The Chicago Radiological Society (CRS) will honor Edward Melian, MD, Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology at Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine, with the presentation of the Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor the Chicago Radiological Society can bestow upon a member. The Distinguished Service Award, or Gold Medal, will be presented to Dr. Melian at the April 20, 2017, CRS Meeting to recognize his outstanding leadership in organized medicine and his many years of dedicated service to radiation oncology and radiology.
Born in the Canary Islands, Edward Melian grew up in Akron, Ohio, and went on to graduate from Columbia University in New York City in 1984. Dr. Melian returned to Ohio to attend medical school at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, graduating in 1988. Following a preliminary internship in medicine at the Akron City Hospital in Ohio, Dr. Melian completed residency training in Radiation Oncology at Loyola followed by a fellowship year in Three-Dimensional Treatment Planning in Radiation Oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.
Dr. Melian then returned to Loyola’s Department of Radiation Oncology in 1993, where he also holds a joint appointment with the Department of Neurological Surgery. During his tenure at Loyola, Dr. Melian has served both as the Co-Director of the Lung Cancer Evaluation Center and as a member of the Neuro Oncology Clinic at Loyola’s Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center. He has twice been honored with the Teacher of the Year Award in Radiation Oncology at Loyola.
Past president of the Chicago Radiological Society, Dr. Melian has been active in local, state and national radiology societies for many years. He has served on the Chicago Radiological Society Executive Committee since 1998 and on the Illinois Radiological Society Executive Committee since 2002. Dr. Melian has served on the American College of Radiology Executive Council as either Alternate Councilor or Councilor, including a six-year term as Councilor from 2005 until 2011. He is currently serving an additional three-year term as Councilor that began in 2014.
Dr. Melian is a long-standing member of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology (ASTRO), the Radiological Society of North America, The Gilbert H. Fletcher Society and the North American Skull Base Society. The Association of Residents in Radiation Oncology (ARRO) honored Dr. Melian with its 2014 Educator of the Year Award. He has also contributed over 25 publications in peer-reviewed journals and co-authored 8 book chapters in radiation oncology and the neurological sciences.
Dr. Melian and his wife Jan reside in Burr Ridge, Illinois, and have four children and seven grandchildren. An avid rower, Dr. Melian won Columbia University’s Stephen P. Abbey Memorial Prize in Men’s Rowing and Crew Prize in 1982 and has participated in numerous National Rowing Championships from 1980 until 1995.