Professor David Ball, chair of Peter Mac’s lung service, has been made an Honorary Fellow of the American College of Radiology (ACR).

This prestigious honour is awarded to non-US residents who have made a pre-eminent contribution to the science or practise of radiology or radiation oncology.

College President Dr Debra Monticciolo said Prof Ball was “widely recognised by his peers … for making a global impact in lung cancer care”.

“During his leadership tenure, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre’s lung service has developed from a purely clinical service into the most active, internationally recognised and productive multi-disciplinary lung cancer research group in Australia, producing 83 peer reviewed publications in the last two years alone,” she said.

The announcement came overnight during the ACR’s 2020 annual meeting, held virtually this year due to COVID-19. Professor Ball is invited to attend the 2021 meeting to receive the honour in person.

Professor Ball started as Director of Peter Mac’s lung service in 1981 and is a revered figure for his leadership, clinical acumen and outstanding patient care.

“Our warmest congratulations go to Professor Ball on receiving this very high international honour,” said Peter Mac’s Director of Radiation Oncology, Associate Professor Gerry Hanna.

“We are privileged to work alongside and continue to learn from you, and we are all so very proud of you.”

The ACR is a leading US medical society representing almost 40,000 diagnostic radiologists, radiation oncologists, interventional radiologists, nuclear medicine physicians and medical physicists.

You can watch the ACR 2020 Annual Meeting award ceremony here (Skip to 16:20 mark to see Professor Ball’s honour)