Gold Medal Winners
Associate Professor Kevin Bell is the 2016 recipient of the IRSA Gold Medal.
Kevin was the President of IRSA for 7 years from 2000 at a time of considerable change and he helped lay the groundwork for the further development of our Society as we know it today.
He studied Medicine at the University of Melbourne and trained in Radiology at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, completing his study in 1971.
Kevin became very active in Radiology affairs and he took a key role in the Economic Standing Committee of the Royal Australasian College of Radiologists. He became an advisor to the Victorian Government and the Commonwealth Government Departments of Health as they moved to establish the Medicare Schedule and develop fees for ultrasound, CT and later MRI.
Kevin was instrumental in establishment of DSA fees, operating theatre fees for Interventional Radiology (IR) procedures, and prosthetic fees for IR procedures.
Dr Robert Allen is the 2013 recipient of the IRSA Gold Medal. This award acknowledges his excellent contribution to the advancement of Interventional Radiology (IR) in Australia.
Robert was born in 1944 and displayed precocious ability with inventive engineering. He refined a volatile formula when he was 14 resulting in a premature explosion which almost cost him his life. He lost his left hand in the incident which probably channeled him into IR rather than surgery.
Brian Parkinson was the Second Gold Medallist of IRSA. Surprising, as he always claimed he was not an interventional radiologist. However Brian did do a large amount of non-vascular intervention in private practice with Perretts and Partners in Adelaide, and was quite a capable direct puncture angiographer in the years before catheters did away with those techniques.
IRSA Gold Medal Award 2005
The IRSA Gold Medal award was created to acknowledge individual contribution to the advancement of Interventional Radiology (IR) in Australia.
Mr Geoffrey Reeves, CEO of Cook Australia was the inaugural gold medallist of IRSA and his medal was presented in Queenstown.