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2013 Gold Medalist - Dr. Stephen Hatem

 

Stephen Frederick Hatem, MD, was born in Havre de Grace, Maryland, in September of 1963, the youngest of six born to his obstetrician and nurse parents. After attending parochial and independent Catholic schools through high school, he enrolled at Johns Hopkins University and graduated with a B.S. degree in biomedical engineering in 1985. Steve stayed in Baltimore while attending the University of Maryland School of Medicine, following in the footsteps of his father, sister and brother-in-law. He was awarded an NIH STRP fellowship performing physiology systems modeling with a former Hopkins BME professor, Martha Brunner, and he spent a summer at Erasmus University in the Netherlands as a sister city exchange trainee in the lab of Professor Dr. Adrian Versprille.

From day one of medical school, his sister, Joanne, a gastroenterologist, put the radiology "bug" in his ear. One of a large class of future radiologists, he was taught radiologic anatomy by none other than ASER founding member, past president, and gold medalist, Stu Mirvis. After graduation in 1989, Steve completed a medical internship at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore. He then moved to New Jersey and finished his residency in diagnostic radiology at Hackensack Medical Center in 1994. After residency, he completed a fellowship in musculoskeletal radiology at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at Barnes Hospital, Washington University, in St. Louis, Missouri. At that time, emergency radiology was covered by MSK staff, including Steve's friends and mentors and ASER past presidents and gold medalists, Tony Wilson and Clark West. Among too many valuable lessons to count, they introduced him to ASER.

After his fellowship, Steve spent four months working at the Royal Hobart Hospital in Tasmania, Australia, prior to starting his first academic staff position at University Hospitals of Cleveland, Case Western Reserve University. Again, emergency radiology was part of MSK. With outside encouragement from Drs. Wilson and West and internally from his section head at Case, Cheryl Petersilge, Dr. Hatem began to attend ASER meetings and his still ongoing years of volunteerism to the Society. After a brief return stint back in Baltimore at Mercy and University of Maryland, Steve returned to Cleveland in 1999 across town at the Cleveland Clinic as a member of the MSK and Emergency Radiology sections. He has continued to remain active in ASER and has served in many leadership roles, ultimately serving as president from 2010-2012. He was honored as an ASER fellow in 2003. In his years of service, he has emphasized the need for the Society to be a home for emergency radiologists in all settings, countries and practice types, be it trauma centers or telaradiology, United States-based or international, academic or private. He is proud of the growth that emergency radiology has undergone in recent years and looks forward to its continued growth and increasing role in the worldwide radiology and medical communities.

Dr. Hatem is indebted to many partners in his practice, talented colleagues in ASER and International Meeting Managers, especially Angela Davis and Jessica Whalen, for his success in ASER, but none more so than his wife, Amy, and daughter, Sarah, who have supported his efforts and count ASER as a home of friends as well. 

 

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