October 2016

In recognition of his lifelong commitment to the field of radiology, Professor Peter Vock from Bern, Switzerland, will be awarded the Gold Medal of the European Society of Radiology (ESR) at ECR 2016.

Peter Vock is professor emeritus at the University of Bern and senior consultant radiologist at Bern University Hospital (Inselspital) in Bern, Switzerland. He chaired the Institute of Radiology of Bern University from 1989 to 2012.

In 1973 he obtained his medical degree from the University of Bern, and subsequently did a residency in radiation oncology, radiology and nuclear medicine at Inselspital, where he started working as a radiologist after his board certification in 1980. Before that, he also completed a residency in internal medicine at Tiefenauspital in Bern. Between 1982 and 1983, he was a visiting research associate in chest imaging at the department of radiology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham NC, USA.

Prof. Vock’s research interests focus on chest imaging, CT and particularly radiation protection. He has dedicated much of his work to radiation protection on an institutional, professional, national and international level, serving as a member of the Swiss Federal Commission of Radiation Protection for more than twelve years and chairing the commission’s medical subcommittee for six years. He was also responsible for radiation protection within the Swiss Society of Radiology and currently serves as chairman of the ESR’s Radiation Protection Subcommittee.

Prof. Vock has also represented the ESR in different radiation protection projects, such as the European Medical ALARA Network (EMAN), Medical Radiation Protection Education and Training (MEDRAPET) and European Diagnostic Reference Levels for Paediatric Imaging (PiDRL).

Prof. Vock is Deputy Editor of European Radiology and a member of the Steering Committee of the EuroSafe Imaging campaign. He has been attending the ECR ever since its creation in the early 1990s

At ECR 2016, Prof. Vock will receive the Gold Medal of the European Society of Radiology.