Dr. William Shiels - Bill - was one of pediatric radiology's true originals. Over the course of his innovative career, Bill received numerous awards including being a two time recipient of the Society for Pediatric Radiology's "John Caffey Paper Award", the SPR "Pioneer Award", and a recipient of a grant from the Department of Defense to teach new interventional radiology techniques to aid in the removal of shrapnel in wounded veterans. He served for many years as the Chair of Radiology at Nationwide Children's Hospital.
Bill lost his battle with pancreatic cancer in May 2015. You may read the tribute to Bill written by his colleague Dr. Greg Bates here.
At the time of Bill's passing, his colleagues at Nationwide Children initiated a Foundation in Bill's memory. The current chair or Radiology at Nationwide Children's, Dr. Rajesh Krishnamurthy, informed the WFPI leadership that supporting a grassroots approach to expert-driven, practical, hands-on training of motivated imaging trainees in parts of the world that are underserved by formal educational opportunities in pediatric radiology was the right way to honor his memory.
Those of us who knew Bill agree; he was a lively, compassionate, and generous man who dedicated his life to helping others through innovative approaches to pediatric imaging technique, practice, and education.