May 2014

Alexander R. Margulis
ESR Honorary Member receives French Legion of Honour award

Professor Alexander R. Margulis has been made a Chevalier of the French Legion of Honour in recognition of his remarkable contribution to expanding innovation and research in radiology. A long-standing Honorary Member of the ESR, Prof. Margulis was chairman of the department of radiology at the University of California San Francisco for 26 years before becoming professor of clinical radiology at Weill Cornell Medical College, New York.

Hedvig Hricak
Former RSNA president and ESR Honorary Member honoured by French-Canadian Society

Professor Hedvig Hricak has been awarded the Dr. Jean-A Vezina Innovation and Excellence Prize of the Société Canadienne-Française de Radiologie for her contributions to oncologic imaging. An Honorary Member of the ESR since 2011, Prof. Hricak chairs the department of radiology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, serves as professor of radiology at Cornell University Medical College and works as an attending radiologist at Memorial Hospital, New York.

Guy Frija
Doctorate Honoris Causa

Professor Guy Frija, President of the European Society of Radiology (ESR) from 2013 to 2014, has been awarded an honorary doctorate for his exceptional contribution to the field of radiology by the University of Montreal in Québec, Canada.

A recognised expert in thoracic imaging and contrast products, Prof. Frija has also helped to introduce information technologies to daily radiological practice. He is currently a consultant in the imaging department at Hôpital Européen Georges Pompidou, and professor of radiology at René Descartes University in Paris.

Alongside his visionary approach, Prof. Frija has shown great leadership skills and presided over the French Society of Radiology for 12 years, turning it into the most important scientific society in France and one of the most important national radiological societies worldwide. He also served as President of the International Society for Strategic Studies in Radiology in 2007.

Under his presidency, the ESR has tackled many key issues including education, accreditation, imaging biomarkers, clinical decision support and radiation protection. He served as General Secretary of the European Association of Radiology, the founding body of the ESR, and subsequently as a member of the Executive Council of the ESR.

Prof. Frija was appointed Knight of the French Order of the Legion of Honour in 2001, and received numerous awards for his achievements. He has published 150 papers and co-written 30 books.

June 2014

Jelle Barentsz
Knight of the Order of the Dutch Lion

Doctor Jelle Barentsz, professor of radiology and vice-chairman of research in the department of radiology at the University Medical Center, Nijmegen, has been awarded the Order of the Dutch Lion for his contributions to the field of medical imaging. A long-standing and active member of the ESR, Barentsz served on the ECR Programme Planning Committee from 1999–2003 and has served on a number of other ESR committees since then.

Barentsz’s pioneering work in developing lymph node-specific iron-nano MR contrast agent, multiparametric MRI and the PI-RADS scoring system for interpreting prostate MRIs was one reason why he was selected for the prestigious royal award.

“It is a great honour to get this high decoration, and of course I am very happy. Not only for me and my family, but also for the man with prostate cancer, radiology, our department and our hospital,” said Barentsz.

November 2013

Adrian K. Dixon
Honorary Doctorate in Medicine – Medical Faculty of the Ludwig Maximilians-University, Germany

Professor Adrian K. Dixon, retiring Editor-in-Chief of European Radiology, and former ESR Publications Committee chairperson, has been awarded an honorary doctorate in medicine by the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, Germany. The award was presented to Prof. Dixon during a ceremony at the LMU, on Wednesday, October 30, 2013, in recognition of his international contribution to medicine and radiology. In his introductory speech, Professor Maximilian F. Reiser, Dean of the Medical Faculty at LMU and former ESR (2010-2011) and ECR (2008) president, described Dixon’s academic achievements and commitment to education, his “unique ability to recognize talent and nourish it,” and his renowned dedication to his clinical duties. “It is difficult to imagine a more worthy candidate than Adrian, an academic physician of international repute, a Professor at Cambridge University, a Master of a College at Cambridge University, and a true friend.” said Prof. Reiser.

June 2012

Andy Adam
Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

Professor Andy Adam, one of the architects of the European Society of Radiology, who served as its president from 2007 to 2008 and as ECR Congress President in 2006, has been recognised in the Queen’s birthday honours list. He will receive a CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for services to interventional radiology. 

Adam’s research work has shaped clinical practice internationally, especially in the fields of interventional radiology and surgery, and he has made extensive original contributions to medical and scientific literature. His work has been recognised by his peers with numerous honours and awards, including the Gold Medal of the ESR in 2010. His strong leadership skills have seen him preside over several national and international societies, including the Royal College of Radiologists from 2007 to 2010.

November 2011

Helen Carty, DL
High Sheriff of Merseyside

The ESR is delighted to announce that Professor Helen Carty, ECR 2004 Congress President, has been appointed High Sheriff of Merseyside by the Queen of the United Kingdom. The Office of High Sheriff is an independent, non-political Royal appointment, the origins of which date back to Saxon times, when the ‘Shire Reeve’ was responsible to the monarch for the maintenance of law and order within the Shire, or County. Her new position supersedes her previous appointment as Deputy Lieutenant of Merseyside in 2005.

Professor Carty, who was awarded the Gold Medal of the European Society of Radiology in 2009, is well known throughout the field of radiology, especially for her contributions to paediatric radiology. Her many professional honours include Honorary Membership of the European Society of Paediatric Radiology, the Radiological Society of Hungary, the Polish Radiological Society and the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

July 2011

Sir Peter Mansfield
Degree of Doctor of Science – University of Cambridge, UK

Professor Sir Peter Mansfield, world-renowned for his immense contribution to the field of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), has been conferred with an honorary degree by the University of Cambridge. The Degree of Doctor of Science was awarded to Prof. Mansfield during a ceremony on June 23, 2011.

Mansfield’s pioneering work in nuclear magnetic resonance led him to develop MRI and in 1978 he and his team presented the first human image produced using MRI techniques: a scan of Mansfield’s own abdomen. Among his many other awards he received the Gold Medal of the European Congress of Radiology in 1995 and the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2003. He was knighted in 1993.

June 2011

Adrian K. Dixon
Degree of Doctor of Medicine – University College Cork, Ireland

Professor Adrian K. Dixon, Chairman of the ESR Publications Committee and Editor-in-Chief of European Radiology, has been conferred with an honorary degree by the National University of Ireland. The Degree of Doctor of Medicine was awarded to Prof. Dixon during a ceremony at University College Cork (UCC), Ireland, on Friday, June 3, 2011, in recognition of his contribution to medicine and radiology internationally and in Ireland. In his introductory speech, Professor Michael Maher, Professor of Radiology at UCC, described Dixon’s academic achievements and commitment to education, his renowned dedication to his clinical duties, and his strong ties to the UCC and the Munster region of Ireland. “He was adviser to UCC during the establishment of, and appointment to, the Professorship of Radiology and today maintains a keen interest in the development of the department, frequently acting as an advisor,” said Maher. “There is no more worthy recipient of this honorary degree,” he added.