Theresa McLoud was born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. She graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor of Science in 1964. After receiving her medical degree from the McGill University Faculty of Medicine in Montreal, Canada, in 1968 she completed her residency in diagnostic radiology at the Royal Victoria Hospital, McGill University, under the tutelage of the eminent thoracic radiologist Professor Robert Fraser. She then completed a thoracic imaging fellowship at the Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut, under the direction of Professor Richard Greenspan, founding member and former President of the Fleischner Society.
After her fellowship, she soon became Assistant Professor of diagnostic radiology at Yale. She later returned to Boston and joined Harvard Medical School, where she was appointed as Chief of Thoracic Radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in 1982 and Chief of Thoracic and Cardiac Radiology in 1996. She was promoted to Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School in 1993, becoming both the first woman to serve as a section chief in the MGH Department of Radiology and the first woman in departmental history to hold professorial rank and make career accomplishments of this order. Also in 1993, Harvard awarded her an honorary Master of Arts degree. She is currently the Associate Radiologist in Chief at the MGH.
A world-renowned thoracic radiologist, Prof. McLoud has conducted more than 150 postgraduate courses and published more than 200 scientific papers, reviews and book chapters. She has authored seven books and monographs on thoracic radiology.
In 1998 she published 'Thoracic Radiology: The Requisites', a popular and comprehensive introductory text for residents beginning in thoracic imaging and preparing for the board examination. Dedicated to educating her peers, Prof. McLoud has been the Program Director and Director of Education in the MGH Department of Radiology since 1997. She also served as the Liaison for Education on the Board of Directors of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). She has been actively involved in the development of Maintenance of Certification programmes for practising radiologists and curriculum development for residents. Her excellent teaching skills are reflected in the great number of invitations she receives to conduct educational programmes around the world.
Her research interests have been in interstitial lung disease, CT of the thorax, lung cancer imaging and occupational lung disease. Her outstanding accomplishments in these fields have earned her the Marie Curie Award of the American Association of Women Radiologists and the Gold Medal Award of the American Roentgen Ray Society.
She has served as President of the New England Roentgen Ray Society, the Fleischner Society for Chest Disease, the Society of Thoracic Radiology and the American Roentgen Ray Society. She is currently President of the RSNA. She is also an honorary member of the Chicago Radiological Society, the Chilean Society of Respiratory Diseases and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists, the Italian Society of Radiology in Medicine and the Spanish Society of Radiology.
In recognition of her fantastic achievements in thoracic radiology and her commitment to radiological education, Professor Theresa McLoud will be awarded Honorary Membership of the European Society of Radiology at ECR 2009.