In recognition of his significant contribution to advancing radiology and healthcare, Professor Giovanni Guido Cerri will be awarded Honorary Membership of the European Society of Radiology at ECR 2012.
Professor Giovanni Guido Cerri is Secretary of São Paulo State for Health and Director of the Institute of Radiology at the Hospital das Clínicas, School of Medicine, University of São Paulo (FMUSP). Born in 1953 in Milan, Italy, he emigrated to Brazil in 1955, where he started a successful career in radiology, taking over leading roles in prominent national and global organisations.
Professor Cerri graduated in medicine in 1976 from the School of Medicine of São Paulo University, where he subsequently did his residency and PhD. He specialised in ultrasound and computed tomography at Birmingham University in Alabama, U.S. He received his first appointment as Associate Professor at the FMUSP in 1986.
A professor of radiology since 1996, he was elected five times President of the Post-graduation Committee of FMUSP and was Clinical Director of the Hospital das Clínicas from 1998 to 2002. He then became Dean of the FMUSP and President of the Council of the Hospital das Clínicas.
In January 2011, he was appointed Secretary of São Paulo State for Health by Governor Geraldo Alckmin. In this capacity, he is working on strengthening the role of regional healthcare, tackling issues such as organ transplantation and oncology treatment, decreasing child mortality and increasing the number of hospital beds. Professor Cerri is involved with numerous Brazilian organisations. He currently serves as Scientific Director of the Brazilian Medical Association, and Director and President of the Council of the Cancer Institute State of São Paulo, University of São Paulo.
In recognition of his leadership skills, he was appointed President of the Brazilian College of Radiology from 1989 to 1991, and served as editor of the Brazilian Journal of Radiology until 2006.
He was also President of the World Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology from 2006 to 2009 and has presided over the FLAUS (Federación Latinoamericana de Sociedades de Ultrasonido en Medicina y Biología – Latin American Federation of Ultrasonography Societies). Over the years he has worked with and provided expertise to various international organisations, such as the International Society of Radiology and the World Health Organization.
He has published 300 scientific articles in international and Brazilian journals, 22 books (more than 40,000 issues sold), and about 50 newspaper and magazine articles. He has supervised 48 theses and held conferences in 25 countries.
He has received more than 30 awards, including the LAFI Medical Sciences Award, and several honour distinctions granted by Brazilian and international societies for his work in the medical field.