American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) has awarded the Gold Medal, its highest honor for distinguished service to radiology, to John R. Haaga, MD, at its annual meeting in Washington, D.C. The prestigious ARRS is the oldest radiology society.
Dr. Haaga is a tenured professor and emeritus chairman of the Department of Radiology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals Case Medical Center.
Dr. Haaga received the award for his many contributions in leadership, teaching and research in radiology which continue to this day. He has 25 U.S. patents. His publications include 183 reports and a textbook in its 6th edition, CT and MRI of the Whole Body. The book is the largest selling radiology textbook in the world, and has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, and Persian. His major innovations include CT-guided interventions which guide biopsies and treatments for abscess, nerve blocks and cancer. Artifacts from his early work are archived at the Smithsonian Institute. His most recent ground-breaking research is a new theory on the nature and growth of blood vessels for cancer. Preliminary experiments are very favorable and suggest a new more effective method for interrupting cancerous vessels which should translate into better cure rates.
Dr Haaga lives in Orange Village, Ohio, with his wife Ellen. Their children and families live in Lakewood, Ohio, Winchester, Va., and Providence, RI.
Born in Troy, Ohio, Dr. Haaga received his undergraduate and medical degree at The Ohio State University, graduating cum laude in 1970. He is member of Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha. Dr. Haaga was a radiology resident and staff at the Cleveland Clinic and moved to University Hospitals and Case Western Reserve University in 1979. Dr. Haaga became a tenured professor at the age of 36 years in 1981 and served as chairman for 14 years.