Prof. Meinhard Lüning

It is with great sadness that the ESR reports the passing of Professor Meinhard Lüning on April 3, 2022. Professor Lüning was a prominent figure in radiology known especially for his advanced research and work in sonography, CT and MRI. Beginning his career in medical imaging at Charité in 1969, Professor Lüning completed his habilitation in Radiology in 1972 and eventually became a full professor at Humboldt University in Berlin in 1980. In 1981, he spent an important time collaborating with Professor Alexander Margulis in the Radiology department at the University of California San Francisco, before becoming Chairman of the Institute of Radiology at Charité in 1985. 

Professor Lüning was Chairman of Diagnostic Radiology for the European Association of Radiology – the predecessor to the ESR, from 1988 to 1992. He was particularly dedicated to strengthening research and educational ties in radiology between the West and East, always with the patient in mind.  

A keen trumpeter and lover of jazz throughout his life, Professor Lüning was a man of many talents. He will be sorely missed by the ESR and the radiology community. 

Natalia Rotaru

The ESR Board of Directors is extremely saddened at the loss of Prof. Dr. Natalia Rotaru in autumn 2020. Natalia was the Chair of Radiology at the “Nicolae Testemiţanu” State University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Chisinau, Moldova. A friend to many international colleagues and the European Society of Radiology, Natalia was a keen traveller and attended dozens of professional conferences throughout her career. She was also the recipient of a number of national and international awards.

Natalia was a committed physician and did not shy away from her responsibilities, even when the Covid-19 pandemic hit Europe. Her contraction of the virus during her clinical duties and her untimely death at the age of 57 thereafter in autumn 2020, is a mark of her dedication to patient care and the profession she worked in. This dedication is a fine example of the qualities that we should look for in radiology. She will be missed by our community.

Mukund Joshi (1942 - 2020)

The ESR is sad to report that Dr. Mukund Joshi, a prominent Indian radiologist has passed away on January 7, 2020, in his 77th year of life.
Dr. Joshi produced numerous articles in national and international radiology journals and gave more than 500 lectures and CME courses nationally and internationally. He served as editor-in-chief of the Indian Journal of Radiology & Imaging and was a past-president of both the Indian Radiological & Imaging Association and the Indian Federation of Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology. Furthermore, he was also the president of the Indian Academy of Medical Sciences.

Dr. Joshi received innumerable honors and awards for contributions to radiology and ultrasound in particular.

He was an inspiration to many and will be dearly missed by his colleagues and friends.

Friedrich Olbert (1920 – 2019)

The ESR is sad to report that Professor Friedrich Olbert, a pioneer of interventional radiology and recipient of the EAR’s Boris Rajewski medal in 2000, passed away on April 6, 2019, in his 99th year of life. 

Prof. Olbert was one of the founders of the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (CIRSE) and acted as its first Meeting President in 1985. The joint annual meeting of the German, Austrian and Swiss IR societies is named in honour of his achievements: ‘Interventionell Radiologisches Olbert-Symposium (IROS)’.

 Prof. Olbert was an expert on classical music, played the violin and loved to visit the Vienna concert halls and operas. He leaves behind his wife, Blanka, who throughout his career helped him with his numerous activities.

 He will be dearly missed by his colleagues and friends.

Alexander R. Margulis (1921 - 2018)

The ESR Board of Directors is deeply saddened to report that the world-renowned radiologist and long-standing ECR Honorary Member (1993), Prof. Alexander R. Margulis, passed away on Friday, September 7, 2018 at the age of 97.

Professor Margulis touched the lives of a vast number of people throughout his long career. As well as being one of the most outstanding investigators in medical science he was also a deeply beloved friend of the ESR, whose wisdom and enthusiasm inspired generations of imaging professionals. His enormous contributions to the field of radiology are only matched by the influence he had on those around him.

He will be sorely missed by all at the ESR.

George Schuyler (1927 - 2017)

It is with deep sadness that the ESR Board of Directors and ESR staff announces the passing of former RSNA Director of Scientific Meetings and Educational Materials, George Schuyler, at the age of 89.

Schuyler played a crucial role in the evolution of the modern RSNA, including masterminding the move to McCormick Place, and his priceless contribution was justly recognised with the society’s Gold Medal in 1988. He also played a huge part in establishing the structure of the ECR under the leadership of Prof. Josef Lissner and later Prof. Albert Baert. His tireless hard work, famous efficiency and ingenuity were recognised by the ESR with the presentation of a special Distinguished Service Award at ECR 2004.  

The ESR would like to pass on our most heartfelt condolences to all his friends and family. He will be sorely missed by us all.

Richard L. Baron (1949 – 2017)

The ESR Board of Directors is deeply shocked to report the sudden passing of Dr. Richard L. Baron, the RSNA immediate Past President and a very close friend of European radiology.

Dr. Baron was hugely admired as a leader, researcher and teacher and was honoured twice by the ESR for his achievements, being invited to deliver the Wilhelm C. Röntgen Honorary Lecture at ECR 2011 and receiving Honorary Membership at this year's congress, ECR 2017. He was an immensely popular figure among his colleagues in Europe and throughout the world, and he will be very dearly missed.

Helen Carty (1944 – 2017)

The ESR Board of Directors and the entire ESR staff are deeply saddened to announce that our beloved colleague and friend Prof. Helen Carty passed away on Sunday, April 23, at the age of 72.

Prof. Carty was a tremendously popular figure throughout the radiological community and a great inspiration to many. She was a hugely admired paediatric radiologist, as well as a former ECR President (2004) and ESR Gold Medallist (2009). Although she spent the majority of her career in the UK, her heart always remained in Ireland, the country of her birth.

She will be remembered fondly by all of us.

Ludovico Dalla Palma (1928 – 2017)

We are sad to report that Prof. Ludovico Dalla Palma, ESR Gold Medallist and former EAR president, has passed away following a short illness. Prof. Dalla Palma served as president of the ESR's forerunner, the European Association of Radiology from 1993 to 1995, and of the European Society of Urogenital Radiology from 1990 to 1994. He will be greatly missed by his many colleagues and friends in radiology.

Sir Peter Mansfield (1933 – 2017)

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Sir Peter Mansfield, the Nobel Prize winning physicist and MRI pioneer, at the age of 83. One of the most recognised names in radiology, Sir Peter was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2003 for his research which led to the development of MRI. His scientific contributions changed the face of medical imaging and he will always be remembered with great affection by the entire radiological community.

Michel Bléry (1938 – 2016)

We are sad to report that Prof. Michel Bléry, who served as Secretary General of the European Association of Radiology (EAR) from 1993 to 1998 and received the EAR's Boris Rajewski medal in 2005, passed away on December 31, at the age of 78.

Harvey L. Neiman (1943–2014)

It is with great sadness that we announce the loss of Doctor Harvey L. Neiman, who passed away on June 5, 2014 at the age of 71 after suffering from long-term illness.

A former executive director and chief executive officer of the American College of Radiology (ACR), Dr. Neiman was dedicated to improving patient care, and under his leadership the ACR became one of the largest and most influential medical specialty societies in North America.  He was a member of the ACR for nearly 40 years.

Dr. Neiman was at the forefront the ACR’s initiatives to promote quality of care and safety. He led the ACR as it co-founded the Image Wisely and Image Gently radiation safety campaigns. He also helped create the ACR Education Center, which trains physicians in advanced medical imaging and image-guided techniques. The Radiology Leadership Institute is another initiative that owes much to the work of Dr. Neiman, as he played a key role in its foundation.

When the Walter Reed Army Medical Center closed with the loss of its world-renowned radiologic pathology correlation course, Dr. Neiman headed the creation of the American Institute for Radiologic Pathology, which preserves the vital knowledge and training this course provided.

In recognition of his dedication and commitment, Dr. Neiman received a number of awards and honours throughout his career, including gold medals from the ACR and the Radiological Society of North America, the Distinguished Service Award from the Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound and the International Society of Radiology’s prestigious Béclère Medal.

Dr. Neiman is survived by his wife, Ellen; two daughters, Jennifer and Hilary; and his grandson, William.

Guy-Henri Sebag (1959–2014)

The ESR is sad to report the loss of Professor Guy-Henri Sebag, from the Hôpital Robert Debre in Paris, France, who passed away on November 28, 2014, at the age of 55.

Please find below a short announcement by the European Society of Paediatric Radiology:

Dear members, dear friends,
We have to announce you the extremely sad news that Professor Guy Sebag, European Managing Editor for our journal, Pediatric Radiology, has suddenly passed away on November, Friday 28th. Our thoughts are with his family; Christina, his wife, and their 3 children.
Profs. Catherine Adamsbaum and Jean-François Chateil

And a statement by the Society for Pediatric Radiology:

We are sorry to share the news of the untimely passing of Professor Guy Sebag, the European Editor of Pediatric Radiology. Prof. Sebag will be sorely missed by his friends and colleagues the world over. Our deepest sympathies are sent to his wife, his children and to those innumerable friends and colleagues. The SPR will celebrate his life, his friendship and his contributions to the care of children at the 2015 meeting where Prof. Sebag will be named an Honorary Member.

Maurice Tubiana (1920–2013)

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the loss of renowned oncologist Professor Maurice Tubiana, who passed away on September 24 at the age of 93.

Prof. Tubiana was a major figure in cancer therapy and he made significant contributions to the field of cancer research, especially in the areas of radiotherapy of lymphoma and thyroid carcinoma, and the use of nuclear medicine in radiobiology. As a physician, biologist and radiobiologist, he was also instrumental in developing radiotherapy and radioprotection.

Born in Algeria in 1920, Prof. Tubiana earned his medical degree in Paris in 1945 and later obtained a PhD in physics. He began working at the Gustave Roussy Institute in 1951 and went on to become head of the radiation department in 1959, director of research in 1978 and director general of the Institute from 1982 to 1989.

Apart from his clinical research, Prof. Tubiana was also a respected leader in the field of oncology and he held a number of high level positions during his career.  He was a member of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) International Agency for Cancer Research (IARC) Scientific Board from 1976 to 1981, and he represented France on the IARC Governing Council from 1989 to 1998; serving as vice-chair in 1993. In addition, he worked as consultant for the WHO and the International Atomic Agency.  At a national level he served as president of the French Ministry of Health’s Cancer Commission from 1975 to 1981 and from 1988 to1994.

Prof. Tubiana was widely respected for his work and research. He received honorary doctorates and membership from many universities and scientific academies around the world, and his passion and curiosity for medicine will be missed by his friends and peers.

Arthur M. de Schepper (1937–2013)

It is with great sadness that we announce the loss of Prof. Arthur M. de Schepper, who passed away on October 4, 2013, at the age of 76.

A greatly admired and internationally respected radiologist, Prof. Schepper was known as a leading authority on soft tissue tumours. He launched the Belgian Soft Tissue Neoplasm Registry, which provided radiologists and other medical specialists around Belgium with valuable information and second opinions.  Prof. Schepper also published the important textbook, Imaging of Soft Tissues, which has had three editions and a Chinese translation.

Prof. Schepper was a dedicated clinician and tireless worker. During the course of his distinguished career he held posts at Stuivenberg General Hospital in Antwerp, Antwerp Public Assistance Hospitals, and the University of Antwerp. Following his retirement he continued to work as a consultant at Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands.  He also served on the editorial board of European Radiology from 2006 to 2011 and was invited to deliver guest lectures at the ECR and the annual meetings of the European Society of Skeletal Radiology, the Radiological Society of North America and many others.

Less than four weeks before he passed away, Prof. Schepper gave his last lecture at a symposium in honour of the 10th anniversary of his retirement in Antwerp.  He is survived by his wife Anya, his twelve children and 21 grandchildren.

Robert E. Steiner (1918–2013)

It is with great sadness that we announce the loss of Dr. Robert E. Steiner, professor emeritus of diagnostic radiology at the University of London, who passed away peacefully on September 12 at the age of 95.

A highly respected radiologist, Dr. Steiner had a long and distinguished career and helped bring the fields of radiology and cardiology closer together. He also made major contributions to the field of magnetic resonance imaging.

Born in Prague in 1918, Dr. Steiner later moved to Austria, where he began his medical studies at the University of Vienna in 1935. In 1938 he left for Dublin, Ireland where he completed his studies at University College Dublin, graduating in 1941. He began his medical career with Emergency Medical Services in the United Kingdom, where he served from 1941 to 1945. His radiological training began at the United Sheffield Hospitals in 1944 and continued until 1950. From 1950 to 1983 he worked in the department of diagnostic radiology at Hammersmith Hospital, London. He began as deputy director and then became director when he was appointed the University of London’s first professor of diagnostic radiology at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School at Hammersmith Hospital. He retired in 1983, but continued to work part-time in the MRI unit which has since been renamed in his honour.  He also served as president of the Royal College of Radiologists, from 1977 to 1980, and the British Institute of Radiology, from 1973 to 1974.

For his dedicated work in cardiac and pulmonary radiology he received the Boris Rajewsky Medal from the European Association of Radiology (EAR) and the Gold Medal of the European Congress of Radiology and the EAR.

Roberto Passariello (1941–2013)

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the loss of Professor Roberto Passariello, former president of  both the European Congress of Radiology (ECR) and the European Association of Radiology (EAR), who passed away on the night of August 11, at the age of 72. Passariello was a greatly admired radiologist whose tireless dedication to his field is evident from the enormous body of literature he published during his career, the many congresses, seminars and courses he organised, and his work on the editorial boards of numerous scientific journals.

As well as serving as president of the ECR (1999) and the EAR (1999-2000), Passariello’s leadership skills were put to use as president of the Italian Society of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology, the Italian Society of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, and the European Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and Biology. His outstanding contributions to radiology were recognised with honorary membership of the French Society of Radiology, the Royal College of Radiologists, the Belgian Radiological Society, the American College of Radiology and the Radiological Society of North America, among others.

He received the ECR Gold Medal in 2003 for his outstanding contribution to and leadership in European radiology.

Erkki Koivisto (1927–2012)

It is with sadness that we report that Professor Erkki L. M. Koivisto, former president of the European Society of Radiology’s forerunner, the European Association of Radiology, passed away on February 27, at the age of 85.

Koivisto was a great servant of European radiology, described by colleagues as a luminary in Finnish radiology and a true believer in the European community of radiology. He distinguished himself as a true leader throughout his career, most notably through various presidencies, such as those of the Radiological Society of Finland (1986–88), the European Association of Radiology (1981–83), the Scandinavian Radiological Society (1991) and the 49th Scandinavian Congress of Radiology (1991).

He received numerous honours in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of radiology, including the Carl Wegelius Medal of the Radiological Society of Finland (1982), the Silver Medal of the Radiological Society of Finland (1987), the Boris Rajewsky Medal of the European Association of Radiology (1989), the Silver Medal of the Radiological Society of Finland (1992), and the First Class Order of the White Rose of Finland (1989).

Gary Glazer (1950–2011)

The ESR is sad to report the passing of Gary Glazer, MD, former chair of the Stanford University School of Medicine Department of Radiology. He died on October 16 at Stanford Hospital after a long battle with prostate cancer. He was a widely admired colleague, described by friends as a true visionary, who cared deeply about people and about basic as well as clinical science, and the marriage of the two.

During his career, Glazer developed novel research and clinical programmes that introduced a multitude of technologies and practices into the field, and he personally advanced the use of lifesaving diagnostic imaging, especially for cancer. He was one of 21 radiologists ever to receive Gold Medal awards from both the Radiological Society of North America and the Association of University Radiologists. Among his many other national and international awards, he was given honorary membership in the French, Japanese and German radiological societies.

Serban Alexandru Georgescu (1940–2011)

The ESR is sad to announce that Prof. Serban Alexandru Georgescu passed away on August 16 after a long battle with pulmonary cancer.

Professor Georgescu was an admired colleague, a hugely respected teacher and a dedicated servant of radiology in Romania and beyond, who served as President of the Romanian Society of Radiology and Medical Imaging from 1996 to 2000. As an author and co-author of 21 books and 158 articles in Romanian and foreign journals he made an enormous contribution to the development of his fellow radiologists, and as the credited developer of six new radiological techniques in Romania in various fields he helped greatly to further the specialty itself. Among many other honours he was awarded the ‘Ordre National du Merite’ by the President of France in 1998 and ‘Les Palmes Academiques’ by the French Government in 1999.

Bernard Massiot

It is with sadness that we report the loss of Bernard Massiot, CEO of the Guerbet group, who passed away on May 28, 2011, at the age of fifty-five following a battle with cancer. He was recognised by many as a very dynamic, very rigorous and clear-thinking Director, with great human qualities.

Bernard Massiot, a nephew of Dr. Michel Guerbet, was a graduate of Paris-Dauphine University and began his career in audit and finance, subsequently taking on responsibilities in general management in companies in the press and media industries. He became a director of Guerbet in 1993, then vice-chairman of the supervisory board, becoming its CEO in January 2010.

William Mackie ‘Bill’ Ross (1922–2011)

The ESR is sad to report that Dr. William Ross, a widely admired and respected colleague, passed away on March 15 after a short illness.

William Ross served his profession in various capacities throughout his career, as a house officer after qualifying from Durham, then in the Royal Army Medical Corps, and later as head of radiotherapy at Newcastle General Hospital. Hardworking, hugely efficient, and committed to his specialty, he served as president of the Royal College of Radiologists during 1983-86, later becoming secretary to the Conference of Medical Royal Colleges. He spent 14 years as treasurer of the European Association of Radiology (EAR), from 1989 to 2003, and was awarded the EAR’s Boris Rajewsky Medal in 1993.

Carla Boetes (1949–2011)

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Professor Dr. Carla Boetes on Saturday, May 14.

Carla Boetes was a radiologist at the Department of Radiology at Maastricht UMC+, where she was known as a passionate, kind, and above all talented colleague. She made a huge contribution to breast cancer imaging on an international scale as a dedicated teacher and researcher, and was due to take on the next presidency of the European Society of Breast Imaging (EUSOBI) after being elected vice-president in March.