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The legacy of Stanford radiologist Gary Glazer

The legacy of Stanford radiologist Gary Glazer

The Stanford community is mourning the loss of a pioneering figure in radiology: Gary Glazer, MD, former chair of the Department of Radiology here, died on Sunday. My colleague discussed Glazer’s legacy in a release:

During his career, Glazer not only developed novel research and clinical programs that introduced a multitude of technologies and practices into the field, but also personally advanced the use of lifesaving diagnostic imaging, especially for cancer.

An early investigator of both computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging, 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.

But Glazer’s contributions to radiology extended well beyond clinical research: His 20-plus years at the helm of the department were devoted to creating the infrastructure for what became under his leadership one of the world’s most sophisticated scientific-imaging centers…

“Gary was a true visionary, who cared deeply about people and about basic as well as clinical science, and the marriage of the two,” said [radiology professor Gary Glover, PhD].

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