Raising the Bar
The College recognizes leaders from throughout the radiology community.
Each year, the College recognizes individuals whose work supports quality patient care and advances the specialty. This year we honor radiologists, radiation oncologists,and ACR staff who push themselves and those around them to do more and to do it better. All awards will be presented at the ACR 2016 Convocation in May.
Christoph L. Zollikofer, MD, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
Christoph L. Zollikofer, MD, professor of radiology at the University of Zurich, has made leaps and bounds in advancing the field of interventional radiology both in Europe and the United States. Zollikofer was one of the first Swiss radiologists to begin working with Kurt Amplatz, MD, one of the most famous pioneers in cardiovascular and interventional radiology. During that time he developed and adopted new skills such as percutaneous intervention in atherosclerotic vascular disease. His innovations led to the development of techniques for therapeutic embolization of arteries using compressed Ivalon and coils, which makes it easier to close vessels supplying blood to tumors. Ivalon particles and coils are still some of the most frequently used embolic materials. Zollikofer also worked as a professor at the University of Zurich and chair of the department of radiology at Kantonsspital Winterthur from 1987 to 2007. From 1996 to 2015, Zollikofer served as scientific director of the International Diagnostic Course Davos, which presents innovative approaches to enhancing radiology education with case-based learning principles and highly interactive sessions. Zollikofer has also served as a founding member, president, and chair of the Board of the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe. In 2003, the society recognized Zollikofer with its Gold Medal award. “Don’t be just a mechanic doing a procedure and then leaving the rest to the clinicians,” Zollikofer says, urging his colleagues to be involved with pre- and post- procedure patient care and to support patients and colleagues in making informed decisions.
Peter J. Hoskin, MD, Mount Vernon Cancer Centre and University College London, London, England
Peter J. Hoskin, MD, consultant in clinical oncology at Mount Vernon Cancer Centre in Northwood, England, and professor of clinical oncology at University College London, focuses on genitourinary radiotherapy, lymphoma, and palliative care. Hoskin has written more than 300 research papers, presented more than 300 abstracts, and received numerous research grants for game-changing clinical trials. He was chief investigator for important trials in radiotherapy for bladder cancer, lymphoma, and bone metastases, and in prostate brachytherapy. He was also one of the key investigators of the randomized phase III trial that established Ra-223 as the standard treatment for certain groups of patients with metastatic prostate cancer. Many consider the trial one of the most influential studies of the treatment of genitourinary cancer in the past several years. Hoskin has had a tremendous impact on radiation oncology and the care of cancer patients worldwide. The ACR and the Royal College of Radiologists have both recognized him for this work. In fact, Hoskin received the Royal College’s Gold Medal, perhaps the highest honor bestowed upon a radiologist in the UK. In addition to having edited 16 textbooks and authored or co-authored 42 book chapters, Hoskin is chief editor of Clinical Oncology, the journal of the Royal College of Radiologists, and is on the editorial boards of several other radiation oncology and cancer journals.
Charles D. Williams, MD, FACR, Radiology Associates of Tallahassee, Tallahassee, Fla.
Charles D. Williams, MD, FACR, started his medical training in 1962 and found his passion for pediatric radiology after working as an Air Force physician from 1968 to 1970 at the Homestead Air Reserve Base in Homestead, Fla. Since then, he’s received numerous awards for his achievements, including the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award in Continuing Education, which he received 12 times between 1977 and 2010. Many refer to Williams as the “grandfather of the radiologist assistant,” radiographers who work under radiologists’ supervision to provide patient care in the diagnostic imaging environment. Williams worked alongside the ACR and the American Society of Radiologic Technologists to create the guidelines for the position. Williams has served on more than 50 committees, commissions, and task forces in the ACR, including a term as chair of the Commission on Human Resources. He served on the Board of Chancellors for eight years, including his time as vice president, and currently serves as a delegate to the AMA. Williams cites one of his life’s greatest honors as working with patients and his fellow physicians. “We as radiologists have wonderful machines that buzz and whirl,” Williams says, “but I am most honored when I meet a patient and say, ‘I’m Dr. Williams, your radiologist.’”
Lawrence P. Davis, MD, FACR, Hofstra/Northshore LIJ School of Medicine, Hempstead, N.Y.
Like many radiologists, Lawrence P. Davis, MD, FACR, is also an educator, and his contributions to education in radiology have been significant. “I have had the wonderful opportunity to make a difference in radiology education on a national level and to mentor junior faculty and trainees,” says Davis. “For me, it’s all about developing the next generation of leaders.” Davis is professor of radiology, radiology residency program director, and vice chair of radiology at Hofstra Northshore-LIJ School of Medicine in Hempstead, N.Y., and was assistant dean of students for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Within organized radiology, Davis has served as chair of the ACR Commission on Education, as well as ACR vice president. He was an examiner for the American Board of Radiology and chaired its Nuclear Radiology Maintenance of Certification Subcommittee. He also served as the president of the Association of Program Directors in Radiology and received the association’s Achievement Award. Most recently, he chaired the Radiology Residency Review Committee for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Davis stresses volunteerism to young radiologists who want to gain organizational experience in the field. “It all leads toward molding the next generation of radiologists,” he says.
Walter J. Curran Jr., MD, FACR, NRG Oncology, Philadelphia, Emory University, Atlanta
Walter J. Curran Jr., MD, FACR, serves at Emory University as executive director of the Winship Cancer Institute and as Lawrence Davis Professor and chair of the department of radiation oncology. He is also a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar and chair of cancer research. Curran serves as a group and board chair for NRG Oncology, a National Cancer Institute–supported National Clinical Trials Network group. Having a longtime relationship with the ACR, he previously held the group chair role in the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) from 1997 to 2014 and remains the RTOG Foundation board chair. Curran is a renowned international expert in the management of patients with locally advanced lung cancer and malignant brain tumors and has led several landmark clinical and translational trials in both areas. He has coauthored or authored 340 articles in peer-reviewed journals and presented papers and given speeches at many venues throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Mary Jane Donahue, Cary, N.C.
Behind every great organization are staff members who go above and beyond in their dedication to their work. During her 27 years at the ACR, Mary Jane Donahue was one of those people. Donahue began her career with the ACR in 1985, when the College was moving its headquarters from Chicago to Reston, Va. During this transition, she served as administrative assistant to the executive director, John Curry, and eventually moved up the ranks, ultimately holding the position of assistant director of the Board of Chancellors and executive projects. Through two executive directors, 14 chairs of the Board of Chancellors, and 28 ACR presidents, Donahue’s work and commitment to excellence was invaluable in ensuring the leadership structure functioned smoothly. Donahue believes that to succeed in a career, you need to go the extra mile. “Don’t underestimate yourself,” she says. “If there’s a will, there’s a way.”
By Abby Short, freelance writer for the ACR Bulletin