to 2006 before the organization became a part of the newly founded European Society of Radiology (ESR), where he is now the immediate past-president.

    Dr. Bonomo oversaw the organization of the ESR’s annual meeting, the European Congress of Radiology (ECR), as the ECR 2012 Congress President.

    Dr. Bonomo received honorary membership from ESTI as well as from the Argentinean, French, German, Greek, Italian, Romanian, Serbian and Spanish radiological societies. He received a gold medal from the European Society of Emergency Radiology in 2013.

    Chamaree Chuapetcharasopon, M.D.  Chuapetcharasopon

    A pioneer and leader in international radiology, in 2001 Chamaree Chuapetcharasopon, M.D., successfully implemented the first totally digital radiology department in her native Thailand at Bumrungrad International Hospital, a 500-bed private hospital which is still the leading center in the region.

    Currently a radiologist at Bumrungrad, Dr. Chuapetcharasopon received her medical degree with high honors from Ramathibodi Hospital, faculty of medicine, Mahidol University, in Bangkok, Thailand, in 1979. After six years in community hospitals far from Bangkok, she decided to return to the city to complete her residency training in general radiology at the same institute where her father, Professor Thavi Boonchoti, also a radiologist, served as dean of the medical school at that time. Dr. Chuapetcharasopon completed fellowships in vascular and interventional radiology and body imaging at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, in 1990.

    She became interested in digital imaging after taking courses at RSNA annual meetings, which she first began attending in 1988. After 10 years as an interventionist in medical school and private practice, Bumrungrad International Hospital recruited her to be the chief of the Department of Radiology.

    In 2002, Dr. Chuapetcharasopon joined Bumrungrad International’s Administrative Team as the associate medical director, rising to the position of medical director. She has held her current position as a radiologist at Bumrungrad since 2012.

    Ten years ago, she was elected to the executive committee of the Royal College of Radiologists of Thailand (RCRT) and continues to serve on that committee. She is the current president of the Radiological Society of Thailand.

    Also recognized for her medical informatics knowledge, Dr. Chuapetcharasopon has given numerous lectures domestically and internationally. She is currently a member of the Thai Medical Informatics Association Executive Committee and has volunteered for 20 years with the Thai Medical Women’s Association.

    After learning about the RSNA International Visiting Professor (IVP) Program in 2003, Dr. Chuapetcharasopon applied for the program on behalf of RCRT. In 2005, she hosted an IVP team whose members spent two weeks visiting teaching institutes and lecturing at the RCRT annual meeting. She was appointed to RSNA’s Committee on International Radiology Education in December 2013.

    Jung-Gi Im, M.D.  Im

    An internationally renowned expert and lecturer in thoracic radiology, Jung-Gi Im, M.D., Ph.D., has made a significant impact on the direction of radiology research in his native South Korea and beyond.

    Dr. Im is a professor of medicine at the Department of Radiology, College of Medicine, Seoul National University, where he served as executive vice-president from 2011 until 2014. He is also a consultant physician in radiology at Sheikh Khalifa Specialty Hospital in the United Arab Emirates.

    Born in Korea, Dr. Im received his medical degree in 1975 and doctorate in medicine in 1983 at Seoul National University, where he served as dean of medicine from 2008 to 2011. Dr. Im completed his research fellowship in the Department of Radiology at the University of California, San Francisco, in 1987.

    Dr. Im has served as principal investigator on numerous research projects focusing on imaging of pulmonary infections, lung cancer, diffuse interstitial lung disease, mediastinal and chest wall disease, and other issues. He has been an invited lecturer in nearly a dozen countries on three continents.

    Dr. Im has served as president of the Korean Association of Medical Colleges from 2008 to 2012, and president of the Korean Council for Medical Education from 2010 to 2012. Dr. Im served as director of the Board of Directors for the National Research Foundation of Korea from 2012 to 2015, and as director for the Board of Directors for the National Cancer Center from 2009 to 2015.

    Dr. Im has received multiple awards for Scientific Exhibition from the Korean Radiological Society Annual Convention, including gold awards in 1983, 1991 and 1997, and a silver award in 1992. In 2001, he was named Alumni of the Year by the Department of Radiology, Seoul National University College of Medicine Alumni.

    The founding editor of the Korean Journal of Radiology, Dr. Im has also been an associate editor of the Journal of Thoracic Imaging since 1997, and serves as a manuscript reviewer for Radiology and RadioGraphics. From 2008 to 2011, he served as president of the Korean Association of Medical Journal Editors.

    Dr. Im has more than 200 published articles and has been the editor of two books on chest radiology. He also holds two patents in Korea.

    He has participated in the RSNA Annual Meeting as a session moderator and received multiple RSNA Certificates of Merit for Scientific Exhibition awards.

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    Gold Medalists

    Presented Tuesday, Dec. 1 • 1:30 p.m.

    RSNA will award three individuals its Gold Medal—RSNA’s highest honor—at the 101st Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting. They are Hedvig Hricak, M.D., Ph.D., Dr. hc., of New York, Robert A. Novelline, M.D., of Boston, and Steven E. Seltzer, M.D., Brookline, Mass.

    Hedvig Hricak, M.D., Ph.D., Dr. h.c.  Hricak

    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.

    She also holds a senior position within the Molecular Pharmacology and Chemistry Program at the Sloan-Kettering Institute and is a professor at the Gerstner Sloan Kettering Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, as well a professor of radiology at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

    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.

    A major proponent of personalized medicine, Dr. Hricak opened RSNA 2010 with her address, “Oncologic Imaging: A Guiding Hand of Personalized Cancer Care,” and moderated a lively Q&A session with former President Bill Clinton.

    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.

    Her extensive publishing history includes authoring more than 450 research articles, reviews and editorial articles. She is an associate editor and editorial board member of numerous premier medical journals, serving as an associate editor of Radiology from 1985 to 1993 and a consultant to the editor of Radiology from 1993 to 1997.

    Dr. Hricak is a member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) and has served on the Scientific Advisory Board of the National Cancer Institute and the Advisory Council of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. She has long worked to promote international collaboration, particularly with respect to education and research.

    Honors include the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Award from the American Association for Women Radiologists, the Beclere Medal of the International Society of Radiology, the Katarina Zrinska Croatian Presidential Award and gold medals of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, the Association of University Radiologists, the Asian Oceanian Society of Radiology and the European Society of Radiology.

    Dr. Hricak is a member of the Russian Academy of Science and the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, and is an honorary member or fellow of 15 national radiological societies from around the globe.

    Robert A. Novelline, M.D.  Novelline

    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, when he developed medical student curricula adopted by many medical schools, trained hundreds of residents, fellows and junior staff, and served as a mentor to countless students.

    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. Along the way, Dr. Novelline began building a reputation for his innovative teaching methods and captivating lecturing style.

    In 1982, he was appointed director of the newly formed Division of Emergency Radiology at MGH—a position he held until 2012. Dr. Novelline shaped the course of emergency radiology on a number of fronts. He installed one of the first CT scanners in an emergency imaging division and pioneered research on CT diagnosis of trauma and acute non-traumatic emergencies.

    Among the founding members of ASER in 1987, Dr. Novelline led the effort to revise, expand and disseminate the National Curriculum in Emergency Radiology, a major focus of ASER. In 1998, he founded the Alliance for Medical Student Educators in Radiology (AMSER) the only national organization for academic radiologists with a particular interest in medical student education. Dr. Novelline has served the Association of University Radiologists (AUR) in many capacities, including as president in 2012.

    Dr. Novelline served initially as co-author and later as author of the landmark 1988 book, “Squire’s Fundamentals of Radiology,” used by medical schools throughout the U.S. and abroad. Another textbook co-authored in 1993 by Dr. Novelline, “Radiology of Emergency Medicine,” still serves as the definitive reference textbook on emergency radiology.

    He has published over 150 original reports or reviews and has served on the editorial boards of journals including Radiology, Emergency Radiology and Investigative Radiology.

    Dr. Novelline has lectured nationally and internationally and has held more than 50 visiting professorships around the world.

    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. He has also served on the RSNA Public Information Advisors Network since 2005. In 2007, Dr. Novelline was named the RSNA Outstanding Educator.

    Other accolades include the 2012 AMSER Excellence in Education Award and the 2013 Sustained Excellence in Teaching Award from Harvard Medical School, the ASER gold medal in 2000 and the AUR gold medal in 2015.

    Steven E. Seltzer, M.D.  Seltzer

    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 Philadephia, 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.

    As department chair, Dr. Seltzer is committed to developing new knowledge, new technologies and new approaches to patient care. Overseeing faculty development, Dr. Seltzer has steered junior staff members into career development programs such as the Association of University Radiologists (AUR) GE Radiology Research Academic Fellowship Award, which fosters original clinical and health services research. Under Dr. Seltzer’s direction, the Brigham and Women’s Department of Radiology has been fertile ground for the development of numerous chairs of academic radiology departments.

    Also as department chair, Dr. Seltzer worked with founding director Ramin Khorasani, M.D., M.P.H., to establish the Center for Evidence-Based Imaging at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in 2002.

    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.

    Dr. Seltzer currently serves as chair of the Coalition for Imaging and Bioengineering Research created by the ARR. The goal of the coalition is to bring together representatives of academic radiology departments, industry and patient advocacy groups to champion the causes of increasing resources and opportunities for imaging research and promoting the translation of that research to increase human health.

    His other honors include the 1981 Teacher of the Year Award from the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Department of Radiology and numerous Editor’s Recognition Awards from Radiology.

    Dr. Seltzer has published over 130 peer-reviewed research manuscripts in journals including Radiology, Academic Radiology and the American Journal of Roentgenology.

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    Outstanding Researcher and Educator

    Presented Sunday, Nov. 29 • 8:30 a.m.

    RSNA will honor two individuals at RSNA 2015 for their contributions to research and education. G. Scott Gazelle, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., Boston, is Outstanding Researcher and Kay H. Vydareny, M.D., Atlanta, is Outstanding Educator.

    G. Scott Gazelle, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D.  Gazelle

    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.

    Dr. Gazelle’s research career ascended quickly after he earned his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in 1985. Initially trained in abdominal and interventional radiology, his early research was related to bleeding complications of percutaneous biopsy procedures. However, 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.

    A team led by Dr. Gazelle at MGH was instrumental in developing radiofrequency ablation and establishing it as a viable therapeutic option for patients with primary and secondary liver tumors. Their work was pivotal in putting interventional oncology on the map.

    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. He earned a doctorate degree in health policy from Harvard University in 1999.

    Equally dedicated to training the next generation of researchers, Dr. Gazelle has formally supervised more than 60 fellows and junior faculty members and established and directs the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center Program in Cancer Outcomes Research Training.

    Dr. Gazelle has published three textbooks and more than 200 peer-reviewed original research papers. He has received 38 grants from institutions including the National Institutes of Health and the American Cancer Society.

    He has served as president of the Association of University Radiologists, the Radiology Research Alliance and the New England Roentgen Ray Society.

    He has served 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 Research Enterprise (CORE) program.

    A full biography of Dr. Gazelle will appear in the November 2015 issue of Radiology.

    Kay H. Vydareny, M.D.  Vydareny

    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.

    A native of Chicago, 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.

    From 1980 to 1984 she was an instructor and then assistant professor at MSU, also serving as associate program director for the radiology residency program from 1982 to 1984. She then became an assistant professor in the Department of Radiology at the University of Michigan where she remained until 1991 before moving to Emory University in Atlanta. At Emory, she rose from associate to full professor in diagnostic radiology, serving in that position from 2000 to 2010. She also served as associate director of Emory’s radiology residency program from 1994 to 2000, and director of Medical Student Education from 2000 to 2005. Dr. Vydareny retired in 2010 and now serves as professor emeritus in Emory’s Department of Radiology.

    As a thoracic radiologist, Dr. Vydareny’s interests lie in the clinical and radiologic evaluation of cardiothoracic disease. She served as Emory’s principal investigator for the National Lung Screening Trial from 2002 to 2011.

    Dr. Vydareny’s many prestigious awards include 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. Earlier this year she was selected as co-recipient of the 2015 Achievement Award by the Association of Program Directors in Radiology, which has also awarded her honorary membership.

    Other awards include the Outstanding Teacher Award in radiology from Emory medical students in 2003 and 2004. 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. In 2013, Dr. Vydareny received the Women First Award from Emory School of Medicine.

    Dr. Vydareny has served as president for numerous radiology organizations including AAWR, AUR, ARRS and ACR.

    As a manuscript reviewer for Radiology, she was honored with the Editor’s Recognition Award in 1986, 1988 and 1989.

    Her RSNA involvement includes serving as a current member of the Public Information Advisors Network (PIAN) and the Centennial Planning Committee. Dr. Vydareny was a member and chair of the general radiology Scientific Program Subcommittee for the RSNA annual meeting and also served as moderator for the popular Image Interpretation Session held at the 1987 RSNA annual meeting.

    A full biography of Dr. Vydareny will appear in the November-December 2015 issue of RadioGraphics.

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    Alexander R. Margulis Award for Scientific Excellence

    This annual award recognizing the best original scientific article published in Radiology is named for Alexander R. Margulis, M.D., a distinguished investigator and inspiring visionary in the science of radiology. The name of the honoree will be revealed at the beginning of the Monday Plenary Session. After the award is presented, reprints of the honored article will be available for free at the Journals, News & RadiologyInfo.org booth in RSNA Services.

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    RSNA 2015 Dedications

    Joseph N. Gitlin, D.P.H. Gitlin
    Ferenc A. Jolesz, M.D.  Jolesz
    Byron Gilliam Brogdon, M.D.  Brogdon

    Joseph N. Gitlin, D.P.H.—The Special Lecture is being dedicated to Dr. Gitlin, a visionary informatics pioneer.

    Ferenc A. Jolesz, M.D.—The New Horizons Lecture is being dedicated to Dr. Jolesz, a leader in MRI and image-guided therapy research.

    Byron Gilliam Brogdon, M.D.—The Annual Oration in Diagnostic Radiology is being dedicated to Dr. Brogdon, a pioneer in forensic radiology.

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