In recognition of his outstanding career and his tremendous contribution to the study of otorhinolaryngology and oncology in the field of radiology, Professor Roberto Maroldi has been invited to present the Antonio Chiesa Honorary Lecture ‘Small is beautiful’ at ECR 2012.
Prof. Roberto Maroldi is currently head of the Department of Radiology at the University of Brescia. He is Professor of Radiology at the Medical School and at the School of Dentistry of the University of Brescia. He is also the dean of the radiography undergraduate course of the same university. His research interests are mainly in the areas of oncological aspects of head and neck lesions in several anatomic regions and the analysis and assessment of the diagnostic roles of CT and MR.
Prof. Maroldi was born in Vicenza, Italy, but began his career in Verona where he studied at the Medical School of Verona, from which he graduated in 1979. In 1982 he moved to the Department of Radiology of the Medical School of Verona, which at that time had the late Prof. Antonio Chiesa as its director. In 1984 he received his certification as a radiologist from the same medical school. During this time, right up until 1986, he also edited the newsletter published by the informatics section of the Italian Society of Radiology, entitled Informa.
In 1987 he was Secretary General of the International Congress ‘V ISPRAD: Symposium on the Planning of Radiological Departments’ and once again worked alongside the late Prof. Chiesa, as they both co-edited the proceedings book of the symposium, Planning Considerations in Diagnostic Imaging and Radiation Therapy. He was also appointed Secretary General of the Italian Congress of Radiology, which was held in Milan in 1994.
A member of the board of the Italian Society of Radiology from 1994 to 1998, Prof. Maroldi was also president of the head and neck radiology section of the same society from 1996 to 2000. He was also a member of the board of the European Society of Head and Neck Radiology from 1998 to 2008 and chaired the European Congresses of Head and Neck Radiology in 2001 and 2009. He co-founded and remains a member of the Italian Head and Neck Society, which was established in 2011. He co-edited a book entitled ‘Imaging in Treatment Planning for Sinonasal Diseases’, which adds to his more than 140 publications. He continues to play an active role in education, both domestically and internationally. At the University of Brescia he has chaired the degree course in radiology since 2007, while abroad he has been the course organiser of the ESMRMB’s ‘Advanced head and neck MR imaging’ course on several occasions, which is held in various countries.
As well as being an accomplished radiologist, Prof. Maroldi has also excelled outside of radiology and academia. From 1972 until 1976 he represented his country as a member of the Italian National Athletics Team.