The Board of Trustees of the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance is pleased to announce the 2017 Gold Medal Award recipient is Nathaniel Reichek MD, FACC, FAHA, Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Engineering at Stony Brook University, SUNY. This award is presented annually by the SCMR for outstanding achievement in the field of CMR as well as exemplary service to the Society.
Dr. Reickek has contributed greatly to research in CMR for three decades. He was one of the very first cardiac imagers, along with Gerry Pohost and Charley Higgins, to delve into the field in its very earliest days. He has been an expert in cardiac MRI since 1983, when technology was still in its infancy. His legacy, one of many, is his priority to fostering positive, collaborative relationships with radiologists mentoring fellows to become leaders in the field.
Dr. Reichek is a founding member of our society and for many years he and the SCMR have been practically synonymous. He served as our 3rd President and led SCMR during a time when it was still finding its way. He also held numerous other roles in the society, including Chair of the Clinical Trials Committee, the Nominating Committee, the U.S. Reimbursement Subcommittee, the Publications Committee, and member of the US Chapter Executive Committee and the Mentorship Program. Reichek has also been a fixture within multiple international cardiology societies including the AHA and ACC. He has authored 180 full peer-reviewed publications, many in the highest impact cardiovascular journals, as well as 68 reviews and editorials. Dr. Nathaniel Reichek is an undeniable leader in the cardiovascular research community, but it can be argued that Dr. Reichek’s greatest contribution to the field of CMR has been his mentorship. Having mentored two past presidents and a long list of imaging trainees and junior faculty, this list reads like a who’s who of cardiac imaging.
“Nat Reichek is truly a quadruple threat in the field of CMR – a leader, researcher, clinician, and mentor. I can think of no one more deserving of the Gold Medal of the Society”– Christopher Kramer MD
For a list of all the previous Gold Medal Award Recipients click here.