West named ACR fellow, ASER gold medalist

Accolades / Awards
January 5th, 2011


Dr. O. Clark West, professor of diagnostic and interventional imaging, recently was honored with two national radiology accolades.

O. Clark West with ASER Award

O. Clark West with ASER Award

He received the gold medal from the American Society of Emergency Radiology (ASER) during its 20th Annual Scientific Meeting and Postgraduate Course in Orlando, Fla., in October. He also was named an American College of Radiology (ACR) fellow – one of that organization’s highest honors.

The gold medal recognizes distinguished and exemplary service to the society and the specialty it represents.  ASER, which was founded in 1988, established its gold medal on the occasion of its 10th Annual Scientific Meeting.  West was recognized for 17 years of continuous service to ASER, beginning during his fellowship in trauma radiology in 1992 and culminating with his presidency of ASER from 2006-08. West continues to serve the society as immediate past president.

According to West, “I will continue to serve ASER and the field of emergency radiology throughout my professional career. I grew up in the ASER; its members are my professional family.”

Only 10 percent of ACR members are named as fellows, which are described as “those members who attain eminence in the specialty.”

Dr. O. Clark West's Gold Medal

Dr. O. Clark West's Gold Medal

West is chief of emergency and trauma imaging and recently was named vice chair for clinical operations and informatics of the Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging. He received his medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and completed residencies at Barnes Hospital and Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis. He did fellowships at Washington University School of Medicine and University of Maryland.  West joined the Medical School faculty in 1997 and was promoted to professor in 2009.

His scholarly interests include imaging of spinal trauma, traumatic aortic injury, and skeletal trauma, and the application of multi-row detector CT to trauma imaging. West is a committed educator in the field of emergency radiology, locally, nationally, and internationally.  He regularly presents lectures for the Medical School radiology residents and is frequently invited to teach at national and international radiology courses. He recently agreed to chair the committee charged with developing the new general radiology certifying examination for the American Board of Radiology, which will replace the current oral examination in 2015.