MAYWOOD, Ill. -- Dr. Robert Henkin of Loyola University Health System has received a lifetime achievement award from the American College of Nuclear Physicians.
ACNP is a professional society that represents the interests of nuclear medicine physicians before legislative and regulatory bodies.
"I feel tremendously honored," Henkin said.
Henkin, 66, of Lombard, is a professor emeritus in the Department of Radiology at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. He practiced at Loyola from 1976 until he retired in 2005.
Henkin has published about 100 research papers and is executive editor of the two most widely used nuclear medicine textbooks. He still works about three days a week teaching, consulting and representing ACNP before government agencies.
Nuclear medicine uses small amounts of radioactive materials to diagnose and treat disease. "There are a lot of exciting things going on in the field now," Henkin said.
Henkin grew up in New York City. He went to medical school at New York University and did his residency in nuclear medicine at Northwestern University. He said he decided to specialize in nuclear medicine "because it has chemistry, engineering and physics -- all the things I love. It's been a fun ride the whole time."
Nuclear medicine was a new field when Henkin began his career. He was Loyola's only nuclear medicine physician when he stated, so he would be on call every night and weekend.
Henkin said that what he has always liked most about Loyola "is its patient-care orientation."
Dr. Robert Wagner, Loyola's director of nuclear medicine, said Henkin "is very dedicated to the specialty and to his patients. He's also an excellent teacher, always willing to answer questions and to sit down and explain things at any time."