October 2016

Ji Qi is Professor of Radiology and Chief of the Radiological Department of the First Central Hospital, Tianjin Medical University.

He started his career under most unfavourable circumstances, demonstrating outstanding determination and a considerable capacity for hard work.

Born in 1945, he was a young man during the Chinese Cultural Revolution (1966–1976), a decade in which no student graduated from any Chinese university. Professor Qi's family was also one of the many who were discriminated against by the Maoist regime, which meant he could not receive higher education. After 1978, the Master's degree and postgraduate education system were introduced in China, and Prof. Qi started his medical degree, which he obtained in 1982, finishing second at his University. Even more impressively, he finished first when completing his Doctor's Degree in 1988.

He worked at the Radiological Department of the General Hospital of Tianjin Medical University from 1979 to 1992, when he joined the First Central Hospital of Tianjin Medical University. In addition to his primary role at Tianjin, he also teaches radiology at the Medical College of Nankai University and is the President of the Tianjin Medical Imaging Institute. He is also Chairman of the Academic Committee of the First Central Hospital in Tianjin.

Having served the Chinese Society of Radiology (CSR) for 12 years, first as General Secretary then Vice-President and President, he has done a lot to improve the quality of CSR’s academic conferences and radiological publications, and has made a great overall contribution to the development of radiology in China.

He has been Chief Editor of the International Journal of Medical Radiology for the past 15 years and Chief Editor of the Chinese Journal of Radiology since 2006.

His scientific accomplishments and leadership skills earned him the appointment of President of the Chinese Society of MRI from 2001 to 2005, and he has been the vice-Chairman of the Chinese Radiologists Association since 2006. He also succeeded in setting up close relationships with international societies such as the European Society of Radiology (ESR), the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), the Japanese Radiological Society, the Korean Society of Radiology, the Radiological Society of Finland, and the Indian Radiological & Imaging Association (IRIA).

His involvement on the international radiological scene is marked by the great number of positions he has held within multinational organisations. He was notably a member of the International Relations Committee of the ESR in 2007–2008 and the International Advisory Committee of RSNA from 2006 to 2008. He was Co-Chairman of the ‘ESR meets China’ sessions at ECR 2007 and Co-Chairman of the AIMS course organised by the European School of Radiology (ESOR) in China in 2007–2008. In 2007 he was awarded Honorary Membership of the Radiological Society of Finland, and he has been a corresponding member of the ESR since 2006.

He has published 256 papers and 22 books, as Chief Editor or vice-Chief Editor.

He is married to Yingzhou, manager of a pharmaceutical research institute, and they have two sons, one of whom is a radiographer, the other still in high school.

In recognition of his exceptional career, his tremendous scientific accomplishments and his considerable influence in opening up Chinese radiology to the rest of the world, Professor Qi will be awarded Honorary Membership of the European Society of Radiology at ECR 2010.