2013 Outstanding Researcher, Educator Honored Today
During the RSNA 2013 opening session today, RSNA will honor two individuals for their contributions to research and education. Norbert J. Pelc, ScD., is Outstanding Researcher. Bruce G. Haffty, M.D., is Outstanding Educator.
Radiologists' understanding of the imaging modalities they use each day would not be the same without the career of Norbert J. Pelc, Sc.D. Having conducted research into all medical imaging modalities, and in particular digital X-ray, CT and MR imaging, Dr. Pelc possesses extraordinary knowledge of the technical aspects of imaging and a one-of-a-kind insight into advanced applications and basic research. He has contributed to the development of these modalities as a researcher working in industry and academia and as an educator has imparted his experience to a new generation of scientists.
Dr. Pelc serves as the Boston Scientific Applied Biomedical Engineering Professor and professor of bioengineering and of radiology and, by courtesy, of electrical engineering at Stanford. He is chair of the Department of Bioengineering and spent 10 years as associate chair for research in the Department of Radiology.
With current research focusing on CT, digital X-ray and hybrid multimodality systems, Dr. Pelc is leading the development of new concepts for CT. He has also helped to develop hybrid platforms that will give physicians a range of modality options when performing image-guided therapy.
Dr. Pelc is an inventor in more than 80 issued U.S. patents and served on the first national advisory council of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering of the National Institutes of Health. He served RSNA as third vice-president in 2010, as an annual meeting session moderator and as a member of the physics subcommittee of the Scientific Program Committee.
An internationally recognized expert in breast radiation oncology, Bruce G. Haffty, M.D., has forged a legacy as one of the specialty's premier educators through a lifelong commitment to mentoring, teaching and advising.
Dr. Haffty is a professor and chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and New Jersey Medical School of Rutgers University and associate director of the Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Prior to coming to Rutgers, Dr. Haffty spent 18 years specializing in breast and head and neck cancers in the Department of Therapeutic Radiology in the Yale University School of Medicine, serving as a professor, clinical director and residency program director—in this position he personally mentored countless medical students, residents, fellows and junior attending physicians.
As a researcher Dr. Haffty has focused on developing novel methods of delivering radiation therapy targeting breast cancer and exploring novel molecular targets that may enhance the effects of radiation.
Through his extensive work with the American Society for Radiation Oncology, which he currently serves as president, Dr. Haffty founded the Association of Directors of Radiation Oncology Programs (ADROP) in 2000 and served as ADROP president from 2000 to 2003. Dr. Haffty previously served as president of the American Board of Radiology and the American Radium Society. He delivered the RSNA Annual Oration in Radiation Oncology in 2009, co-chairs RSNA's Bolstering Oncoradiologic and Oncoradiotherapeutic Skills for Tomorrow (BOOST) program and has served on the RSNA News Editorial Board since 2009.