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.