William R. Brody was born in 1944 in Stockton, California. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his M.D. and Ph.D., also in electrical engineering, from Stanford University. Following post-graduate training in cardiovascular surgery and radiology at the Stanford University School of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, and the University of California, San Francisco, Dr. Brody was professor of radiology and electrical engineering at Stanford University from 1977 to 1986. From 1987 to 1994, he was the Martin Donner Professor and director of the Department of Radiology, professor of electrical and computer engineering, and professor of biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins, and radiologist-in-chief of The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland/US. From 1994 to 1996 Dr. Brody served as provost of the Academic Health Center at the University of Minnesota. And on September 1, 1996, he became the 13th president of The Johns Hopkins University, a most prestigious position, which he still holds today.
He has been a co-founder of three medical device companies, and served as the president and chief executive officer of Resonex, Inc. from 1984 to 1987. He has over 100 publications and one U.S. patent in the field of medical imaging and has made contributions in medical acoustics, computed tomography, digital radiography and magnetic resonance imaging.
Dr. Brody serves as a trustee of The Commonwealth Fund and of the Baltimore Community Foundation, and sits on the governing committee of the Whitaker Foundation. He serves on the Board of Directors of Medtronic Inc. and Mercantile Bankshares. He is a member of the executive committee of the Council on Competitiveness; the International Academic Advisory Committee, Singapore; the selection committee of the Goldseker Foundation; and the FBI's National Security Higher Education Advisory Board. He formerly served on the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, on the board of the Minnesota Orchestra Association, and on the Corporation of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Brody is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the American College of Radiology, the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, the American Institute of Biomedical Engineering, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
In recognition of his exceptional accomplishments in medical imaging as well as in electrical and biomedical engineering, and in appreciation of his influential contributions to science, Dr. William Brody is invited as Honorary Lecturer of the European Congress of Radiology and the European Association of Radiology. He will present the Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen – Honorary Lecture, entitled "Healthcare and the Ford Model T: Unsafe at any speed. How to make hospitals safer places for patients".