Nola Hylton, PhD, Recognized as 2019 SBI Honorary Fellow

Nola Hylton, PhD, will be inducted as the newest Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) Honorary Fellow at this year's SBI/American College of Radiology (ACR) Annual Breast Imaging Symposium, the largest breast imaging conference in the world. Dr. Hylton is a professor in residence, co-director of the Breast Cancer Research Interest Group (RIG), and director of the Breast Imaging Research Programs (BIRP) at the UC San Francisco Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging. According to the SBI, "Honorary Fellow status is designated to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to breast imaging and who are otherwise eligible for membership in the society. They are elected by a majority of the Active Fellows and remain dues exempt members for life."

Dr. Hylton's impressive accomplishments include being an internationally known leader and recognized authority in the field of breast MRI for over 20 years. She has been integrally involved in the development of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for the detection, diagnosis, and staging of breast cancer and has more than 140 published research articles, 13 book chapters and countless scientific abstracts. Not only is she well-known in the research world, but she is also well known and respected among clinical breast imagers with a long history of serving alongside the breast imaging radiologists on national and international committees such as the ACR MRI BI-RADS committee and the 2018 International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) workshop on breast MRI that included many international experts in breast MRI.  Her current research program focuses on the development and clinical evaluation of MRI techniques for characterizing breast cancers and assessing their response to treatment. Her laboratory collaborates closely with a multi-disciplinary team of radiologists, surgeons, oncologists, and science researchers nationwide. In particular, Dr. Hylton's translational research efforts developing and evaluating MRI techniques for characterizing breast cancers and assessing their response to treatment can be credited for the current acceptance of breast MRI as the gold standard for imaging evaluation of neoadjuvant treatment response for locally advanced breast cancers.

Debra L. Monticciolo, MD, FACR, FSBI, will receive the 2019 Gold Medal at the symposium. The Gold Medal Award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of breast imaging and for distinguished service to SBI and other medical societies and organizations. Dr. Monticciolo is a UCSF Radiology alumna, completing her breast imaging fellowship under Edward Sickles, MD, professor emeritus who was then chief of the Breast Imaging Section.  Dr. Monticciolo is an internationally recognized breast imaging expert and a strong leader working on behalf of the ACR and the SBI to promote early detection of breast cancer and in particular, mammography screening.  

Congratulations to both women on these well-deserved honors.

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