Hedvig Hricak is Chairman of the Department of Radiology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC). She holds a senior position within the Program of Molecular and Pharmacology Therapeutics at the Sloan-Kettering Institute and is Professor of Radiology at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University.
Dr. Hricak earned her M.D. degree from the University of Zagreb and her Ph.D. (Dr. Med. Sc.) from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. She holds an honorary doctorate from the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany. Before coming to MSKCC, she was a professor of radiology, radiation oncology, urology and gynaecology at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) and was the chief of the abdominal section of the Department of Radiology at UCSF Medical Center.
Dr. Hricak's career in research, education and patient care has always focused on oncology. The imaging applications she helped develop include the use of ultrasound, MRI and CT for gynaecological cancer; and the use of MRI and MR spectroscopy for prostate cancer. Her research is interdisciplinary and aims to discover minimally invasive methods for improving cancer detection, staging, treatment planning, and follow-up. Dr. Hricak has been the principal investigator or co-investigator of 24 intramural foundation and industry grants, 13 National Institutes of Health (NIH)/American Cancer Society grants, and 5 Department of Defense grants. She has been a dedicated promoter of international scientific collaboration and training for many years, and she currently directs an NIH-funded international training programme in molecular imaging. In addition, through the awards from the NCI and private foundations, she has established breast imaging and ultrasound training programmes for the countries of South East Europe.
Dr. Hricak has edited or co-edited 17 books and has authored or co-authored 322 peer-reviewed research papers, 141 review/editorial papers, and more than 127 book chapters. She is an associate editor and editorial board member of multiple premier medical journals. She has given 30 named or keynote lectures and has been a visiting professor at more than 30 institutions worldwide.
In addition to carrying on her research as well as administrative and educational work, Dr. Hricak continues to be engaged in clinical practice. In the last seven years, she has repeatedly been included in New York Magazine's list of the city's best doctors and in the Castle Connolly publication America's Top Doctors.
Dr. Hricak is a fellow of the American College of Radiology, the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, and the Society of Uroradiology. She served as President of the Society for Advancement of Women's Imaging (1997-1999). She has also served as President of the California Academy of Medicine (1999), President of the Society of Uroradiology (2000-2003), and President of the New York Roentgen Society (2004-2005). She was a member of the Board of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and now serves on the Executive Boards of the Academy of Radiology Research and the New York Roentgen Society. She is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and is slated to become President of the RSNA in 2010. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies and serves on the National Academies' Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board.
In recognition of her career accomplishments, Dr. Hricak has received numerous awards, including the Marie Curie Award from the Society of Women in Radiology, the gold medal of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, the gold medal of the Association of University Radiologists, the Beclere medal of the International Society of Radiology and the Morocco Medal of Merit. She has been awarded seven honorary memberships and three fellowships by national and international radiological societies from around the world.
Dr. Hricak is married to Dr. Alexander R. Margulis, a prominent figure in the field of radiology. She has one son, Peter Hricak, who lives in California. For the past nine years, he has worked for George Lucas as a computer expert, contributing to the creation of the Star Wars films and managing the worldwide computer infrastructure needed for the films' production.
In recognition of her exceptional accomplishments, especially in the field of cross-sectional anatomic and molecular imaging of genitourinary cancers, Professor Hedvig Hricak will present the Opening Lecture 'Imaging in Oncology: Endless Horizons' at ECR 2009.