PROCLAMATION from Fred Camillo, First Selectman
WHEREAS, The Dr. Saul Hertz (1905-1950) Archives, established in Greenwich, Connecticut, document Dr. Hertz as conceiving and bringing from bench to bedside the medical uses of Radioiodine (RAI); and
WHEREAS, March 31st commemorates Dr. Saul Hertz's administration of the first therapeutic use of radioiodine (RAI) to diagnose and treat disease in 1941; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Hertz established and expanded the use of radioactive pharmaceuticals to be used diagnostically and therapeutically worldwide, extending the lives to countless generations of patients; and
WHEREAS, The medical uses of radioiodine (RAI) is the Gold Standard of targeted precision oncology; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Saul Hertz 's paradigm changing breakthrough represents a seminal medical discovery of the 20th Century, with The Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) awarding an annual Saul Hertz Lifetime Achievement Award as well as The American Chemical Society (ACS) designation of a “Dr. Saul Hertz - Radioiodine“ National Historic Landmark.
NOW, THEREFORE, l, Fred Camillo, FIRST SELECTMAN OF THE TOWN OF GREENWICH, dohereby proclaim March 31, 2021 as
Dr. Saul Hertz Nuclear Medicine/Radio Pharmaceutical Day
in the Town of Greenwich and urge all our citizens to recognize the impact of Dr. Hertz’s discovery in the field of nuclear medicine.