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Gold Medalists

The Gold Medal is the highest honor of the Society and is awarded annually by the Board of Directors to those persons who, in the judgment of the Board of Directors, have rendered unusual services to the science of radiology.

Stanley Baum, MD 
Stanley Baum, MD

Medical pioneer and visionary, whose dedication to radiologic research and education was instrumental in the formation of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering.

Stanley Baum, MD, is a medical pioneer whose unwavering dedication to radiologic research and education was instrumental to the formation of a medical imaging institute at the National Institutes of Health.

"Stanley Baum will always be remembered for being first," said RSNA President Peggy J. Fritzsche, MD. "He was one of the first interventional radiologists in the country, and was the founder and first president of the Society of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology. He established the first hospital-based MR program in the country. He was also one of the first diagnostic radiologists elected to the Institute of Medicine. Throughout his career, Stanley has been a leader in the promotion of increased research in all academic radiology departments and improving research training."

For his significant and long-term commitment to radiology research and education, RSNA is honored to present its Gold Medal to Dr Baum.

"Being awarded a Gold Medal is a great honor and to receive it for work that I have always enjoyed doing is a double honor," said Dr Baum. "RSNA is the world's greatest research and education organization and I am absolutely delighted to receive this award."

Dr Baum received his medical degree in 1957 from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Utrecht in Holland. He completed an internship at Kings County Hospital Medical Center in New York City and a radiology residency at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) in Philadelphia. Dr Baum was a National Cancer Institute trainee prior to completing a fellowship in cardiovascular radiology at Stanford University Medical Center. Following a brief time on the faculty at Stanford, he returned to Penn and, in seven years, advanced to the rank of professor of radiology. In 1971, he moved to Harvard as a professor of radiology and chief of cardiovascular radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital. In 1975, he returned to Penn as professor and chairman of the Department of Radiology.

Dr Baum held that post for more than 20 years during which time he became the Eugene P. Pendergrass Professor of Radiology. Under Dr Baum's leadership, Penn purchased its first CT unit for imaging the head, and its first body CT unit. He also contributed to early MR imaging development, made a significant impact on angiography by describing the role of vasoconstrictors in controlling gastrointestinal bleeding and the role of angiography in assessing vascular bleeding with contrast material.

Despite these monumental achievements, some of Dr Baum's most important work came after he stepped down as chairman at Penn. He was a founding member of the Academy of Radiology Research (ARR) and was ARR president when the bill to establish the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering was introduced in the Senate.

Currently, Dr Baum is an ad hoc member of the National Cancer Institute Training Grant Study Section. He is also editor-in-chief of Academic Radiology.

An RSNA member since 1973, Dr Baum served as chairman of the Interventional Radiology Refresher Course Committee and as a member of the Public Information Advisory Board. He holds many professional association memberships.

Dr Baum worked on numerous editorial boards and is author or coauthor of more than 160 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. He was also editor of Abrams' Angiography.

His many awards and honors include the Cannon Medal from the Society of Gastrointestinal Radiologists, and gold medals from the Association of University Radiologists, American Roentgen Ray Society, and Society of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology. He is a fellow of the American College of Radiology, American College of Cardiology, College of Physicians of Philadelphia, and the Netherlands Society of Radiology. In 2002, Penn established the Stanley Baum Professorship in the Department of Radiology.

 William G.Bradley, Jr., MD, PhD
William G. Bradley Jr., MD, PhD 
Innovative scientist, clinician, and educator, whose exceptional professional achievements have rapidly advanced the understanding and use of MR imaging.

William G. Bradley, Jr, MD, PhD, is one of the world's leading experts in both the basic science and clinical applications of MR imaging.

For nearly 25 years, he developed the science of MR imaging into a useful tool for radiologists and other clinicians. He initially introduced widely accepted concepts on T 1, T 2 and PD-weighting, various flow phenomena, and MR angiography. Since the early 1980s, he has published extensively on cerebral MR imaging including flow phenomena, hemorrhage, normal pressure hydrocephalus, stroke, contrast agents, and spectroscopy.

"Bill Bradley is credited for developing MR imaging into a widely used diagnostic examination," said RSNA President Peggy J. Fritzsche, MD. "He is famous for his national and international MR imaging lectures, as well as for his mini MR imaging fellowships. He inspires trainees to excel at all levels. Anyone who meets Bill is intrigued by his intellectual curiosity, enthusiasm, and fun-loving spirit."

For his significant contributions to MR research and education, RSNA is pleased to present its Gold Medal to Dr Bradley.

"The greatest honor one can have is recognition by one's peers," Dr Bradley commented. "RSNA's Gold Medal is the embodiment of that recognition. I am truly honored by this award, yet fully cognizant that whatever contributions I made to radiology were always part of a team effort-whether it was my family, my partners, or my fellows. This honor really belongs to all of them."

After earning a bachelor's degree with honors in chemical engineering from the California Institute of Technology, Dr Bradley completed a doctorate in chemical engineering in 1974 at Princeton University in New Jersey. He then returned to the west coast to the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), where he completed a medical degree, internship, and a residency in diagnostic radiology.

Throughout his career, Dr Bradley has held an academic appointment at the University of California. He also served as director of MR imaging at the Huntington Medical Research Institutes in Pasadena and at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. He is currently professor and chairman of the Department of Radiology at the University of California, San Diego.

An RSNA member since 1982, Dr Bradley has been actively involved in the annual scientific assembly. He has been a refresher course instructor for nearly 20 years and has worked on the Scientific Program Committee. He has also been a member of the Committee on International Relations and Education. Dr Bradley currently serves as chairman of the RSNA Research & Education Foundation Development Committee, is a member of the Foundation's Honors Council, and is a member of the Public Information Advisors Network.

Dr Bradley holds a U.S. patent for "High Resolution Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Body Cavities" licensed by MEDRAD for prostate coil. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Radiology (ABR) and holds a certificate of added qualification (CAQ) in neuroradiology.

He is author or coauthor of more than 420 peer-reviewed journal articles, abstracts, book chapters, invited papers, and books, including the best-selling textbook, Magnetic Resonance Imaging. He is an editorial board member for several professional publications, and is a reviewer for Radiology, American Journal of Roentgenology, and American Journal of Neuroradiology.

Dr Bradley has received numerous awards, including the Radiology Editor's Recognition Award "With Great Distinction," the UCSF Outstanding Alumni Award, and the Teacher of the Year award from the Department of Radiological Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. He is a gold medal recipient of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine.

He is a past-president and honorary member of the Society of Magnetic Resonance Imaging. He is also a fellow of the American College of Radiology (ACR), and sits on the ACR Board of Chancellors where he is chairman of the Commission on Neuroradiology and MRI. He is a member of the American Roentgen Ray Society, American Society of Neuroradiology, California Radiological Society, Clinical Magnetic Resonance Society, and many other organizations.

David B. Fraser, MD 
David B. Fraser, MD

Dedicated educator, outstanding leader, and noted authority in cardiovascular imaging, whose devotion to research and education has inspired a generation of radiologists.

David B. Fraser, MD, has been a guiding force in radiology for nearly 50 years as a mentor, teacher, researcher, and leader.

"David Fraser has been a towering figure in Canadian radiology and not only by virtue of height," said RSNA President Peggy J. Fritzsche, MD. "He was well respected as the radiology chair at Dalhousie University and served as a mentor to those of us becoming chairs elsewhere after him. His approach to life is summed up by his performance on the tennis court—no ball shall pass, but will be returned with interest in either spin or speed."

For his significant and numerous contributions to radiology education, specifically in cardiac imaging, RSNA is privileged to present its Gold Medal to Dr Fraser.

"I consider receiving the RSNA Gold Medal as the greatest possible honor I could have and feel very humble knowing the outstanding list of colleagues who have received this honor before me," said Dr Fraser. "It's been a great opportunity and privilege to work with RSNA, an organization focused on improving medical care through research and education."

Dr Fraser earned his medical degree in 1958 from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He entered family practice until 1966 when he began a residency in diagnostic radiology at Dalhousie. He then moved to Boston for one year for a fellowship in cardiovascular radiology at Harvard University.

When Dr Fraser returned to Halifax, he worked at Dalhousie University until his retirement in 1999 as professor and chairman of the Department of Radiology. He was also head of the Department of Diagnostic Radiology at Victoria General Hospital and at Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Center.

Dr Fraser is a leader in cardiovascular imaging with a passion for teaching and a gift for negotiation. During an era in which Canada faced cutbacks, healthcare reform, and many other crises, Dr Fraser guided his department through an unending sequence of renovations, equipment acquisitions, and the often tenuous relationship between cardiology and radiology.

Throughout his career, Dr Fraser has been the recipient of a variety of awards and honors. Recently, he was awarded a Commemorative Medal for the Queen's Golden Jubilee. He is a gold medal recipient from the Canadian Association of Radiologists (CAR). He is an honorary member of the Canadian Medical Association and the European Congress of Radiology. He is a fellow of the American College of Radiology.

An RSNA member since 1974, Dr Fraser has been an active volunteer. He served as chairman of the RSNA Technical Exhibits Committee and was a member of the RSNA Board of Directors from 1990-1997, becoming the Society's president in 1998. He also worked on the RSNA Research & Education Foundation Board of Trustees, serving as chairman in 2001. He is currently chairman of the RSNA Membership and Credentials Board.

Dr Fraser is a past-president of CAR and is currently a member of the CAR Organizing Committee for the ICR 2004 meeting in Montreal. He served two terms as chairman of the Canadian Heads of Academic Radiology Departments. He is also a member of many other professional societies, including Society of Chairmen of Academic Radiology Departments, Canadian Heads of Academic Radiology, Canadian Cardiovascular Society, Alpha Omega Alpha Honour Medical Society, Halifax Medical Society, and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

He has been a visiting professor in the United States and Canada. He is the author of coauthor of more than 70 papers and publications focusing primarily on cardiac imaging and radiologic education.