October 2016

In recognition of his dedication to radiological education and research, especially in urogenital imaging, Professor Peter Aspelin will be awarded the Gold Medal of the European Society of Radiology at ECR 2014.

Peter Aspelin is professor of medical radiology at the Karolinska Institutet and Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden.

Originally from Uppsala, Prof. Aspelin moved to Malmö as a child and went on to receive his medical degree from the University of Lund in 1971. He then chose to specialise in diagnostic radiology and earned his PhD in 1976. A year later, he became associate professor at the University of Lund and in 1986 he was appointed chairman of the department of radiology at Malmö General Hospital. In 1989 Prof. Aspelin moved to Stockholm to assume the posts of professor of radiology and chairman of the department of radiology at the Karolinska Institutet and Huddinge University Hospital. He was subsequently appointed dean of education at the Karolinska Institutet and later served as vice president for six years.

Apart from his work as a clinician and academic, Prof. Aspelin is also dedicated to promoting the role of radiology at a political level. In the past he served as chairman of the Swedish Society of Radiology and the Swedish Society of Medicine. However, his work has not been limited to Sweden; he took part in creating the European Society of Radiology’s European Training Curriculum for Radiology and the European Society of Urogenital Radiology’s Contrast Media Guidelines. He was also a member of the programme planning committee for the European Congress of Radiology. He has hosted courses for the European School of Radiology and has delivered online lectures on behalf of the International Society of Radiology.

Prof. Aspelin’s scientific work has focused mainly on contrast media. He has published more than 170 scientific papers, several book chapters and edited a Swedish radiology textbook. He has also served as an associate editor for European Radiology and Acta Radiologica, as well as a reviewer for a number of other journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, European Journal of Radiology, British Journal of Radiology and The Lancet, among others.

Given his broad interest in medicine, Prof. Aspelin has served in a number of multidisciplinary roles. He was vice-president of the Swedish Net University Agency, and was head of research and education at both Huddinge University Hospital and Karolinska University Hospital. He also served as chairman of the Swedish Health Technology Assessment Organisation’s scientific board. As result of his great efforts he was awarded honorary membership of both the Swedish and Scandinavian societies of radiology. At ECR 2014 he will receive the Gold Medal of the European Society of Radiology.