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Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) Announces
Recipients of the Inaugural Gold Medal Awards


Vienna, VA (July 29, 2015) - The Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) announces the recipients of the 2015 Gold Medal Awards, which were recently presented at the 10th Annual Scientific Meeting (SCCT2015), held July in Las Vegas, Nevada.


Launched in SCCT's 10th anniversary year, the Gold Medal Award is the Society's highest honor and recognizes outstanding leaders who have made landmark contributions to the field of cardiovascular CT and to the Society. The award recognizes SCCT members who best exemplify leadership and a lifetime commitment to clinical excellence, research, and education.


The two recipients of the first Gold Medal Awards are:


Stephan Achenbach, MD, FSCCT, SCCT Founder and the Society's first President

Stephan Achenbach, MD, FSCCT, has been actively involved in research and clinical applications of CT as a cardiac imaging tool since 1993, and performed the first non-invasive angiograms of the coronary arteries using Electron Beam CT in January 1994. Dr. Achenbach was elected as the first president (2005-2006) of SCCT, established to be multidisciplinary and inclusive of cardiologists, radiologists, other scientists and technologists; and committed to promoting excellence in education, research, and clinical application.


Dr. Achenbach graduated from University of Erlangen-Nürnberg Medical School in 1993, where he eventually became a Professor of Medicine and Vice President of the Department of Cardiology. In 2002/2003, he was a Research Fellow at the Department of Radiology and Division of Cardiology, Massachusetts General Hospital. In 2012, he returned to Erlangen as Professor of Medicine and Chairman of the Department of Cardiology.


His imaging research encompasses all cardiac applications of computed tomography, with a special focus on coronary angiography, plaque analysis, and the application of CT imaging to interventional cardiology.


Daniel S. Berman, MD, FSCCT, SCCT Founder and Past President

Daniel S. Berman, MD, FSCCT, is Chief of Cardiac Imaging and Nuclear Cardiology at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute and the S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center at Cedars-Sinai, where he is also Medical Director of the Artificial Intelligence in Medicine Program and the Biomedical Imaging Research Institute. He is a Professor of Imaging and Medicine at Cedars-Sinai and a Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.


He is a founding member of the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography and served as the Society's third president in 2008-2009. Dr. Berman's career has been devoted to clinical research in developing, validating, applying, and assessing noninvasive cardiac imaging methods. With his colleagues, he helped develop widely used computer-based quantitative analysis of cardiac imaging methods.


Dr. Berman has authored many manuscripts and book chapters, and edited or co-edited five books.  Formerly an associate editor for the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, he sits on the editorial board of several journals. Dr. Berman received the American College of Cardiology's Gifted Teacher Award in 2000, Cedars-Sinai's Pioneer in Medicine Award in 2010, and in 2012 the Georg Charles de Hevesy Nuclear Pioneer Award from the Society of Nuclear Medicine.


About the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography

SCCT is the professional society devoted exclusively to cardiovascular computed tomography (CCT). The Society is acknowledged and recognized as the representative and advocate for research, education, and clinical excellence in the use of cardiovascular computed tomography. For more information on the society's mission and goals, please see the SCCT website at   


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