In recognition of his numerous and most valuable contributions to the international radiological community, especially in the early development of the ESR, Dr. Gerard D. Hurley will be awarded the Gold Medal of the European Society of Radiology at ECR 2014.
Gerard D. Hurley is a former consultant radiologist at Tallaght Hospital and the Charlemont Clinic in Dublin, Ireland.
A native of County Cork, Dr. Hurley received his undergraduate medical training from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), Dublin. He trained in radiology in the UK, initially at the Western Infirmary and Stobhill Hospitals in Glasgow and subsequently as senior registrar at St. Thomas’ and Brompton Hospitals in London.
He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Radiologists in 1973 and later a Fellow of the RCSI Faculty of Radiologists in 1978. He was appointed consultant radiologist at Nottingham City Hospital in 1974.
In 1976, Dr. Hurley became consultant radiologist at the Federated Dublin Voluntary Hospitals and the Meath and Adelaide Hospitals. These were replaced by the Tallaght Hospital, a new teaching hospital of Trinity College Dublin which opened in 1998. He was involved in the planning of the new hospital and worked there until 2004.
Apart from his long clinical career, Dr. Hurley has been an active member of the international radiological community. He was president of the radiology section of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS) from 1995 to 2000 and was chairman of the Professional Organisation Committee of the European Association of Radiology (EAR) and a member of the EAR Executive Bureau at that time, linking the academic and professional strands of European radiology. He subsequently served as president of EAR from 2003 to 2004 and saw through changes leading to its merger with the European Congress of Radiology to form today’s European Society of Radiology in 2005.
At a national level he served on a number of healthcare statutory advisory boards concerned with radiological education and staffing. Dr. Hurley served as dean of the Faculty of Radiologists RCSI from 1992 to 1994. He taught throughout his career, as a clinical teacher at Trinity College Dublin and at the RCSI’s Faculty of Radiologists and anatomy department.
After nearly 40 years of practice, Dr. Hurley retired in 2012. In his spare time, he enjoys watercolour painting, studying the history of art and playing golf (3 holes-in-one so far!).
He has received many awards for his work including honorary membership of the Radiological Society of North America and the French Society of Radiology. He was also awarded the Boris Rajewsky Medal from the EAR and the Gold Medal of RCSI Faculty of Radiologists. At ECR 2014 he will receive the Gold Medal of the European Society of Radiology.