A Responsibility to Give Back

Published in Radiology Update - 2022

As a Johns Hopkins alumnus and former faculty member of the Department of Radiology, Stanley Margulies, understands the importance of advancing the specialty through cutting-edge research discoveries. Margulies received his bachelors, masters and medical degree from Johns Hopkins. He trained and completed his residency and fellowship in radiology alongside colleague Bob Gayler, M.D., and served on the faculty before going into private practice. In appreciation for the outstanding education and training he received, in 2011, Margulies endowed the Stanley Margulies, M.D. Innovation Fund to provide support to advance the mission of the department. In the early 1970s, Margulies moved to Florida where he grew a private radiology practice with radiology associates starting with four to more than 35 radiologists. The practice supported four hospitals and two outpatient clinics. Margulies then became senior vice president and national medical director of Navix Radiology Systems where, for four years, he helped to oversee the acquisition of radiology practices from Massachusetts to Florida. During Margulies’ career, he developed the first cardio-catheter laboratory in South Florida, and introduced one of the first CT scanners.


In establishing the fund, Margulies said, “I’m grateful to the many years of education, training and experience I received at Johns Hopkins. I made this gift in gratitude for the great work it has done and will continue to do. It was a wonderful academic benefit and understanding of radiological sciences.” Since the inception of the Margulies Fund in 2011, it has supported several significant priorities in the department.

Most recently, the Margulies fund has provided funding to the department’s BriteStar Program, which aims to support, protect and advance the innovative research mission of the department. The program was established when Karen Horton, became department chair, in 2016, in collaboration with, Zaver Bhujwalla, the newly appointed vice chair of research, to reenergize the research divisions.

Last year, Shadpour Demehri, associate professor of radiology, was the BriteStar - Stanley I. Margulies, M.D. Innovation Award recipient. Demehri will use the funds to support his research focused on the detection of subchondral bone changes in early knee osteoarthritis. The goal of Demehri’s research is to detect early subchondral bone changes as biomarkers in subjects with mild radiographic knee osteoarthritis through advanced high-resolution MRI. “This award has enabled Dr. Demehri to advance as a clinicianscientist. Following receiving the award, Demehri received an NIH R01 in late 2021 that demonstrates the importance of the Margulies Fund in advancing research,” said Bhujwalla. Karen Horton, director of radiology, remains grateful to Margulies for his generous endowment, which will benefit the department now and in the future. Horton commented, “I am proud of our radiology alumni for investing in our future so we can prepare and launch the next generation of specialists in our field.” She also commented, “It is tremendously important that philanthropy fuels the department with the ability to advance our innovative, clinical, education and research goals.”