March 2014

In recognition of his role as a pioneer in magnetic resonance and his distinguished career as clinician, Professor Herbert Y. Kressel will be awarded Honorary Membership of the European Society of Radiology at ECR 2014.

Herbert Y. Kressel is Miriam H. Stoneman Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School in Boston/US. He also serves as editor of the journal Radiology and as science director of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Prof. Kressel received his medical degree from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles in 1972. He then completed his internship in medicine at the University of Washington Hospital in Seattle in 1973, before moving on to work as a radiology resident at the University of California, San Francisco until 1975. In 1976, he served as a clinical instructor at the University of California, San Francisco until his appointment as assistant professor of radiology at the University of Pennsylvania in 1977. He was subsequently appointed associate professor three years later before becoming a full professor of radiology at the University of Pennsylvania in 1993.

Prof. Kressel is an experienced clinician and during his career he has served as a radiologist at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, where he was appointed radiologist-in-chief in 1993. In 1998, he became chief medical officer of the Center and, later that year, was promoted to president and CEO, until he returned to his role of radiologist-in-chief in 2000. In 2008, he assumed his current posts as editor of Radiology and science editor of the RSNA.

Widely recognised as a pioneer in magnetic resonance, Prof. Kressel played a pivotal role in the development of early clinical applications of MRI in the abdomen, pelvis and musculoskeletal systems. Given his distinguished career, he has received a great number of awards and honours. He shared the Society of Magnetic Resonance’s inaugural Crues-Kressel Award for outstanding achievements in MR technologist education with John Crues III in 1991. He also received the Sylvia Sorkin Greenfield Award from the American Association of Physicists in Medicine and the Silver Medal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance, as well as the RSNA’s Gold Medal award in 2011.

His achievements have also been recognised on the other side of the Atlantic; he is an honorary member of the German Society of Radiology, the French Society of Radiology and the Spanish Society of Medical Radiology. Further afield, Prof. Kressel has been appointed honorary chief editor of the Chinese Journal of Radiology. At ECR 2014 he will receive Honorary Membership of the European Society of Radiology.