History


When was Society founded?
The WNRS was founded on November 2, 1968 and incorporated in the state of California as a 501 (c) 6 organization in December 1969.

Who were the Founding Members?
W. Bruce Anderson, MD Owen Martin, MD
R. Thomas Bergeron, MD Thomas H. Newton, MD
Larry P. Bilodeau, MD Bertram L. Pear, MD
Isabelito F. de Guzman, MD James A. Pollock, MD
Robert E. Flynn, MD Paul A. Riemenschneider, MD
William N. Hanafee, MD Lawrence M. Rosen, MD
Gerald Hassan, MD Calvin L. Rumbaugh, MD
Samuel B. Haveson, MD Robert L. Scanlan, MD
Vincent C. Hinck, MD Albert L. Schmitz, MD
George A. Hoeffler, MD Fred K. Sondheimer, MD
Kenneth L. Kidd, MD John C. Stears, MD
Robert L. Koch, MD Robert L. Stein, MD
Richard A. Kramer, MD Gerhart Svare, MD
John W. Loop, MD William M. Veatch, MD
John R. Mani, MD Gabriel H. Wilson, MD
Richard L. Mani, MD Leslie M. Zatz, MD

What were the initial goals of the Society?
The early goals of the Society were to:

  • Develop and support standards for the training and practice of neuroradiology in the community.
  • Encourage research in radiology and the neurosciences as they apply to neuroimaging.
  • Stimulate the development of equipment, instrumentation and products designed to fill the needs of the neuroradiologist.
  • Promote a closer fellowship and exchange of ideas among neuroradiologists and those radiologists involved in the interpretation of neuroradiologic studies.
  • Provide a format for education and the dissemination of ideas in the field of neuroradiology in the form of educational meetings and symposia.

Where was the first Annual Meeting held?
The first independent Annual Meeting was held November 3-5, 1972 at the Quail Lodge in Carmel, California.

How many Society members were there at that time?
There were 74 members.

When was the Gabriel H. Wilson Award established?
The Award was established in 1988.

Past Annual Meetings/Past Presidents:
Year President Location Month
1968 Gabriel H. Wilson, MD Organization, UCLA
Los Angeles, CA
November
1969 Gabriel H. Wilson, MD Stardust Hotel
Las Vegas, NV
February
1970 Gabriel H. Wilson, MD Town House
Phoenix, AZ
March
1971 R. Thomas Bergeron, MD Fairmont Hotel
San Francisco, CA
February
1972 Henry Pribram, MD Newporter Inn
Newport Beach, CA
March
1972 Fred K. Sondheimer, MD Quail Lodge
Carmel, CA
November
1973 Robert L. Scanlan, MD Desert Hospital
Palm Springs, CA
November
1974 James A. Pollock, MD Vacation Village Hotel
San Diego, CA
October
1975 Calvin L. Rumbaugh, MD Santa Barbara Biltmore Hotel
Santa Barbara, CA
October
1976 Leon G. Kaseff, MD Del Monte Hyatt House
Monterey, CA
October
1977 T. Hans Newton, MD Canyon Hotel
Palm Springs, CA
October
1978 Hervey D. Segall, MD Marriott Hotel
Newport Beach, CA
October
1979 Richard A. Kramer, MD Quail Lodge
Carmel, CA
October
1980 John J. Bentson, MD Hotel Del Coronado
San Diego, CA
October
1981 Anton N. Hasso, MD No Meeting
1982 Anton N. Hasso, MD Caesars Tahoe
Stateline, NV
March
1983 David Norman, MD Silverado Hotel
Napa, CA
October
1984 William H. Marshall, MD Santa Barbara Biltmore Hotel
Santa Barbara, CA
October
1985 John Howieson, MD Doubletree Inn
Monterey, CA
October
1986 Barton Lane, MD Rancho Las Palmas Resort
Rancho Mirage, CA
October
1987 John C. Stears, MD The Registry Resort
Scottsdale, AZ
October
1988 Barry D. Pressman, MD Rancho Bernardo Inn
Rancho Bernardo, CA
October
1989 Dieter R. Enzmann, MD Inn at Spanish Bay
Pebble Beach, CA
October
1990 Robert W. Jahnke, MD Eldorado Hotel
Santa Fe, NM
October
1991 William W.M. Lo, MD Ritz-Carlton Hotel
Laguna Niguel, CA
October
1992 Joachim F. Seeger, MD Ritz-Carlton Hotel
San Francisco, CA
October
1993 Michael Brant-Zawadzki, MD, FACR Ritz-Carlton Hotel
Pasadena, CA
October
1994 William D. Robertson, MD Westin La Paloma
Tucson, AZ
October
1995 Joseph R. Thompson, MD The Empress Hotel & Victoria Converence Center
Victoria, B.C., Canada
October
1996 Charles E. Seibert, MD La Meridien Hotel San Diego at Coronado
San Diego, CA
October
1997 Wallace W. Peck, MD La Quinta Resort & Club
La Quinta, CA
October
1998 Livia G. Solti-Bohman, MD, FACR Eldorado Hotel
Santa Fe, NM
October
1999 John R. Hesselink, MD Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows
Kohala Coast, Island of Hawai'i
October
2000 Stephen T. Hecht, MD Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
Monterey, CA
October
2001 Marvin D. Nelson, Jr., MD, MBA, FACR Four Seasons Biltmore Resort
Santa Barbara, CA
October
2002 Joseph E. Heiserman, MD, PhD Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
Scottsdale, AZ
September
2003 Diane R. Newton, MD The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai'i
Kohala Coast, Island of Hawai'i
October
2004 Gary M. Nesbit, MD Coeur d’Alene Resort and Spa
Coeur d’Alene, ID
September
2005 William D. Keyes, MD La Costa Resort and Spa
Carlsbad ,CA
September
2006 Brian W. Chong, MD, FRCPC The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai’i
Kohala Coast, Island of Hawai’i
September
2007 Robert J. Sevick, MD, FRCPC Vancouver Sheraton Wall Centre
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
September
2008 Wade H.M. Wong, DO, FACR, FAOCR Hotel del Coronado
Coronado, CA
October
2009 Walter L. Olsen, MD Silverado Resort
Napa, CA
October
2010 Christopher F. Dowd, MD The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui Wailea
Maui, Hawai'i
September
2011 Richard H. Wiggins III, MD, CIIP, FSIIM Rancho Las Palmes Resort & Spa
Rancho Mirage, CA
October
2012 Keith E. Kortman, MD Enchantment Resort
Sedona, AZ
October
2013 John P. Karis, MD Hilton Waikoloa Village
Waikoloa, Hawai’i
October
2014 John L. Go, MD, FACR Hotel Nikko
San Francisco, CA
September
2015 Arthur B. Dublin, MD, MBA The Broadmoor
Colorado Springs, CO
September