RSNA honours leading European radiologists

At the 99th Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), two of Europe's leading radiologists were among the three recipients of the Honorary RSNA Membership Awards that recognize significant achievements in the field.

RSNA President Sarah Donaldson presenting the award to Dr Szczerbo-Trojanowska
RSNA President Sarah Donaldson presenting the award to Dr Szczerbo-Trojanowska
RSNA President Sarah Donaldson presenting the award to Dr Szczerbo-Trojanowska
RSNA President Sarah Donaldson presenting the award to Dr Szczerbo-Trojanowska

Well known among colleagues at the European Society of Radiology, the 2013 RSNA honourees are Gabriel P. Krestin, MD, PhD from the Erasmus University Medical Centre in Rotterdam, and Malgorzata Szczerbo-Trojanowska, MD, from the Medical University in Lublin, Poland.

RSNA President Sarah Donaldson, MD, cited Dr Krestin's pioneering work to to establish the European Institute for Biomedical Imaging Research (EIBIR), calling him "a master and a scholar of both the arts and sciences, a true humanitarian devoted to radiology.“

In presenting the award to Dr Szczerbo-Trojanowska, Dr Donaldson said, "There is no one who has done more to inspire women radiological scientists in Poland since Marie Curie. She has paved the way for both men and women interventional radiologists, and her research has shaped clinical practice in both vascular and interventional radiology."

As 2012 president of the European Society of Radiology (ESR), Dr Krestin oversaw the launch of the first International Day of Radiology (IDoR) aimed at building 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 immigrated to Germany at the age of 19. He 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 interests primarily focus on imaging of abdominal organs and cardiovascular disease, molecular imaging and population imaging. He worked with ESR to establish the European Institute for Biomedical Imaging Research (EIBIR) in 2006 to foster and strengthen biomedical imaging research in Europe. Dr Krestin has authored more than 350 original articles and 80 book chapters and has edited seven books, some of which have been translated into several languages.

He has served as president of the European Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and Biology (ESMRMB) and the Association of University Radiologists Europe (AURE), of which he is a founding member.

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 has 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).

Since 2006, Dr Szczerbo-Trojanowska has been a member of the steering committee of the European School of Radiology. She also helped establish the first European School of Interventional Radiology (ESIR) courses in Eastern Europe. She has been a mentor to 26 radiologists who obtained their doctorate under her supervision.

by John Brosky

04.12.2013

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