|Gold Medal Award Recipients|
Gold Medal Award Recipients
The Gold Medal is the highest award given by the SCMR to an individual for distinguished and extraordinary service to the field of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance and to the Society.
The Board of Trustees of the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR) is pleased to announce the 2016 Gold Medal Award recipients are Joao A.C. Lima, MD, MBA, Professor of Medicine, Radiology and Epidemiologyat Johns Hopkins University and Eike Nagel, MD, PhD, Director of the Institute for Experimental and Translational Cardiovascular Imaging, DZHK Centre for Cardiovascular Imaging, at Goethe University Frankfurt. The award is presented annually by the SCMR for outstanding achievement in the field of CMR as well as exemplary service to the Society.
“From lectures to daily discussions and supervising research projects in CMR he was not only the most visionary researcher that I have ever known, but the best mentor any fellow could ask for.” - Carlos Eduardo Rochitte, MD, PhD
Dr. Nagel has been deeply involved in SCMR for over two decades, including serving as President from 2008-2009. He has also been instrumental in furthering CMR recognition by holding leadership positions within the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, European Society of Cardiology, British Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, German Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, and as a Founding Member of the Asian Society for Cardiovascular Imaging. From a scientific perspective, Dr. Nagel has been a distinguished leader bringing recognition of the clinical applications of CMR across the spectrum of disease entities including left ventricular remodeling, viability, atherosclerosis, quantitative myocardial perfusion, and dobutamine stress ischemia CMR. Most recently, Dr. Nagel has been the Global Chief Investigator of MR-INFORM, a large international randomized controlled outcome study assessing whether patients with stable chest pain can be guided noninvasively by CMR perfusion rather than invasive angiography supported by fractional flow reserve. These efforts have been critical in elevating CMR’s diagnostic and prognostic role. Finally, Dr.Nagel has also been at the forefront of training/mentoring a large number of CMR clinician researchers, as well as establishing multiple training programs throughout the world. It should be noted that many of his trainees have gone on to establish highly productive and widely recognized CMR centers of their own.
“It is hard to find any aspect of the SCMR that has not been touched in some manner by Eike.” – Warren Manning, MD
The SCMR is honored to recognize both individuals for their invaluable contributions to CMR and to the Society. Each has contributed in their own way, but all have made an indelible mark on the field deserving of the highest recognition.
The Board of Trustees of the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR) is pleased to announce that the Society’s 2015 Gold Medal Awards will be presented to Christopher M. Kramer, MD, Raymond J. Kim, MD and Robert M. Judd, PhD on February 7, 2015 during the SCMR/EuroCMR Joint Scientific Sessions in Nice, France. The award is presented annually by the SCMR for outstanding achievement in the field of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (CMR) and for exemplary service to the Society. Drs. Kramer, Kim and Judd have excelled in these areas throughout their careers.
Dr. Christopher Kramer, Ruth C. Heede Professor of Cardiology and Professor of Radiology at the University of Virginia Health System, has been a focused, devoted and strong advocate of CMR throughout his entire career. He provided more than a decade of strong leadership to our Society, including serving as its President in 2009-10. Before that, he served as the Program Chair from 2004-06, and as the Chair for the Task Force on Standardized Protocols, leading the publication of the document that has been incredibly important at setting standards for how clinical CMR is performed around the world. Perhaps his most significant contribution to the SCMR has been his representation of the Society in the cardiology community and other societies. He has been the primary national advocate to have the SCMR take its proper equal place among the 4 major imaging societies (echo, nuclear, CT) in the greater cardiovascular medicine community; this effort included fostering the recognition of CMR within the American College of Cardiology by serving as Chair of the Imaging Council and the CMR Task Force for COCATS, as well as Vice-Chair of the Appropriate Use Criteria Task Force. Dr. Kramer has also been a distinguished leader in the scientific advancement and expansion of the clinical applications of CMR. He made outstanding contributions to a wide range of topics, including post-MI left ventricular remodeling, myocardial viability, quantitative myocardial perfusion and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. He is currently Co-PI of the HCMR Trial, a multicenter, international, NHLBI-sponsored effort that is expected to increase our understanding of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, as well as to elevate CMR’s diagnostic and prognostic role. Christopher Kramer has also been at the forefront of training, mentoring a large number of CMR clinician researchers through an NIH/NIBIB Training Grant he has successfully held since 2005. Many of his trainees have gone on to establish highly productive and widely recognized CMR centers of their own. Dr. Kramer has given many years of highly distinguished and extraordinary service to the field of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance and to the Society – and will no doubt continue to do so.
Their positive influence on the field of CMR and the SCMR, however, goes beyond this single important contribution. Dr. Kim has served SCMR in a variety of roles: on the Board of Trustees from 2002-2006, as Membership Committee Chair during the same period, and on the Strategic Planning Committee from 2005-2006. He was a member of the SCMR Scientific Program Committee in 2007 and 2008, and has chaired numerous sessions at the Annual Scientific Sessions. Dr. Kim has also played an important role in the development of SCMR guidelines for training in CMR in 2007, as a key author in the task force on standardization of CMR protocols in 2007 and 2013, and on the committee that focused on post-processing in CMR in 2013. He served on the JCMR editorial board from 2001-2007. He has also served the field through his participation in the development of training guidelines and appropriateness criteria for CMR at the American College of Cardiology. Dr. Kim is a highly successful mentor of trainees and students, many of whom have gone on to establish productive CMR programs around the world. These highly accomplished individuals are part of the legacy created by Dr. Raymond J. Kim.Also receiving the SCMR Gold Medal Award in 2015 are Raymond J. Kim, MD, and Robert M. Judd, PhD, Professors of Medicine and Radiology, and Co-Directors of the Cardiac MRI Center at the Duke University Medical Center. While Drs. Kim and Judd are each receiving this highest recognition by the SCMR based on their individual merits, the exceptional scientific achievements that have resulted from their longstanding partnership exemplifies the power of the physician scientist and basic scientist pairing to advance the field of medicine. Together, Judd and Kim led the development and validation of the Late Gadolinium Enhancement (LGE) technique; this landmark contribution had a transformative effect upon the field of CMR as it provided direct, in vivo visualization of myocardial necrosis and fibrosis with a resolution and clarity never seen before. Their body of scientific work surrounding this technique ranges from exquisite validation in animal models to the demonstration of its value in guiding therapy; this includes some of the most important and highly cited publications in the field of medical imaging. Their efforts have resulted in the clinical use of CMR in patients with a range of diseases going beyond myocardial infarction to include many forms of non-ischemic cardiomyopathies. Late Gadolinium Enhancement is viewed by many as the most unique and practically useful of any CMR techniques and its development and validation stands as scientific and clinical translational research of the highest order; based on this work alone, Drs. Kim and Judd are highly deserving of the SCMR Gold Medal Award.
From his earliest days Dr. Judd has had a profound interest in, and has made his career studying, the application of MRI for the evaluation of cardiac disease. His studies into the mechanisms and kinetics of contrast enhancement of myocardial infarction laid the groundwork for the subsequent clinical investigations and rapid translation of the LGE technique into widespread clinical practice. Dr. Judd’s more recent efforts to develop a web-based image viewing and distribution system have resulted in an important tool not only in the clinical practice of CMR, but also as a means to enable multi-center research collaboration and education. The SCMR has also benefited from Dr. Judd’s participation on the Scientific Program Committee, and as chair and invited lecturer at numerous sessions of the annual meeting. He served on the Editorial Board of the JCMR and was an Assistant Editor from 2004-2007. Dr. Judd has also mentored numerous trainees throughout his career, and has served as an advocate for CMR through his many invited lectures and contributions to the literature. Dr. Robert M. Judd is a scientist of the highest order whose career has been entirely devoted to CMR. His clarity of thought and his warm relationships with others have led to successful collaborations that have had a profound impact on the field of CMR that continues to this day.
The SCMR is honored to recognize these three outstanding individuals for their invaluable contributions to CMR and to the Society. Each has contributed in their own way, but all have made an indelible mark on the field deserving of the highest recognition.
Warren J. Manning, MD
One of the first advocates of CMR, early in his career Dr. Manning took a leading role in propelling a relatively immature technology into a major clinical role in studying heart structure and function. He helped to pioneer the first clinically useful MR angiograms of the coronary arteries. This groundbreaking work was published in the New England Journal of Medicine as well as other leading journals. Following his early pioneering efforts, Dr. Manning has continued to extend the clinical application of cardiac MR into new territory. His MR research has had great breadth, ranging from epidemiologic studies of contrast agents to detect coronary thrombosis or enhancement.
Dr. Manning has authored more than 280 original papers and over 100 review articles including book chapters and editorials, and edited one of the first textbooks on cardiovascular MRI.
Dr. Manning’s dedication to CMR is manifest in his service to the SCMR and the cardiovascular imaging community. He has served the SCMR since being a founding member and inaugural membership chairman, holding positions of Trustee through President, and currently serves as Deputy Editor in Chief of the Society’s Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (JCMR). He also serves on other editorial boards, writing groups, and national/international committees focused on cardiovascular imaging.
His contributions have been multiplied through accomplishments of the numerous residents, clinical fellows and basic scientists he has trained over the years. Many of these individuals have become notable in their own right. Dr. Manning is a unique person whose kindness, integrity and exceptional talent to mentor and encourage young clinicians and scientists have impacted many. His willingness to collaborate across disciplines has helped to advance the field.
Dr. Matthias Stuber, chair of the selection committee, noted: “Dr. Manning’s many contributions to research, teaching, mentoring, and advancing clinical implementation of cardiovascular MRI, especially through his very active involvement in SCMR, make him an outstanding choice to receive this year’s Gold Medal Award.” SCMR is proud to recognize Dr. Manning with its most prestigious award.
Stefan Neubauer, MD
The Board of Trustees of the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR) is pleased to announce Stefan Neubauer, MD, Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Oxford, as the 2013 recipient of the SCMR Gold Medal Award. The award is presented annually by the SCMR for outstanding achievement in the field of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (CMR) as well as exemplary service to the Society. Dr. Neubauer has excelled in both throughout his distinguished career.
Dudley J. Pennell, MD
The Board of Trustees of the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR) is pleased to announce Dr. Dudley J. Pennell, Professor of Cardiology and Director of the Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (CMR) Unit at Royal Brompton Hospital in London, as this year’s recipient of the Society’s Gold Medal Award. The award is presented annually by the SCMR for outstanding achievement in the field of CMR as well as exemplary service to the Society. Dr. Pennell has clearly excelled in both regards.
Professor Pennell has specialized in CMR for more than 20 years and during that time has been responsible for significant changes in the care of people with cardiomyopathies (heart muscle disease) and thalassemia major. His research into targeting the genetic causes of cardiomyopathy, and identifying risk factors for death and illness in cardiomyopathy using CMR, received global media attention in 2010. New techniques introduced by Professor Pennell have been instrumental in reducing the cardiac mortality rate of thalassemia major patients to near zero.
Charles Higgins, MD
Dr. Pohost's distinguished medical career spans more than three decades, with numerous clinical, academic and research positions. He moved to Los Angeles in 2001 to serve as chief of cardiovascular medicine and professor of medicine at USC's Keck School of Medicine. He developed a program in the diagnosis of heart disease in women using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS).
Prior to USC, Pohost spent 18 years at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), where he developed one of the most prominent cardiovascular programs in the country. At UAB, he held the positions of professor of medicine and radiology and director of the Division of Cardiovascular Disease and the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research and Development, and was responsible for building the first center focused on the application of MRI for cardiovascular disease.
Dr. Pohost has been involved as a member of the executive committee in the WISE (Women's Ischemia Syndrome Evaluation) study, an NIH-sponsored nationwide, long-term and ongoing study addressing innovative strategies to diagnose heart disease in women. In addition, he has the Principal investigator for the Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Imaging Core Laboratory for the Surgical Treatment of Ischemic Heart failure Study (STICH).