American Roentgen Ray Society Awards 2023
Gold Medal to Former ARRS President, Bernard F. King
Leesburg, VA, December 13, 2022—The
American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) proudly announces that Bernard F. King,
Jr., MD, FACR, FSAR, the 117th President of ARRS, has been awarded the 2023
ARRS Gold Medal.
highest distinction bestowed by North America’s first radiological society, the
ARRS Gold Medal has been honoring distinguished service to radiology for more
than four decades. The ARRS Gold Medal is awarded to physicians who continue to
render distinguished service to both the practice and science of medical
imaging and its allied sciences. Since 1983, the ARRS Gold Medal has been
awarded in accordance with the society’s bylaws, including votes from the ARRS
King will be formally recognized as the 2023 ARRS Gold Medalist during the
opening ceremony of the ARRS Annual
Meeting in Honolulu, HI on Sunday, April 16, 2023.
Bernard F. King, Jr., MD, FACR., FSAR is a Professor Emeritus
in the department of radiology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Dr. King
received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and his
medical degree from the Washington University School of Medicine. He completed
an internship in internal medicine at Indiana University Medical Center, then
served two years in the Public Health Service in South Dakota. He returned to
Indianapolis to complete a residency in radiology at the Indiana University
Medical Center, where he served as chief resident. With the guidance of Indiana
University radiology department chair, Dr. Eugene Klatte, Dr. King went on to
complete a fellowship in genitourinary radiology at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.
Dr. King joined the staff of Mayo Clinic in 1988 as a
genitourinary radiologist. Along with Dr. Robert Hattery and Dr. Med James at
Mayo, Dr. King's early research into Doppler ultrasound evaluation of vasculogenic
impotence led to the Gold Medal in Scientific Exhibits at the 1990 ARRS Annual Meeting
in Washington, DC.
Under the guidance of Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Glenn Hartman and
Dr. Byrn Williamson, Dr. King and others began an effort to highlight the
proper recognition and treatment of contrast media reactions. These efforts
were instrumental is establishing the Mayo Clinic Advanced Radiology Life
Support Course (ARLS). Under then ARRS President Dr. Bruce McClennan, Drs. King
and William Bush codirected the Advanced Radiology Life Support Course (ARLS) during
the ARRS 1995 (Washington, DC), 1996 (San Diego, CA), and 1997 (Boston, MA)
Annual Meetings. These efforts, along with others across the country, broadened
and underscored the importance of teaching the proper recognition and treatment
of contrast media reactions.
Also, Dr. King was instrumental in the early introduction
and adaption of digital radiologic imaging and Picture Archiving and
Communications (PACS) systems at the Mayo Clinic during the 1990s. Dr. King was
an early advocate and researcher on MR angiographic techniques of renal
arteries, as well as early investigation and utilization of prostate MRI in the
diagnosis of prostate cancer. One of the most gratifying contributions for Dr.
King was being part of the NIH research team that contributed to the
development of the first FDA-approved medication (tolvaptan) to slow the
progression of Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease (ADPKD).
Dr. King became chair the division of abdominal radiology at
Mayo Clinic in the early 2000s, later assuming the role of associate chair for clinical
practice in the department of radiology at Mayo. Dr. King then became chair of Mayo
Clinic’s department of radiology, serving in that role from 2006–2013. Upon
completing his role as chair of the radiology department, Dr. King went on to
serve as President of the Mayo Clinic Staff in 2013–2014.
2007, Bernard King joined Drs. Jack Crowe, Joseph J.T. Lee, and others on the
ARRS Executive Council, chairing the Membership Committee. Dr. King would go on
to become President of ARRS from 2017–2018. Presently, he serves on the ARRS
Exhibit Review (since 2000), Program (2002), and Membership Committees (2007). While
serving on the ARRS Executive Council, Dr. King also joined the board of the
Society of Abdominal Radiology (SAR), becoming SAR President from 2018–2019.
Dr. King and his wife, Kathleen, have been married for 45
years and have four wonderful married children and eight grandchildren. Most of
their time is spent traveling back and forth to Florida to visit their adult
children and their families who live in four different time zones. An avid
golfer, Dr. King has also enjoyed a yearly fly-fishing trip to the Yellowstone
ecosystem in Wyoming and Montana for 30 years.
North America’s first radiological society, the American
Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) remains dedicated to the advancement of
medicine through the profession of medical imaging and its allied sciences. An
international forum for progress in radiology since the discovery of the x-ray,
ARRS maintains its mission of improving health through a community committed to
advancing knowledge and skills with the world’s longest continuously published
radiology journal—American Journal of Roentgenology—the ARRS Annual Meeting, InPractice
magazine, topical symposia, myriad multimedia educational materials, as well as
awarding scholarships via The
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