As one of the highlights of ECIO 2012 the CIRSE Foundation was extremely honored to welcome Professor Andreas Adam (MB, BS (Hons), FRCP, FRCR, FRCS, FRANZCR (Hon), FFR, FRCSI (Hon), FACR (Hon), FBIR, FSIR, EBIR, FMedSci) to give the Honorary Lecture.
Andy Adam is Professor of Interventional Radiology at the University of London and Chairman of the Directorate of Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Medical Physics at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, as well as a member of the Hospital Management Executive. He is a Trustee of the Foundation of the European Congress of Radiology, a member of the Court of Imperial College, and an advisor to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).
Andy Adam studied medicine in London qualifying with honours in 1977. After training in internal medicine and obtaining the Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP), he specialised in radiology at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, becoming a fellow of the Royal College of Radiologists (FRCR) in 1985. He was elected fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in 1992.
In 1992 he was the first in Europe to be appointed to a professorial chair of interventional radiology. His department has attracted more than one hundred fellows from all over the world as well as a huge number of short term observers and other visitors.
Progress in interventional radiology is critically dependent on the development of appropriate equipment. Andy Adam has carried out pioneering research in the design and development of interventional instruments and techniques. His work on the applications of metallic stents in the biliary tree and the oesophagus had a defining influence on clinical practice internationally. His current research interests focus mainly on the destruction of malignant tumours in the kidney, the lung and the liver using thermal ablation.
In addition to his numerous scientific publications, Professor Adam has published sixteen books, including the most widely used textbook in radiology. His achievements in the sphere of medical education include the development of the first all-electronic scientific exhibition in the world. He was also responsible for the development of the first electronic, self-marking examination in medicine at a major international congress.
Andy Adam realised at a very early stage that interventional radiology needed to change from a technical discipline to a fully fledged clinical subspecialty, in order to ensure the safe and effective use of interventional radiological techniques. In 1992, he urged the Royal College of Radiologists to create a curriculum for training in interventional radiology. He was asked to chair a specially constituted committee which created the first curriculum in interventional radiology internationally. Subsequently, this was used as a template for similar documents by CIRSE and the European Society of Radiology, which culminated in the recognition of interventional radiology as a formal subspecialty of radiology in Europe.
Andy Adam served for an eight year period as editor-in-chief of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology and is a member of seventeen editorial boards. He was President of the Royal College of Radiologists, the European Society of Radiology, the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe, and five other medical organisations in the United Kingdom and abroad.
Professor Adam has received many honours and awards, including honorary fellowship or membership of sixteen radiological and medical societies around the world. He is a recipient of four Gold Medals, the President’s Medal of the Royal College of Radiologists and the Medal of the Russian Society of Medical Sciences. He has been honoured with the award of Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons and he is a distinguished Academician of the Singapore Medical Society. He is one of only five radiologists to have been elected Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.
Professor Adam has served as a consultant to the World Health Organization, as an advisor on digital imaging to the European Union, as an assessor of a number of academic units abroad and as an advisor to the Department of Health in the United Kingdom.
When the University of Cyprus decided to create a medical school, Professor Adam was appointed by the Senate as Chairman of the Interim Medical School Board. The school is expected to accept its first students in October 2013.
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