Rarely does a physician impact his or her specialty with the degree of passion and dedication demonstrated by Jerome F. Wiot, M.D., FACR, throughout his career. Despite his passing on Dec. 21, 2010, Wiot unquestionably left an enduring mark on his colleagues, friends, and the field of radiology.
Wiot graduated from the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine and completed his internship and radiology residency at Cincinnati General Hospital. In 1968, he was named the UC hospital's director of radiology, and in 1973, he was made chair of the UC College of Medicine's department of radiology. He continued as chair until 1993 — the same year in which he received the Daniel Drake Medal (UC College of Medicine's highest honor).
Over the course of his career, Wiot helped train more than 300 radiology residents. His pledge to education was unparalleled, and he served on the ACR Commission on Education from 1981-1986.
Yet, Wiot's contributions to the College and achievements in the field hardly end there. He was named ACR president in 1983 and awarded the ACR Gold Medal in 1989 for his outstanding service. Wiot also climbed the ladders of leadership within other radiological organizations; he served as the American Roentgen Ray Society's president from 1986-87 and as a trustee and then president of the American Board of Radiology from 1982-84.
"Dr. Wiot was one of the country's most respected radiologists and a great leader of organized radiology," says Robert R. Lukin, M.D., current chair of UC's radiology department and close colleague. "The traits that made him really special were his personality, charisma, and the way he carried himself. He was a mentor and very good friend to many radiologists around the country. We will miss his leadership, intellect, humor, and, in particular, his friendship."
Wiot, in addition to his wife, Andi, is survived by two sons, Geoff and Jason, daughters-in-law, Cheryl and Jenny, and five grandchildren, Ashley, Geoffrey, Gabrielle, Anna, and Luke.