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BCRF Grantee Since


Donor Recognition

The Macy's Award

Area(s) of Focus

Hedvig Hricak, MD, PhD

Member, Molecular Pharmacology & Chemistry Program
Professor, Gerstner Sloan Kettering Graduate School
Chairman, Department of Radiology
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
New York, New York

Current Research

With BCRF support since 2004, Dr. Hricak and colleagues in the Department of Radiology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center have established and maintained a global, world-class clinical research training program in breast imaging. This program provides selected radiologists from around the world with intensive, individualized instruction in breast imaging interpretation and clinical research methodology with the goal of standardizing best practices and fostering international collaborations to improve patient care and outcomes. In the 2013-2014 grant year, the program trained or will have trained seven visiting radiologists from six countries: China, Colombia, England, Germany, Italy, and Uruguay, including the first two radiologist participants from South America. Dr. Hricak and her colleagues have established important connections in numerous countries and regions that promise to provide the most promising candidates for future training. The BCRF-supported program is entering its eleventh year and will continue to recruit and train leaders in breast imaging, all of whom share the goal of improving breast cancer patient outcomes worldwide. These exceptionally talented trainees can be expected to become leaders themselves, with the capacity to influence clinical practice and research as well as health policy relating to breast imaging in their communities.


Hedvig Hricak is Chair of the Department of Radiology, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, a member of the Molecular Pharmacology and Chemistry Program, Sloan Kettering Institute, and Professor, Gerstner Sloan Kettering Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. The hallmark of her research career has been the validation of new imaging technologies and their translation into clinical practice, with a special emphasis on oncology. She is particularly renowned for pioneering the application of MRI to prostate and gynecological cancers. Her extensive publication record includes more than 380 peer-reviewed original research articles and over 135 monographs and book chapters. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and a "foreign" member of the Croatian Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Russian Academy of Science. She has served on the Scientific Advisory Board of the National Cancer Institute, the Advisory Council of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, and the Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board of the NAS. She has long been committed to promoting education and international collaboration in imaging. With support from BCRF and NCI, she established a global program for training in breast cancer imaging and research. She is also PI of the NIH/NCI R25T program "Molecular Imaging: Training for Oncology," as well as MSKCC co-PI of the training section of the CCNY-MKSCC Partnership grant for underrepresented undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral trainees. Her numerous honors and awards include an honorary doctorate from the Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich.