November 2018

In recognition of her achievements in interventional radiology, which have played a vital role in advancing the subspecialty, Professor Anna-Maria Belli from London, United Kingdom, will be awarded the ESR Gold Medal at ECR 2019.

Anna-Maria Belli is professor of interventional radiology at St. George’s Hospital in London, UK.
She received her medical degree from the Middlesex Hospital in London in 1980. She then trained in radiology at St. George’s Hospital in London, where she also completed an interventional fellowship. From 1987 to 1990, she was appointed senior lecturer and consultant radiologist at the University of Sheffield/Royal Hallamshire Hospital. Prof. Belli then worked at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School/Hammersmith Hospital in London for two years, before returning to the St. George’s Hospital and Medical School in 1992, where she was appointed as a consultant radiologist, becoming the first British female professor of interventional radiology in 2008.
Throughout her academic career, Prof. Belli has taken particular interest in vascular interventional radiology. Her research interests have included endovascular treatment of peripheral arterial disease including the role of lasers, mechanical thrombectomy and atherectomy devices, vascular malformations, uterine fibroids and all causes of massive haemorrhage, with a particular focus on trauma and obstetric haemorrhage.

She has made substantial contributions to the field of IR, which, thus far, have included over 160 peer-reviewed publications, three books, numerous book chapters and presentations at invited lectures.
She has served on the editorial board of several journals in radiology, including Vascular Journal, CardioVascular and Interventional Radiology, The British Journal of Radiology, European Radiology and Radiology Now.
Prof. Belli is also active in committees and societies at a national and international level. She was the first and so far only female president of the British Society of Interventional Radiology (BSIR) in 2001–2003 and served as the first female president of the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (CIRSE) in 2013–2015. Throughout her time at CIRSE, she has worked in every role of the executive board and has been a source of inspiration for women interventional radiologists through her active leadership role. Prof. Belli has introduced new features in the CIRSE annual meeting, most notably the Women in IR session, which began at CIRSE 2017. She also led the task force which developed the IR Curriculum and Syllabus, a standardised guideline for training that covers an array of general IR topics and safety concepts.
She has served on the Interventional Procedures Advisory Committee of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and on the Committee of Safety of Devices of the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Authority (MHRA). She was also a member of the NICE Clinical Guidelines Group on heavy menstrual bleeding.
Prof. Belli is an honorary member of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Interventionelle Radiologie und Minimal-Invasive Therapie (DeGIR), the Seldinger Society of Sweden and the Société Française de Radiologie. She gave the BSIR Wattie Fletcher lecture in 2013 and was awarded their Gold Medal in 2015. She received the CIRSE Gold Medal in 2018.
At ECR 2019, Professor Anna-Maria Belli will be presented with the Gold Medal of the European Society of Radiology.