It is with sadness that we inform the SCBT/MR community that Dr. Rogelio Moncada passed away June 25th 2014. A renowned diagnostic radiologist, Dr Moncada served as president of SCBT from 1990-1991. The Moncada In-Training Award (Young Investigator Award) was named in his honor as he was instrumental in establishing our research awards program.
Dr Moncada was born in Monterrey Mexico, graduated medical school from Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon in Mexico. He did his residency in radiology at Cook County Hospital Illinois, where he met and formed a lifelong friendship with Dr. Leon Love. He did fellowships in cardiac and pediatric imaging at Cook County and Northwestern in Chicago. He served as Chair of the department at Cook Country. He then joined the faculty at Loyola where he was on the faculty for 35 years, serving a chairman from 1986-1990 and an early pioneer in CT and particularly chest and interventional procedures. After Loyola, Dr. Moncada was recruited and moved to New Orleans to join the faculty at Louisiana State University between 1999 and 2009.
Dr. Moncada was a warm and generous teacher, who loved nothing better than teaching through cases and his sessions with residents “at the view box”; were without doubt one of the highlights of his day. They were sessions of great anxiety for the residents! He was a master at his art of both diagnostic and interventional procedures. He had a deep respect for investigation and research, encouraging all his colleagues and trainees to get involved and participate in the process. On a personal note he inspired my early research career and I am truly grateful for his support.
During his illustrious career, Dr. Moncada was published in many medical journals, including a first author NEJM paper describing the CT findings saphenous aortocoronary-bypass grafts in 1980*. He contributed to multiple books, and won many awards for his research. He also traveled throughout the world lecturing at countless medical conferences. Dr. Moncada’s favorite places to lecture were in Latin America, especially Mexico, Argentina and Brazil. He was instrumental in bringing the latest developments and techniques in radiology to these countries.
In addition to his beloved wife, Lola, he is survived by his dear sister, Blanca, four loving children, Patty, Liz, Roy and Alex, and seven cherished grandchildren
He will be missed by the Radiology community; we have lost one of the giants of our profession.
With respect and gratitude
Clare Tempany MD
*Rogelio Moncada, M.D., Matias Salinas, M.D., Robert Churchill, M.D., Leon Love, M.D., Carlos Reynes, M.D., Terrence C. Demos, M.D., David Hale, M.D., and Ronald Schreiber, M.D : Patency of Saphenous Aortocoronary-Bypass Grafts Demonstrated by Computed Tomography NEJM 1980; 305:503-505