2014 Outstanding Researcher, Educator Honored Today
Theodore S. Lawrence, M.D., Ph.D., and Paula J. Woodward, M.D., will be honored during the RSNA 2014 Opening Session beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the Arie Crown Theater.
Theodore S. Lawrence, M.D., Ph.D., established himself as a world renowned researcher for his pioneering use of radiation for the treatment of intrahepatic cancers. In particular, he led a team that developed a model that predicts the maximum safe dose of radiation that can be given to liver tumors, and showed that these higher doses could cure some previously incurable cancers.
Dr. Lawrence is the chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology and the Isadore Lampe Professor of Radiation Oncology at the University of Michigan, and co-chair of the Radiation Sciences Program of the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. He is president of the Radiation Oncology Institute and the Society of Chairs of Radiation Oncology.
Dr. Lawrence joined the faculty of the University of Michigan in 1987, following a fellowship in medical oncology and a residency in radiation oncology at the National Cancer Institute. He received his research degree in cell biology from Rockefeller University, followed by his medical degree from Cornell University and an internal medicine residency at Stanford University.
Dr. Lawrence is a member of the Board of Scientific Advisors of the National Cancer Institute and a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science. He is an editor of Translational Oncology, The Cancer Journal, Seminars in Radiation Oncology, and Cancer Research. Dr. Lawrence is past-president of the American Society of Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), and former chair of the National Cancer Institute Board of Scientific Councilors, and a member of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). He has received the ASTRO gold medal and an ASCO statesman award.
Teaching has been the life ambition for Paula J. Woodward, M.D., which explains why the achievement she takes the most pride in is being named Teacher of the Year a total of six times from three institutions during her career.
Dr. Woodward, an internationally renowned professor, has focused on the educational aspects of radiology while also contributing to the research side of the field. Dr. Woodward's reputation as a leading expert in obstetrics comes from being the lead author of the book, "Diagnostic Imaging: Obstetrics," currently in its second edition and considered a standard in the field of fetal imaging.
Dr. Woodward has published nearly 30 peer-reviewed journal articles, as well as 10 other books and nearly 200 chapters. She served as a RadioGraphics contributing editor from 2002 to 2006.
Dr. Woodward holds the David G. Bragg, M.D., and Marcia R. Bragg Presidential Endowed Chair in Oncologic Imaging at the University of Utah Medical Center, where she has also been a professor in the Department of Radiology since 2005.
Dr. Woodward previously served as a Distinguished Scientist at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) in Washington, D.C., as well as Genitourinary Section Chief and Radiologic-Pathologic course director at AFIP.
Dr. Woodward received her medical degree from the University of Colorado School of Medicine after earning her undergraduate degree at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Upon completion of medical school, Dr. Woodward served with the United States Air Force (USAF) for eight years, including as a radiology resident at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas.