Officials from the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO)
have announced that Ann Barrett, md, of the University of East Anglia in the
United Kingdom, and John J. Curry, of the American College of Radiology, have
been chosen to receive honorary membershipsthe highest honor ASTRO bestows
upon distinguished cancer researchers and leaders in disciplines other than
radiation oncology, radiation physics, and radiobiology.
"Honorary membership is reserved for distinguished men and women who
have made significant contributions to the objectives of our society," said
ASTRO chair David A. Larson, phd, md, facr. "I am honored to present this
award to two outstanding individuals who, in the course of their careers, have
greatly advanced the specialty of radiation oncology."
Dr. Barrett was a founding member of the European Society for Therapeutic
Radiology and Oncology, serving as that organization’s president from 1997 to
1999. Recognized as an international authority on pediatric radiation oncology,
she is presently the Foundation Chair of Oncology at the University of East
Anglia, and is working to develop that university’s new medical school.
Mr. Curry is known for a lifetime of promoting excellence in radiation
therapy and research. In 1984, he became executive director of the American
College of Radiology, and under his leadership, the organization has become a
powerful voice in setting standards, and developing appropriateness guidelines
and accreditation programs for both diagnostic and therapeutic radiology.