Hedvig Hricak & Colleagues Honored by National Academy of Medicine

Three members of the National Academy of Medicine were recently honored for their outstanding service. As the National Academy of Medicine President Victor J. Dzau explained,

“These distinguished members have shown extraordinary dedication to furthering science and improving the health of our nation. The countless hours they have volunteered in various roles year after year have been crucial to helping the National Academy of Medicine address critical issues in health, medicine, and related policy, and inspire collective action across sectors. We are delighted to honor them today.”

The three doctors included Elaine L. Larson, Hedvig Hricak and Nicholas Peppas. Here are a few details about each of these distinguished medical leaders.

Elaine L. Larson: She is a professor of epidemiology at Columbia University and she has been a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine since 1986. During that time, she has served on more than 50 projects and 17 committees, councils and boards. She was awarded with the Walsh McDermott Medal for her distinguished service with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine for an extended period of time.

Hedvig Hricak: She is the chair of the department of radiology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Since she was elected in 2002, Hricak has worked tirelessly for NAM and National Academies with her work with many committees and symposia. She was awarded the David Rall Medal which is awarded to someone who has shown distinguished leadership as the chair of a study committee or with another National Academies activities. She has shown commitment above and beyond what is expected. As a prepared statement said, “Through her exemplary service over about 15 years, Hricak has treasured the NAM as a valuable stimulus for improving science in medicine, the quality of health care, and the state of public health in the U.S. and around the world.”

Nicholas Peppas: He is a professor and director of the Institute for Biomaterials, Drug Delivery, and Regenerative Medicine and Cockrell Family Regents Chair in Engineering #6 at the University of Texas at Austin. He has received more than 150 awards and he has been elected to several domestic and international societies. He received the Adam Yarmolinsky Medal which is given to a member who comes from outside the health or medical sciences and has shown real commitment to the mission of NAM.

IDKD – Women in Radiology

As president of the Radiological Society of North America, and Chair of the Department of Radiology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center,Professor Hedvig Hricak has become recognized for her work in radiology and medical imaging.  As such, she is suited to her position as one of the US advisors to Switzerland’s International Diagnostic Course Davos (IDKD), a role she began in 2014.

Born in Croatia (thus boasting a European background), today Hricak lives in the US.  In 1983 she was one of only two women to be a faculty member of the IDKD. Thanks to the work that has been done by the organization – “one of the world’s leading post-graduate educational courses in diagnostic radiology” – the IDKD today has a faculty which has expertise in “medical imaging, interventional radiology, nuclear medicine, pediatric radiology, and breast imaging (mammography).”

Gender is not a deciding factor at the IDKD but it is positive to see more women in this industry. One recent example was seen at the first meeting of IDKD – Women in Radiology earlier this year whereby women made up 38% of course teachers.

Hedvig Hricak is the IDKD’s Honorary Advisor of the “Diseases of the Abdomen and Pelvis” Courses.