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Ann Arbor, MI – The Central Chapter of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging(CCSMMI) will honor Michael A. Wilson, MD, FRACP, FACNP, with the presentation of the Steven M. Pinsky, MD Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor the CCSNMMI can bestow upon a member. The Distinguished Service Award or Gold Medal will be presented to Doctor Wilson on Saturday, March 24th at the March 24-25, 2018 CCSMMI Annual Spring Meeting to recognize his outstanding leadership in organized medicine and community relations and his many years of dedicated service to nuclear medicine. The meeting will be held at the Kensington Court Hotel in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Doctor Wilson was born in Christchurch and raised in Auckland, New Zealand.  He received his medical degree in 1968 from Otago Medical School in Dunedin, New Zealand. From 1969 to 1971 he was an intern and resident in internal medicine at Auckland Hospital and passed the internal medicine specialist examination to be a member (later Fellow) in the Royal Australasia College of Physicians. This was followed by the first ever residency in nuclear medicine from 1972-1974 also at Auckland Hospital.

Starting in 1975, he had an 18 month Postdoctoral Fellowship in Metabolism at Stanford University in California and then an 18 month Postdoctoral Fellowship in Computers in Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York.  In 1978 he accepted the position of Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.  In 1983 he added Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine for Endocrinology to his specialties.

He served the University of Wisconsin for 37 years before retiring in 2014.  During this time he was awarded promotions to Associate Professor and Full Professor and Chief of Nuclear Medicine Section. He held faculty appointments in endocrinology in the Department of Medicine where he did clinical work and Professor, Affiliate Status in the Department of Animal Health and Biomedical Sciences where he was involved with teaching PhD students in basic animal research in Dysbaric Osteonecrosis and other diseases.  He also served for four years as the Director of the Nuclear Medicine Section of the VA Hospital in Madison.  At his retirement, Wilson served as Director, Nuclear Medicine Residency Program and Professor, Department of Radiology for Nuclear Medicine.

Doctor Wilson’s involvement with the Central Chapter dates back to 1986 when he served on the Finance Committee.  He was a member of the Board of Governors twice, first from 1991-1999 and then again from 2005 – 2012.  During each occasion he served as Vice President and then President in 1995-1996 and in 2010 -2011.  In addition to serving as President twice, Wilson says he is most proud of serving as Program Chair for the 2015 Fall Educational Symposium which was the first time the Central Chapter offered Self-Assessment Module or SAM credits for presentations given at the meeting. He had to rewrite all of the self-assessment questions to be in compliance with SAM credit requirements.  Initially he planned to handle one session but ended up handling all seven hours of SAM presentations given over the two days and it took him weeks of work to do it as a means of getting more physician and scientist participants at the meetings.  At least four SAM credits have been offered at the Spring and Fall meetings ever since.  Wilson also served as the program chair in the 90’s planning the Chapter’s educational programs for five years.

A generous volunteer of his time, Doctor Wilson has also been an active member of the American College of Nuclear Physicians, the American College of Radiology, the Society of Chiefs of Academic Nuclear Medicine Sections, the Society of Nuclear Medicine and the Veterans Administration.  He also has a long list of leadership activities at the University of Wisconsin including President of the Medical Staff from 1998-2000 and member and chair of the Quality Evaluation Review Committee for 25 years.

Wilson and his wife, Patricia Anne live in Madison.


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