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Geisel School of Medicine’s Harold M. Swartz Honored for His Contributions to the Field of Magnetic Resonance

In celebration of his 85th birthday, Harold (Hal) M. Swartz, MD, PhD, MSPH, a professor of radiology at Geisel, is the subject of two special issues of the journal Applied Magnetic Resonance (AMR) dedicated to his many contributions to the field of electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR).

Hal Swartz, MD, PhD, MSPH and research partner (and wife) Ann Barry Flood, PhD. Photo by Geofrey Holman

The October 2021 special issue focuses on his contributions to oximetry, especially in cancer care. The second issue, to be published in January 2022, will feature Swartz’s contributions to retrospective dosimetry, in the context of assessing the dose of individuals potentially exposed in a large-scale incident involving ionizing radiation.

“I am extremely grateful that I have had the good fortune to work with so many excellent colleagues, at Dartmouth and elsewhere in the U.S. as well as internationally, who have both contributed the impressive results contained in the papers in this special issue and made possible my scientific contributions as covered in the histories and reviews in the special issue,” Swartz says.

For nearly 60 years, Swartz’s work has contributed to increasing the fundamental understanding of certain physiological and pathophysiological mechanisms and created novel ways to measure these processes in vivo using EPR and nuclear magnetic resonance.

“Most importantly, I would like to acknowledge the contributions of my most important partner and colleague (and wife): Ann Barry Flood. She has provided helpful criticism and editorial contributions as well as her roles providing academic leadership in several areas of the research of our group,” he says.

“Additionally, I hope that this recognition and my ongoing activities will stimulate others to continue their active scholarly activities as long as they derive satisfaction from them. I am hopeful that my current research collaborations will generate another set of excellent articles to be covered on the occasion of my 100th birthday!”