In recognition of his exceptional contribution to radiology, and his outstanding research into brain imaging and neurodegenerative disorders, Dr. Burton P. Drayer will be awarded Honorary Membership of the European Society of Radiology at ECR 2012.
Dr. Burton Paul Drayer is currently the Dr. Charles M. and Marilyn Newman Professor and Chairman of the Department of Radiology (1995 to present) at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Executive Vice President for Risk at the Mount Sinai Medical Center. He is also the immediate past president of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). He is a world renowned researcher in the fields of CT and MRI imaging of the aging brain, neurodegenerative disorders, brain infarctions and neurological and psychological disorders.
Dr. Drayer first received an undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Pennsylvania before moving on to receive his medical degree from the Finch University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School in 1971. He then went on to take an internship at the University of Vermont, where he also served as a neurology resident. He completed his radiology residency as well as a fellowship in neuroradiology at the University of Pittsburgh. He also worked at the Duke University Medical Center, North Carolina, from 1979–1986, where he became Professor of Radiology and Assistant Professor of Medicine (Neurology). He assumed his present position at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in 1995. He was chair of the Division of Neuroimaging Research-Education at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona from 1986 to 1995.
Dr. Drayer has been a prolific researcher and writer within the field of neuroradiology. He has authored around 200 journal articles, has 41 book chapters to his name and has published two books. He was also editor of Neuroimaging Clinics of North America from 1990–2005. Not surprisingly, he is in great demand as a lecturer and guest speaker, which is evidenced by the fact that he has given over 200 invited lectures and speeches. He was a fellow of both the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the American Academy of Neurology. He is Past President of the New York Roentgen Society and he was also a founding member of the American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR) Research Foundation and President of the ASNR in 1996–1997.
In recognition of this, Dr. Drayer has received many awards and held many prestigious posts. Beginning as early in his career as 1977 he was awarded first prize in the Presidents Award of the Pittsburgh Roentgen Society as well as the Cornelius G. Dyke award from the ASNR in the same year. More recently he received a Distinguished Service Award from the American Board of Radiology in 2008, made the list of best doctors in New York Magazine from 1996 to present and was awarded the Gold medal from the American Society of Neuroradiology in 2011.
Dr. Drayer’s achievements and research interests are too numerous to list here but some of his many research interests include; neurodegenerative disease and normal aging, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, cerebral infarction, vascular malformation of the brain and brain neoplasm, to name but a few. He has served on many national advisory boards, reflecting his expertise on matters such as those concerned with Alzheimer’s disease, stroke and Parkinson’s disease.
After being elected to the Board of Directors of the RSNA in 2003, Dr. Drayer became Chairman of the board in 2009, president elect in 2010 and finally President of the RSNA in 2011.