PRESS RELEASE: WASHINGTON, DC — The American College of Radiology® Foundation (ACRF) presented both its 2020 and 2021 Global Humanitarian Awards honoring individuals who have had a positive global impact on radiology services, at the ACR 2021 virtual meeting, held May 15–19.
The 2021 awards went to Faisal Khosa, MBBS, of Vancouver, BC, in the Individual radiologist category, and Herman Oosterwijk, MS, MBA, of Cross Roads, TX, and Norman Young, of Toronto, ON, in the non-radiologist individual category.
The ACR® also announced the winners of the 2020 Global Humanitarian Awards — postponed due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020 awards went to Lawrence R. Kane, MD (Molloy Class of 1962), of Newmarket, NH, and Sarwat Hussain, MD, of Worcester, MA, in the Individual radiologist category.
“The 2021 and 2020 ACR Foundation Global Humanitarian Award recipients exemplify how radiologists, allied professionals, nonprofits and likeminded businesses can work together to improve radiologic care and save lives in underserved and low- to middle-income (LMIC) countries,” said James V. Rawson, MD, FACR, chair of the ACR Foundation Executive Committee. “By recognizing these volunteer efforts, the ACR Foundation hopes to encourage others to become involved in similar initiatives worldwide,” he added.
For more than 31 years, Dr. Kane has participated in the Haitian Health Foundation (HHF) , serving more than 225,000 people in Jeremie, Haiti. He purchased portable sonography machines for HHF inpatient care for women with high-risk pregnancy, and for use in satellite clinics in 104 villages under the HHF umbrella. He travels to Haiti at least annually to train local physicians in diagnosis of radiographs and sonography. Dr. Kane also financed 50% of the construction costs of a K-9 grade school, which educates 1,000 of the poorest children in Jeremie.