RIGLER, LEO GEORGE (1896–1979), U.S. physician and educator. Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Rigler was appointed professor of radiology at the University of Minnesota in 1927. From 1957 to 1963 he was executive director of Cedars of Lebanon and Sinai Hospitals, Los Angeles, and in 1963 was appointed professor of radiology at the University of California at Los Angeles, where in 1970 he founded the Leo G. Rigler research laboratory.
He was the first Jew to be president of the Radiological Society of North America. He was chairman of the Jewish Family Welfare Association, Minneapolis, Minnesota, and national vice president of the American Friends of the Hebrew University. Rigler's works include Outline of Roentgen Diagnosis (1938) and The Chest (1946). He arranged and edited the second U.S. edition of H.R. Schintz's Lehrbuch der Roentgendiagnostik (6 vols., 1928, 19656; Roentgen Diagnosis, 19682).
J.R. Hodgson, in: Radiology, 95 (1970), 243; Ha-Refu'ah, 78 (1970), 409.
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