October 2016

In recognition of his major contribution to the development of radiology, particularly in the areas of imaging technologies and musculoskeletal imaging, and his devotion to the restructuring of radiological standards of practice, Professor Moshe Graif will be awarded Honorary Membership of the European Society of Radiology at ECR 2012.

Moshe Graif, MD is a renowned radiologist in the fields of ultrasound and MRI, whose work has considerably advanced both research and clinical radiology. His early interest in imaging technologies also helped to improve and spread their use in clinics today. He has been Chairman of the Department of Medical Imaging at the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center since 1989 and Professor of Medical Imaging at the Faculty of Medicine of Tel Aviv University since 1992.

Born in 1948 in Bucharest, Romania, and living in Israel since 1950, he obtained his medical degree from the Faculty of Medicine of Bologna University in Italy in 1973. From 1975 to 1980, he trained in radiology at the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa, in affiliation with the Faculty of Medicine of the Technion Institute of Technology. In 1980, he moved to Tel Aviv where he became Associate Professor in Medical Imaging in 1992 and full Professor in 2006. In 1984, he joined London Hammersmith Hospital for a year as a research fellow at the MRI unit, with a view to bringing the new technology and clinical practice to Israel.

He has taken on several professorships across the Atlantic; in 1995–96 as Visiting Professor at the MRI division of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia; in 2000 as Adjunct Associate Professor of Radiology, again at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital; in 2007 as Visiting Professor at Saint Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada; and in 2010 at the Italian Hospital of Buenos Aires University.

Professor Graif is one of the most influential radiologists in Israel. He has been Chairman of the Israel Radiological Association (ISRA) for the past twelve years. Under his chairmanship, ISRA took part in the ‘ESR meets’ programme at ECR 2008. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Scientific Council of the Israel Medical Association (IMA), a member of the National Council of Medical Imaging for the Israeli Ministry of Health and Chief Radiology Counsellor for the Maccabi Health Services Organization. He is also a research grant reviewer for the Chief Scientist at the Ministry of Health and the Israel Academy of Science.

He has also served as co-President of the French-Israeli Association of Medical Imaging since 2002 and was co-President of the East Mediterranean Congress of Magnetic Resonance (2002–2006). He is an honorary member of the French Radiological Society (SFR), from which he received the Gold Medal, the highest honour of the Society, in 2007.

Among numerous awards, he received a grant for a research fellowship from the Lewis Foundation in 1984 and was awarded best article of the year in 1989 from the International Bone Society Corrine-Farrell. His research has focused on ultrasound, MRI and IT technologies, including signal generation and processing, tissue and signal characterisation and their experimental applications in beta sites and clinical settings. He has a special interest in clinical research of the neck (parathyroid), pelvis and MSK sonography. He has written 112 articles and chapters and received over 1,500 citations in medical literature.

He has been MSK area editor of the Journal of Clinical Ultrasound (JCU) since 1995 and is a reviewer for many publications, including the European Journal of Radiology and the Israel Journal of Medical Sciences.