ARRS Announces 2020 Gold Medalist

Mauricio Castillo

Mauricio Castillo of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will receive the 2020 ARRS Gold Medal for Distinguished Service to Radiology.

Currently, Mauricio Castillo is the James H. Scatliff distinguished professor of radiology and chief of neuroradiology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Castillo began his academic career in diagnostic radiology at the University of Miami in Florida, followed by a two-year neuroradiology fellowship at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1990, he moved to the University of Texas Medical School at Houston as Assistant Professor of Radiology. Two years later, Castillo began his lengthy and illustrious tenure with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as chief of neuroradiology, where he was awarded the Scatliff professorship in October 2015.

Castillo has received more than 80 honors and awards, including the 1995 ARRS Melvin M. Figley Fellowship in Radiology Journalism, under then AJR Editor in Chief, Robert Berk, as well as a 1999 ARRS Visiting Scientist at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology and a 2009 ARRS Best Speaker Award.

The author of 30 books and nearly 200 electronic presentations— in addition to more than 170 book chapters, 380 peer-reviewed articles, 410 abstracts, and over 1,200 lectures during his 53 Visiting Professorships—Castillo has served on the editorial boards of 11 journals and as an article reviewer for 27 journals. From 2007–2015, he was Editor in Chief of the American Journal of Neuroradiology, the most important journal in clinical neuroimaging. The first-ever recipient of the American College of Radiology’s Jackson Education Fellowship and twice selected as his institution’s Radiology Teacher of the Year, Castillo has trained nearly 180 fellows in neuroradiology throughout his career.

A past ARRS president, Castillo has served numerous professional societies, including as a founding member of the American Society of Pediatric Neuroradiology and president of the American Society of Neuroradiology, receiving its Gold Medal last year. Presently, he serves as the president of Symposium Neuroradiologicum 2022. A native of Guatemala, he is an honorary member of the European and Italian Societies of Neuroradiology and the Spanish, Chinese-Taiwan, Argentinian, Ecuatorian, Pernubucam, and Cearense Societies of Radiology.