Congratulations to Keith Strauss for receiving the Marvin M.D. Williams Award at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Conference. Keith is part of the Radiography and Fluoroscopy staff in our Department of Radiology. Marvin Williams was one of the early giants of medical physicist in the 1920s through early 1960s. Ironically, due to the kindness of Keith’s thesis advisor in grad school, he had the opportunity in 1976, when Dr. Williams was 74 and Keith was 25, to sit with Dr. Williams for a half hour and discuss his questions about entering the field of medical physics.
Photo: Rami Nachabe (lf) and Keith Strauss (rt)
This award has been given 29 times in the 59-year history of the AAPM to medical physicists who have had an eminent career in applying the principles of medical physics in the clinic to improve patient care. While Keith was involved in the design of the study and the development of the written manuscript, he would like to recognize Rami Nachabe as the individual that did the heavy lifting with respect to science as well as organizing and coordinating the efforts of the interventionists to create the data that led to the surprising conclusion. Rami should have been listed as the principal author, but Phillips medical systems, his employer, does not allow this when joint research projects are conducted within a hospital.
Contributed by Keith Strauss, PhD and edited by Glenn Miñano, BFA.