Galdino E. Valvassori, M.D. (left) who retired in March as Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and Radiology, has been named the Department’s Honorary Alumnus of the Year, said Department Head J. Regan Thomas, M.D. (right). Dr. Valvassori served 50 years with UI, including 48 with the Department, which he joined in 1967. He had joined the Department of Radiology two years earlier. Known worldwide as the “Father of ENT Radiology,” Dr. Valvassori published three seminal texts: Radiographic Atlas of the Temporal Bone, Radiology of the Ear, Nose, and Throat, and the Valvassori Textbook of ENT Radiology. A graduate of the University of Milan in his native Italy, Dr. Valvassori joined the Department of Radiology in 1965. He founded the American Society of Head and Neck Radiology in 1976. “Dr. Valvassori is a pioneer in ENT radiology, a man who has left his imprint on so many people in our Department and across the UI medical community,” Dr. Thomas said. “It is a distinct honor for us to show our appreciation for his service through the Honorary Alumnus of the Year award.” The award will be presented during graduation ceremonies this coming June.