Maryellen Lissak Giger, Ph.D.
Mathematics, Physics & Health Sciences, C78
Maryellen Lissak Giger, Ph.D., majored in Mathematics, Physics and Health Sciences at what was then Illinois Benedictine College (IBC). She was the first recipient of the Fr. William Shonka, O.S.B., Award. After graduating as the 1978 Procopian Award recipient, Giger went on to receive a M.S. in Physics in 1979 from the University of Exeter, UK, and then a Ph.D. in Medical Physics from the University of Chicago in 1985.
Dr. Giger is presently an A.N. Pritzker Professor of Radiology, the Committee on Medical Physics, and the College at the University of Chicago. She also serves as Vice-Chair for Basic Science Research in the Department of Radiology, University of Chicago and Director of the BSD’s Imaging Research Institute. Involvement at the national and international level can be found in her CV.
Dr. Giger is considered one of the pioneers in the development of CAD (computer-aided diagnosis). She has authored or co-authored more than 300 scientific manuscripts (including 180 peer-reviewed journal articles), is inventor/co-inventor on approximately 25 patents, and serves as a reviewer for various national and international granting agencies, including the NIH and the U.S. Army. Dr. Giger is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) of the National Academies. She is currently Editor-in-Chief of the SPIE Journal of Medical Imaging (JMI). She is an elected fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), the SPIE, and is a Senior Member of IEEE. In the recent past, she has served as the nationally-elected President and Treasurer of the AAPM and as a third Vice-President of the RSNA. For the RSNA, she has served as chair of the RSNA Research Grant Study Section, chair of the physics subcommittee for the RSNA program committee, and chair of the SPIE Medical Imaging Symposium. She has given several invited presentations on CAD at SPIE, BIROW, SCAR, IWDM, CARS, AAPM, and RSNA, as well as at various international meetings, and at workshops and conferences of the NCI, as well as serving on various scientific program committees. At the University of Chicago, she is an active participant within the Cancer Center and the Breast SPORE.