The American College of Radiology Foundation (ACRF) presented its Global Humanitarian Awards during the American College of Radiology (ACR) 2019 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.
The individual award went to Richard N. Hirsh, MD, of Akron, Ohio. Hirsh created Radiology Mammography International, a nonprofit organization that provides imaging services to patients all over the world. He has led more than 35 volunteer trips since 1989, providing imaging technology when needed and organizing volunteer teams to help in a wide variety of areas.
The group award went to Mamotest of Argentina, a company committed to early breast cancer detection. Mamotest manages 12 clinics in Argentina and even helped lead efforts to give women in three provinces a full day off work to undergo a mammogram and visit a gynecologist.
“This year’s ACR Foundation Global Humanitarian Award recipients work enthusiastically to improve access to quality radiological services in underserved and developing countries,” Howard B. Fleishon, MD, MMM, chair of the ACRF Executive Committee, said in a prepared statement. “By recognizing these volunteer efforts, the ACR Foundation hopes to encourage others to become involved in similar initiatives in underserved areas.”
More information on the ACRF is available here.