March 2013

In recognition of his major contributions to the improvement of oncologic imaging as well as his years of work to create one of the world’s foremost imaging centres, the late Professor Gary Glazer will be awarded Honorary Membership of the European Society of Radiology at ECR 2013.

Gary Glazer served as chairman of the department of radiology at the Stanford University School of Medicine, California, for more than 20 years. He was also the Emma Pfeiffer Merner Professor of the Medical Sciences at the same institution. On October 16, 2011, Glazer passed away, at the age of 61, after a long fight with prostate cancer.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1950, Glazer was born into a family of healthcare professionals, his father being a paediatric radiologist and founding member of the Society of Paediatric Radiology, while his mother worked as a nurse.

At the University of Michigan, Glazer studied cellular biology before moving on to receive his medical degree from Case Western University. He carried out his internship, residency and fellowship training in radiology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He worked for a short time at UCSF, before he returned to the University of Michigan to work as an assistant professor. Six years later he was full professor of radiology and serving as director of magnetic resonance imaging.

In 1989, Glazer became chair of the department of radiology at the Stanford University School of Medicine, and under his chairmanship the department underwent a number of major expansions and improvements, making it one of the most sophisticated imaging centres in the world. He worked to introduce a more patient-centred approach to his department, as he sought to increase the radiologist’s interaction with patients.

Over the course of his long and distinguished career, Glazer carried out a great deal of important and influential research. His work in the fields of computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging led to the development of standards for distinguishing liver and adrenal tumours and staging tumours in lung cancer. These standards remain vital to treatment and are still used routinely today. He also published more than 150 peer-reviewed articles, three books and served as consultant editor for a range of highly reputable scientific journals including the New England Journal of Medicine and Radiology.

During his career, Glazer received widespread recognition for his work, which is evidenced by the many awards and honours he received, including Gold Medals from both the Radiological Society of North America and the Association of University Radiologists. He was also an Honorary Member of the French, German and Japanese national radiological societies and served as president of the International Society for Strategic Studies in Radiology from 2003 to 2005.

Gary Glazer is survived by his wife Diane and two sons Daniel and David.