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2023 Gold Medal Winners

Isaac R. Francis, MD

Isaac R Francis is an Active Emeritus Professor of Radiology, in the Abdominal Imaging Division at Michigan Medicine, at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.

He completed his medical school and training in India, and then spent four years of post-graduate training in the UK, before coming to the US. He has been a faculty radiologist at Michigan Medicine, since 1981 after completing his radiology residency training at Henry Ford Hospital, in Detroit, and a Fellowship in Abdominal CT at the University of Michigan.

Francis and his co-authors have published over 280 manuscripts and have 220 abstracts published and or presented at national and international radiology meetings and has been invited as a speaker to over 160 national and international meetings.

Isaac was a Fellow of the Society for Advanced Body Imaging (SABI- previously SCBT/MR), having been chair of several SABI committees as well as its past President. He was the chair of the Radiological Society of North America’s (RSNA) Education Exhibits Committee as well as chair and member of several of its committees such as the GI committee for RADLEX (Radiology Lexicon), a Fellow of the American College of Radiology (ACR), as well as the chair of ACR’s GU Appropriateness Committee, a Fellow the International Cancer Imaging Society (ICIS), and The Society of Abdominal Radiology (SAR).

Neil Rofsky, MD, MHA

Neil M. Rofsky, MD, MHA, is the Dr. Charles and Marilyn Newman Professor and Chair of Diagnostic, Molecular and Interventional Radiology at the Mount Sinai Health System. He is also the Senior Associate Dean of Wellness and Coaching for the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. 

An expert in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), Dr. Rofsky is board certified in both diagnostic radiology and nuclear medicine. He has an established track record of rapidly translating discoveries and innovations into new standards of clinical care. His focus on MRI technical development has led to diagnostic breakthroughs that have enabled new management options for patients. Among these advances are pioneering magnetic resonance (MR) angiographic techniques; inventing the volumetric interpolated breath-hold examination sequence, the first technique to robustly image the body with 3D acquisitions; collaborating with industry to establish whole body 3T systems as the premier instrument in the clinical MR market; and demonstrating the value of MR techniques to improve a variety of conditions, particularly prostate cancer care. He has authored more than 250 scholarly publications and several textbooks and presents regularly at such medical societies as the Radiological Society of North America, the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, and the Society for Advanced Body Imaging.

After finishing his internship, Dr. Rofsky completed fellowship training in nuclear medicine at the University of Utah. Subsequently, he spent his years in residency, two fellowships (abdominal imaging and magnetic resonance imaging) and eight years as faculty at New York University Langone Medical Center. He then moved to the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center as Director of Magnetic Resonance Imaging and rose to the rank of Professor at Harvard Medical School. Next, he was recruited to the University of Texas Southwestern (UTSW) Medical Center and served as Chair of the Department of Radiology before his recruitment in 2023 to the Mount Sinai Health System. At UTSW, he established programs in MR-guided high intensity focused ultrasound, cyclotron-based radiochemistry, and magnetoencephalography and implemented dedicated clinics for clinical radiology and theranostics. During his tenure at UTSW, Dr. Rofsky earned a Master of Health Administration  degree at Columbia University.

Dr. Rofsky has embraced and incorporated coaching concepts into a transformational leadership style that he teaches on local, regional, and national levels to achieve improved communication and collaboration, essential in today’s complex world of multidisciplinary care and team science. He brings these capabilities to enrich the Mount Sinai Health System in his role as Senior Associate Dean of Wellness and Coaching.

Dr. Rofsky previously served as president of the Society of Advanced Body Imaging, as a board member of the InternationalSociety for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine Board of Trustees, and as co-chair of Clinical Imaging Steering Committee of the National Cancer Institute for two consecutive terms.

2023 Michele Wittling Service Award Winners

Tara M. Catanzano, MD

"I am proud to be able to call SABI my abdominal imaging home since 2002. The society is so welcoming and inclusive, particularly for those in early career. The willingness of SABI leadership to allow committees to try innovations, to fail, to iterate and improve is what allows the society to be on the cutting edge. It has been my honor and privilege to serve."

Vikas Kundra, MD, PhD

"One always gets more than one put into SABI and it is an honor to get the opportunity to serve with such esteemed members and fellows of the SABI, who help create the future of radiology."

2022 Gold Medal Winners

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Dr. Garry Gold

Garry E. Gold, M.D., is a clinical radiologist and an active investigator specializing in patient-oriented research. Following completion of his Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1988, Dr. Gold earned his medical degree in 1992 from the Stanford University School of Medicine. In 1993, he began the Stanford Department of Radiology Residency Program, during which he spent two years serving as an NCI Cancer Imaging Fellow from 1995-1997 under the supervision of Dr. Albert Macovski. After board certification in Radiology, Dr. Gold became an Osteoradiology Fellow at the University of California in San Diego under Dr. Donald Resnick from 1998-1999. He was appointed an Assistant Professor in Stanford’s Department of Radiology in January 2000. In 2006, Dr. Gold became an Associate Professor with tenure in the Department of Radiology. In 2011 Dr. Gold was awarded the first phase of this K24 project which has produced many successful clinically oriented researchers (see tables). In 2012, Dr. Gold was promoted to Professor of Radiology and by courtesy Bioengineering and Orthopaedic Surgery. He was also appointed as the Associate Chair for Research in Radiology at Stanford. In 2017, Dr. Gold was appointed as Vice Chair for Research and Organization in the Department.

Dr. Gold has earned an international reputation as a clinical radiologist and patient-oriented researcher specializing in osteoarthritis and translational MRI development. His unique background in electrical engineering and radiology has resulted in over 200 peer-reviewed articles and eight successful patent applications. He is Past President of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) and the Society for Computer Body Tomography and Magnetic Resonance (SCBT/MR). In recognition of his widely respected research and mentoring, he has won multiple honors, including the SCBT/MR Lauterbur Award multiple times. In 2011 he was named a Fellow of the ISMRM and Academy of Radiology Research Distinguished Investigator. In 2013 he was named Faculty of the Year for Stanford Radiology. In 2016 Dr. Gold was named as a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).

Dr. Leslie Quint

Dr. Leslie Quint is a member of the Department of Radiology, Chest Division, at the University of Michigan. She graduated from Princeton University with a bachelor's degree in biology and received her medical degree from Cornell University Medical College. Dr. Quint completed her radiology residency and a fellowship in cross-sectional imaging at the University of Michigan and then joined the faculty in 1987. Her clinical and research interests include cross-sectional imaging of thoracic malignancies, including lung and esophageal cancer. Dr. Quint also studies imaging of other thoracic disorders including aortic diseases.

Dr. Jay Heiken

Dr. Heiken is a specialist in Abdominal Radiology with specific expertise in the Gastrointestinal Tract. His clinical focuses include:

  • Imaging assessment of diseases of the Liver and Biliary tract
  • Diagnosis of benign and malignant diseases of the Pancreas
  • Diagnosis and staging of Colorectal cancer
  • Evaluation of Inflammatory Bowel Disease with CT and MR enterography
  • Fluoroscopic evaluation of esophageal and gastrointestinal disorders

In addition to his clinical responsibilities, Dr. Heiken is actively involved in gastrointestinal tract research and resident and fellow education.

2022 Michele Wittling Service Award Winners

First awarded in 2022


  1. Dr. Aarthi Sekhar

  2. Dr. Avinash Kambadikone

Past Gold Medal Winners

2020 & 2021 awarded in 2021

  1. Dr. William Shuman

  2. Dr. Richard Ehman


  1. Dr. N. Reed Dunnick

  2. Dr. Jeffrey Weinreb


  1. Dr. Lincoln Berland

  2. Dr. Marilyn Siegle


  1. Dr. Alec Megibow

  2. Dr. Dennis Foley

  3. Dr. Michael Federle


  1. Dr. Joseph Lee

  2. Dr. Melvin Korobkin

  3. Dr. Morton Bosniak


  1. Dr. Patrick Sheedy

  2. Dr. Stan Siegelman


  1. Dr. Robert Stanley

  2. Dr. John Haaga

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