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Donor Recognition

The Delta Air Lines 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. Dr. Hricak has established important connections in numerous countries and regions that promise to provide the most promising candidates for future training. With support from BCRF, the program hosted a global Breast Imaging Symposium in June 2015. This unique forum was designed to provide former BCRF fellows and faculty mentors an opportunity to collectively discuss the impact the training program has made in the fellows’ home countries and at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and to further evaluate the program and discuss lessons learned. Building on this symposium, Dr. Hricak will continue working with global clinical partners to train the next generation of breast imaging leaders, including collaborations in China, Europe and South America. This year, they will welcome their first fellow from Israel. The BCRF-supported program is entering its twelfth 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.