Beyond the Standard
The specialty is indebted to these five leaders.
It's not always easy to stand out as a leader in medicine — where intelligence and drive are necessary just to graduate from medical school, succeed in residency, and pass the Boards.
On top of that, leadership roles require long hours, induce stress, and entail myriad responsibilities often outside the clinician realm. These positions also require a selfless commitment and desire to pave the way for future generations.
Each year, the College bestows its highest honors — the ACR Gold Medal and Honorary Fellowship — upon outstanding individuals within the specialty. This year's awardees will receive their commendations at the AMCLC Convocation on April 22, 2012. These special radiologists and physicists range from an exceptionally diplomatic individual to the secretary of health for São Paolo, Brazil. Yet, all five individuals have one thing in common: the utmost gratitude of the College, its members, and the radiology community.
William G. Bradley Jr., M.D., Ph.D., FACR
University of California, San Diego
The word "no" is not in the vocabulary of William G. Bradley Jr., M.D., Ph.D., FACR, according to his colleagues. Bradley is renowned for his endless dedication, often going to great lengths to advance the science and cause of radiology locally, nationally, and internationally. "He is not a member of the 'Me Generation,'" writes Robert E. Campbell, M.D., FACR, in a nomination letter.
His tireless devotion to the ACR and other professional societies is evident. Bradley has raised countless dollars for the ACR Foundation as a member of its fundraising committee. He founded the ACR's MR Accreditation Program in 1992 and then served as its chair for seven years. He also chaired the ACR Commission on Neuroradiology and MRI from 1999-2005. Bradley has held numerous leadership positions in the College and on the Board of Chancellors, including vice president from 2005-2006. He received ACR fellowship in 1991 and became an RSNA gold medalist in 2003.
Bradley's commitment to radiology research and education has left a legendary mark on the specialty. For more than three decades, he has boldly pioneered developments in MR. He is acclaimed for his publications, especially his influential co-editorship of Magnetic Resonance Imaging. His passion for teaching residents has led him to perform 35 visiting professorships over 25 years. "His enthusiasm about his beloved radiology is infectious," writes Campbell.
Milton J. Guiberteau, M.D., FACR, FACNM
Greater Houston Radiology Associates, Houston
Milton J. Guiberteau, M.D., FACR, masterfully chaired the task force on one of the most heavily debated issues in ACR Council history: guidelines and standards. In part, he addressed that effort by renaming and, therefore, helping to officially create the ACR Clinical Guidelines and Technical Standards.
But Guiberteau's service to the ACR, and to the broader field, hardly ends there. As a specialist in nuclear medicine, he's stayed abreast of developments in science such as those made by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Guiberteau is also a trustee for nuclear medicine for the American Board of Radiology and authored the influential text, Essentials of Nuclear Medicine Imaging, one of the most widely read publications in the subspecialty. He recently served as co-chair of the ACR/Society of Nuclear Medicine Task Force on Nuclear Medicine Training and is currently on ACR representative to the AMA House of Delegates.
As a member and leader of the Texas Radiological Society, Guiberteau was instrumental in the transformation of the state society when he helped revamp the society's bylaws to increase legislative participation; the society is now an exemplary state chapter within the ACR. Guiberteau has also served the College as a member of various commissions and committees, most notably as chair of the Commission on Nuclear Medicine from 1999-2005 and ACR president in 2005-2006. "Dr. Guiberteau is one of those individuals who by their charm and intellect seem to make the world around them a better place," writes Thomas B. Fletcher, M.D., FACR, in a nomination letter.
Richard L. Morin, Ph.D., FACR
Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Fla.
Richard L. Morin, Ph.D., FACR, has worked diligently for both the radiology and medical physics communities. He is the first medical physicist to be elected president of the Florida Radiological Society, where he served in 2008-2009. Morin has been active in the ABR, serving as a trustee, secretary-treasurer, and assistant executive director for radiologic physics. He was awarded the ABR's Lifetime Service Award in 2010.
Morin is an accomplished educator who has mentored 17 doctoral students. He was named Brooks-Hollern Professor by the Mayo Clinic, was honored as an ACR Fellow in 1994, and received the Florida Radiological Society's Gold Medal in 2002 as well as the ARRS Gold Award and American Association of Physicists in Medicine William D. Coolidge Award in 2011. He's considered an expert in computer applications in radiology and medicine and has been a reviewer for the ACR's CT and Mammography accreditation programs.
Morin currently chairs the ACR's Dose Index Registry™ and is a co-chair of the Image Wisely™ campaign steering committee. His expertise on dose optimization and risk assessment is unparalleled. Morin has previously served as an ACR councilor and councilor-at-large, on various commissions and committees, as a member of the ACR Board of Chancellors, and chair of the Commission on Medical Physics from 1996-2005. "He always has a smile and serves as a role model for all in medicine," writes Thomas S. Harle, M.D., FACR, in his nomination letter.
Giovanni Guido Cerri
University of São Paolo, Brazil
Giovanni Guido Cerri is thought to be one of the most honest, hard-working, and brilliant radiologists by his colleagues. It's clear he has the sincere appreciation and respect of not only Brazilian health-care professionals but those from many other countries as well. Currently, he is responsible for the health of 42 million citizens as secretary of health in São Paolo, Brazil.
Cerri is known for his research in tropical diseases and abdominal ultrasound and has greatly advanced the use of ultrasound in Brazil and many developing nations. He achieved the status of professor at the University of São Paolo in 1996 and became dean of its medical school in 2002. Cerri has held such influential posts as president of the São Paolo Society of Radiology, president of the Brazilian College of Radiology, and president of the Latin American Federation of Ultrasound in Medicine. "Dr. Cerri is indeed a Man for All Seasons," wrote Leonard Berlin, M.D., FACR, in his nomination letter.
George Klempfner, M.B.B.S.
Queen Victoria Hospital, Melbourne, Australia
George Klempfner, M.B.B.S., has truly set the standard for promoting radiology education in disadvantaged areas and providing safe and efficient care. As president of the International Society of Radiology from 2002-2004, he established the World Leadership Council in Radiology, which comprises the ACR, RSNA, European Congress of Radiology, and other professional societies. The council is actively working to develop integrated radiology education training and qualifications for global use.
With dual certification in nuclear medicine and radiology, Klempfner became director of nuclear medicine at the Queen Victoria Hospital in 1970 and subsequently moved to private practice in radiology and nuclear medicine at St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Hospital. In 1995, he became president of the Royal Australian New Zealand College of Radiologists. Klempfner has been a strong advocate for the distribution of ACR materials — including ACR Appropriateness Criteria® and other standards and guidelines — to more than 70 nations. Joseph A. Marasco Jr., M.D., writes in a nomination letter, "I found him to be an incisive thinker and one who matches his ideas with actions."
The specialties, interests, and activities of these five individuals are diverse and dynamic. Yet their contributions to radiology through the years are all extensive in their own ways. Attend the 2012 ACR Convocation at AMCLC, where the College will honor the extensive commitment of this year's gold medalists and honorary fellows.
By Alyssa Martino