R. Gilbert Jost was born in 1942 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University in 1964 and a medical degree from Yale University in 1969.
After an internship in internal medicine in Cleveland, Ohio, he worked for two years as a research associate for the National Institutes of Health at the Laboratory of Neural Control in Bethesda, Maryland. However, in 1972, he opted for a residency in radiology, which he completed in 1975, holding the position of Chief resident at Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology (MIR), Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri.
Since that time, Dr. Jost has spent his entire professional career at the Mallinckrodt Institute. In 1985 he was promoted to the rank of Professor of Radiology, and in the same year, he was named Chief of Diagnostic Radiology and he was appointed as an Affiliate Professor of Computer Science. He assumed the leadership of the Department in 1999. He is currently the Elizabeth Mallinckrodt Professor of Radiology, chair of the Department of Radiology at Washington University, director of the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, and radiologist-in-chief at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, one of America’s elite medical centres.
Dr. Jost is an internationally recognized leader in computer applications in radiology and informatics. In view of his long time interest in radiology information systems, particularly the conversion of radiologic images into digital form, it is not surprising that he has played a key role on the Radiology of North America (RSNA) Radiology Informatics Committee (formerly the Electronic Communication Committee). He joined the committee in 1993 and served as its chair in 1999. He has been a key figure and has influenced some of the specialty’s most important information technology projects, including the adoption of the Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine, or DICOM, standard. He was instrumental in launching the movement to establish standardized computer interfaces in medicine which is known as Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE).
Dr. Jost is the author or co-author of 120 scientific peer-reviewed articles, and has been invited to present his work more than 90 times at scientific meetings. He is a fellow of the American College of Radiology (ACR) as well as an Inaugural Fellow of the Society for Computer Applications in Radiology. Last but not least, he has served on the RSNA Board of Directors for eight years and was appointed as President of that Society in 2007.
He has been married since 1967 to Margaret Ann Carr, with whom he has two daughters, Sarah and Amy.
In recognition of his exceptional achievements in radiology, and particularly his commitment to improving information technology in its practise, R. Gilbert Jost is awarded Honorary Membership of the European Society of Radiology.