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Herbert Y. Kressel, M.D.,  RSNA Gold Medal Award Recipient

Reprinted with permission from the Radiological Society of North America, RSNA News, October-November 2011, RSNA 2011 Honorees, Page 47 – 50, RSNA, 2011
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More than 25 years ago, Herbert Y. Kressel, M.D., was leading the way in bringing a new modality called MR imaging into radiology practice. Now, Dr. Kressel is once again cutting new paths, using his skills as an investigator, innovator and leader to take the journal Radiology into the online age of the 21st century.

“Herb has been an extraordinary colleague and mentor to numerous radiologists and imaging scientists because of his great knowledge, judgment, wit and kindness,” said 2011 RSNA President Burton P. Drayer, M.D.

Radiology editor since January 2008, Dr. Kressel is radiologist-in-chief emeritus of the Department of Radiology at the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, Mass., and Miriam H. Stoneman Professor of Radiology at the Harvard Medical School.

“RSNA has served as a beacon of scientific and educational excellence over the many years of my professional career,” Dr. Kressel said. “I am honored to receive the RSNA Gold Medal in recognition of my contributions, and I am grateful to Drs. Alexander Margulis and Stanley Baum who have been sources of inspiration and guidance to me over years. It has been a joy to contribute to the development of new knowledge in medical imaging.”

Dr. Kressel has devoted his career to MR imaging of the abdomen and pelvis with particular attention to prostate, liver and pancreas. Dr. Kressel was among those to develop early clinical applications of fast spin echo MR and contributed significantly to the role of imaging in rectal and prostate tumor staging. He holds a U.S. patent for the externally moveable intracavity probe for MR imaging and spectroscopy.

That same sense of pioneering achievement marks Dr. Kressel’s first few years at the helm of RSNA’s science journal. Dr. Kressel has reduced the time from submission to publication and has also developed a robust online journal with monthly “Hear What We Think” podcasts, online poll questions related to journal articles and videos to accompany “How I Do It” reviews. Earlier this year, Dr. Kressel oversaw the launch of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for selected review articles published in Radiology.

Before assuming his current roles at Beth Israel Hospital and Harvard in 1993, Dr. Kressel was chief of the MR imaging section of the Department of Radiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. From 1998 to 2000, he also provided administrative and leadership expertise to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, serving as chief medical officer, president and CEO.

An RSNA member since 1977, Dr. Kressel served as an editorial board member of Radiology from 1985 to 1991 and is currently on the editorial board of The Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging. He was also the editor of Magnetic Resonance Annual and Magnetic Resonance Quarterly. He is the author or coauthor of nearly 200 peer-reviewed scientific reports, books, book chapters and invited papers and has published more than 60 articles in Radiology over the past 30 years.

Dr. Kressel’s many honors include the silver medal of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and the Sylvia Sorkin Greenfield Award from the American Association of Physicists in Medicine.