Prominent Stanford radiologist Gary Glazer dies

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Gary Glazer, MD, former chair of the Stanford University School of Medicine department of radiology and a pioneering leader in the profession, died on Oct. 16 at Stanford Hospital after a long battle with prostate cancer. He was 61.

Glazer is credited with developing standard imaging criteria for distinguishing liver and adrenal tumors, and for categorizing different stages of tumors in lung cancers—standards still in routine clinical use and critical to treating these diseases.

After becoming the chair of the department of radiology in 1989, a position he held until stepping down in August, Glazer oversaw a number of key expansions, among them the completion of the Richard M. Lucas Center for Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy and Imaging, in 1992; the designation of Stanford’s magnetic resonance activities as a National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Research Resource, in 1995; the siting, at Stanford, of the first multidetector CT facility outside of a factory environment, in 1998; the opening of a major addition to the Lucas Center, in 2005; and the designation of Stanford’s molecular imaging program as an NIH Center, also in 2005.

One of Glazer’s goals for the department was to move toward a more patient-centered approach to radiology. To achieve this, Glazer oversaw the design of the Stanford Medicine Imaging Center, which was launched in 2008 in Palo Alto. This outpatient center was architecturally designed especially to promote radiologists’ interactions with patients.

Glazer authored more than 155 scientific articles and three books. He was one of 21 radiologists ever to receive Gold Medal awards from both the Radiological Society of North America and the Association of University Radiologists. Among his many other national and international awards, he was given honorary membership in the French, Japanese and German radiological societies.

“Gary was a true visionary, who cared deeply about people and about basic as well as clinical science, and the marriage of the two,” Gary Glover, PhD, director of the school’s Radiological Science Laboratory, and friend of Glazer’s for 21 years, said in a statement.