Honorary Lectures

Andreas Gruentzig Lecture  |  Josef Roesch Lecture

Andreas Gruentzig Lecture

Michael J. Lee

Michael J. Lee graduated from medical school at University College Dublin in 1982 and completed three years of medical training, culminating in passing the boards in internal medicine in 1985. He successfully entered the Irish radiology training programme in 1985 and completed training in 1989. Certification of training was achieved by taking and passing the radiology boards in both Ireland (FFR RCSI) and the UK (FRCR). During his radiology training, he also completed an M.Sc. in Radiological Sciences, and published his first IR paper on lower limb angioplasty in the Irish Journal of Medical Science in 1988.

He completed fellowship training at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston from 1989 to 1991, and was promoted to staff for a further four years and as Assistant Professor at Harvard. He became very interested in research at MGH, publishing widely in the fields of IR and abdominal imaging. He returned to Ireland in 1995 as Professor of Radiology at the Medical School of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and was appointed as Consultant Interventional Radiologist at Beaumont Hospital in Dublin.

Prof. Lee has held positions in many national and international societies. He was one of the original founders and first president of the Irish Society of Interventional Radiology, and has been president of the International Society of Hepato-Biliary and Pancreatic Diseases. He has held many positions in CIRSE, including the presidency from 2011-2013. He is also the secretary of the IR division at UEMS. He is on the editorial board of many journals, including CVIR, and is the European editor of Seminars in Interventional Radiology. He is a Fellow of both CIRSE and SIR and obtained the EBIR in 2010. He is an honorary fellow of the Chinese Society of Interventional Radiology (CSIR), the Interventional Radiology Society of Australasia (IRSA), the Hellenic Society of IR and the Czech Society of IR. During his tenure with CIRSE, he was instrumental in bringing the patient safety agenda into focus for the IR community, brought dedicated educationalist experience to the EBIR, and negotiated the acceptance of the EBIR and IR curriculum with both IRSA and RANZCR in Australia and New Zealand.

He has published widely on interventional radiology topics, with over 250 peer-reviewed publications and 80 chapters and reviews. He also co-edited the textbook Interventional Radiology: The Requisites, now in its second edition, and is series co-editor for six books on Techniques in Interventional Radiology.

His research interests are many and include endovascular intervention for peripheral arterial disease, foot perfusion studies pre- and post-angioplasty for BTK lesions, subintimal angioplasty, embolisation procedures to control haemorrhage, patient safety, enteral nutrition, IVC filters and venous thrombectomy for ilio-femoral DVT. He has received recognition for his research from RSNA, BSIR, ESGAR and CIRSE with differing awards. He received the Prix de L’APERR (L’Assoiation pour L’Etude et la Recherche en Radiologie) in 1986. He also received the Editor’s Medal for the best paper published in Clinical Radiology in 2008. He recently received the Gold Medal from CIRSE and the Gold Medal from the British Society of Interventional Radiology (BSIR).

He has given over 200 lectures all over the world on IR techniques and was chosen to give the eponymous Wattie Fletcher Lecture at BSIR and the Tesla Lecture at RCR. He has also introduced an eight-hour IR teaching curriculum into the RCSI Medical School four years ago. He recently published a book for medical students entitled Interventional Radiology for Medical Students, believing that early exposure to IR in medical school is vital to the continued vitality of IR. He is also a strong believer in clinical practice for IR.

Sunday, September 23

HL 1301 Andreas Gruentzig Lecture
1301.1 Darwin and Osler on the good ship IR sailing to Byzantium
  M.J. Lee (Dublin/IE)

Josef Roesch Lecture  TOP

Antonin Krajina

Antonin Krajina is currently Professor of Radiology and Chair of the Department of Radiology at the Charles University Hospital in Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic. He earned his medical degree in 1983, and completed his radiology residency under the leadership of Prof. Leo Steinhart at the Charles University Hospital in 1991. In 1989, after the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia, he strived to train in interventional radiology outside his country to continue his experimental work on portal hypertension. In 1992, he completed his fellowship in interventional radiology under the supervision of Dr. Josef Roesch and Dr. Frederick S.Keller in the Charles Dotter Institute in Portland, Oregon. After this, he returned home and started to implement new techniques in interventional radiology at his hospital.

His research has covered diverse aspects of vascular and interventional radiology. He received research grants on stents for TIPS, endovascular embolisation of intracranial aneurysms and CO2 angiography in the early 90’s. He also cooperated on experimental development of the first stent grafts in the middle of 1990. Together with Dr. Petr Hulek, hepatologist, he introduced TIPS into clinical practice in Czechoslovakia in 1992.

As a professor of radiology he has been involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. He has mentored many students, assisting with twelve Ph.D. programmes and working with international visiting fellows from Eastern Europe and Asia in the last 23 years.

He has edited 4 textbooks and written a Czech textbook on angiography. In addition to this, he is an author of  19  book chapters on vascular interventional and neurointerventional radiology and has published 230 scientific papers. Dr. Krajina is also a  reviewer for 10 international scientific journals, and works as a committee member for national interventional radiology and radiology societies.

He has been a Member of CIRSE since 1995, and, in 1999, he became a Fellow of CIRSE. He served as a member of the CIRSE Programme Planning Committee from 2014- 2017, and he was the Head of Oral Exams of EBIR from 2013- 2015. He is a member of the Online Education Committee and has been a member of the CIRSE Stroke Task Force since 2015. He was also an Editorial Board Member of CVIR from 2009 to 2017.

Apart from his work with CIRSE, he is also involved as a member of the ESMINT Committee and is a co-founder of the Middle East European  Interventional Neuroradiology Club (MENC), which held its 13th annual meeting in Prague in 2017.

He is married to Jana, and they have two daughters and two grandsons. He likes astronomy and thinks that we, as the human race, should keep our planet, this island of life, as long as possible.

Tuesday, September 25

HL 2901 Josef Roesch Lecture
2901.1 Endovasular embolectomy for acute ischaemic stroke: an update
  A. Krajina (Hradec Králové/CZ)