The late W. Richard “Rick” Webb, MD
April 20, 2023 — The American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) is pleased to announce that The Roentgen Fund 2023 Honorary Lecture, “Advanced High-Resolution CT (HRCT),” will be dedicated to W. Richard “Rick” Webb, MD—the late University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) radiologist who transformed the practice of thoracic imaging.
Exploring multiple conditions diagnosed via HRCT, as well as the radiologist’s role on today’s multidisciplinary teams, “Advanced HRCT” will take place on Tuesday, April 18, 2023, 1:00–2:20 PM local time, during the 2023 ARRS Annual Meeting in Honolulu, HI.
A high-profile presentation in three high-impact parts, the 2023 Roentgen Fund Honorary Lecture in Dr. Webb’s memory will begin, appropriately enough, with using CT to diagnose usual interstitial pneumonia based on guidelines from both the American Thoracic Society and Fleischner Society, delivered by James F. Gruden, MD, FCCP. Travis S. Henry, MD, will then guide ARRS Annual Meeting registrants through the use of Dr. Webb’s beloved modality to help distinguish between interstitial lung abnormality, atelectasis, scarring, and indeterminate fibrosis. Finally, Santiago E. Rossi, MD, will lead a welcome discussion on CT’s utility for identifying hypersensitivity pneumonitis.
“Advanced HRCT” was made possible through a generous donation from Roentgen Fund board chair Melissa Rosado de Christenson, MD, FACR, in memory of Dr. Webb.
Ultimately, the contributions of W. Richard “Rick” Webb, MD, (October 26, 1945–September 30, 2022) to the subspeciality of thoracic radiology cannot be overstated. His foundational work in HRCT underpins the modern evaluation of diffuse lung disease. During his career, he authored or coauthored more than 200 manuscripts, issued eight books, later reissued in new editions and multiple languages, and published some 100 book chapters and additional works. Meanwhile, his 1992 textbook, High-Resolution CT of the Lung, now in its sixth edition, is still considered the gold standard on the subject. After earning an undergraduate degree at Stanford University, he graduated from UCSF’s medical school in 1971. He went on to complete his diagnostic radiology residency at UCSF, serving as chief resident while completing his thoracic imaging fellowship. Donning a U.S. Air Force uniform from 1976–78, Major Webb was stationed at Travis Air Force Base, and upon finishing his military service, he joined the UCSF radiology faculty. Dr. Webb served as Chief of Thoracic Imaging from 1995–2006, a formative period in the section’s rise to international eminence in the field. A native son of San Francisco who spent the greater part of an illustrious career at UCSF, Dr. Webb retired from the university’s department of radiology and biomedical imaging in 2009, having served the institution for 37 years.
About the Roentgen Fund
Since 1990, The Roentgen Fund has granted millions of dollars to hundreds of imaging professionals for both research pursuits and professional development. Today, through six vital scholarship and fellowship programs, the generosity of The Roentgen Fund’s donors is channeled to every corner of the globe—establishing dual foundations in innovation and leadership for a true diversity of radiology’s next generation. The Roentgen Fund Honorary Lecture offers donors a prestigious opportunity to honor a mentor, recognize a colleague, or remember a loved one in a high-level manner during the ARRS Annual Meeting. At the same time, these generous donors support scholarships and awards to invest in the future of radiology.
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