Barry A. Siegel, MD
Barry A. Siegel, MD, professor of radiology and of medicine, is being honored for his accomplishments as an international leader in the field of nuclear medicine.
Siegel’s unmatched knowledge of his field, dedication to excellence, compassion and attention to detail make him not only an exemplary physician, but also a treasured mentor and resource for fellow faculty and consultant to referring physicians, colleagues say.
Siegel’s roots at Washington University are deep. He earned his bachelor’s and medical degrees at the university in 1966 and 1969, respectively, and completed residency training at the School of Medicine’s Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology (MIR). Thereafter, he became head of the Department of Radiology’s Division of Nuclear Medicine, a post he still holds nearly 40 years later. During this time, he has guided the development of an exceptional clinical nuclear medicine division, including important contributions to MIR’s world-renowned positron emission tomography (PET) program.
On a national level, Siegel has applied his remarkable skills for organizing clinical trials to lead development of a national program to teach young investigators these crucial skills. He has served as a consultant to the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and played a leading role in working with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to set up a national registry that allowed for expanded access to PET for clinical applications in oncology.
Siegel also has furthered his field as a scientist, with contributions related to the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism, the detection of thrombosis, and oncological applications of radionuclide tracers. Siegel has authored more than 200 peer-reviewed publications, many co-authored by colleagues from other disciplines, and has written 53 book chapters. He has received countless national honors, including the 2003 Georg Charles de Hevesy Nuclear Pioneer Award from the Society of Nuclear Medicine, and has been listed in Best Doctors in America since 1992.