October 2016

In recognition of his exceptional contribution to radiology, his outstanding leadership, and his commitment to interdisciplinary cooperation and international collaboration, Professor Christian J. Herold will be awarded the Gold Medal of the European Society of Radiology at ECR 2012.

Christian J. Herold is currently Professor and Chairman of the Department of Radiology at the Medical University of Vienna, Vienna General Hospital (1996 to present), Director of International Affairs at the same institution, and a part-time faculty member of Johns Hopkins Medical Institution, Baltimore, USA. He is well known and respected for his work in thoracic radiology.

Born in Vienna, Prof. Herold initially studied medicine, from 1973 to 1979, at the medical school of the University of Vienna. After receiving his medical degree in 1979 he went on to serve as an intern at the Weinviertel Clinical Centre in Mistelbach, Lower Austria. After five years he then returned to his alma mater as a resident radiologist in 1984. From 1989 until 1991 he was a fellow of the Department of Radiology at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland. Following this fellowship he became a part time member of the faculty at Johns Hopkins and in 1993 he received a tenured position as an associate professor at the University of Vienna. A year later he was appointed acting director of the Department of Diagnostic Radiology at Vienna General Hospital, a post which he held until 1996, when he became a full professor.

Among the awards and honours Prof. Herold has received throughout his career are the Hounsfield Award of the Society of Computed Body Tomography and Honorary Membership of the Radiological Society of North America. He has also been awarded honorary membership of the Iranian Society of Radiology, Argentinean Society of Radiology, French Society of Radiology, and the Hungarian Society of Radiology. He has held visiting professorships at the University of Cambridge, Stanford University, Cornell University and the Mayo Clinic. He has authored or co-authored 146 peer-reviewed journal articles, written 15 book chapters and he has published two books. He has also delivered over 300 invited lectures and was president of the Fleischner Society from 2005 to 2006, the European Society of Thoracic imaging from 1999 to 2000, and the ISSSR from 2009 to 2011.

Prof. Herold is widely respected as a thoracic radiologist who is committed to passing his knowledge on to the next generation. He served as President of the European Society of Radiology from March 2009 to March 2010 and was ECR Congress President in 2007.