March 2016

In recognition of his pioneering work in radiology and commitment to the advancement of medical imaging, Professor Ronald L. Arenson from San Francisco, United States, will receive Honorary Membership of the European Society of Radiology at ECR 2016.

Ronald L. Arenson is the Alexander R. Margulis Distinguished Professor and chair of the department of radiology and biomedical imaging at the University of California, San Francisco, where he has worked since 1992. He is the immediate past president of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

Prof. Arenson received his medical degree in 1970 from New York Medical College in New York and completed his diagnostic radiology residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

He began his academic career in 1976 at the University of Pennsylvania, where he successively became associate chairman of clinical services in radiology, director of administrative services, and interim vice provost for information systems and computing for the campus.

His research interest is informatics in radiology. He has also patented new techniques in interventional radiology. One of his achievements was the development of a catheter that can be steered in a magnetic field, enabling interventionists to reach further into smaller blood vessels. In 2001, he and fellow researchers filed a patent on the invention, which was selected for presentation at a national fair on technology.

Although he now dedicates most of his time to being an administrator and mentor, he is still involved in the development of novel information system applications.

Prof. Arenson has authored or co-authored more than 110 peer-reviewed scientific articles, four book chapters, three books and numerous exhibits, abstracts and editorials. He has also served on the editorial boards of several journals, includingRadiology and Journal of the American College of Radiology.

He has served on several committees of numerous medical societies and organisations, such as the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI), the Association of University Radiologists (AUR), the Academy of Radiology Research (ARR) and the American College of Radiology (ACR). He was also a founding member of the Radiology Information System Consortium, now the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM).

Prof. Arenson holds fellowships in the ACR, ACMI and SIIM, and is past-president of the AUR, ARR and the Society of Chairmen of Academic Radiology Departments (SCARD). In addition he has served on the United States’ National Advisory Council of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering of the National Institutes of Health, and the NIH Council of Councils.
Prof. Arenson has received numerous honours throughout his long career, including the Alumni Medal of Honor from New York Medical College in 2001 and a gold medal from AUR in 2013.

At ECR 2016, he will be awarded Honorary Membership of the European Society of Radiology.