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Chicago, IL – The Chicago Radiological Society has honored Joseph D. Calandra, MD, FACR, Chair of the Department of Radiology for Presence St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, IL, with the presentation of the Distinguished Calandra PhotoService Award, the highest honor the Chicago Radiological Society can bestow upon a member. The Distinguished Service Award or Gold Medal was presented to Doctor Calandra at the March 19, 2015, CRS Meeting, to recognize his outstanding leadership in organized medicine and community relations and his many years of dedicated service to radiology.

A native Chicagoan, Doctor Calandra received his Bachelors Degree in Natural Sciences from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He graduated with his medical degree from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, and completed his residency training in Diagnostic Radiology at St. Francis Hospital, where he served as Chief Resident and President of the House Staff Association.

After finishing his training, he served as an attending radiologist and Associate Director of Nuclear Medicine at Columbus-Cuneo-Cabrini Medical Center, before coming to St. Francis Hospital in 1986. He also previously served as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Radiology at Northwestern University, Loyola University and currently serves in that capacity at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine.

In addition to his chairman duties, Doctor Calandra also serves as a member of the Medical Executive Committee, Director of the Breast Center and Program Director of the Radiology Residency Program where he has trained more than 90 residents who went on to become attending radiologists.

He is actively involved within the hospital system and has held many positions throughout his tenure. In addition to Chairing of the Radiology Department, Doctor Calandra serves as medical director of the Breast Center where he is the cornerstone of the excellent and compassionate care provided to patients. Under Doctor Calandra’s direction, the Radiology Department has been awarded successful accreditations that have positioned the hospital as a leader in breast care.

Doctor Calandra’s wife, Mary Calandra, a registered nurse for 22 years, serves as the program coordinator of the Breast Center at Presence St. Francis Hospital. She is passionate about the thousands of low-income patients she has educated about breast health and navigated through the hospital’s free screening mammogram program. Their tireless work has been key to the hospital’s success in receiving more than $500,000 in grants to fund this life-saving program. In 2014, Doctor Calandra and Mary received the Keystone Founders Society’s Philanthropy Award in recognition of their dedication to patients at Presence St. Francis.

Those who know Doctor Calandra knows he stops shaving on the first of September so he can be Santa Claus at the Hospital and elsewhere during the Christmas Holidays. For his service to the community, the Illinois State Crime Commission named Doctor Calandra the 2012 ISCC Humanitarian of the Year.

Doctor Calandra is a member of several professional organizations, including: American College of Nuclear Physicians, American College of Radiology, American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, Chicago Medical Association, Radiological Society of North America, American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, and Association of Program Directors in Radiology in addition to the Chicago Radiological Society and the Illinois Radiological Society. A long time member of the CRS and IRS, Doctor Calandra first served on the CRS Executive Committee from 1992 to 1995 and he is served a second term from 2009 to 2012. He now chairs the Harold J. Lasky MD Foundation Breast Cancer Fund providing awards to the Best Breast Imaging Poster at the CRS Annual Poster Competition. He has also spoken at five breakout sessions at the CRS meetings on both breast imaging and diagnostic radiology.

He received his Fellowship in the American College of Radiology in 2008. He also received the C.H. Escamilla, MD Radiology Teacher of the year in 2006 and 2013 and the Non-medicine Specialist of the Year in 2013. Throughout his practice experience, Doctor Calandra’s work has appeared in numerous academic journals and other publications, and he has also presented work at society conferences and symposiums.

The Calandras live in Glenview and have six children and four grandchildren.  They have been members of the Presence Saint Francis Keystone Founders Society since 2006 and are active volunteers at A Silver Lining Foundation, Misericordia, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Avon Foundation and American Cancer Society.

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