Awards : Hall of Fame Award

Roderick Pettigrew, Ph.D., M.D. ‘79

Dr. Pettigrew is the first Director of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He was previously professor of radiology, medicine (cardiology) at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia; professor of bioengineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology; and Director of the Emory Center for MR Research at the Emory University School of Medicine. He is known internationally for his pioneering work involving four-dimensional imaging of the cardiovascular system using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Dr. Pettigrew has been elected to membership in two components of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine: the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Engineering. His honors include membership to Phi Beta Kappa; the Bennie Award for Achievement, Morehouse College; the Most Distinguished Alumnus award of the University of Miami; the Herbert Nickens Award of the Association of Black Cardiologists; the Pritzker Distinguished Achievement Award of the Biomedical Engineering Society; the Distinguished Service Award of the National Medical Association; the Pierre Galletti Award of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering; and the inaugural Gold Medal Award of the Academy of Radiology Research. He is also honorary professor of the South China University of Technology in Guangzhou.