Ormond Beach doctor honored with humanitarian award for global impact on radiology services

Dr. Boyd Nicholas Hatton has worked with the Kilimanjaro Mission Hospital in Kenya to improve imaging services since 2021.

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Dr. Boyd Nicholas Hatton serves as the director of radiology at Kilimanjaro Mission Hospital in Kenya. Courtesy photo
Dr. Boyd Nicholas Hatton serves as the director of radiology at Kilimanjaro Mission Hospital in Kenya. Courtesy photo
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The American College of Radiology Foundation presented its 2024 Global Humanitarian Award on April 14, to Dr. Boyd Nicholas Hatton at ACR 2024, the college’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C. 

“Dr. Hatton’s vision to bring a U.S. standard of care to rural Kenya and his contributions to help patients obtain life-saving radiological services at no cost represents the very best of our profession,” said Dr. Jacqueline Bello, chair of the American College of Radiology board of chancellors. “The Foundation is honored to present him with this award recognizing him for his efforts to perform these services and his mission to educate providers on how to achieve better health outcomes for patients in Africa.”

Since 2021, Hatton, of Ormond Beach has worked with the Kilimanjaro Mission Hospital to improve imaging services. He serves as the director of radiology both on-site and remotely throughout the year. He installed a picture archiving and communication system for imaging studies and frequently consults on challenging cases from the U.S. Hatton also selected, sourced and negotiated for new ultrasound and digital x-ray units for the hospital.

During KMH-hosted outreach clinics, all are treated at no charge. These clinics care for an average 100 patients per day during each month-long mission, visiting a different village each day. Hatton performs point-of-care ultrasound exams during these clinics and teaches the techniques to medical students. 

The ACR Foundation Global Humanitarian Award recognizes outstanding individuals, organizations and programs working to improve access to and equitable delivery of quality radiological services in low- and middle-income countries and in areas of need within more developed nations. 

Awards may be given in one of three distinct categories: individual radiologist; organization (including nonprofit and industry groups); and non-radiologists (including medical physicists, radiologic technologists, ultrasonographers and other radiological personnel).


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