Paul Parizel


  • The University of Western Australia (M570), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Since 2019, Prof Paul M. Parizel serves as the inaugural David Hartley Chair of Radiology at Royal Perth Hospital (RPH) & University of Western Australia (UWA) with an academic appointment as Full Professor (Level E) in the UWA Medical School and a part-time clinical appointment at Royal Perth Hospital (RPH). He is also the Director of the Western Australia National Imaging Facility (NIF) Node.

Paul M. Parizel holds MD and PhD degrees and is a board-certified radiologist, Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (FRANZCR). He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Antwerp, Belgium, in 1982, completed radiology training at Antwerp University Hospital and fellowships in neuroradiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and at Hôpital Erasme, University of Brussels. In 1994, he was granted a PhD on a doctoral dissertation "The influence of field strength on magnetic resonance imaging (a comparative study in physicochemical phantoms, isolated brain specimens and clinical applications)". From 2003 until 2019, he served as Chair of the Department of Radiology at the Antwerp University Hospital, and tenured full Professor of Radiology in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Antwerp (Belgium). 

Prof Parizel was elected President (2016-2017) and subsequently Chair of the Board of Directors (2017-2018) of the European Society of Radiology (ESR) which is the largest radiological society in the world with more than 130,000 members. He also served as President of the Royal Belgian Radiological Society (RBRS, 1999-2000) and the European Society of Neuroradiology (ESNR, 2010-2012). He is an Honorary Member of the American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR, 2017), the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA, 2018), and of the national (neuro)radiological societies of Australia/New Zealand, Russian Federation, Serbia, Romania, Spain, France, Israel, Algeria, Italy, Cuba, Peru, and Brazil. He received the prestigious “Schinz Medal” from the Swiss Society of Radiology (SSR, 2018) and was awarded the Gold Medal of the European Society of Radiology (ESR, 2021) in recognition of his outstanding, internationally recognised achievements and leadership in the areas of neuroradiology and artificial intelligence. He is a member-at-large of the Executive Committee of the World Federation of Neuroradiological Societies (WFNRS, 2022-2026).     

Prof Parizel is an active researcher in (neuro)radiology and medical imaging. He is author or co-author of >500 peer-reviewed scientific papers (PubMed-listed) and >40 book chapters. His h-index is 75 (Google Scholar), 54 (Web of Science), or 59 (Scopus). His recent work was published in Lancet Neurol, N Engl J Med, J Neurology, J Neurotrauma, JMRI, Neuroradiology, AJNR, Investigative Radiology, Insights into Imaging, and many others. He is editor and co-editor of several books, including “Clinical MR Imaging, a practical approach” and “Spinal Imaging”. He has successfully supervised to completion 17 PhD dissertations at the University of Antwerp. He is a sought-after speaker and has presented more than 500 invited lectures at international meetings and courses. 

Prof. Parizel is a corresponding member of the Royal Academy of Medicine of Belgium.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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