2020 Gold Medal Recipients, Honorary Member, and Foundation of the ASNR Outstanding Research Award Recipients

The 2020 Awards Committee, chaired by Pina C. Sanelli, MD, MPH, FACR, selected the following as recipients of the ASNR 2020 Annual Awards:

  • Howard A. Rowley, MD, of University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, as the recipient of the ASNR 2020 Gold Medal Award.
  • Marion Smits, Professor of Applied and Physiological Neuroimaging, Neuroradiologist, Erasmus MC- University Medical Center Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands as the recipient of the ASNR 2020 Honorary Member Award.
  • Mayank Goyal, MD, PhD, FRCPC, University of Calgary, Canada as the recipient of the Foundation of the ASNR 2020 Outstanding Contributions in Research Award

ASNR Awards 2020 Gold Medal to Dr Howard A. Rowley, MD

Dr. Howard A. Rowley is a professor of Radiology, Neurology, and Neurosurgery; Chief of Neurological MRI; and the Joseph F. Sackett Professor of Radiology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He obtained his MA and MD degrees from Washington University in St. Louis, and multi-specialty training at the University of California, San Francisco. He is board-certified and active in the disciplines of neurology, radiology, and neuroradiology. Dr. Rowley is internationally recognized for his contributions to stroke trials, dementia research, and advanced imaging techniques, with more than 350 publications and over 19,500 citations listed on Google Scholar. He is past president of the American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR) and former Chair of the Foundation of the ASNR. Dr. Rowley has received multiple outstanding speaker awards for his lectures and webcasts covering a wide range of neuroradiology topics.

ASNR Awards 2020 Honorary Member Award to Professor Marion Smits

Dr. Marion Smits is Full Professor of Applied Physiological Neuroimaging, Chief of Neuroradiology, and Co-Chair of the Neuroradiology Fellowship Program at Erasmus MC – University Medical Center Rotterdam (NL). She also holds an honorary appointment at the University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London (UK). Dr. Smits studied Medicine at Maastricht University (NL) and worked as a junior doctor in the United Kingdom before specializing as a Neuroradiologist at Erasmus MC. She obtained her PhD cum laude from Erasmus University Rotterdam in 2008.

Dr. Smits uses physiological imaging techniques to visualize the brain’s function and microarchitecture, and to study pathophysiological and regenerative processes in a variety of neurological diseases. Her current focus is on neuro-oncology, but she has also worked extensively in the field of dementia and brain trauma. She is dedicated to breaking down the boundaries between the research arena and clinical practice and vice versa, by disseminating knowledge and insight gained from her research and by clinical implementation of physiological MR neuroimaging through her numerous teaching activities and leadership positions.

Dr. Smits is permanent faculty of the European School of MRI and the European Course of Neuroradiology, and a frequent lecturer at international congresses such as ECR, RSNA, and ESNR. She organized numerous courses on advanced neuroimaging. She was Visiting Professor at Johns Hopkins Medical Institution – Department of Neuroradiology in 2015, and gave the 20th annual Henry M. Selby, MD, FACR Young Investigators Lecture at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in 2018.

Dr. Smits is currently President of the European Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and Biology (ESMRMB), member of the Executive Council of the European Society of Radiology (ESR) as Chair of the Publications Committee, and Chair of the Imaging Group at the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC). In 2018, she was Congress President of the European Society of Neuroradiology (ESNR) 41st annual meeting.

She uses this unique combination of affiliations to establish productive connections between relevant clinical research questions and to implement scientific innovation in clinical practice, and to apply her passion for teaching to enabling the next generation of radiologists to advance neuroradiology.

The Foundation of the ASNR awards the 2020 Outstanding Contributions in Research Award to Mayank Goyal, MD, PhD, FRCPC

Mayank Goyal is a Professor in the Department of Radiology and Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Calgary. He is the Director of Imaging and Endovascular treatment at the Calgary Stroke Program.

Mayank did his medical training and residency at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India. He did his fellowship in neuroradiology at the University of Toronto and his PhD at Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Dr. Goyal’s passion and main research interest is acute stroke imaging, workflow and intervention. He has over 200 publications in peer-reviewed journals including first/senior author publications in NEJM, Lancet, JAMA, and Lancet Neurology. He was one of the Principal Investigators in two global multi-centric trials in the field: ESCAPE and SWIFT PRIME (both published in NEJM). He was also the core-lab for the REVASCAT trial (published in NEJM). He was the Co-PI of a CIHR funded study called PROVE IT. Mayank is also the Co-PI of the recently concluded ESCAPE-NA1 trial that is testing a novel neuroprotectant in acute stroke patients undergoing endovascular thrombectomy. He recently led two worldwide studies (UNMASK-EVT and ESCAPE- ALICE) across over 50 countries on physician decision making in patients with acute stroke and other neurointerventional procedures.

Dr. Goyal is world renowned for his ground-breaking work in efficiency and workflow in acute stroke intervention. In addition, Mayank is an innovator and is always thinking of novel solutions to day-to-day problems. He came up with a new way of imaging in acute stroke called multiphase CT angiography (patented). As a consequence, he was awarded the Innovator of the Year award for 2018 by Alberta Science and Technology and by the Society of Vascular and Intervention Neurology. This technique subsequently became the basis for the PROVE IT study (which is study doing a head to head comparison between multiphase CTA and CT perfusion) and was implemented globally as part of the ESCAPE trial and subsequently the ESCAPE-NA1 trial. Initial results and feedback suggest that the technique is extremely useful and saves on average 20 minutes in acute stroke treatment (published in Radiology).

With the success of ESCAPE and SWIFT PRIME, Dr. Goyal has been an integral part of changing stroke care across the world and helping thousands of patients have a good outcome from what is otherwise a devastating disease.  He currently collaborates and has co-authored publications with colleagues from more than 250 researchers from over 20 countries. He is also leading a worldwide collaboration (HERMES) consisting of the leadership of the recent 7 positive trials for endovascular thrombectomy. The first paper (Mayank as first author) showing benefit across all sub-groups was published in Lancet. The second paper analyzing the impact of time on outcome was published in JAMA (Mayank as co-first author). Mayank enjoys teaching and successfully runs a yearly stroke course called 5T (where the 5Ts stand for: teamwork, transport, training, technique and technology).

Dr. Goyal is a long-standing member of ASNR, RSNA, and SNIS. He recently received a career achievement award from the Canadian Association of Radiology. He is also a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, European Stroke Association and American Heart Association. In 2019, Mayank was in the top 1% list of the most cited scientists from the Web of Science.

Drs. Rowley, Smits and Goyal will receive their respective awards during the ASNR President’s Appreciation Dinner, on Tuesday, June 2nd during the ASNR 58th Annual Meeting, May 30-June 4, 2020, at Caesars Palace and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada.

2020 Cornelius Dyke Award to Gabriel Brooks, MD, for Effect of Endovascular Recanalization on Lesion Progression and Clinical Outcome in Patients with a Poor Collateral Profile

Dr. Gabriel Broocks is a radiology resident at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany, and holds an appointment as Assistant Professor in Experimental Neuroradiology. He attended medical school in Hamburg, Germany and completed an internship in the department of Neuroradiology at Massachusetts General Hospital Boston in 2013. After graduation in 2015, he started his Radiology residency in Hamburg. In 2019, he received a scholarship from the Dr. Walter and Luise Freundlich Foundation and won the
Kurt-Decker Award from the German Society of Neuroradiology. In 2020, he received the Dr. Martini-Preis Award. His clinical and research interest is centered on acute stroke imaging, using advanced imaging to improve stroke diagnosis, and to better understand treatment effects in ischemic stroke.