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    June 01, 2014

    Centennial Snapshots

    During this year as RSNA celebrates the 100th anniversary of its first annual meeting and scientific assembly, RSNA News will take a look back at milestones in the Society’s history.

    RSNA 1933 at Palmer House

    1933: Annual Meeting Held in Palmer House for First Time

    What was to become the longtime home of the RSNA annual meeting was chosen by the RSNA leadership for its location in Chicago’s central business district—known as The Loop—as well as for its favorable rates.

    1972: Interventional Radiology Emerges in Radiology

    The February issue featured an article describing selective arterial embolization as a method to control gastrointestinal bleeding. This was the beginning of the establishment of interventional radiology, which combined the acumen of diagnostic radiology with surgical skills.

    1981: RadioGraphics Established

    RadioGraphics, Spring 1981RSNA wanted to expand its educational offerings beyond the scientific assembly. A journal was considered more accessible than slides and audiotapes, and easier to promote internationally as well. William J. Tuddenham, M.D., RSNA’s editor of educational materials, became editor of the new journal, which began featuring notable scientific exhibits, now called education exhibits, from RSNA meetings.

    1995: 100th Anniversary of X-ray Discovery

    When RSNA 1995 convened at the end of the Roentgen centennial year, RSNA leaders chose the theme “Architects of the Future”—a focus forward rather than backward. A “Radiology Department of the Future” at the meeting showcased 21st century patient care by highlighting new ideas, equipment, techniques and concepts within futuristic settings.

    2005: R&E Foundation 25th Anniversary Campaign Launched

    R. Nick Bryan, M.D., Ph.D.R&E 25th anniversary logoAt the annual meeting, Board of Trustees Chair R. Nick Bryan, M.D., Ph.D., announced the Foundation’s goal to raise $15 million by the Foundation’s 25th anniversary in 2009. Created in conjunction with the start of the R&E Silver Anniversary Campaign was the Visionaries in Practice program, which enables radiologists working in private practice groups to offer annual support to the Foundation. More than $3 million has been donated through the VIP program since its inception.

    2008: Focus on Structured Reporting Begins

    RSNA convened representatives from more than 60 radiologic institutions and societies to propose a standard format for structured radiology reports. A white paper generated at the conclusion of the workshops guided RSNA’s plan to establish a universal approach to structured reporting in radiology. Today more than 100 templates are available in the RSNA template library.

    RSNA 2014 Distinguished Honorees

    The RSNA Board of Directors has announced the distinguished award recipients to whom the Society will pay tribute at the 100th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting. They are:

    Gary J. Becker, M.D. 2014
    Allen S. Lichter, M.D.
    Etta D. Pisano, M.D.

    Gary J. Becker, M.D.
    Tucson, Ariz. 

    Allen S. Lichter, M.D.
    Alexandria, Va. 

    Etta D. Pisano, M.D.
    Charleston, S.C. 

    Zheng Yu Jin, M.D.
    Markus Schwaiger, M.D.
    Kaori Togashi, M.D., Ph.D.


    Zheng Yu Jin, M.D.

    Markus Schwaiger, M.D.
    Munchen, Germany 

    Kaori Togashi, M.D., Ph.D.
    Kyoto, Japan 

    ESR Honors Dignitaries at Annual Meeting

    ESR 2014 Honorary Members
    (Click to enlarge) From left: Kazuro Sugimura, M.D., Ph.D., Herbert Y. Kressel, M.D., and Sarah S. Donaldson, M.D.

    2013 RSNA President Sarah S. Donaldson, M.D., was named an honorary member of the European Society of Radiology (ESR) at the European Congress of Radiology (ECR) in Vienna in March. Dr. Donaldson is the Catherine and Howard Avery Professor of Radiation Oncology at Stanford University School of Medicine. She serves as associate residency program director of radiation oncology at Stanford Hospital and Clinics and is chief of radiation oncology service at Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford.


    ESR 2014 Gold Medalists
    (Click to enlarge) From left: ECR President Valentin E. Sinitsyn, M.D., Ph.D., Peter Aspelin, M.D., Ph.D., Gerard D. Hurley, M.D., Adrian K. Dixon, M.D., and ESR President Guy Frija, M.D.

    Also receiving honorary ESR membership were Herbert Y. Kressel, M.D., Radiology editor and the Miriam H. Stoneman Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School in Boston, and Kazuro Sugimura, M.D., Ph.D., a professor of radiology and chairman of the Department of Radiology at Kobe University School of Medicine, Japan, and director of the Kobe University Hospital. RSNA awarded Honorary Membership to Dr. Sugimura in 2010. Gold Medals were also bestowed at ECR 2014:

    • Peter Aspelin, M.D., Ph.D., a professor of medical radiology at the Karolinska Institutet and Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden.
    • Adrian K. Dixon, M.D., Master of Peterhouse, the oldest college at Cambridge University, where he serves as emeritus professor of radiology. Dr. Dixon is also a consultant radiologist at Addenbrooke’s Hospital. RSNA awarded Honorary Membership to Dr. Dixon in 2011.
    • Gerard D. Hurley, M.D., a former consultant radiologist at Tallaght Hospital and the Charlemont Clinic in Dublin, Ireland. RSNA awarded Honorary Membership to Dr. Hurley in 1997.

    In Memoriam

    R. Brian Holmes, M.D.

    R. Brian Holmes, M.D.

    RSNA’s first president from Canada, R. Brian Holmes, M.D., who began international efforts through expanding the Society’s reach to Canadian members, passed away January 15, 2014. He was 94.

    Dr. Holmes graduated from the University of Western Ontario in a wartime accelerated program. After service with the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps he obtained postgraduate training in radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After his appointment as chair of radiology at the University of Toronto and radiologist-in-chief at Toronto General Hospital, he quickly established a Department of Radiological Sciences encompassing diagnostic radiology, therapeutic radiology, nuclear medicine and medical engineering. Dr. Holmes installed one of the original CT scanners in North America and the first in Ontario at Toronto General Hospital.

    Dr. Holmes served as dean of the faculty of medicine at the University of Toronto and as chair of the Ontario Council of Health. Later in his career he helped establish medical schools in the United Arab Emirates and Oman.

    In addition to serving as RSNA president in 1976, Dr. Holmes led other organizations including the Association of Canadian Medical Colleges and the Canadian Association of Radiologists. He was the founding chair of the Council for Accreditation of Canadian Medical Colleges and the first Canadian voting member of its American counterpart. He was awarded gold medals from RSNA and the American College of Radiology (ACR) and received the Centennial Medal of the Canadian Association of Radiology.

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