Texas Children's Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine radiologists gain international recognition at the Society for Pediatric Radiology's

HOUSTON - (May 23, 2012) - Physicians, researchers and medical students from Texas Children's Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) in Houston received prominent acclaim during the 2012 Society for Pediatric Radiology annual meeting held April 16 through 20 in San Francisco. Click here for more information about pediatric radiology at Texas Children's Hospital.

Dr. George Bisset, chief of pediatric radiology at Texas Children's Hospital and the Edward B. Singleton professor of radiology at BCM, was awarded the Pioneer Honor at this year's meeting. Bisset, who is also the president of the Radiological Society of North America, earned this highly prestigious award which is given to physicians who help drive the field of pediatric radiology forward with unique milestones that have fundamentally advanced the discipline.

Physicians, researchers and students from Texas Children's and BCM won several other awards for outstanding research:

  • The Caffey Award for Best Basic Science Paper went to Dr. Ananth Annapragada, professor of radiology, Dr. R. Paul Guillerman, associate professor of radiology, and Dr. Ketan Ghaghada, assistant professor of radiology, all of BCM. The topic of this paper was the "Advantages of a nanoparticle blood pool contrast agent over conventional intravascular glomerular-filtered contrast agents for pulmonary vascular imaging." Other authors on the award winning paper included Dr. Eric Hoffman, professor of radiology at the University of Iowa, Dr. David Kaczka, assistant professor of anesthesia at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Dr. Cristian Badea, assistant professor of radiology at Duke University.
  • The John Kirkpatrick Young Investigator Award went to BCM student Saivivek Bogale for the "Analysis of optimal phase interval for prospective EKG-triggered cardiac CT in children."
  • Dr. Rajesh Krishnamurthy, director of cardiovascular imaging at Texas Children's and director of research in the department of pediatric radiology at BCM, who served as Bogale's senior author and faculty mentor was honored with his own Honorable Mention for Best Scientific Paper. This paper addressed "Cardiovascular image quality using a liposomal-based nanoscale blood pool CT contrast agent: Assessment of potential targets for congenital heart disease in a pig model."

"I am impressed, though not surprised, by the numerous awards and achievements garnered at this year's meeting," said Bisset. "These honors truly demonstrate the strength of the department and the impact our physicians and researchers are having on the field of pediatric radiology which will help children across the nation."

In addition to these awards, researchers from Texas Children's and BCM gave 15 presentations, lectured at several sunrise sessions, moderated several workshops and participated in a 3-D face-off and computed tomography (CT) protocol session.

About Texas Children’s Hospital

Texas Children’s Hospital, a not-for-profit health care organization, is committed to creating a healthier future for children and women throughout the global community by leading in patient care, education and research. Consistently ranked as the best children’s hospital in Texas, and among the top in the nation, Texas Children’s has garnered widespread recognition for its expertise and breakthroughs in pediatric and women’s health. The hospital includes the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute; the Feigin Center for pediatric research; Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, a comprehensive obstetrics/gynecology facility focusing on high-risk births; Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, a community hospital in suburban West Houston; and Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, a second community hospital planned to open in 2017. The organization also created the nation’s first HMO for children, has the largest pediatric primary care network in the country and a global health program that’s channeling care to children and women all over the world. Texas Children’s Hospital is affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. For more information, go to www.texaschildrens.org. Get the latest news by visiting the online newsroom and Twitter at twitter.com/texaschildrens.