Robert H. Ackerman, MD, MPH

It is with sadness that we share with you news of the passing of Dr. Robert H. Ackerman.

Robert H. Ackerman

Robert Harold Ackerman, MD, MPH, Emeritus Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Neurovascular Laboratory and Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School, died on December 18th at the age of 83, after a long and productive career in the Departments of Neurology and Radiology. He was a pioneer in stroke imaging and prevention, who devoted his professional life to studying blood flow to the brain for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke and stroke-prone patients.

Bob grew up in New York City, attending Horace Mann School in Bronx-Riverdale.  He received his BA degree from Brown University in 1957 and his MD degree from the University of Rochester in 1964. His immediate post-college years — just at the start of the “Sputnik” era — were spent largely as a journalist in Great Britain; it was the subsequent “space race” however that, at least in part, sparked his enthusiasm for science. He interned at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, New York, and completed residencies in neurology (1970) and radiology (1975) at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Bob was unique in having earned Board Certification from both the American Boards of Radiology and Psychiatry & Neurology; he continued to practice clinically in these departments throughout his tenure at MGH.

Dr. Ackerman trained under Drs. C. Miller Fisher and Michael Moskowitz to become an international expert in the imaging evaluation of carotid disease and of cerebral blood flow and metabolism; over his lengthy career he, in turn, served as a mentor to many of the leading stroke neurologists and neuroradiologists worldwide. He was an MGH Dalton Scholar at the Neurological Institute Queen Square, London from 1970–1971, where …

Following an International Meeting From Home: Is It Possible?

Traditionally, annual international meetings are events to attend: a place to share a poster presentation or give an oral presentation, moderate a session, or simply to learn something new over multiple days. Preparation for the meeting includes planning the journey and choosing the most interesting lectures to attend. In recent years, it has also become easier to follow international meetings remotely, with improving availability of content online. The Radiological Society of North America and European Society of Radiology meetings, for example, allow online streaming of almost all the lectures, to help spread knowledge while increasing the visibility of the meeting worldwide.

Social media can also be a very useful tool; with the large availability of smartphones and tablets, many attendees now shares “live” snapshots of the meetings. Of the numerous types of social media services, Twitter is often the best suited for these purposes as it allows for live “micro-blogging” of events. For example, searching for the hashtag #ASNR18 allowed live following of many lectures during the last ASNR meeting, with numerous important take-home messages posted from multiple simultaneous talks.

Going deeper, one of the most tweeted lectures was “Review of Modern Classification and Nomenclature of Vasoformative Lesions” by Deborah R. Shatzkes, with near 110 tweets in almost 2 hours, including many pictures of the slides. The visibility of that lecture, and the whole session, got over the limits of the attending audience, reaching people worldwide (this author was actually enjoying the lecture from Italy).

Furthermore, Periscope, a Twitter spin-off app, allows live recording of a session, as during the Keynote lecture by Andy De Lao about the role of the Neuroradiologist in the 21st century.

Such sharing of content is an opportunity for all involved: the meeting organizers and the speaker can increase their visibility (and thereby their reputation) …

2019-20 Oncologic Neuroradiology Fellowship – UT MD Anderson Cancer Center

2019-20 Oncologic Neuroradiology Fellowship – UT MD Anderson Cancer Center

We are currently looking to fill our position for the Oncologic Neuroradiology Fellowship for 2019-2020 at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.

For additional program information please visit:

Why MD Anderson

Fellowship at a top ranked cancer center in the country for several years running.

A comprehensive program of imaging for brain, spine, head and enck tumors, with focus on advanced imaging techniques.

The Section of Neuroradiology is an integral part of the Brain and Spine Center.

The Head and Neck Surgery Department is also a premiere oncologic service that also receives national and international referral with over 60-70 new tumor patients presenting in the average week.

Diverse case material providing fellow with exposure to the full gamut of head and neck imaging from primary diagnosis to surveillance in complex post-treatment cases.

Curriculum that includes journal club, case conferences, tumor board, advanced neurologic imaging conferences, weekly lectures, and multidisciplinary conferences.

Opportunities for research/publications.

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is an equal employment opportunity employer.

If you have a question or have questions, please contact:
Komal Shah, MD
Associate Professor & Oncologic Neuroradiology Fellowship Program Director
Department of Diagnostic Radiology
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, 1400 Pressler St. – Unit 1482
Houston, Texas 77030

Interested applicants should complete application at:
** Application and interview required by November 1, 2018, for consideration for fellowship beginning July 1, 2019

Applicants may also email the following; CV, USMLE transcript, Personal Statement, 3 LORS to:
Melanie Gracia – Program Administrative Assistant
Phone: 713-745-0567

1) Be board eligible or certified for diagnostic radiology or its foreign equivalent, 2) Have completed an ACGME approved neuroradiology 1 year fellowship or its foreign equivalent. Alternatively, significant work experience (at least 1 year full time …

In Memoriam – Galdino Valvassori, MD, FACR

Memorial: Galdino Valvassori, MD, FACR

Galdino Valvassori, MD, FACR, distinguished Professor Emeritus of the department of radiology at the University of Illinois in Chicago, passed quietly in his sleep on February 13, 2018, in Florida. He was 91 years old.
Dr. Valvassori, who was considered by most radiologists to be the father of head and neck radiology, was one of the founders and first President of American Society of Head and Neck Radiology. Dr. Valvassori authored the first definitive reference textbook in head and neck imaging. He went on to become his generation’s leader in head and neck radiology in general and otoradiology in particular.
Dr. Valvassori was born in Milan, Italy, on July 16, 1926. He was a man like no other. His tenacity and love of life was shared with everyone he touched in his life and career and he had a good run of 91 incredible years. He came to the United States in 1955 to complete his training at Memorial Hospital Cornell Medical School in New York City. Dino married his first love Alessandrina and had 4 lovely children, who survive him and have families of their own.
Dr. Valvassori had an amazing career as he pioneered the field of radiology in otolaryngology and ophthalmology. He pursued his teaching at the University of Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary as well as in private practice with determination and boundless energy. We studied under Dr. Valvassori when we were residents in the 1970s and he impressed us not only by his knowledge but also by his continuous pursuit of excellence in his chosen field. He was known for his attention to detail that resulted in diagnoses that few could make. He became the mentor of one of us (M.M.), who succeeded him as the director of the department …

In Memoriam – William G. Bradley, Jr. (1948–2017)

William G. Bradley Jr, MD, PhD, FACR   (1948–2017)

Perhaps more than any other single figure, Bill Bradley (1948–2017) both educated us regarding clinical MRI, and popularized clinical MRI during its early days in setting the field’s trajectory. Bill was a larger than life figure possessing magnums of charisma, ebullience, and brilliance in such a unique blend, that his passing leaves an undeniable gaping void in our collective family. Bill is survived by his devoted wife and pediatric neuroradiologist Dr. Rosalind Dietrich, his son David; daughters Kristin Egan, India Homsy, and Felicity; and 5 grandchildren. Bill is also survived by his 2 brothers Dr. John Bradley and Dr. Thomas Bradley, and 6 nieces and nephews.

Bill was a self-proclaimed “Air Force brat,” born in Los Angeles on July 30, 1948 to Shirley Ann Premack and flight surgeon Dr. William G. Bradley, Sr. He was an inveterate traveler, an unparalleled raconteur, and a remarkable creative force. Bill loved people, places, single malt scotch, laughing, and innovating. Bill left behind legions of fellows, residents, industry friends, and other acquaintances who consistently volunteer that he influenced, entertained, befriended, enriched, counseled, and guided them. Bill was irrepressible, and uniquely unforgettable.

Bill lived his early years in Japan, was a proud Eagle Scout at 13, and graduated from high school in Bitberg, Germany as Class President. Bill was an insatiable reader and learner, and a lover of all things scientific from a very early age. His curiosity and creativity were manifested in his adolescence and teenage years by brilliant and innovative contributions to science fairs. Bill’s love of science and discovery was in part satisfied by his bachelor’s degree from the California Institute of Technology, and his subsequent doctorate from Princeton, both in chemical engineering, as he sought the means to apply science and discovery for …

In Memoriam – Brian C. Bowen (1946–2018)

Brian C. Bowen, MD, PhD (1946–2018)

It is with sadness that I am writing to inform the members of the ASNR of the death of our colleague Brian Bowen, MD, PhD.

Brian grew up in Southern California and was graduated from Stanford University where he majored in Chemical Engineering; subsequently he obtained a PhD in Chemistry from the University of California, San Diego.   Brian then entered the PhD to MD Program at the University of Miami School of Medicine and graduated in 1983.  Following a radiology residency and a fellowship in MR at Mount Sinai Medical Center, Miami Beach, he was a neuroradiology fellow at the University of Miami/ Jackson Memorial Hospital.  Thereafter he became a full-time faculty member, rising to the rank of Professor of Radiology.

Brian was an outstanding radiologist, teacher, and researcher, and made  major  contributions  to  the  field of MR,  among which  were  the  development of MR sequences used in spectroscopy and techniques for the  evaluation of spinal vascular malformations using MRA.   He was held in high esteem by the radiology community both nationally and internationally; his contributions to the field were widely recognized, resulting in his election as President of the American Society of Spine Radiology (2006).

In this short communication it is not possible to do justice to Brian’s many accomplishments. Brian’s work ethic, his contributions to the science of radiology, and his devotion to education were remarkable.

Brian is survived by his former wife Ana Campo, MD and his 2 children, Katherine and Christopher.


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Journal Welcomes New Editors

AJNR Senior Editor Dr. Jody Tanabe recently accepted a new assignment as Acting Chair at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and has ended her term after 3½ years of dedicated service to the Journal. Her role overseeing functional and advanced imaging submissions will be filled by Dr. Yvonne Lui, Associate Professor of Radiology and Chief of Neuroradiology at New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Lui is a graduate of Yale University School of Medicine and completed her radiology and neuroradiology training at NYU. Her interests are focused on advanced MR imaging of the central nervous system and she leads an NIH-funded research program on brain injury. Dr. Lui is a charter member of the NIH Scientific Review Committee for Medical Imaging, reviews for 7 other academic journals, and serves as the 2017 President of the New York Roentgen Society. She has also served as AJNR’s Podcast Editor since 2013.

Dr. Wende Gibbs will be stepping into Dr. Lui’s role as AJNR’s Podcast Editor. She will be the host of the Journal’s monthly podcast, 1 of 3 episodes published each month. Dr. Gibbs is an Assistant Professor of Neuroradiology and Director of Spine Imaging and Intervention at the University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine. She previously completed a 2-year fellowship at the Barrow Neurological Institute. Dr. Gibbs has authored a number of publications and book chapters and holds leadership and committee positions for the ASNR, ASSR, ARRS, WNRS, and ABR. She is a member of the AJNR Editorial Board and reviews for 7 journals. Her main interests are spine oncology, pain management, and patient-centered care.…

AJNR Debuts New Web Site


AJNR has unveiled a brand new Web platform. In addition to the fresh modern design, easier navigation, and improved functionality, the site is now completely mobile-optimized. This eliminates the need for the Journal’s iOS app and at the same time addresses the Android market, which was underserved by the old platform. The new Web site is a major investment in the Journal’s on-line presence. It is built on HighWire Press’s Drupal-based architecture that allows increased capabilities and the flexibility to accommodate new features and changing technology.

Editor-in-Chief Jeffrey Ross shared his enthusiasm for the enhanced experience the new site brings to AJNR’s readers, saying, “We are excited to partner with HighWire and to bring to our readers a modern, responsive AJNR Web site using the JCore platform.  Our readers will find an uncluttered interface, which presents both current and archival content in an easy to access format, with minimal click-through, and that is readily available on whatever device they choose to consume content.”

Dr. Ross selected an Altmetrics tool to analyze article level usage, reach, and social media impact as the first new function added to the site.

Article Level Metrics Product Sheet Final

Please be sure to visit and bookmark the updated soon and share your feedback. Former users of AJNR’s iOS app should now access the site through their Safari browser.…

RadiologyAsia 2017 Announces Three Renowned Speakers – Pamela Schaefer, Bertrand Ang, and Richard H. Wiggins

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Pamela Schaefer Neuro radiology

Pamela Schaefer

Dr. Schaefer is a recognised clinical expert in neuroradiology especially in acute stroke imaging. She has held leadership positions in multiple regional and national societies, including President of the American Society of Neuroradiology, Eastern Neuroradiology Society and the New England Roentgen Ray Society. She is also a renowned educator, teacher and editor; and a respected administrator at Massachusetts General Hospital in Neuroradiology and Clinical MRI.


Dr. Ang

Bertrand Ang

Dr Bertrand Ang is a senior consultant working in National University Hospital Department of Diagnostic Imaging. He specialises in body radiology with a special interest in oncology. He graduated from University of New South Wales (Australia) in 1998 and finished his radiology speciality with Master of Medicine (Radiology) National University of Singapore and Fellowship Royal College of Radiology in 2005. He is active in various tumour groups including Colorectal, Gynaecological and Urological tumour groups.


Dr. Wiggins

Richard H Wiggins

Dr. Richard H Wiggins is the Director of Head and Neck Imaging and the Director of Imaging Informatics at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center. He has served as the President of WNRS and ASHNR, and Program Chair for SIIM. He was elected the inaugural fellow of the Academy of Medical Science Educators, and is the recipient of the Teacher of the Year award from the Department of Radiology, the Distinguished Teaching Award from the Department of Otolaryngology, as well as the Honoured Educator Award from the Radiological Society of North America.

The 2017 RadiologyAsia Conference, themed “Bringing the State of the Art Imaging to Clinical Practice”, brings incredible value to attending delegates. The conference will feature 74 topics, over 50 renowned speakers and 4 tracks. Sign up today to learn and gain new insights from Pamela Schaefer, Bertrand Ang, Stephen Bird, Regina J Hooley, James G Smirniotopoulos, Ashish Chawla, Howard …

ASNR and Seek Entries for Annual Meeting Case of the Day Brain Category

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ASNR and are again collaborating to give you the opportunity to submit an adult brain case to ASNR 2017 Case of the Day.

Each day during the ASNR 55th Annual Meeting (April 22 – 27) in Long Beach, California, a brain case is part of the official Case of the Day program. This has traditionally been by invitation only, but like last year, one of the cases will be chosen from cases you submit to

In addition to one ASNR 2017 case of the day winner, will also be showcasing a number of the best submissions as ‘cases of the day’ on its home page and through social media!


There are a number of prizes available:


The winner gets two awesome prizes:

  • Standard Room for two (2) nights at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach or Westin Long Beach Hotel (based on availability) – total value is $522 with taxes; complimentary daily standard in-room WiFi and daily health club access. The prize is courtesy of the American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR). The provided complimentary housing reservation can be used at any point during the ASNR 55th Annual Meeting dates from Friday, Apr. 20 through Friday, Apr. 27. If you are not planning to attend the conference, then you can transfer this prize to another colleague attending the meeting in Long Beach.) If you have questions, please contact, Ashley Boser at 630-574-0220, ext. 231, or email


The editorial team will also be selecting a runner-up who will receive 12-month online access to our two hugely popular neuroradiology …