A. James Barkovich, MD Recognized by the Society for Pediatric Radiology

A. James Barkovich, MD, received the Presidential Recognition Award from the Society for Pediatric Radiology (SPR) on May 1, 2019 at the 62nd Annual Meeting & Postgraduate Course held April 30 – Saturday, May 4, 2019. The SPR "bestows Presidential Recognition Awards on members or other individuals whose energy and creativity have made a significant impact on the work of the Society and its service to its members." Dr. Barkovich is a professor in residence and chief of Pediatric Neuroradiology at the UC San Francisco Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging. He is a renowned expert in neuroradiology and pediatric neuroradiology.

Dr. Barkovich specializes in combining his knowledge of genetics, physiology, chemistry and imaging to understand and diagnose developmental disorders of the brain that lead to neurological diseases in infants and children. His main research interests include use of imaging techniques to improve early diagnosis of neonatal brain injury, particularly through the use of MR imaging. In addition, he collaborates with geneticists and developmental neuroscientists to better understand normal brain development and deviations from normal development to recognize, differentiate, and classify groups of genetic disorders and their relation to abnormal brain development and epilepsy.

In 1992, Dr. Barkovich helped found the American Society of Pediatric Neuroradiology, serving as its founding president. He was also president of the American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR) from 1998 to 1999 and secretary general of the World Federation of Neuroradiological Societies from 2002 to 2006.

Dr. Barkovich's research established correlations between MR findings and the outcome in affected patients. He has 385 published articles, and has authored or co-authored 9 textbooks and 41 book chapters, and he has written and contributed to a collective of more than 450 peer-reviewed research documents and 15 textbooks.  

Asked about his feelings concerning being selected for this award, Dr. Barkovich said he is “extremely honored to receive this award from the SPR and, particularly, from Taylor Chung, MD, whose work has contributed so much to our analyses, diagnoses and understanding of congenital heart disease.” 

Congratulations to Dr. Barkovich on this well-deserved honor.

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