Prof. Luc Picard. Image courtesy of Nancy University Hospital.
Picard completed his training and worked his entire career in Nancy. A neurologist by training, he anticipated the importance of imaging in the field and created the department of neuroradiology in 1969. He was a clinician at heart and strove to place patients at the center of care.
Demanding and charismatic, Picard recruited many students from all over the world who went on to become among the best specialists in the field. He was one of the founders of the French Society of Neuroradiology in 1970 and replaced René Djindjian as secretary general in 1977. He held this position for 12 years. He was editor in chief of the Journal of Neuroradiology for 24 years, from 1977 to 2001, and was an honorary member of the SFR since 2005 and an Antoine Béclère medalist.
Picard believed in a united Europe around great scientific projects. He was vice president of the European Society of Neuroradiology from 2000 to 2004 and organized its annual congress in 1997.
A humanist with a deep passion for others, Picard was fond of Terence's phrase, "Nothing that is human is foreign to me." The full tribute can be read on the SFR website.
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