Daniel D. Picus, MD, a professor of radiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has been awarded a Gold Medal from the Society of Interventional Radiology. The award was given in recognition of his distinguished and extraordinary service to the society as well as his achievements in advancing the quality of medicine and patient care through interventional radiology. The Gold Medal is the society’s highest honor. Picus received the award at the society’s annual meeting in Austin.
Interventional radiologists use imaging techniques as a minimally invasive alternative to surgery. Picus, also a professor of surgery, established the vascular and interventional radiology section at the university’s Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology (MIR) and served as the section’s first head from 1987 to 2000. His interventional radiology practice focuses on imaging the heart and blood vessels and on treating diseases of the bile ducts and gall bladder. His contributions to interventional radiology were recognized previously when Picus was invited to deliver the Dr. Charles T. Dotter Lecture at the society’s 2013 meeting.
After stepping down as head of vascular and interventional radiology, Picus took on the role of senior vice chair and director of the division of diagnostic imaging at MIR from 2001 to 2017. In recent years, Picus has turned his focus to medical coding and reimbursement. His contributions to that field recently were recognized by the American Medical Association, which awarded him the Burgess Gordon Memorial Award.