Marking the first individual grant endowment in the 24-year history of the Research and Education Foundation of the Radiological Society of North America, Paul E. Berger, M.D., has donated $1.5 million toward the Derek Harwood-Nash Scholar Grant.

This donation also represents the largest individual gift the foundation has ever received.

In honor of the late Derek Harwood-Nash, M.B., Ch.B., D.Sc., who founded the subspecialty of pediatric neuroradiology and spent his life sharing his passion and expertise with radiologists around the world, the Derek Harwood-Nash Scholar Grant will focus on opportunities for international educators and investigators.

"This will be the first scholar grant open to young academic radiologists outside North America," said Anne G. Osborn, M.D., chair of the RSNA Research and Education Foundation. "Derek Harwood-Nash’s passion for his African homeland and his numerous friends and colleagues all over the world made him a roving ambassador for RSNA."

Berger, who is CEO and board chairman of NightHawk Radiology Services, headquartered in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, received his radiology training at the University of Michigan and completed a fellowship in pediatric neuroradiology under Harwood-Nash at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. He said he is indebted to his beloved mentor and friend for guiding his way as a young radiologist.

With Dr. Berger’s gift, the RSNA Research and Education Foundation’s Silver Anniversary Campaign has reached $10.5 million in contributions toward its goal of $15 million to fuel scientific innovation and enhance the practice of medical imaging.