Paul C. Hodges Excellence Award
The Paul C. Hodges Excellence Award is bestowed upon those individuals whose careers have been defined by outstanding achievement in the field of Radiology through accomplishments in education, research, leadership and/or service to the profession; exceptional service to the Department of Radiology at the University of Chicago may also be considered as a sole criterion for the Award.
Hodges Society Members may nominate individuals for the Award; nominees must be members of the Hodges Society (i.e., any physician or scientist who has spent at least one year in training in the Department of Radiology at the University of Chicago, or who has served on the clinical or basic science faculty of the Department). Only nominations that are accompanied by a statement indicating the merits of the nominee(s) will be considered; although the statement may be brief, we encourage you to provide as much information as you can in order to justify your nomination.
Nominations are to be collected through October 15th after which the names will be distributed to the selection committee. A final decision will be rendered at the Hodges Society Board Meeting in late November. The Award will be presented at the annual Hodges Society reception during RSNA week of the following year.
You may provide a nomination by clicking here. Please include a brief statement indicating the merits of the nominee.
Previous recipients of the Hodges Excellence Award are listed below.
2019: Dr. Charles Kahn
Charles E. Kahn, Jr. received his MD degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago in 1985. He completed his Residency in Diagnostic Radiology at the University of Chicago, where he was subsequently hired as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Kahn endeavored to improve radiology care and education at the University of Chicago as early as his residency, developing CHORUS, an online educational tool for the diagnostic radiology residents. This tool served as the platform for developing the ARRS Gold Miner tool for point-of-care learning. Dr. Kahn earned a Master’s Degree in Computer Science at the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 2003, but the bulk of his professional career has been spent at the Medical College of Wisconsin where he attained the rank of Professor of Radiology and served as Chief of the Division of Informatics. He was also Co-Director of the Doctoral Program in Medical Informatics at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, where he was an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science. He has since transitioned to the University of Pennsylvania as Professor and Vice-Chair of Information Science in the Department of Radiology, and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Biomedical Informatics and at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. The overarching theme of Dr. Kahn’s work is integration of information technologies to facilitate training and care delivery. He served the Vice-Chair of the American College of Radiology Committee on Information Standards and Interoperability and the Co-Chair of the DICOM Standards Committee. His work has defined how we share images and imaging data across multiple platforms and electronic health record systems to facilitate patient care within and across institutions. His work on standardized reporting has helped decrease variation in how we report our findings. His work on PORTER, a University of Pennsylvania product that annotates the radiology report for the patient, has the potential to ease the burden on patients by allowing them to access lay summaries and help them make sense of their care. Dr. Kahn is the author/co-author of more than 100 articles, and has given more than 100 presentations at national and international meetings. In 1993, he was honored as an American Roentgen Ray Society Scholar, and has since served as the President of the Society. He received the Gold Medal from the Society in 2016. Dr. Kahn has built a legacy of work in information technologies to improve the quality and safety of patient care.
2018: Dr. Jonathan Rubin
Jonathan M. Rubin received his MD degree from the University of Chicago in 1974. He subsequently received his PhD degree from the Department of Biophysics and Theoretical Biology in 1977, and completed his Radiology Residency at the University of Chicago during that same year. He was Chief Resident in the Department of Radiology from 1977-1978, after which he served as an Instructor, and subsequently as Assistant Professor and Clinical Chief of Ultrasound and Body Computed Tomography. Dr. Rubin joined the University of Michigan faculty as an Associate Professor in the Department of Radiology in 1984, and was promoted to Professor in 1989. He served as the Director of the Division of Ultrasound at the University of Michigan since 1992. He was named Emeritus Professor of Radiology in June of 2017. Dr. Rubin is a leading abdominal imager with special expertise in diagnostic ultrasound and image-guided interventional procedures. An inquisitive and innovative research investigator, Dr. Rubin has authored over 200 scholarly articles in leading scientific publications. His research interests have included ultrasound blood volume flow measurement and perfusion imaging, ultrasound artifacts, elasticity imaging, and photoacoustic imaging. He was a leading investigator defining the application of power Doppler sonography. He has given over 130 invited lectures at national and international symposia, has over 200 presentations, exhibits, abstracts and preliminary communications, is an author or co-author on multiple book chapters, and has several patents. He has a notable history of successfully securing research funding from the National Institutes of Health as well as many societies, foundations and industry. Dr. Rubin has served on many advisory boards and committees at the institutional and national level, including the ACR, AIUM, RSNA, SRU, and NIH. He has been an associate editor for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology and the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine, and has served as a reviewer for over 20 journals. His deep understanding of the field, combined with his strong communications skills, have made him a remarkable teacher. Dr. Rubin was awarded the University of Michigan Medical School Innovation Award in 2005, the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine Joseph H. Holmes Clinical Pioneer Award in 2007, Fellow of the American College of Radiology in 2010, and the Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound Lawrence Mack Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. He was selected to deliver the New Horizons Lecture at the 100th meeting of the Radiological Society of North America in 2014, and was installed as the William Martel Collegiate Professor of Radiology at the University of Michigan in 2015
2017: Dr. Benjamin Tsui
Benjamin M. W. Tsui received his PhD degree in Medical Physics from the University of Chicago in 1977, and remained at the University as a Research Associate and subsequently as Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiology. In 1982, he joined the Departments of Radiology and Biomedical Engineering at the University of North Carolina, where he was promoted to tenured Professor, and served as Director of the Medical Imaging Research Laboratory, as well as Vice Chair and Interim Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering. In 2002, Dr. Tsui joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins University as Professor within the Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences and Director of the Division of Medical Imaging Physics. He also has appointments in the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Environmental Health Sciences and Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Tsui is a leader in the field of medical imaging and imaging science. His research interests have included nuclear medicine imaging, especially single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) and positron emission tomography (PET). He is noted for the development of computer phantoms, SPECT and PET instrumentation, image reconstruction techniques, quantitative SPECT and PET methods, and image quality assessment using mathematical and human observers. He has also been active in the area of molecular imaging, especially in the development and application of small animal SPECT/CT, PET/CT and SPECT/MR imaging techniques. He is the author or co-author of over 400 articles and book chapters, and has served as editor and reviewer for many prestigious academic journals. He has been the principal investigator for numerous externally funded studies including NIH and DOD research grants, has served on many federal advisory committees and grant-review groups, and has presented over 360 lectures at national and international scientific meetings. Dr. Tsui is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), a Fellow and Chartered Physicist of the Institute of Physics (IOP), and a member of many additional professional organizations and societies. Dr. Tsui is the recipient of the 2015 Edward J. Hoffman Memorial Award, presented by the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging to recognize scientists in the field of nuclear medicine for their service and devotion to research and development of nuclear medicine instrumentation and to educating and training the next generation of scientists. He has served as a mentor and advisor to countless graduate students.
2016: Dr. Ruth Carlos
Ruth Carlos, MD, FACR, is currently Professor of Radiology in the Division of Abdominal Radiology at the University of Michigan. Dr. Carlos completed her medical school education and diagnostic radiology residency at the University of Chicago, followed by a magnetic resonance imaging and ultrasound fellowship at the University of Michigan, where she subsequently earned her Masters Degree in Public Health. She is a former Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar, and trained in comparative effectiveness and health services research with a focus on cancer prevention and control. Her work has encompassed cost-effectiveness analysis, patient preference measurement and evidence synthesis in diagnostic imaging, as well as the use of health encounters, including imaging encounters such as screening mammography, as teachable moments to improve global health behavior. An NIH funded researcher, she was selected as a Distinguished Investigator of the Academy of Radiology Research (top ten percent of all academic radiology faculty). Within the Department of Radiology at the University of Michigan, Dr. Carlos has served as the Assistant Chair of Clinical Research, Director of the Faculty Research Development Program, Director of the Evidence-Based Radiology Group, and Assistant Chair of Faculty Affairs. She has mentored numerous junior faculty members, residents and medical students in health services research with an emphasis on diagnostic imaging. Her history of committee, organizational and volunteer service is extensive, including: chair of the GERRAF Board of Review; Executive Council for the American Roentgen Ray Society; chair of the Publications Committee and Roentgen Fund Research Subcommittee of the ARRS; Course Director of the RSNA Introduction to Academic Radiology program; president of the Radiology Alliance for Health Services Research; president of the Association of University Radiologists; co-chair of multiple NIH committees and boards; and several editorial boards including first Deputy Editor of the Journal of the American College of Radiology. Dr. Carlos has authored or co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed or invited publications, and has presented over 100 invited lectures at national and international organizations. She was elected Fellow of the Society of Computed Body Tomography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging in 2006, and Fellow of the American College of Radiology in 2009.
2015: Dr. Brian Funaki
Brian Funaki, MD, is currently Professor of Radiology and Section Chief of Vascular and Interventional Radiology at the University of Chicago. Dr. Funaki completed his diagnostic radiology residency and angiography and interventional radiology fellowship at the University of Chicago after earning his medical degree at Washington University in Saint Louis. He was subsequently hired as faculty at the University of Chicago where he was promoted from Assistant Professor to Full Professor within ten years. An internationally-recognized expert in vascular and interventional radiology with research interests that have focused on vascular intervention, gastrostomy, and super-selective embolization, Dr. Funaki has authored or co-authored over 170 peer-reviewed or invited publications, as well as numerous books and book chapters. He has presented over 140 lectures at universities and national and international medical meetings. He has served as an associate editor for the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology, co-editor-in-chief for Updates in Interventional Radiology, and editor-in-chief for Seminars in Interventional Radiology. Dr. Funaki has also served on multiple national committees, including several with the RSNA, ARRS, and ACR, as well as the Executive Council of the Society of Interventional Radiology. He has contributed his expertise as a course director or organizer for national meetings on multiple occasions. Throughout his career, Dr. Funaki has earned many awards and distinctions, including the Outstanding Faculty Award from the Society of Interventional Radiology and multiple teaching awards from the University of Chicago residents. He is a Fellow of the Society of Interventional Radiology, the American Heart Association and the Cardiovascular and Interventional Society of Europe. He continues to play an active role as a clinician and teacher at the University of Chicago.