July 7, 2003

UCSD's William G. Bradley Receives Highest Honor from Radiological Society

William G. Bradley, M.D., Ph.D.

William G. Bradley, M.D., Ph.D., FACR, chair of the Department of Radiology at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine, has received the highest honor bestowed by the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), the largest organization dedicated to radiology science and education. Designated as a 2003 Gold Medalist, he will be honored at the society's annual meeting in December. Bradley is the youngest physician scientist to receive an RSNA Gold Medal.

Presented annually by the RSNA since 1919, Gold Medals are presented by unanimous vote of the organization's Board of Directors, to individuals who have demonstrated unusual and exceptional contributions to the field of radiology.

Considered one of the world's leading experts in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), Bradley is the author of more than 160 articles and 18 books, including Magnetic Resonance Imaging, the major textbook in MRI, now in its third edition. He received the "Best New Book in Bio and Medical Sciences" award from the Association of American Publishers for the first edition in 1988.

"Bill Bradley is a consummate clinician and investigator who has been a leader in applying the powerful new imaging technologies available today to improved understanding and management of disease," said Edward W. Holmes, M.D., vice chancellor for Health Sciences and dean, UCSD School of Medicine. "This is a fitting recognition of his outstanding contributions."

Colleagues cite Bradley's contributions to imaging, noting that he has developed innovative magnetic resonance protocols, translating the novel, complex signals coaxed from the body's tissues by clinical MRI scanners into meaningful biological indices relevant to function and dysfunction. His primary research focus has been on the use of MRI in the brain, concentrating on stroke, hemorrhage, multiple sclerosis, and tumor characterization and improved resection using intraoperative MRI. His work on normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH) one of the few treatable causes of dementia has shed light on both its etiology and its diagnosis.

Bradley received his B.S. degree in chemical engineering from the California Institute of Technology, M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in chemical engineering from Princeton University, and his M.D. degree from the University of California, San Francisco. He is board certified in diagnostic radiology with a certificate of added qualification in neuroradiology from the American Board of Radiology. Among his honors is the presentation of the Gold Medal from the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and the Honorary Member Award of the Society of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, of which he was president 1988-89. Bradley was awarded Editor's Recognition Award "With Great Distinction" from the journal Radiology, and a Gold Medal in 1994 from the journal Clinical MRI. He is a reviewer and/or sits on the editorial boards of nine journals.

Currently, Bradley is chair of the Commission on Neuroradiology and Magnetic Resonance Imaging and a member of the Board of Chancellors of the American College of Radiology. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the American College of Radiology Foundation and the ACR Institute. Additional memberships are held in the American Society of Neuroradiology, the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, and the Radiological Society of North America.

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