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Maryellen Lissak Giger, Ph.D., majored in Mathematics, Physics and Health Sciences at Illinois Benedictine College. Giger went on to earn a Master of Science degree in Physics in 1979 from the University of Exeter, UK, and then a Ph.D. in Medical Physics from the University of Chicago in 1985. She is currently the A.N. Pritzker Professor of Radiology/Medical Physics, serves as Vice-Chair of Radiology for Basic Science Research, and is the past director of the Graduate Program in Medical Physics at the University of Chicago.
Giger is considered one of the pioneers in the development of Computer-Aided Diagnosis. She has authored or co-authored more than 300 scientific manuscripts (including 180 peer-reviewed journal articles), is inventor/co-inventor on approximately 25 patents, and serves as a reviewer for various national and international granting agencies, including the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Army.
She is a former president of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM). Giger is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and is an elected fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biology Engineering, AAPM, and International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE). She is currently editor-in-chief of the SPIE Journal of Medical Imaging.