Mix and Mentor

Thursday, June 10 | 6:30-7:30 pm EDT
Take a break and join us for a special speed mentoring virtual event. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in four 15-minute small group discussions with an SNMMI/SNMMI-TS mentor. Click here to add this event to your calendar!  Roundtable topics will include: 

Academic Promotions – Physicians 

Meet the Mentors:

Paige Bennett, MD is a professor of nuclear medicine at Wake Forest University Health Sciences in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Her academic interests include medical education through social media, textbook authoring, and education innovation and research. She enjoys helping early career professionals discover and expand their interests to create vital careers.  

Lilja Solnes, MD, MBA is an Associate Professor in the department of Radiology at Johns Hopkins in the Division of Nuclear Medicine. She also serves as the Program Director for the Diagnostic Radiology and Molecular Imaging residencies at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Solnes has been a member of the SNMMI since 2011 and is also a member of the SNMMI Committee on Membership. 

Academic Promotions – Scientists 

Meet the Mentor:

Todd Peterson, PhD, FSNMMI, is an Associate Professor of Radiology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and serves as Director of Nuclear Imaging and Radiochemistry in the Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science. After completing a PhD in experimental nuclear physics at Indiana University, he was a postdoc in the Center for Gamma-Ray Imaging at the University of Arizona. His research has spanned from SPECT instrumentation to human PET research studies with considerable concentration in the application of PET and SPECT in the study of preclinical models of disease. Among many other SNMMI activities, he is a past president of CMIIT and currently chairs the Publications Committee.

Anna M. Wu, Ph.D,  is Professor and Chair, Department of Immunology and Theranostics and Co-Director, Center for Theranostic Studies, Beckman Research of the City of Hope.  She previously served as Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology, Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, where she served as Director, Cancer Molecular Imaging Program, Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and Co-Associate Director, Crump Institute for Molecular Imaging.  Dr. Wu’s research interests include engineered antibodies and proteins for targeting, imaging, and therapeutic applications in cancer and immunology, including the use of SPECT, PET, optical and multimodality approaches.

How AI Will Change The Practice of Nuclear Medicine and How You Can Get Involved

Meet the Mentor:

Eliot Siegel, MD is Professor and Vice Chair of Research Information Systems at the University of Maryland School of Medicine Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine and is chief of radiology and nuclear medicine at the VA Maryland Healthcare System.  His area of sub-specialty as a radiologist is Nuclear Medicine and he has written extensively on topics related to applications of informatics in radiology and nuclear medicine, most recently on how AI will change the practice of diagnostic imaging and therapeutics.  Dr. Siegel created the world’s first filmless radiology/nuclear medicine department, was on the IBM Jeopardy! team and created the NCI’s Cancer Imaging Archive and is currently advisor to the recently created University of Maryland Intelligent Imaging Center.

Science and Physics perspective: Primacy of Trustworthy AI and Discussion about the scientific opportunities ahead

Meet the Mentor:

Irene Buvat, PhD is a physicist who has been involved for 30 years in the development of quantification methods in molecular imaging using Emission Tomography. She is the head of the Inserm Laboratory of Translational Imaging in Oncology at Institut Curie, Orsay, France. Her research currently focuses on developing and validating new biomarkers in PET. She is a strong advocate of reproducible research and leads the development of LIFEx, a freeware for radiomics that currently has more than 4,500 users worldwide.

Social Media and Branding Yourself 

Meet the Mentor:

Kristina Elizabeth Hawk, MS MD PhD is a Nuclear Medicine Physician and Neuroradiologist. Currently, Dr. Hawk is an Assistant Professor for the Stanford School of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Division of Nuclear Medicine. Dr. Hawk also practices radiology in the Matrix Division of Radiology Partners, a Pod President for the practice. Dr. Hawk has held multiple local and national leadership positions. She is faculty for the ACR Radiology Leadership Institute, and is a proud member of the RadXX board, promoting diversity in imaging informatics. 

How to Find and Submit Grants 

Meet the Mentors:

Thomas A. Hope, MD is the Director of Molecular Therapy in the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging at the University of California, San Francisco. He serves as Chief of Nuclear Medicine at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. Dr. Hope’s main research focus is on novel imaging agents and therapies, particularly in prostate cancer and neuroendocrine tumors. He lead the development of Ga-68 PSMA-11, which subsequently led to the approval of this drug by the FDA. Additionally he leads the PRRT (peptide receptor radionuclide therapy) program for neuroendocrine tumors at UCSF.

Umar Mahmood, MD, PhD, FSNMMI is Chair of the Scientific Program Committee of SNMMI, serves on the Board of Directors of SNMMI, and is an SNMMI Fellow. He is Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School, Associate Chair of Imaging Sciences and Director of the Center for Precision Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Things You Are Afraid to Ask About: Unwritten Rules of Power Dynamics

Meet the Mentors:

Hyewon Hyun, MD is the Program Director for Joint Program in Nuclear Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.  Trained as both a radiologist and a nuclear medicine physician, she has developed and launched novel educational curricula in collaboration with art educators at the Harvard Art Museums for radiology and nuclear medicine residents as well as for under-represented and disadvantaged high school, college and first-year medical school students who seek to pursue STEM careers.  She is the founding and current Chair of the SNMMI Diveristy, Equity and Inclusion Task Force.

Roxanna Juarez, MD earned her MD from Brown University, followed by a Diagnostic Radiology residency at Georgetown University Hospital, and finally a Nuclear Medicine fellowship at UCSF. She joined the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging as an assistant professor under the Molecular Imaging and Therapeutics section at UCSF. Her interests are focused on prostate cancer, melanoma, and diversity, equity, and inclusion research.


Emerging Therapies 

Meet the Mentors:

Daniel Lee, MD received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University and his medical degree from Albany Medical College. Following this, he completed his nuclear medicine residency at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer in New York City. Dr. Lee is board certified by the American Board of Nuclear Medicine and has been on staff at Ochsner since March 2019 and practicing medicine since 2004. Dr. Lee's expertise is in nuclear medicine with an emphasis on cancer imaging and radionuclide therapies for thyroid cancer, lymphoma, neuroendocrine tumors, and other malignancies. Dr. Lee is the current SNMMI Therapy Center of Excellence President. 

Richard Wahl, MD, FACNM is the Elizabeth E. Mallinckrodt Professor and head of radiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, director of the university’s Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology and a professor of radiation oncology. Wahl is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and has received honors from multiple organizations. He holds 18 patents and has published more than 450 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts. A longtime SNMMI member, Wahl currently serves as the chair of the Research and Discovery domain for the society’s Value Initiative and is the incoming President of the SNMMI. 

How to Get Involved in SNMMI 

Meet the Mentors:

Frederick D. Grant, MD recently joined the Department of Radiology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Previously, he had been a member of the Departments of Radiology at Boston Children’s Hospital and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he had served as program director of the Harvard Joint Program in Nuclear Medicine. He is an active member of the SNMMI and has served as president of the Pediatric Imaging Council and as Speaker of the House of Delegates. He currently serves as chair of the Workforce Pipeline domain of the SNMMI Value Initiative, chair of the committee on radioiodine theranostics, chair of the Committee on Chapters, and as society Historian, and he has served as a member of the Board of Directors since 2016.

Alan B. Packard, PhD is the current SNMMI President and Director of the Radiopharmaceutical Research Laboratory at Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Packard is also a Senior Research Associate for Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging and Associate Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Packard has been a member of the SNMMI since 1985, a Board of Directors member since 2013 where he served as General Program Chair before being elected as Vice-President Elect. 

How to Get Involved in SNMMI-TS 

Meet the Mentors:

Krystle W. Glasgow, CNMT, NMTCB(CT), NMAA, FSNMMI-TS is currently the Clinical Coordinator of the Masters of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Sciences Program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Prior to coming to UAB, she worked as a staff nuclear medicine technologist and staff CT technologist before becoming the Manager of Imaging Services – Nuclear Medicine at a local hospital. Krystle has been active in the society since she was an NMT student, and has been heavily involved  - serving on numerous committees and holding positions for many years. 

Matthew McMahon, MS, CNMT, RT(CT) been a Nuclear Medicine Technologist since 2006 holding many positions from Staff Tech to my current position as an Assoc. Director in the Imaging Group at Takeda.  My involvement with the Society began first and foremost as a New England Chapter member.  After several years of attending our Spring Meeting, and serving as a moderator, I decided to run for and was elected as Chapter Secretary.  I then went on to attend and graduate from the SNMMI-TS Leadership Academy in 2018.  Following my Academy Attendance, my involvement with the Society both at the Chapter and National level blossomed; I I was elected to the SNMMI-TS Executive Board, took positions on the Publications, Scope of Practice, Advocacy and Professional Development (of which I am currently the Chair) Committees, and I now currently serve as a Delegate at Large with seats in the NCOR and SNMMI House of Delegates.  In addition,  I also was asked to serve on the Uptake Editorial Board, and volunteered to serve as the Massachusetts State TAG rep. Within the Chapter I was also elected as Chapter President, and currently serve as the Immediate Past President. 

Navigating Identity and Work

Meet the Mentors:

Marques L. Bradshaw, MD, MSCR is a Nuclear Radiologist at the Nashville VA and Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he also serves as the Vice Chair of Diversity Affairs for the Department of Radiology.  He has a long history of mentoring college students and trainees and lives by the moto of Paying It Forward.

Thomas Ng, MD, PhD is currently an Attending Radiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He was most recently Chief Resident of the Joint Program in Nuclear Medicine at the Brigham and Women's Hospital/Dana-Farber Cancer. His clinical and research interests lie in translating basic understanding of physiology and therapeutics into impactful molecular imaging and therapy approaches in the clinic, especially for oncological applications.  

Joint Appointments in Radiology

Meet the Mentors:

Samuel J. Galgano, MD is an Assistant Professor of Radiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Section Chief of Abdominal Imaging. He completed his undergraduate and medical degrees at Emory University in Atlanta, GA and his Diagnostic Radiology Residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. During his residency, he completed a Molecular Imaging & Therapeutics fellowship, followed by an Abdominal Imaging fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Currently, he works clinically in both divisions with particular interest in PET/MRI in abdominopelvic oncology.

Steve M. Larson, MD, FACNM is the Hedvig Hricak Chair in Molecular Imaging and Member, of the Molecular Imaging and Targeted Therapy Service of the Department of Radiology and Member and Laboratory Head, Larson Lab, of the Molecular Pharmacology Program, Sloan Kettering Institute, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.  He is also Professor of Radiology, Weill- Cornell University Medical Center.  His primary expertise is in molecular imaging, targeted radio diagnosis, and therapy using small molecules and monoclonal antibodies. Dual-boarded in nuclear medicine and internal medicine, his clinical skills center on oncology, cancer immunology, and clinical thyroid cancer. He has been responsible for directing and developing successful nuclear medicine and PET programs at several major institutions in the U.S., including the Veteran Administration Hospitals in Portland and Vancouver; University of Oregon, Portland; Seattle VA Hospital; Clinical Center, National Institutes of Health; and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK). He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, USA. He has received numerous awards for excellence in nuclear medicine, including the Aebersold Award, the Hevesy Award, Cassen Prize, Wiley Prize (US FDA), and the Saul Hertz Award of the Society of Nuclear Medicine USA. He has published approximately 700 peer-reviewed publications in prestigious journals, and current H-factor is approximately 120. He is co-inventor on more than 40 patents, worldwide in various aspects of targeted radiotherapy. 

*This unique event is geared toward early career, student, and resident attendees, but is open to all.