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2000 Gold Medalist - Dr. Robert A. Novelline


A native of Boston, ​Robert Novelline, MD, FACR,​ received his undergraduate degree from McGill University and his medical degree from Boston University. His radiology residency at Massachusetts General Hospital was followed by fellowships in Cardiovascular Radiology with Dr. Stanley Baum and in Radiology Education with Dr. Lucy Frank Squire. Dr. Novelline joined the staff of the Radiology Department at Massachusetts General Hospital in Vascular Radiology and then became director of the Emergency Radiology Division in 1982. He initiated a Harvard postgraduate course in emergency radiology and served as its director from 1983 through 1988. He became professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School in 1996.

The American Society of Emergency Radiology began as the result of a meeting at Dr. Novelline's home during the 1987 postgraduate course. The ASER's first scientific meeting was held in conjunction with Dr. Novelline's course on emergency radiology in 1988. Dr. Novelline was the first vice president of the ASER, from 1987 to 1991, and became its second president following Dr. John H. Harris in 1991. 

He has supported the ASER in many ways, including contributions to the annual meetings and to the journal, Emergency Radiology, and service on various committees. Support of the annual meetings has included presentation of focused sessions of six of the past ten years and of five exhibits at the ASER scientific sessions. He has supported Emergency Radiology with at least 24 contributions as first author or co-author since 1994. Dr. Novelline has been recognized as a mentor for residents, fellows and junior staff at Massachusetts General Hospital in performing and writing the results of scientific investigations in our field. He has led or been a member of the Executive Committee, the Program Committee, the Nominating Committee, the Ad Hoc Committee on Finance and the Committee on Radiological Standards of Practice and was one of the leaders in revising the Society's Core Curriculum in Emergency Radiology (CCIP).

Dr. Novelline has been instrumental in furthering the subspecialty of emergency radiology outside of his direct work with the ASER. He has been author on at least eight monographs, including two specifically related to emergency radiology: the third edition of Radiology of Emergency Medicine with Dr. Harris and the two-volume set in Radiologic Clinics of North America on advances in emergency radiology. He has published more than 80 scientific articles in various journals and has been an author on more than 80 presentations at scientific meetings, many of which have dealt with emergency radiology topics. One of his articles, the review "Helical CT in Emergency Radiology" was published in ​Radiology​ in November 1999. His contributions have extended nationally and internationally, with visiting professorships in Latvia, Germany, China, the Philippines, Belgium, France, Mexico, Canada and Hong Kong. Dr. Novelline has served on the editorial boards of Radiology and Emergency Radiology and has been an ad hoc reviewer for numerous other journals.

Dr. Novelline's other area of professional interest, in addition to emergency radiology, has been medical student education. He is director of Undergraduate Radiology Education at Massachusetts General Hospital and chair of the Committee of Radiology Education at Harvard Medical School, in which he oversees all radiology courses and clerkships at Harvard. He has been president of the Association of Medical Studen Educators in Radiology, a society he founded. His textbook, Squire's Fundamentals of Radiology​​, was the largest selling textbook in the world. For two decades, Dr. Novelline presented symposia on medical student education at meetings of the Association of University Radiologists and has served on the Executive Committee of that association. His interest in education has led to his active participation at Harvard Medical School, including service on the Curriculum Committee and Promotions Committee.

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