SPR History

SPR's Early Years and Foundation


Drs. Neuhauser, Caffey, Holt, Silverman and Taybi at the 1975 meeting in Atlanta Georgia

The Foundation and Early Meetings of the Society for Pediatric Radiology by N. Thorne Griscom, MD

John Patrick Caffey was born in 1895, the year of Roentgen's discovery. He was trained in internal medicine at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis and at the University of Michigan and then in pediatrics at Babies Hospital in New York. His academic career in pediatrics was well underway at Babies Hospital when, in 1929, he was abruptly assigned to take charge of radiology as the hospital's first in-house radiologist (the position was actually titled "roentgenologist"). At first he tried to avoid this added duty, but he found he enjoyed it. He began to realize that the field was wide open for a physician of scholarly bent and pediatric background, and he seized his opportunity. He rapidly taught himself the range of normal appearances and the plain-film manifestations of children's diseases. His first radiologic articles dealt with the findings in lead poisoning, rickets, the hemolytic anemias, hemophilia, and syphilis. His meticulous, disciplined approach led, in 1945, to the first edition of Pediatric X-ray Diagnosis, a major step toward establishing pediatric radiology as a discipline within pediatrics (as Dr. Caffey probably expected) and radiology (as it turned out). The second edition of this enormously influential book was published in 1950 and the third edition in 1956. His description of infantile cortical hyperostoses ("Caffey's disease") appeared in 1945, and his observations on the frequent presence of fractures in the long bones of infants suffering from subdural hematomas- that is, battered children-were published in 1946, both in the American Journal of Roentgenology. During the 1950s he produced a whole series of reports defining the normal radiologic appearance of various bones and establishing the normality of several findings that had previously been considered pathologic. 

John Caffey, MD


Edward Neuhauser, MD




The Jam Session


First Meeting - 1958


SPR is born - 2nd Meeting


3rd Meeting




History at a Glance

And so it begins.....
Term and President 
1958-59 Edward B. Neuhauser, MD*
1959-60 Frederic N. Silverman, MD*
1960-61 John F. Holt, MD*
1961-62 Arthur S. Tucker, MD*
1962-63 John W. Hope, MD*
1963-64 R. Parker Allen, MD*
1964-65 Edward B. Singleton, MD*
1965-66 J. Scott Dunbar, MD*
1966-67 Harvey White, MD*
1967-68 M.H. Wittenborg, MD*
1968-69 David H. Baker, MD
1969-70 John A. Kirkpatrick, Jr., MD*
1970-71 Norman M. Glazer, MD*
1971-72 Bertram R. Girdany, MD
1972-73 Donald H. Altman, MD
1973-74 Hooshang Taybi, MD*
1974-75 John L. Gwinn, MD*
1975-76 Lawrence A. Davis, MD*
1976-77 Marie A. Capitanio, MD
1977-78 John P. Dorst, MD*
1978-79 Bernard J. Reilly, MB, FRCP (C)
1979-80 Walter E. Berdon, MD
1980-81 Andrew K. Poznanski, MD
1981-82 N. Thorne Griscom, MD
1982-83 Virgil R. Condon, MD
1983-84 Jerald P. Kuhn, MD
1984-85 Lionel W. Young, MD
1985-86 John C. Leonidas, MD*
1986-87 Harwood-Nash & Lallemand, MD (ESPR)
1987-88 Beverly P. Wood, MD
1988-89 John F. O’Connor, MD*
1989-90 E.A. Franken, Jr., MD
1990-91 Donald R. Kirks, MD and Hans G. Ringertz, MD, PhD (ESPR)
1991-92 William H. McAlister, MD
1992-93 M. B. Ozonoff, MD
1993-94 Joanna J. Seibert, MD
1994-95 Eric L. Effmann, MD
1995-96 Kenneth E. Fellows, MD and Paul S. Thomas, MD (ESPR)
1996-97 Diane S. Babcock, MD
1997-98 Charles A. Gooding, MD
1998-99 Robert L. Lebowitz, MD
1999-00 Thomas L. Slovis, MD
2000-01 Janet L. Strife, MD and Francis Brunelle, MD (ESPR)
2001-02 Bruce R. Parker, MD
2002-03 Richard B. Towbin, MD
2003-04 David C. Kushner, MD
2004-05 Stuart A. Royal, MD
2005-06 George A. Taylor, MD and Richard Fotter, MD (ESPR)
2006-07 Marilyn J. Goske
2007-08 Marta Hernanz-Schulman 
2008-09 M. Ines Boechat 
2009-10 Neil Johnson 
2010-2011 Dorothy Bulas and Catherine Owens (ESPR) 
2011-2012 Donald Frush 

2012-13  Sue C. Kaste, DO 

2013-14  Richard Barth, MD 

2014-15  Brian D. Coley, MD 

2015-16  James S. Donaldson, MD

* deceased  
Meeting Year  Site 
1958 Washington, D.C. 
1959 Cincinnati, Ohio 
1960 Atlantic City, New Jersey 
1961 Miami Beach, Florida 
1962 Washington, D.C. 
1963 Montreal, Quebec, Canada 
1964 Minneapolis, Minnesota 
1965 Washington, D.C. 
1966 San Francisco, California 
1967 Washington, D.C. 
1968 New Orleans, Louisiana 
1969 Washington, D.C. 
1970 Miami Beach, Florida 
1971 Boston, Massachusetts 
1972 Washington, D.C. 
1973 Montreal, Quebec, Canada 
1974 San Francisco, California 
1975 Atlanta, Georgia
1976 Washington, D.C. 
1977 Boston, Massachusetts
1978 Denver, Colorado 
1979 Toronto, Ontario, Canada 
1980 Salt Lake City, Utah 
1981 San Francisco, California 
1982 New Orleans, Louisiana 
1983 Atlanta, Georgia 
1984 Las Vegas, Nevada 
1985  Boston, Massachusetts
1986 Washington, D.C. 
1987 & IPR'87    Toronto, Ontario, Canada 
1988 San Diego, California 
1989 San Antonio, Texas 
1990 Cincinnati, Ohio 
1991 & IPR'91    Stockholm, Sweden 
1992 Orlando, Florida 
1993 Seattle, Washington 
1994 Colorado Springs, Colorado 
1995 Washington, D.C. 
1996& IPR’96 Boston, Massachusetts 
1997 St. Louis, Missouri 
1998 Tucson, Arizona 
1999 Vancouver, British Columbia 
2000 Naples, Florida 
2001 & IPR’01 Paris, France 
2002 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 
2003 San Francisco, California 
2004 Savannah, Georgia
2005 New Orleans, Louisiana
2006 & IPR 06  Montreal, Quebec 
2007 Miami, Florida 
2008 Scottsdale, Arizona 
2009 Carlsbad, California 
2010 Boston, Mass
2011 & IPR 2011  London, England
2012 San Francisco, California 
2013 San Antonio, Texas 
2014  Washington, DC
2015  Bellevue, WA


David H. Baker, M.D.
Caroll Z. Berman, M.D.
John Caffey, M.D.
Arthur Childe, M.D.
John B. Coleman, M.D.
Guido Currarino, M.D.
G. J. D'Angio, M.D.
Lawrence A. Davis, M.D.
J. Scott Dunbar, M.D.
Samuel B. Feinberg, M.D.
Adele Kynette Friedman, M.D.
Bertram R. Girdany, M.D.
Norman Glazer, M.D.
John F. Holt, M.D.
John Hope, M.D.
William Howard, M.D.
Theodore E. Keats, M.D.
John Kirkpatrick, M.D.
Eugene C. Klatte, M.D.
George E. Lerner, M.D.
Richard G. Lester, M.D.
John Munn, M.D.
E.B.D. Neuhauser, M.D.
Harold O. Peterson, M.D.
Herbert Peterson, M.D.
Joseph Reed, M.D.
Steven E. Ross, M.D.
Eugene L. Saenger, M.D.
Jacques Sauvegrain, M.D.
Anthony Sheers, M.D.
Charles E. Shopfner, M.D.
Frederic N. Silverman, M.D.
Edward B. Singleton, M.D.
Evelyn Siris, M.D.
Ralph Smith, M.D.
Arthur Tucker, M.D.
Eugene Van Epps, M.D.
Byron Ward, M.D.
Harvey White, M.D.



SPR Video Library

Interviews with SPR members on the occasion of the Society's 50th anniversary.  

Part 2