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Glazer wins radiology group’s highest honor

- By Margarita Gallardo

Gary Glazer, MD

Gary Glazer, MD

The Radiological Society of North America has conferred its highest honor, the Gold Medal, on Gary Glazer, MD, the Emma Pfeiffer Merner Professor in the Medical Sciences.

Since 1919, the Gold Medals has been given each year to an individual who has rendered exemplary service to the science of radiology and who has received unanimous approval by the RSNA board of directors. Other Stanford winners include Malcolm Bagshaw, MD, in 1999 and Herbert Abrams, MD, in 1995.

Glazer is the chair of the Department of Radiology. Under his leadership, Stanford's programs in radiology and imaging have grown to become epicenters for innovation and education in many different areas, including MRI, CT and the developing field of molecular imaging. Through his ability to envision and generate advances in the field, he helped establish the medical school's Richard M. Lucas Center for Imaging, which serves as an international resource bringing together physicists, engineers, chemists, molecular biologists and physicians to create novel breakthroughs in medical imaging.

Glazer has also contributed to the field of radiology through his research in tissue characterization using imaging-based techniques. Prior to becoming chair at Stanford in 1989, he was professor of radiology at the University of Michigan, where his work on the staging of neoplasms using CT and MRI received international recognition. In the 1980s, his research regarding the staging of lung cancer was widely adopted into routine clinical practice.

Glazer will receive the Gold Medal in December during the 2009 RSNA annual meeting in Chicago.

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