March 2014

In recognition of her outstanding achievements, particularly in radiation oncology, and her exceptional role in educating the next generation of radiologists, Professor Sarah S. Donaldson will be awarded Honorary Membership of the European Society of Radiology at ECR 2014.

Sarah S. Donaldson is the Catherine and Howard Avery Professor at the department of radiation oncology at Stanford University’s School of Medicine. She is also associate director of the residency programme at Stanford’s department of radiation oncology and chief of the radiation oncology service at the Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto, California.

A native of Portland, Oregon, Prof. Donaldson completed her undergraduate degree and nursing studies at the University of Oregon before going on to receive her postgraduate medical degrees from Dartmouth Medical School in New Hampshire and Harvard Medical School in Boston. During her nursing studies she was named Student Nurse of the Year and she was awarded scholarships for her studies at Dartmouth and Harvard. After finishing an internship in internal medicine at the University of Washington Hospitals, she began her residency in radiation oncology at Stanford University Hospital. She then travelled to Europe to begin a fellowship at the Institut Gustave-Roussy in Villejuif, France. Upon her return to the US, she became assistant professor of radiology at the Stanford School of Medicine.

Prof. Donaldson is widely regarded to be an authority in paediatric radiation oncology and is known for her work in developing innovative treatments for paediatric Hodgkin’s lymphoma and rhabdomyosarcoma. Her other research interests include the late effects of cancer and its treatment.

A popular and engaging teacher, Prof. Donaldson has received a number of prestigious awards for her teaching and leadership within Stanford’s radiation oncology department and the Stanford School of Medicine. Among these awards were the Dean’s Medal, the Hoppe Leadership Award and the Kaplan teaching Prize.

Prof. Donaldson was the first female president of the American Board of Radiology and the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology. She also served on the board of directors of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and she was the 2012/13 president of the Radiological Society of North America. She has received numerous awards in recognition of her commitment to international cooperation, including honorary membership of the European Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology and the Canadian Association of Radiation Oncologists. At ECR 2014 she will receive Honorary Membership of the European Society of Radiology.