RSNA 2017 Gold Medalists
Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017
RSNA's highest honor — the Gold Medal — will be awarded to three individuals during today's plenary session. A Gold Medal was awarded posthumously to 2017 RSNA President Richard Baron, MD, during yesterday's opening session.
In a career spanning four decades, George S. Bisset, III, MD, has earned a reputation as a preeminent authority on pediatric imaging and a world-class educator who has helped shape the next generation of radiologists.
Dr. Bisset is a professor of radiology at Baylor College of Medicine and Radiologist-in-Chief and Edward B. Singleton Chair of Radiology at Texas Children's Hospital, Houston.
After earning a medical degree from the University of South Florida, Dr. Bisset began his career as an assistant professor of pediatrics and co-director of the Section of Pediatric Cardiology at Tulane University in New Orleans.
He ascended the ranks in pediatrics and radiology at the University of Cincinnati, serving as chief of the Section of Body Imaging. He then moved to Duke University in Durham, NC, where he spent the next 16 years serving as a professor of radiology, chief of the Division of Pediatric Radiology, and vice chair, as well as interim chair of the Department of Radiology, before moving to his current position in Houston.
As a researcher, Dr. Bisset has focused primarily on cross-sectional imaging with an emphasis on MRI. He has authored or co-authored more than 200 articles and has served as a reviewer for journals including Radiology, Pediatric Radiology and the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Among his many honors, Dr. Bisset takes great pride in having received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of South Florida in 1996. He received the Society for Pediatric Radiology John Caffey Award in 2001 and the Pioneer Award in 2012. He was awarded Honorary Membership in the Austrian and German Societies of Radiology, the Colombian Association of Radiology, the Mexican Society of Radiology, the European Society of Radiology and the Sociedade Paulista de Radiologia. He is a Fellow of the American College of Radiology.
An ambitious educator and internationally recognized scientist, J. William Charboneau, MD, is a leading authority in diagnostic ultrasound and image-guided ablation of cancer of the liver, kidney and bone.
A professor emeritus of radiology at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, MN, Dr. Charboneau received his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and completed his radiology residency at Mayo Clinic. He began his career in the radiology department at Mayo Clinic and continued to practice there for 30 years, until his retirement in 2010.
Dr. Charboneau pioneered the use of diagnostic ultrasonography for the characterization of focal thyroid nodules and liver masses and the critical role of ultrasound (US) in distinguishing benign from malignant lesions. He was also an early leader in the development of image-guided intervention for procedures including biopsy and ablation.
His clinical expertise and extensive research led to the publication of radiology's most authoritative reference book on US imaging, Diagnostic Ultrasound. He also authored more than 175 scientific publications and he is co-editor of several other textbooks.
Because of his expertise in imaging of thyroid cancer, the National Academy of Sciences asked him to join a committee to research the health implications of the I-131 fallout from nuclear bomb testing that took place between the 1940s and 1960s over the western U.S. From his work on this committee, he published several studies and perspectives on the role of ultrasound imaging in detection of thyroid cancer.
Dr. Charboneau presented the 2006 RSNA Eugene P. Pendergrass New Horizons Lecture entitled, "Image-Guided Cancer Treatment: The Science and Vision of an Emerging Field." He served as a member of the RSNA Public Information Committee and on the Public Information Advisors Network.
Among his many awards, Dr. Charboneau received the 2014 GI Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Abdominal Radiology and the 2015 Lawrence A. Mack Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound.
Founding Director of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), Roderic I. Pettigrew, PhD, MD, is an innovative leader in convergence research who is helping lay the groundwork for tomorrow's medicine.
Dr. Pettigrew has charted the course for the National Institute of Health's (NIH) critical work in harnessing the power of transdisciplinary teams to create new technologies and catalyze discoveries that usher in a new era of medicine.
Among his accomplishments at NIBIB, Dr. Pettigrew jointly led a national effort with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to create new interdisciplinary graduate training programs. In 2008, he established the Quantum Grants program to achieve "medical moon shots."
Dr. Pettigrew was an early advocate of a national system for patient-controlled sharing of medical images, leading to the RSNA Image Share project, which is poised to help realize the goals of the NIH precision medicine initiative All of Us. He co-chairs the Congressionally-requested federal Inter-Agency Working Group on Medical Imaging. Dr. Pettigrew serves as the NIH Liaison to NASA and the U.S. Department of Energy. He co-leads a joint effort with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a cell phone-based platform to test for influenza and other diseases at home.
At the time of his NIBIB appointment, Dr. Pettigrew was serving as professor of radiology and medicine at Emory University School of Medicine, and professor of bioengineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, both in Atlanta. During this time, Dr. Pettigrew became known for pioneering work developing 4-D imaging of the cardiovascular system using MRI.
A graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Dr. Pettigrew earned his PhD in applied radiation physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, and his medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine.
Among his numerous honors, Dr. Pettigrew presented the RSNA 75th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee New Horizons Lecture and received the Pritzker Distinguished Achievement Award of the Biomedical Engineering Society and the Inaugural Gold Medal Award of the Academy of Radiology Research. He is an elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Engineering.