ARRS 2018 Gold Medal for Distinguished Service Presented to Melissa L. Rosado de Christenson, MD
Leesburg, VA, May 1, 2018—The ARRS Gold Medal, the American Roentgen Ray Society’s highest honor for distinguished service to radiology, was presented to Melissa L. Rosado de Christenson, MD, at the ARRS 2018 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.
Rosado de Christenson is section chief of thoracic imaging at Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City in Kansas City, MO, and is professor of radiology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She retired from active duty in the U.S. Air Force as a colonel in 2001 after more than 25 years of military service.
She is a graduate of the charter class of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD, where she received her MD degree and was commissioned as an officer in the Air Force. Rosado de Christenson was assigned to the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) in September of 1988 as chief of pulmonary and mediastinal radiology and became chairman and registrar of the Department of Radiologic Pathology in 1995. She was the first woman and the first U.S. Air Force officer to serve in this capacity.
For the last two decades she has continuously served the ARRS in several capacities including as president, as secretary-treasurer, and as chair of instructional courses. She is the creator and inaugural course director of the ARRS Review Course. She received the ARRS Distinguished Educator Award in 2010 in recognition of her contributions to radiology education. In addition, she became a fellow of the American College of Radiology (ACR) in 1999 and an inaugural fellow of the American Association of Women Radiologists (AAWR) in 2017. She is also past president of AAWR, of the Society of Thoracic Radiology, and the Asociación de Radiología Torácica Latinoamericana (Latin American Chest Radiologic Society).
Founded in 1900, ARRS is the first and oldest radiology society in the United States and is an international forum for progress in radiology. The Society's mission is to improve health through a community committed to advancing knowledge and skills in radiology. ARRS achieves its mission through an annual scientific and educational meeting, publication of the American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR) and InPractice magazine, topical symposia and webinars, and print and online educational materials. ARRS is located in Leesburg, VA.