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The American Society of Spine Radiology Presents 2019 Gold Medal to Robert M. Quencer, M.D., During 2019 Annual Symposium

The American Society of Spine Radiology (ASSR) presented the Society’s 2019 Gold Medal to Robert M. Quencer, M.D., on February 20 during the ASSR 2019 Annual Symposium, February 20-24 at the Intercontinental Miami in Miami, Florida. Dr. Quencer is the seventh recipient of the ASSR Gold Medal, which was established in 2013. The ASSR Gold Medal is awarded annually in recognition of outstanding contributions to the Society and to spine radiology. Robert M. Quencer, M.D. is the Robert Shapiro Professor of Radiology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Chairman of the Department of Radiology, a position he has held since 1992. Currently also the Interim-Chair for Interventional Radiology which became a separate department June 2016. “Dr. Quencer has significantly contributed to the field of spine radiology, both nationally and internationally, and we are pleased to award him this award for all of his contributions to radiology. He has also mentored to past presidents of our society from his institution, Judith Donovan Post, MD, and Brian Bowen, MD. His nomination was unanimous on the nominating committee” said John L. Go, MD, FACR, President of the American Society of Spine Radiology. “I was proud to be recognized by my colleagues from across the country and around the world,” he said. Following the presentation of the medal, Dr. Quencer, who is also Professor of Neurological Surgery and Ophthalmology, was asked to give a presentation discussing his past and current contributions to the field of spine imaging. “In the mid-1960s, the NIH sought to develop the subspecialty of neuroradiology by funding fellowship positions,” Dr. Quencer told the audience. “Many of us from those days were fortunate enough to have been part of this early wave of government-funded fellowships. Looking back at those days through today’s lens, how primitive imaging then seems, although we were, in our minds, on the absolute cutting edge of technology. “As more advanced imaging merges with personalized medicine and the genetics of central nervous system abnormalities, what we are doing now will seem elementary — or even unnecessary — to future generations of radiologists and clinicians. As we all know everything looks good in its time.” Dr. Quencer earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in biochemistry from Cornell University, and his M.D. from Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, N.Y. He was an intern in Internal Medicine at Jackson Memorial Medical Center, a resident in Radiology at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City, and a fellow in Neuroradiology at Columbia-Presbyterian’s Neurological Institute of New York. He joined the University of Miami faculty in 1976 as Associate Professor and was promoted to Professor in 1980. In addition to having 40 years of clinical experience, Dr. Quencer has published more than 200 per-reviewed papers and book chapters in many areas of neuroimaging and has authored two books on neuroradiology. He served as President of the American Society of Neuroradiology in 1994 and was Editor in Chief of the American Journal of Neuroradiology from 1998 to 2005. Dr. Quencer was elected a fellow of the American College of Radiology in 1994 and was the recipient of two prior gold medals — one from the American Society of Neuroradiology in 2007 and the Florida Radiology Society in 2008.

The American Society of Spine Radiology Presents 2016 Gold Medal to Wade H. M. Wong, D.O., FACR, FAOCR During 2016 Annual Symposium

The American Society of Spine Radiology (ASSR) presented the Society’s 2016 Gold Medal to Wade H. M. Wong, D.O., FACR, FAOCR on February 20 during the ASSR 2016 Annual Symposium, February 18-21 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa in Bonita Springs, Florida. Dr. Wong is the fourth recipient of the ASSR Gold Medal, which was established in 2013. The ASSR Gold Medal is awarded annually in recognition of outstanding contributions to the Society and to spine radiology. Wade Wong Picture Dr. Wong is a Past President of the American Society of Spine Radiology. He is also a Past President of the Western Neuroradiological Society (WNRS) and of the American Osteopathic College of Radiology (AOCR.) Dr. Wong is a Fellow of the American College of Radiology (ACR) and a Fellow of the AOCR. He is a Senior Member of the American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR), WNRS, and the Society for Interventional Surgery (SNIS.) Early in his involvement the ASSR, Dr. Wong initiated the hands-on training courses for the ASSR starting in 1999 at the Annual Symposium. About the same time he also introduced similar hands-on spine interventional courses for the RSNA, which led to his becoming the Chairman of the How-to and Hands-On Refresher Courses. Dr. Wong is Professor Emeritus of Radiology at the University of California, San Diego. His involvement in teaching has been his hallmark. He is a three-time recipient of the Silver Spoon and two-time recipient of the Teacher of the Year Award for Neurosciences at UCSD. He is the recipient of the Trenery Medal for outstanding Lecturing. For 2015, Dr. Wong was selected to be the Outreach Professor to South Africa for the ASNR. His list of publications exceed more than a hundred peer review articles, books, book chapters, scientific abstracts and exhibits. His invited lectures throughout the world number more than six hundred. Dr. Wong has been an innovator. Early in his career, he worked with his mentor Dr. Chuck Kerber in developing a protocol for treating advanced stage Head and Neck Cancer with super dose intraarterial Chemotherapy and concurrent Radiation. This led to the best paper award at the ASNR Annual Meeting in 1997. He was one of the leaders in Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty. His collaborative work with Dr. Bassem Georgy introduced the concept of incorporating heat by RF Coblation for cancer mass destruction and cavity creation prior to augmentation. His work with Functional Anesthetic Discography led to the Gabriel Wilson Award for best paper at the WNRS Annual Meeting in 2006. However, probably his most significant innovation was to carve a pathway for which radiologists could be recognized as physician experts in Pain Medicine. This he did by sacrificing a year from his busy interventional practice in order to take an ACGME Fellowship in Pain Medicine which led to a successful challenge to sit for the Pain Medicine Board Examination, resulting in ABMS Board Certification by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Pain Medicine and a precedent setting pathway for which radiologists could be certified in Pain Medicine. Today Radiologists can become Board Certified in Pain Medicine through the American Board of Radiology (ABR.)

The American Society of Spine Radiology Presents 2015 Gold Medal to Victor M. Haughton, M.D. during 2015 Annual Symposium

The American Society of Spine Radiology (ASSR) presented the Society’s 2015 Gold Medal to Victor M. Haughton, M.D. from the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics in Madison on February 7, 2015 during the ASSR 2015 Annual Symposium, February 5-8, 2015 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dr. Haughton is the third recipient of the ASSR Gold Medal, which was established in 2013. The ASSR Gold Medal is awarded annually in recognition of outstanding contributions to the Society and to spine radiology. 2015GoldMetal

From left: Past ASSR President Alan L. Williams, MD, 2015 Gold Medal recipient Victor M. Haughton, MD, and ASSR First Past President President Adam E. Flanders, MD

Dr. Haughton was born in Willimantic, Connecticut in 1939. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University in 1961. He graduated from medical school at Yale University in 1967. His radiology residency and neuroradiology fellowship training were both performed at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, completing his fellowship training in 1973. Dr. Haughton’s research interests include the lumbar intervertebral disc, MR contrast agents, functional MRI, and cerebrospinal fluid dynamics. He established a formal research structure within the Neuroradiology Section at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, enhancing its productivity. Dr. Haughton has contributed to 432 journal publications and 92 books and chapters. Dr. Haughton established an exchange program which brought European radiologists from many countries such as Norway, Sweden, France, Czechoslovakia, and Switzerland to the Medical College of Wisconsin.   He has also contributed to the annual meetings of European radiologic societies. Dr. Haughton served as President of the American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR) in 2004-2005. He has had an extremely productive career in academic neuroradiology, making important contributions that have advanced medical knowledge and enhanced the profile of the ASSR.

Feb 14th, 2014 - ASSR 2014 Gold Medal Winner Recipient Named

Judith Donovan Post MD View Dr. Post's Lecture on the History of  the ASSR  Gold Medal Remarks by Dr. Robert Quencer (delivered by Dr. Meng Law) I want to thank the Society for allowing me to say a few words (through Dr. Law’s voice) about Dr. Post and this highly deserved honor of the Gold Medal of the ASSR.  I unfortunately am  unable to attend this award ceremony since our family is in Judy’s favorite city---- Boston--- this weekend. First a little history.   When I arrived at the University of Miami/ Jackson Memorial Hospital in 1976, there was just one neuroradiologist on staff.  One!    Seriously---one--- Judy Post.  No fellows, few residents and an enormous work load.   The specialty at that time was highly procedural driven--- angiography, pneumoencephalography, myelography.   Add to that, many now extinct imaging procedures--- transaxial tomography, epidural venography, and trispiralpolytomography.  Only a few, if any,   here tonight will have ever dictated a case using those modalities.  What were they used for?  Trispiralpolytomography  primarily for the temporal bone, epidural venography for disk herniation (again, seriously), and the most obscure of them all – transaxial tomography ( or TAT for those in the know) to determine the presence of  bony canal stenosis.  To show you how resourceful Judy was,  she took this TAT technology ( that was  before the days of body CT---yes those days did exist) and turned TAT into published papers;  the illustration of one of those papers graced the cover of the Journal of Neurosurgery.   Thus began an early academic focus on the Spine. Now I want to tell you how difficult reading those TATs were.  To me this was like looking  for stars on a totally cloudy night;  but to Judy, no problem whatsoever. Angiography was another story to be shared.   The first day I started at Jackson I went into the Angiography room and there was Judy in a lead apron,  sweating,  standing over a boiling tea pot,  holding and bending, what looked like a long string of spaghetti, over the steam. ( Bob Quencer)“What are you doing? “ ( Judy Post)  “Shaping catheters for  cerebral angiography”. (Bob Quencer)  “Preformed curved catheters are available, you know” (Judy Post) “Really??--- I think this way is better” Judy never was , and has never been one to take short cuts. Always meticulous in everything she does. But it was the Spine that held Judy’s interested ---------- and consumed her early academic years.  Her mind was riveted on Spine imaging and her energy resulted in one of the first textbooks on Spine Imaging which was followed not long thereafter by a highly successful second edition.  During that period of time when she was putting these books together,  Judy and I lived near each other in Coral   Gables.  One day Chris  ( my wife) walked by their house and a conversation began about starting a family.  Chris asked  Judy her  age---- Judy replied with a number----then hesitated---- recalculated and came up with another but now  correct age (she had been 2 years off !)    The  differential diagnosis of an eroded vertebral body --- simple stuff;  her  age? --- as is the case with most of us – we choose to forget.    See what I mean by focus and dedication? Judy was always at the forefront of advocating a Spine subspecialty society and she should be considered by everyone here one of the Grandfathers ---- no wait--- Grandmothers of Spine Imaging in America.  When Dave Norman, a former President of the ASNR , 2 decades ago, advocated the formation of a number of societies within the ASNR,  Judy helped lead the charge for the development of the ASSR.  In addition to strengthening the science of this meeting she was primarily responsible for the highly successful mentorship program in the ASSR. She has devoted many hours to the numerous committees of the ASSR, lectured at many meetings, seen young neuroradiologists come and go. No one wants to hear me ( thru Meng)  recite the litany  of all the papers, books, book chapters, presentations at local and national meetings, visiting fellowships and lectureships  that Judy has earned.  Suffice it to say these are plentiful. But I want to emphasize Judy’s academic  agility.  Her intellectual curiosity  has lead her to become ( at least in my mind) the foremost authority in the imaging of brain infections.   You want to know something (or everything) about  CNS infections ?     forget Google, forget PubMed, forget StatDX.   Ask Judy-------- that’s what we do. Judy ------------it has been  a pleasure working with you for  all these years and I know this reflects  the same sentiment from the entire Neuroradiology faculty here in Miami. Congratulations  from all of us to you on receiving the GOLD MEDAL  from the ASSR .    

Feb 23rd, 2013 - The American Society of Spine Radiology Presents Its First Gold Medal to Jeffrey S. Ross, M.D. 

[caption id="attachment_5392" align="alignleft" width="269"]Jeffrey S. Ross, MD Jeffrey S. Ross, MD[/caption] Allan L. Brook, M.D., President of The American Society of Spine Radiology (ASSR) presented the Society’s first Gold Medal to Jeffrey S. Ross, M.D. on February 23, 2013 during the ASSR 2013 Annual Symposium, February 21-24, 2013 at the J.W. Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona. This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the ASSR. Dr Ross served as the first president and was a founding member of the ASSR and a Past President of the Eastern Neuroradiological Society. Dr. Ross is currently Professor of Neuroradiology at the Barrow Neurological Institute, in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Ross was previously Professor of Radiology and Chief of Magnetic Resonance Imaging at the Cleveland Clinic. His main area of interest is spinal imaging. He has authored 98 peer-reviewed articles and more than 50 non-refereed articles. He has written 33 book chapters, and 10 books. Dr. Ross has been an American Journal of Neuroradiology Senior Editor since 2006, is a member of the editorial board for 3 other journals, and serves as a manuscript reviewer for 10 journals.