Michael S. Huckman, MD, is a professor of radiology and director of neuroradiology in the Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine at Rush University Medical Center.
He received his bachelor's degree in biology from Princeton University and his medical degree from St. Louis University School of Medicine in 1962. He served a rotating internship at Philadelphia General Hospital, followed by two years of active duty as a lieutenant in the Navy. He later returned to Philadelphia General Hospital for a residency in radiology. From 1968 to 1970, he was a special fellow in neuroradiology of the National Institute of Neurologic Diseases and Blindness at the Edward Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology of Washington University Medical Center under the direction of Juan M. Taveras. He has been at Rush for 42 years.
Rush University Medical Center owned the third CT scanner in the United States, and Huckman has had extensive experience with this imaging technique since its initial applications were only neuroradiological. He has been working with magnetic resonance imaging of the nervous system since 1983. With members of the Department of Neurology, he published one of the earliest papers on CT imaging of Alzheimer's disease. Huckman is interested in all forms of diagnostic imaging of the brain, head and neck, and spine, especially in the imaging of dementing illnesses. For 35 years, he directed a popular ACCME-accredited postgraduate course in neuroradiological CT and MRI. He established a fellowship program in neuroradiology at Rush in 1973 that has trained over 70 fellows and 30 visiting fellows. Today, the Section of Neuroradiology has five attending physicians and annually trains six fellows.
Huckman has served as president of the American Society of Neuroradiology and recently completed a four-year term as President of the World Federation of Neuroradiological Societies. From 1989 to 1997, he was editor-in chief of the American Journal of Neuroradiology and has served on numerous other editorial boards. He has given invited lectures in 38 different countries and been visiting professor at many medical institutions in the United States and abroad. He is an honorary member of the Sociedade do Radiologia do Brasilia, the Japanese Society of Neuroradiology an honorary life member of the Indian Society of Neuroradiology, 2010 honorary member of the European Society of Neuroradiology and 2011 honorary member of the Turkish Society of Neuroradiology.
In 1998, he received the gold medal of the American Society of Neuroradiology and in 2002 was awarded the gold medal of the Radiological Society of North America. In October of this year, he will receive the 2012 Alumni Merit Award from the St. Louis University School of Medicine.