Honorary membership is presented for significant achievements in the field of radiology. Today RSNA will award three honorary memberships during the afternoon plenary session.
Sneh Bhargava, MD
An internationally respected leader in radiology education, Sneh Bhargava, MD, is the medical director of Sitaram Bhartia Institute of Science and Research and chair of the department of radiology at Dharamshila Narayana Super Specialty Hospital, both in New Delhi. She is professor emeritus of the Department of Radiology at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi.
Dr. Bhargava received her medical degree from Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi, and completed her fellowship in diagnostic radiology at Westminster Medical School (now the Imperial College School of Medicine), London. She returned to India with a DMRD awarded from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Dr. Bhargava joined AIIMS as an assistant professor and later became professor and chair of the Department of Radiology. She was involved in the development of the department's post-graduate medical school program, in which she worked to set standards for radiology education throughout India. She also advocated for the first CT scanner and ultrasound for AIIMS, which created new avenues of medical assistance for local patients as well as patients from Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
Named the first female director of AIIMS and the only one in its 60 year history, Dr. Bhargava also served as chair of the hospital board of directors. Over her 30 year career at AIIMS, she helped establish the departments of neuroradiology, cardiovascular radiology, oncoradiology, pediatric radiology and interventional radiology. She also established the Medical Education and Technology Center at AIIMS, designed to offer medical students with information about learning to teach in medicine. She also was part of the team that established The National Medical Journal of India.
Dr. Bhargava is a former president of the Indian Radiology and Imaging Association (IRIA) and has served as chair of several committees for the Medical Council of India. She has received numerous lifetime achievement awards including the Millennium Award 2000 from IRIA. She also received the Padma Shri, one of the highest civilian awards in India, for her distinguished contributions to medicine.
Paul M. Parizel, MD
An internationally recognized leader in the area of neuroradiology and MRI, with a focus on integrating scientific research with patient-oriented clinical applications, Paul M. Parizel, MD, PhD, is chair of the Department of Radiology at the Antwerp University Hospital, Belgium and founder of the neuroradiology division at the hospital. He is also a professor of radiology and a member of the board of trustees at the University of Antwerp.
Dr. Parizel received his undergraduate, medical and doctorate degrees from the University of Antwerp, Belgium, where he also completed his residency. He completed his clinical fellowship in neuroradiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston and at Hôpital Erasme, University of Brussels, Bruxelles. His research interests focus on neuroradiology and MRI, with an emphasis on integrating scientific research with patient-oriented clinical applications.
Dr. Parizel served as president and chair of the Board of Directors of the European Society of Radiology (ESR) and is currently the past-president. He also serves as the ESR representative to the RSNA Committee on International Radiology Education. He is a former president of the European Society of Neuroradiology and the Royal Belgian Radiological Society, and a founding member of the Russian National Society of Neuroradiology.
A worldwide lecturer on neuroradiology, Dr. Parizel's expertise has been recognized with honorary memberships in numerous international radiology and neuroradiology societies, including most recently the American Society of Neuroradiology, the Iranian Society of Radiology and the Algerian Society of Radiology and Imaging.
Dr. Parizel's accomplishments have earned him international recognition, including receiving the scientific prize of the European Society of Neuroradiology. In 2018, he was awarded the Swiss Society of Radiology's highest honor, the Schinz Medal, recognizing particular merit in the field of radiology.
In 2019, Dr. Parizel will begin a new appointment as the David Hartley Chair of Radiology at the University of Western Australia and a part-time clinical appointment at Royal Perth Hospital, both in Perth, Australia.
Jacob Sosna, MD
An international leader in advancing clinical applications of abdominal imaging with cutting-edge CT technology, Jacob Sosna, MD, is the chair of the division of radiology at Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Center in Jerusalem, Israel. He is the current president of the Israel Radiological Association (ISRA).
Dr. Sosna earned his medical degree from the Sackler Faculty of Medicine of Tel Aviv University in Israel and completed his residency at Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Center. He completed his fellowship in abdominal imaging and advanced cross-sectional imaging at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston.
He began his career by returning to Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Center (Hadassah) as a senior radiologist, head of CT and director of the 3D Imaging Laboratory. In 2011, he was named chair of radiology and in 2016, was named director of the imaging and nuclear medicine division. As the radiology research coordinator at Hadassah, he established and leads the Experimental CT Laboratory and serves as a co-director of the Applied Radiology Laboratory. He also serves as the co-director of the Wohl Center for Translational Research and Pre-Clinical Imaging at Hadassah. Dr. Sosna is also vice dean of the Hebrew University Hadassah Faculty of Medicine.
Recognized for his educational outreach in radiology throughout the Middle East and around the world, Dr. Sosna was recently awarded an honorary fellowship from the American College of Radiology and an honorary membership from the Croatian Society of Radiology.
In addition to his role as president of ISRA, Dr. Sosna set the standards for radiology in the Middle East by serving as chair of the scientific committee for its annual meeting for four years. He also is a member of the Israel Imaging National Council through the Israeli Ministry of Health, where he serves as chair of the subcommittee on hybrid imaging and the subcommittee on imaging standards. Dr. Sosna is a member of the executive committee of the accreditation council of the Israel Medical Association.
Dr. Sosna was the 2006 RSNA Eyler Editorial Fellow and received a 2012 RSNA Honored Educator award for his work to further educational scholarship in radiology. He serves on the editorial board of Radiology as a consultant to the editor and was previously an associate editor of Radiology. He also serves as a RadioGraphics reviewer.