LAUREL, MARYLAND - Peter H. Arger, MD, will be honored with the Joseph H. Holmes Clinical Pioneer Award during the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) 2013 Annual Convention at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York, New York, on April 7, 2013. This award pays tribute to an individual who has significantly contributed to the growth and development of medical ultrasound.
Dr Arger’s contributions to imaging have been essential, including the many initiatives that were created during his tenure as president of the AIUM from 1995 to 1997. Recognizing the enormous potential for ultrasound in medicine but also aware that funding for research was limited, he spearheaded the AIUM’s Endowment for Education and Research, which has already allocated close to three-quarters of a million dollars to ultrasound research and educational endeavors. Dr Arger was also instrumental in the creation of the AIUM’s ultrasound practice accreditation program. The 2000+ practices that have subsequently received accreditation have demonstrated their commitment to the highest quality patient care.
Among the many endeavors that were initiated under Dr Arger’s leadership included building coalitions and establishing liaisons with 27 ultrasound-related associations to ensure the ability to take a proactive stance on legislation and to promote the best practices in diagnostic ultrasound. The Distinguished Sonographer Award as well as the New Investigator Award was established, and during his presidency, he also conducted a conference in which simultaneous Spanish translation was available, obtained a seat on the American Medical Association House of Delegates, and analyzed the entire operation of the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine.
He carried out all of these tasks while serving as professor of radiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he is now emeritus professor of radiology and concentrating on ultrasound research and ultrasound training for residents. Dr Arger has received many awards and has served as principal investigator on multiple major grants. A well-published author with hundreds of original papers to his credit, as well as abstracts, books, reviews, and chapters, Dr Arger’s passion for education is further evident by the innumerable presentations he has given and the outstanding courses he has directed.
His exceptional achievements, unwavering efforts, and dedication to the prominent growth of medical ultrasound make him a commendable recipient of the Joseph H. Holmes Clinical Pioneer Award.
The American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine is a multidisciplinary medical association of more than 9,000 physicians, sonographers, scientists, students, and other healthcare professionals. Established in the early 1950s, AIUM is dedicated to empowering and cultivating a global multidisciplinary community engaged in the use of medical ultrasound through raising awareness, education, sharing information, and research.