Published May 20, 2021 as 10.3174/ajnr.A7173 MEMORIAL n February 23, 2021, the pediatric neuroradiology commu- Onity lost our beloved colleague, master clinician, and men- tor, Dr Robert “Bob” A. Zimmerman. He died peacefully at home, amid family. Bob was born June 20, 1938, in Philadelphia, and he received his bachelor of arts degree in biology at Temple University in 1960. He graduated from Georgetown University Medical School summa cum laude in 1964. He interned in internal medicine at Georgetown University Hospital and completed his radiology residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). He then served in the mili- tary from 1969 to 1972, mostly in Europe. Bob returned to HUP, where he swiftly rose through the ranks to become full Professor of Radiology with a secondary appointment in neurosurgery. Dr. Zimmerman served as Chief of Neuroradiology at HUP from 1979 to 1985. He transitioned to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and served as Chief of Pediatric Neuroradiology at CHOP until his retirement in 2018. Dr. Zimmerman was a champion of interdisciplinary coopera- tion in aid of a child. With his colleagues in neurosurgery, neuropa- Because of his time in Europe, Bob became a connoisseur of fine thology, and radiology, he helped to create and maintain the world- food and wine. No matter which city hosted a scientific meeting, renowned Section of Pediatric Neuroradiology at CHOP. In honor domestic or international, Bob had already scouted out where to of his extraordinary excellence and his years of dedication, CHOP dine and which vineyard to visit when the meeting ended. created the Robert A. Zimmerman Endowed Chair in Pediatric Medicine is a tradition, perpetuated by mentoring across the Neuroradiology in 2018, presently held by Dr Larissa T. Bilaniuk. generations. Beyond “academics,” your legacy is what you have Dr. Zimmerman’s research was recognized nationally and passed on to those who follow. Dr. Zimmerman trained numerous internationally. For decades, he was the featured speaker at residents and fellows in pediatric neuroradiology. His legacy may be national and international scientific meetings. For his work, summarized by the spontaneous outpouring of memories and love: Dr. Zimmerman received countless awards and honors, including “He was such a giant in our field, and a kind and generous man.” the honorary membership of the Belgian Radiological Society in “He isso very present to uson a regular basisthrough hiswork; 2000 and the European Society of Neuroradiology in 2001, the Amerian Society of Neuroradiology Special Achievement Award I can't tell you how many times I refer to his many publications.” (later designated the Gold Medal) in 2002, the Award for Special “I was so privileged that he accepted me as a friend and that Contributions in Research from the American Society of he has always been extremely supportive of me.” Neuroradiology in 2012, and the honorary membership of the “Many teach what you have to know. Bob taught us the joy Italian Neuroradiological Society in 2016. of neuroradiology and the special honor it was to help to heal Dr. Zimmerman authored more than 350 publications, children.” edited 2 textbooks, reviewed for the major scientific journals “I remember Bob as a gentle giant, a renaissance man who in radiology, neuroradiology, neurosurgery, and neurology, was always looking after you as a human, a colleague, a friend, a and was a perennial member of the National Institutes mentor, somebody who enjoyed shaping and supporting your ca- of Health panel on sickle cell disease. From 1989 to 2005, reer and who would always be there for advice. Because of him I he served as the United States Editor-in-Chief of Neuroradiology, will enjoy pediatric neuroradiology for the rest of my career.” the official journal of the European Society of Neuroradiology, the Dr. Zimmerman is survived by his loving wife Dianne, their Japanese Society of Neuroradiology, and more than 20 national beloved daughters Rachel and Sara, and their precious grandchil- European neuroradiological societies. dren, Ivan and Sasha Boyko. He will be remembered fondly by Dr. Zimmerman was a founding member of the American the many friends, colleagues, and trainees who loved him, Society of Pediatric Neuroradiology (ASPNR) and President of respected him, and miss him sorely. the ASPNR from 1995 to 1996. On behalf of all pediatric neuroradiologists around the globe. Beyond his academic work, Bob was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He met his future wife, Dianne, when they were T.P. Naidich both camp counselors, and they married in 1960, sixty-one years T.A.G.M. Huisman ago. He loved to read to his kids, and he became an avid gardener. http://dx.doi.org/10.3174/ajnr.A7173 AJNR Am J Neuroradiol : 2021 www.ajnr.org 1 Copyright 2021 by American Society of Neuroradiology.
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Published: May 20, 2021