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Eugene L. Saenger Fund

The The University of Cincinnati Department of Radiology Eugene L. Saenger Fund was established in 1986. Funds from the endowment support the Radiology Vice Chair of Research.

Dr. Saenger was a pioneer in Nuclear Medicine. He made his mark as a clinician, researcher and educator. A native Cincinnatian, Dr. Saenger graduated from Walnut Hills High School. He received his MD degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1942 and continued his education at Cincinnati General Hospital as an intern and resident. He spent most of his career at the University of Cincinnati where he distinguished himself as an expert in the use of radiation in medicine.

During a stint in the military, Dr. Saenger directed a radioisotope laboratory. Nuclear imaging became his area of specialty. Long-term relationships with the US Department of Defense and Atomic Energy Commission and other government agencies were established during this time. This led to a lifetime of service to organizations such as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Department of Energy.

After his discharge from the army, Dr. Saenger returned to the University of Cincinnati where he furthered his studies in nuclear medicine; specifically, in the uses of isotopes and the treatment of cancer with radiation. He founded the Cincinnati General Hospital Radioisotope Laboratory in 1962 where he remained director until his retirement in 1987.

He conducted a training program on medical radiation at the University of Cincinnati in conjunction with the US Public Health Service Bureau of Radiological Health. He was a Vice Chair of the UC radiology department from 1975 to 1987.

Dr. Saenger conducted radiation research during his tenure at the University of Cincinnati. The most well known research project was a clinical trial involving cancer patients that were given whole-body radiation.

Dr. Saenger was nationally recognized for his achievements. He received the Radiological Society of North America Gold Medal in 1993 and the American Roentgen Ray Society Gold Medal in 1988. He also received the von Hevesy Nuclear Medicine Pioneer Award from the Society of Nuclear Medicine. The University of Cincinnati conferred the Daniel Drake Medal to Dr. Saenger in 1988.

Dr. Saenger retired in 1987 as a professor emeritus from the University of Cincinnati. At that time, the Eugene L. and Sue R. Saenger Professor in Radiological Sciences was established. Dr. Saenger died on September 30, 2007 at the age of 90.

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