In recognition of his acclaimed work in genitourinary imaging and his outstanding achievements in the development of international cooperation, Professor Kazuro Sugimura will be awarded Honorary Membership of the European Society of Radiology at ECR 2014.
Kazuro Sugimura is professor of radiology and chairman of the department of radiology at Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine in Kobe, Japan. He is also director of Kobe University Hospital.
Prof. Sugimura earned his M.D. degree in 1977 and doctorate in 1983 from Kobe University Faculty of Medicine in Hyogo, Japan. In 1988, he travelled to the United States for a research fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. After returning to Japan, he resumed his post as associate professor of radiology at Shimane Medical University until 1994, when he was promoted to full professor of radiology and became chairman of the department of radiology. He then moved back to his alma mater in 1999 to assume his current posts as professor of radiology and chairman of the department of radiology.
A well-known champion of genitourinary imaging, Prof. Sugimura served as one of the American Society for the Advancement of Women’s Imaging’s directors-at-large and, in 2000, he established the Japanese Society for the Advancement of Women’s Imaging, serving as president for eight years. He also established the Japanese Society of Uroradiologic and Therapeutic Technology in 2013 and served as president. He sits on the RadioGraphics Women’s Imaging Panel for the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).
Developing international cooperation and fostering the international exchange of knowledge have also been key aims throughout Prof. Sugimura’s career. He is a former president of the Japanese Radiological Society and was president of the society’s 69th Annual Meeting. Today, he is president of the Asian Oceanian Society of Radiology (AOSR) and the 15th Asian Oceanian Congress of Radiology, which will be held in Kobe in 2014. He hopes the AOSR can emulate the great success of the European Society of Radiology and the Radiological Society of North America. Prof. Sugimura’s dedication has not gone unrecognised and he has received honorary membership of the RSNA and the German Radiological Society, as well as fellowship of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. At ECR 2014 he will receive Honorary Membership of the European Society of Radiology.