Charles Mistretta Earns International Medical Physics Award
Dr. Charles Mistretta, the J.R. Cameron Professor of Medical Physics and Radiology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, was recently selected as one of the International Congress on Medical Physics’ (ICMP) 50 medical physicists with the most impact on the field in the past 50 years.
During his career at UW-Madison, Mistretta has accumulated more than 120 presentations and visiting professorships. He received the Laufman-Greatbatch Prize in 1983 from the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation for developing digital subtraction angiography.
In 1998, he earned the J. Allyn Taylor International Prize in Medicine for distinguished lifetime achievement and outstanding contributions to the advances in the use of medical imaging in diagnosing and treating human diseases.
Mistretta has also graduated 23 medical imaging doctoral students, many of whom have gone on to do groundbreaking work in spiral computed tomography (Kalender), magnetic resonance fluoroscopy (Riederer), thermoacoustic computed tomography (Kruger) and dual modality computed tomography/single photon emission computer tomography (Hasegawa).
Not only has Mistretta showed a strong commitment to education, but he has also passed on his technological innovation through invention, and has obtained 18 U.S. patents and several international patents.
Mistretta credited the departments for his success.
“I really believe that this recent honor is one that should go to these departments (radiology and medical physics) rather than me,” Mistretta said. “Almost anyone situated in the supportive environment that these departments have provided and continue to provide would have accomplished great things.”
Date Published: 05/01/2013