CT of the Breast – State of the Art and New Directions
The Department of Medical Imaging is honored to have distinguished visiting scholar Professor Willi A. Kalender presenting a lecture on Wednesday, June 7th, at 4:00 pm in the Arizona Cancer Center, Room 2920.
Willi A. Kalender is Professor and Chairman of the Institute of Medical Physics at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany. He received his Master’s Degree and Ph.D. in Medical Physics from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, USA, in 1979. In 1988 he completed all postdoctoral lecturing qualifications (Habilitation) for Medical Physics at the University of Tübingen, Germany.
Dr. Kalender worked in the research laboratories of Siemens Medical Systems in Erlangen from 1979 to 1995 and served as head of the company's Department of Medical Physics from 1988 to 1995.
He has been Visiting Professor of Medical Physics at the University of Wisconsin for the past 17 years, and from 1993 to 1995 he lectured at the Technical University of Munich. In 1995 he was appointed full Professor and Chairman of the newly established Institute of Medical Physics at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg. In 2001 Dr. Kalender was nominated as Distinguished Visiting Professor to the Department of Radiology at Stanford University in California.
A prominent researcher in computed tomography (CT), Dr. Kalender also worked on radiation protection and the development of quantitative diagnostic procedures for the assessment of osteoporosis, lung and cardiac diseases.
Dr. Kalender's work is documented in about 800 scientific papers with more than 200 original publications among these. He organized and hosted numerous international workshops and conferences, among them the World Conference of Medical Physics in 2005 in Nuremberg.
He is a Fellow of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine and he received the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2004. He was awarded the European Research Foundation’s Latsis Price (2007) and the William D. Coolidge Award of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (2009). And, in recognition of his pioneering achievements in computed tomography, and his crucial work on radiation protection, as well as the assessment of osteoporosis, lung and cardiac diseases, Dr. Kalender was presented with an Honorary Membership of the European Society of Radiology (ESR) at ECR 2010.
Dr. Kalender is credited with the invention and development of spiral scan computed tomography. Since 2014, he has worked on spiral-CT-based dedicated breast CT scanners.
Arizona Cancer Center, Room 2920