Blazing a Trail for Tomorrow

ACR recognizes leaders in the imaging community.

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Each year, the College bestows its highest honors — the ACR Gold Medal and Honorary Fellowship — upon leaders who have worked hard to advance the specialty and inspire others to continue the legacy of making meaningful contributions to radiology. Commendations will be awarded at the 2018 ACR Annual Meeting in May.

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Corrado Bibbolino, MD, Istituto Nazionale per le Malattie Infettive Lazzaro Spallanzani (INMI), Rome, Italy

Soon after graduating from high school, Corrado Bibbolino, MD, decided to become a doctor. “I was fascinated by the study of the anatomy of the human body,” he says. His awe of the subject deepened as the era of ultrasound, CT, and MRI began. That passion for the patient has carried him through his entire career in Italy.

After serving in the military, Bibbolino became a member of the radiology department of San Camillo-Forlanini Hospital in Rome, where he rose to the role of section head of ultrasound. Later, he became chief of the departments of radiology, clinical services, and research at the Lazzaro Spallanzani National Institute for Infectious Diseases. Much of his work was related to the study of bioterrorism and diseases such as tuberculosis, AIDS, SARS, and Ebola.

Bibbolino has also been active in Italian healthcare policy and education. He contributed to the development of national guidelines for radiology practice, including the regulation of teleradiology. His influence and leadership have led to the establishment of recent Italian laws on healthcare security, professional liability in criminal matters, and insurance reimbursement. He is a board member of the Italian branch of Choosing Wisely® and, since 2012, has been involved in the “slow medicine” movement, which focuses on a thoughtful, deliberate approach to patient care. Bibbolino has been a speaker at approximately 200 events, authored or coauthored 37 peer-reviewed books, and contributed articles to nearly 100 scientific publications.

Bibbolino retired from INMI in 2011. He is currently the secretary of the National Union of Radiologists and honorary director of the Italian journal Il Radiologo.

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Yasushi Nagata, MD, PhD, Hiroshima University, Hiroshima, Japan

Yasushi Nagata, MD, PhD, is one of the leading thoracic radiation oncologists in the world. His cutting-edge research led to a cure for early stage non-small cell lung cancer without a scalpel, resulting in a global impact. He is also a pioneer in the development of both CT simulator and stereotactic body radiation therapy.

Nagata received his academic degrees and radiation oncology training at Kyoto University in Japan. He was soon able to use his knowledge to improve the health of his own family. While an associate professor at Kyoto University, he cured his father of esophageal cancer using radiotherapy. He currently serves as professor and chair of radiation oncology at the Hiroshima University Graduate School of Medical Sciences. He is also director of the Hiroshima High-Precision Radiotherapy Cancer Center. He has written 395 peer-reviewed papers and authored or coauthored 54 book chapters. Nagata is editor of the book Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy: Principles and Practices, which serves as a practical guide for the use of stereotactic body radiation therapy in clinics.

Nagata’s accomplishments led to leadership positions as director of the Japanese Society for Therapeutic Radiology and the Japanese College of Radiology, as well as a councilor of the Japanese Society of Radiology, the Japanese Society of Medical Oncology, and the Japanese Lung Cancer Society. Currently, Nagata is the principal investigator of a national randomized phase III trial comparing two different stereotactic body radiation therapy regimens for lung cancer.

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Marilyn J. Goske, MD, FACR, University of Cincinnati, Ohio

Inspired by her older brother, Marilyn J. Goske, MD, FACR, followed in his footsteps and became a physician. After graduating from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in Farmington, she completed a radiology residency and a pediatric radiology fellowship at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.Y.


While section head of pediatric radiology at Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital, Goske, along with a colleague, spearheaded one of the first web-based curricula for pediatric radiology trainees. With over 80 modules, the website continues to be used widely by radiology residencies, pediatricians, and medical students nationally and internationally.

Goske finished her career as the Corning Benton Endowed Chair for Radiology Education at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Ohio and retired as professor emerita from the University of Cincinnati. Goske has led numerous ACR committees, including a multiinstitutional pediatric consortium — the Quality Improvement Registry in CT Scans in Children — within the ACR Dose Index Registry that developed the first pediatric CT dose index in the United States.

Looking back on her career, Goske is most proud of providing care to pediatric patients and their families. It was because of a conversation with a parent about the safety of radiation dose for their child’s CT scan that Goske recognized the need to educate not only the radiology community, but also parents — a novel approach in 2008. At the time, there was no standard approach to the radiation dose used for pediatric CT scans in the United States, and doses varied widely from hospital to hospital. Along with a team of pediatric radiology professionals, she developed a social media marketing campaign to educate and inspire professionals to work toward optimizing and standardizing radiation dose in children.

As founder of the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging, Goske gathered experts from now over 100 societies to form the alliance and also became chair of the Image Gently® campaign. Although initially focusing on child-sized imaging for CT, the effort expanded to other imaging modalities. With increased emphasis on patient education, radiation safety, and improved quality for every imaging exam for every patient, Image Gently inspired the Image Wisely® campaign that focused on adult patients in the United States, as well as global efforts known as Euro- Safe, Arab Safe, Japan Safe Radiology, Canada Safe Imaging, and LatinSafe.

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Donald L. Resnick, MD, FACR, University of California, San Diego

As the son of a radiologist, Donald L. Resnick, MD, FACR, remembers his early training at home in the 1950s, sitting beside his father as he examined and discussed images on a view box.

After medical school and musculoskeletal training at Cornell University / New York Hospital in New York City, Resnick spent more than 40 years in California. As an educator, he is most proud of training nearly 200 clinical bone fellows from the United States and Canada, as well as 500 research fellows, many from Europe, Asia, and South America. Several of his trainees have enjoyed distinguished careers themselves as heads of their academic departments. Resnick has served as visiting professor 166 times and given 1,200 invited presentations.

An ACR fellow since 1983, Resnick’s service to the College includes work on the Committee on Self-Evaluation and Continuing Education: Section of Bone 3 and 4.

Best known for his classic text in musculoskeletal radiology, Diagnosis of Bone and Joint Disorders (now in its fourth edition), he has contributed 861 articles, 25 books and chapters, and 59 invited articles and chapters. As professor emeritus at the University of California, San Diego, Resnick is now winding down his academic career while simultaneously working with five other editors on an update to his well-known volume Bone and Joint Imaging.

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Barry D. Pressman, MD, FACR, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles

The dream of a career in law was quickly replaced when Barry D. Pressman, MD, FACR, discovered he was more interested in his college science classes. After graduating from Harvard Medical School, he found himself gravitating toward radiology during his surgical internship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. As a diagnostic radiology resident at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, Pressman spent extra time at Presbyterian’s Neurological Institute and then went to George Washington University in Washington, D.C., for a neuroradiology fellowship under renowned researcher and educator David O. Davis, MD. While at George Washington, he wrote several seminal papers in the early days of CT.

Since leaving the East Coast, Pressman has spent his career in Los Angeles, most of it at Cedars-Sinai. His enthusiasm for his work in neuroradiology is still contagious after serving for almost 26 years as professor and chair of the department of imaging. Similarly, he enjoys giving back to the community and has served on the Beverly Hills Public Works Commission for six years and on the board of the Los Angeles Philharmonic for 11 years.

Pressman has shared his passion for radiology as president of multiple medical societies, including the California Radiological Society and the Western Society of Neuroradiology. Throughout his career, he has been active in the ACR, serving as president of the College and speaker of the CSC. In total, Pressman served 12 years on the ACR BOC. He also led or volunteered on no fewer than 25 ACR commissions, committees, subcommittees, and task forces. “I am particularly proud of the work revising the ACR Bylaws. It was a great challenge for the committee to rewrite the entire document and to get it approved by the Council,” Pressman says.

By Audrey Caldwell, freelance writer, ACR Press

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