Edmund A. Franken, Jr., M.D. is a respected researcher, educator and philanthropist who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the field of radiology for more than 40 years. He is currently a professor in the Department of Radiology at the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. Dr. Franken has published more than 200 articles and served as editor-in-chief of Academic Radiology from 1997-1999. In 1994 he received the Roentgen Centennial Fellow. This endowment by the Board of Directors of the Radiological Society of North America allowed him to concentrate his research effort on the delivery of radiological services to patients of primary care practitioners, primarily those in rural areas, and to investigate the practical problems in delivery of teleradiology services and the potential need for subspecialty consultation. He has received gold medals from the Society for Pediatric Radiology and the Association of University Radiologists. In 2005 the Radiological Society of North America conferred him its highest honor, the Gold Medal Award, for individuals who have rendered exemplary service to the science of radiology.
Early on Dr. Franken recognized the value of studying the human component of image interpretation. In 1986 he facilitated the establishment of the Medical Image Perception Laboratory. With his vigor and vitality the laboratory has gained an international reputation for its studies of mathematical modeling in the field of medical image perception.