RSNA 2013 Honorary Members
Honorary Membership is presented for significant achievements in the field of radiology. Today, at the beginning of the Monday Plenary Session, RSNA will award three honorary memberships.
An international ambassador for radiology, Gabriel P. Krestin, M.D., Ph.D., a professor of radiology and chair of the Department of Radiology at Erasmus University Medical Centre Rotterdam, the Netherlands, has worked passionately to widen the specialty's reach while unifying the focus of its membership.
As 2012 president of the European Society of Radiology (ESR), Dr. Krestin oversaw the launch of the first International Day of Radiology (IDoR) to build greater awareness of the value that radiology contributes to patient care and healthcare overall. The success of the joint initiative of ESR, RSNA and the American College of Radiology (ACR)—which grew from the first European Day of Radiology in 2011—demonstrates Dr. Krestin's commitment to keeping radiology in the spotlight across the globe.
Born in Romania, Dr. Krestin graduated from the faculty of medicine at the University of Cologne, Germany, where he completed his radiology residency and his doctoral thesis. In 1990 he was appointed staff radiologist and head of the MRI Centre at the Department of Radiology at Zurich University Hospital in Switzerland, where he became associate professor of radiology, head of the clinical radiology service and acting chair of the Department of Diagnostic Radiology.
Dr. Krestin's research primarily focuses on imaging of abdominal organs and cardiovascular disease, molecular imaging and population imaging. He worked with the ESR to establish the European Institute for Biomedical Imaging Research in 2006 to foster and strengthen biomedical imaging research in Europe.
He served as president of the European Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and Biology and the Association of University Radiologists Europe, of which he is a founding member.
Decreasing mortality from nasopharyngeal cancer—a disease far more prevalent in Southeast Asia than in the Western world—can be attributed in large part to the efforts of Anne W. Lee, M.D., and her dedicated teams of colleagues. In addition to spending much of her career researching nasopharyngeal cancer, Dr. Lee established departments of radiation oncology in hospitals in Hong Kong and mainland China and facilitated robust clinical trials to test new therapies for head and neck cancer worldwide.
Dr. Lee is the chief of service at the Center of Clinical Oncology at the University of Hong Kong—Shenzhen Hospital in Shenzhen, China. She is also an honorary consultant in the Department of Clinical Oncology at Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital, Hong Kong, honorary consultant in healthcare management for the Hong Kong East Cluster, Hospital Authority, and an honorary clinical professor at the University of Hong Kong Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine.
In 2012, Dr. Lee took up the challenge of starting the Center of Clinical Oncology at the University of Hong Kong-Shenzhen Hospital in Shenzhen, China, a project that attempted to introduce medical service reforms in mainland China. Dr. Lee also initiated the Hong Kong Nasopharyngeal Cancer Study Group to encourage multicenter collaboration in clinical trials and large scale retrospective studies.
Currently Dr. Lee is the vice-president of the Hong Kong College of Radiologists and vice-chair of the Hong Kong Anti-Cancer Society. She served as chair of the Hong Kong Nasopharyngeal Cancer Study Group and president of the Hong Kong Head and Neck Society.
Neither interventional radiology nor radiology in Poland would be what they are today without the contributions of Malgorzata Szczerbo-Trojanowska, M.D. Thanks to her commitment to education, she is also shaping the future of radiology across all of Europe.
Dr. Szczerbo-Trojanowska is a professor of radiology, chair of the Department of Radiology, and head of the Department of Interventional Radiology and Neuroradiology at the Medical University in Lublin, Poland.
Some of Dr. Szczerbo-Trojanowska's greatest accomplishments include her work with societies to raise the profile of radiology in Poland and across Europe. She co-founded the interventional radiology section of the Polish Medical Society of Radiology and co-founded the Polish Society of Magnetic Resonance. In 2001, Dr. Szczerbo-Trojanowska was elected president of the Polish Medical Society of Radiology and in that same year presided over its congress—she was the first female to hold either of those positions.
Dr. Szczerbo-Trojanowska also served on various committees of the European Congress of Radiology (ECR), as the first ECR president from Eastern Europe and as a member of the executive council of the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (CIRSE). She helped establish the first European School of Interventional Radiology (ESIR) courses in Eastern Europe and has been a mentor to 26 radiologists who obtained their doctorate under her supervision.
Her research has focused on vascular interventions including embolizations, carotid stenting, aortic aneurysms and stent grafting.
For expanded biographies of Drs. Krestin, Lee and Szczerbo-Trojanowska, see the RSNA Meeting Program in Brief.