March 2017

In recognition of his pioneering contribution to the advancement of interventional radiology, Professor José Ignacio Bilbao Jaureguízar, from Pamplona, Spain, will be awarded the ESR Gold Medal at ECR 2017.

José Ignacio Bilbao Jaureguízar is professor of radiology, head of interventional radiology, and a consultant radiologist at the University Clinic of Navarra (UCN), where he was also previously chairman of the radiology department.

Prof. Bilbao received his medical degree from the medical faculty of Navarra University and completed his residency in radiology at UCN. He trained in interventional radiology at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, United States, and received his PhD with a cum laude award from Navarre University.

His research interests are portal hypertension, gene therapy, and percutaneous treatment of tumours, including chemotherapy and embolisation, especially in liver tumours. He is very actively involved in research to this day. Prof. Bilbao is also working together with the Engineers School at Navarra University on fluid dynamics and the distribution of radioembolisation particles based on computational models.

Prof. Bilbao is a co-founding member and past-president of the Spanish Society of Vascular and Interventional Radiology. He has served as congress co-chairman of the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (CIRSE) and as a member of its executive committee.

He has authored close to 200 publications and 40 book chapters, and sits on several editorial boards. He has received the Gold Medal of the Spanish Society of Radiology and the Gold Medal of CIRSE.

Prof. Bilbao has served at many levels within the ESR – he was notably a member of the Executive Committee of the European Association of Radiology, the precursor to the ESR –, and was Congress President of ECR 2013.

At ECR 2017, José Ignacio Bilbao Jaureguízar will receive the Gold Medal of the European Society of Radiology.