Robert I. Grossman, MD, the Saul J. Farber Dean and CEO of NYU Langone Medical Center and one of the world's leading authorities on the science and practice of radiology, received today the gold medal of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) for "pioneering scientific contributions to magnetic resonance in medicine and biology," the highest honor in its field. The society is a scientific association with a membership of over 6,000 clinicians, physicists, engineers, biochemists, and technologists. The Gold Medal Award was presented to Dr. Grossman by Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden at the 18th ISMRM-ESMRMB Joint Annual Meeting held in Stockholm, Sweden.
Dr. Grossman is well known for his work as a neuroradiologist in developing imaging techniques that have led to important new insights into multiple sclerosis, for which he received the prestigious Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award by the National Institutes of Health, and other diseases of the brain. Prior to becoming dean and CEO of NYU Langone Medical Center in 2007, he had served as chairman of the Department of Radiology at the Medical Center since 2001. A widely published researcher, author, and mentor to over 100 fellows, he continues to be an active investigator of NIH-funded studies.
In addition to the ISMRM, The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine will honor Dr. Grossman with its Distinguished Graduate Award, given to "highly accomplished alumni for their outstanding service to society and to the profession of medicine." The award, the highest honor given by the school to its alumni, will be presented to Dr. Grossman May 14. Prior to joining NYU Langone, Dr. Grossman had been a member of the faculty at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he had been professor of radiology, neurosurgery, and neurology; chief of neuroradiology; and associate chairman of radiology.
Then, on June 4 the University of Bordeaux in France will award Dr. Grossman an honorary doctorate for his leadership in magnetic resonance and radiology. The University of Bordeaux, founded under King Henry VI of England in 1441, is renowned for its excellence in science and technology.
As the Saul J. Farber Dean and CEO of NYU Langone Medical Center, Robert I. Grossman, MD, leads NYU School of Medicine and NYU Hospitals Center, the latter comprising Tisch Hospital, the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, and NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases. He assumed these responsibilities on July 1, 2007.
Dr. Grossman joined NYU in 2001 as the Louis Marx Professor of Radiology, chairman of the Department of Radiology, and professor of neurology, neurosurgery, and physiology and neuroscience. In his previous position at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania., he had been professor of radiology, neurosurgery, and neurology; chief of neuroradiology; and associate chairman of radiology.
A prolific scientist, Dr. Grossman was awarded the Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 1999 for his work on multiple sclerosis. He was a member (1995-2000) and chairman (1997-2000) of the Diagnostic Radiology Study Section at NIH, was appointed to the NIH's National Advisory Council for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (2003-2007), and, in 2004, became the first recipient of the American Society of the Neuroradiology Education and Research Foundation's annual Outstanding Contributions in Research Award in recognition of lifelong accomplishment and consistent excellence in clinical neuroscience. He is past president of the American Society of Neuroradiology, a fellow of the American College of Radiology, and a fellow of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine.
Alongside his award-winning research, Dr. Grossman has been a passionate educator and widely published scholar. He has trained over 100 fellows, many of whom occupy prominent positions worldwide, and has authored over 300 publications and four books, including Neuroradiology: The Requisites, a best-selling textbook which has sold over 45,000 copies and has been translated into Chinese, Spanish and Turkish. He also served as editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Neuroradiology from 2005 to 2007 and served on the editorial boards of several scientific journals.
Dr. Grossman received his B.S. in biology, Phi Beta Kappa, from Tulane University, and his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1973, where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha. He completed his internship at the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston in 1973, and two years of a neurosurgery residency from 1974 to 1976 at the University of Pennsylvania, a radiology residency at the University of Pennsylvania in 1979, and a two-year fellowship in neuroradiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital in 1981. He is board certified in radiology and neuroradiology.