Released: November 28, 2011
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CHICAGO, Nov. 28, 2011—Today the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) awarded honorary membership to three individuals who have distinguished themselves as outstanding contributors to the field of radiology and its allied sciences. The recipients were Adrian K. Dixon, M.D., from Cambridge, U.K.; Ricardo Garcia-Mónaco, M.D., Ph.D., from Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Yves M. Menu, M.D., from Paris, France.
Adrian K. Dixon, M.D.
When Adrian K. Dixon, M.D., was elected Master of Peterhouse in the University of Cambridge in June 2008, he became only the second medical master in the college's history, and the first since the year 1500. It was a momentous achievement that capped a career of significant contributions to radiologic practice, research and education.
Dr. Dixon is also a consultant radiologist at Addenbrooke's Hospital, emeritus professor of radiology at the University of Cambridge and editor of European Radiology.
"Dr. Dixon is a consummate radiologist whose extraordinary career has exemplified excellence in clinical care, research, decision support, editing and leadership," said 2011 RSNA President Burton P. Drayer, M.D.
"The RSNA is a remarkable institution, and I am extremely proud to have been a member since 1994," Dr. Dixon said. "RSNA, through its annual conference and outstanding journals, provides excellent educational resources for me and countless other overseas members. To be given honorary membership is a huge honor for me."
As a radiology researcher, Dr. Dixon has published extensively on the efficacy of abdominal and musculoskeletal CT and MRI. He developed widely used practice guidelines as chair of the Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) Guidelines Working Party from 1993 to 1998. Dr. Dixon co-edited the 5th edition of "Diagnostic Radiology—A Textbook of Medical Imaging."
Dr. Dixon is also an influential radiologic educator. Dr. Dixon came to Cambridge as a lecturer in the Department of Radiology in 1979, just one year after he obtained RCR fellowship. Dr. Dixon had practiced general medicine at Nottingham for several years after receiving his bachelor of medicine in 1972.
In 1986, Dr. Dixon was elected a fellow of Peterhouse. He was the college's director of medical studies until 1994. From 1996 to 2002, he served as clinical director of radiology at Addenbrooke's Hospital, where he made major changes in the radiology department, including upgrades to CT and MR capacity.
Dr. Dixon served on the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) from 1999 to 2002, as editor of Clinical Radiology from 1998 to 2002, as warden of the faculty of clinical radiology of the RCR from 2002 to 2006, and as MR clinical guardian to the Department of Health from 2004 to 2007. Throughout his career Dr. Dixon has traveled the world extensively as a visiting professor and plenary lecturer.
As editor of European Radiology, Dr. Dixon has overseen a time of growth for the journal. The number of manuscripts received and published has increased, and the journal has a healthy impact factor, placing European Radiology among the top general radiologic journals in the world.
A fellow of the U.K. Royal Colleges of Radiologists (FRCR), Physicians (FRCP) and Surgeons (FRCS), Dr. Dixon was elected in 1998 as a founding Fellow of the U.K. Academy of Medical Sciences, one of very few radiologists to be so recognized. He received the President's Medal of the RCR in 2007 and the Barclay Prize of the British Institute of Radiology in 2008. He has been awarded honorary fellowship or membership by numerous radiology societies throughout the world.
Ricardo D. Garcia-Mónaco, M.D., Ph.D.
Ricardo D. Garcia-Mónaco, M.D., Ph.D., has become a powerful voice for the international radiology community, increasing collaboration with physicians in other specialties and using education to end disparities in radiologic services among countries and between urban and rural areas in Latin America.
"Dr. Garcia-Mónaco exemplifies the emergence of a vibrant South American radiology community that is not only dramatically improving the level of clinical care in their homelands, but also providing the international community of radiologists a new source of education, innovation and fresh ideas," said 2011 RSNA President Burton P. Drayer, M.D.
"I am deeply pleased and honored to receive such a distinction, " Dr. Garcia-Mónaco said. "I thank the RSNA board for its generosity, and I share this happy moment with my Argentinian fellow radiologists."
Dr. Garcia-Mónaco is chair of the Department of Radiology and head of Interventional Radiology and Endovascular Therapy at the Hospital Italiano at the University of Buenos Aires. He is an influential clinician—in the last decade he has overseen a nearly 200 percent increase in patients seen in interventional radiology and endovascular therapy.
The author of numerous books and chapters, Dr. Garcia-Mónaco coauthors with Miguel Stoopen, M.D., the Spanish series, "Advances in Radiology," the most widely read radiologic publication in Latin America.
Intensifying the focus on education and cooperation during his tenure as president of the Interamerican Congress of Radiology (CIR), Dr. Garcia-Mónaco helped the organization implement a biannual virtual congress and education portal. Dr. Garcia-Mónaco chairs the International Society of Radiology (ISR) Education Committee, has served as ISR treasurer and helped launch ISR's biannual virtual congress in English. He serves on the international committee of the European Congress of Radiology and the international advisory boards of RSNA and the World Federation of Interventional and Therapeutic Neuroradiology.
Dr. Garcia-Mónaco served as president of the Argentine Society of Radiology from 2000 to 2006 and also volunteers with Hope for Fibroids, a multinational online resource. Fluent in Spanish, English and French, Dr. Garcia-Mónaco has made nearly 400 scientific and educational presentations around the world and has published more than 100 scientific papers in national and international publications. He is a peer reviewer for a number of journals including Radiology, Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology, CardioVascular and Interventional Radiology, and Revista Argentina de Radiología. Dr. Garcia-Mónaco serves on the editorial committees of Forum Venoso, Revista de la Sociedad Iberoamericana de Intervencionismo and Hepatogastroenterology.
After receiving his medical degree from the University of Buenos Aires, Dr. Garcia-Mónaco completed his residency in radiology at the university's Hospital Italiano and fellowships in angiography and interventional radiology at Bicêtre Hospital at the University of Paris, interventional neuroradiology at New York University, neuroradiology at Toronto Western Hospital and interventional oncology at the Institut Gustave Roussy in France. He also holds a doctorate in medicine from the University of Buenos Aires.
An RSNA member since 1998, Dr. Garcia-Mónaco has presented numerous scientific papers and education exhibits at annual meetings and has participated in the international radiology trends meetings held during the annual meeting since 2007. He hosted RSNA international visiting professors in Argentina in 2004 and 2009 and chaired the "Latin America Presents" session at RSNA 2010, helping to bring Latin American radiologic contributions to the world stage.
In 2005, Dr. Garcia-Mónaco became the first South American physician to receive honorary membership in the European Society of Radiology. He is also an honorary member of the Italian, Argentine, Veracruz-Mexican and French societies of radiology and last year received the gold medal of the Argentine society.
Yves M. Menu, M.D.
While internationally renowned radiologist Yves M. Menu, M.D., always wanted to become a doctor, his passion for radiology didn't emerge until 1977, when a rapid succession of imaging advancements coincided with his first year of residency at the University of Paris.
Dr. Menu's fascination with advancements in ultrasound, CT, MR and other imaging modalities led to a lifelong career in radiology education and research, culminating in his current position as a professor and chair of the Department of Radiology at Saint Antoine Hospital in Paris, and 2011 president of the European Congress of Radiology (ECR).
"Dr. Menu is not only an accomplished clinician, clinical researcher and administrator, but also a highly cultured and fun-loving individual who is highly deserving of honorary membership," said 2011 RSNA President Burton P. Drayer, M.D.
"I owe such an important part of my professional life to what I received from RSNA that it is a thrill to become a member of this community," Dr. Menu said.
Born in Dijon, France, Dr. Menu was the first member of his family to pursue a non-military career. After earning his medical degree in 1981, Dr. Menu became a Chef de Clinique—a combination of fellow and associate professor—at Beaujon Hospital in Clichy, rising to the position of professor and chair of the Department of Radiology at the hospital affiliated with Paris VII University. In 2003, he accepted a position as a professor and chair of the Department of Radiology at Bicêtre Hospital, Le Kremlin-Bicêtre and Paris XI University, developing his skills in emergency radiology and oncologic imaging. He held this position until 2008.
From the outset, Dr. Menu made it a priority to work with organized radiology on the issues and challenges facing the specialty. His extensive involvement in professional radiology associations and boards includes serving as president of the European Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology (ESGAR) from 2009 to 2011, on ESGAR's Executive Committee since 1997, and as chair of the Congress Committee and the Professional and Organization Committee of the European Society of Radiology (ESR).
A prolific writer, Dr. Menu has authored nearly 200 peer-reviewed articles, 290 educational articles in French and English, one book and 19 book chapters. His areas of expertise include gastrointestinal and abdominal radiology, chest, emergency, and musculoskeletal radiology and oncologic imaging.
Dr. Menu served as editor-in-chief of the Journal de Radiologie, the official journal of the French Society of Radiology from 1992 to 1996 and as a reviewer for national and international journals including Intensive Care Medicine, European Journal of Radiology, and Gastroentérologie Clinique et Biologique. A long-time reviewer for Radiology, Dr. Menu received the Radiology Editor's Recognition Award with distinction in 2010.
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