Established in 1988 by current and former faculty, fellows, and house staff of the Department of Radiology in honor of Martin W. Donner

German-born MARTIN W. DONNER arrived at Hopkins in 1957 and for three decades researched the radiological aspects of understanding gastrointestinal functions. As chairman from 1972 to 1987, he led the Department of Radiology through three successive waves of technological advances in the imaging field--ultrasound, computerized tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging. A past president of the Society of Gastrointestinal Radiologists, Dr. Donner was honored with that society's Canon Medal in 1983. In 1980, he formed a multidisciplinary research and clinical facility at Hopkins, the first center of its kind in the nation, to study and treat swallowing disorders. Over the course of his career Dr. Donner contributed more than 150 articles and book chapters, and went on to become editor of Dysphagia, a journal that focuses on the treatment of these disorders. Dr. Donner, who died in 1992, retired as department director in 1987 to work full time at the swallowing center he had established.


JONATHAN S. LEWIN, the Martin W. Donner Professor of Radiology, joined the Hopkins School of Medicine in May 2004 as director of the Department of Radiology and radiologist-in-chief of The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Certified in radiology and neuroradiology by the American Board of Radiology, Dr. Lewin is a pioneer in interventional magnetic resonance imaging, a new technology that uses MRI to guide surgery and minimally invasive procedures for the treatment of cancer, vascular disease, and other disorders, and has had numerous government and industry grants for the development of software and hardware for this emerging discipline. He has published more than 165 original articles and 40 book chapters and invited reviews on a number of areas of basic and applied MRI research. Dr. Lewin also has 18 issued or pending patents related to MRI applications.