In Memoriam: Focused Ultrasound Pioneer, George Holland, MD


Colleagues in the focused ultrasound community are grieving the loss of George A. Holland, MD, a leading American interventional radiologist who was an expert in magnetic resonance imaging and minimally invasive treatment of solid organ tumors.  As Director of MRI at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Massachusetts, Holland helped pioneer the use of focused ultrasound in treating uterine fibroids and was the first to manually interleave treatment spots, a technique that is now a standard of care.

At the time of his death on January 1, 2013, Holland was Director of Cardiovascular Radiology at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York, where he had worked since 2009. Active in professional organizations, he served as chair of the Steering Committee for the Interventional Oncologic Registry and was on the Interventional Oncology Task Force of the Society for Interventional Radiology’s research committee.

Holland received a B.S. in neuroscience from Colgate University and earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where he also completed his residency and fellowship training.

Written by Ellen C., McKenna