Tony Ciuffo

May 11, 2012

MUSCís Dr. Etta Pisano receives ARRS Gold Medal

CHARLESTON -- Etta Pisano, M.D., Medical University of South Carolina's (MUSC) vice president for medical affairs and dean of the College of Medicine, received the gold medal award from the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) at its annual meeting in Vancouver, Canada on April 28. The ARRS Gold Medal is the societyís highest honor awarded to recipients for distinguished service to radiology.

The society, founded in 1900, is the first and oldest radiology society in the United States. The mission of the society is to advance medicine through the science of radiology and its allied sciences by enabling the creation and exchange of knowledge and information in the field through the journal, meetings and other means.

Pisano joined the MUSC in 2010 and has been named by Diagnostic Imaging magazine as one of the 20 most influential people in radiology. A world-leader in mammography, she served as principal investigator on a landmark study of digital mammography that demonstrated the superiority of the technology for the detection of cancers in younger women. Results were published by the New England Journal of Medicine in 2005.

Pisanoís work has resulted in publication of more than 120 papers in peer-reviewed journals, and she has contributed hundreds of scientific and professional education presentations in areas ranging from radiography to medical ethics. She is a reviewer for 18 medical journals in radiology, cancer and womenís medicine, and is a member of the editorial boards of several of the leading publications in her fields of interest.

Pisano is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Duke University School of Medicine. She trained in radiology at Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Hospital.

About MUSC

Founded in 1824 in Charleston, The Medical University of South Carolina is the oldest medical school in the South. Today, MUSC continues the tradition of excellence in education, research, and patient care. MUSC educates and trains more than 3,000 students and residents, and has nearly 13,000 employees, including approximately 1,500 faculty members. As the largest non-federal employer in Charleston, the university and its affiliates have collective annual budgets in excess of $1.7 billion. MUSC operates a 700-bed medical center, which includes a nationally recognized Children's Hospital, the Ashley River Tower (cardiovascular, digestive disease, and surgical oncology), and a leading Institute of Psychiatry. For more information on academic information or clinical services, visit For more information on hospital patient services,