SNMMI Elects Hossein Jadvar, MD, PhD, MPH, MBA, FACNM, as President During 2015 Annual Meeting

June 8, 2015

Associate professor of radiology and biomedical engineering at the University of Southern Californiato focus on advancing radionuclide therapy

Baltimore, Md. (Embargoed until 10 a.m. EDT, June 8, 2015) — Hossein Jadvar, MD, PhD, MPH, MBA, FACNM, tenured associate professor of radiology and of biomedical engineering at the University of Southern California (USC), has been elected as the 2015-16 president of  the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI). SNMMI introduced a new slate of officers during its 2015 Annual Meeting, June 6-10 in Baltimore, Md.          

With a clear agenda, Jadvar says, “Over the next year, I will focus on developing appropriate-use criteria and devising methods for quantifying the quality and value of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging in this era of evidence-based medicine. I will also work to facilitate the timely clinical translation of novel radiotracers.”

Specifically, he plans to encourage activities that will increase the appropriate utilization of targeted radioisotope therapy – one of the main goals of the strategic plan. Jadvar points out, “A new SNMMI Therapy Center of Excellence has been proposed that will give focus to, and create a home for, this important and rapidly expanding area within nuclear medicine. The goal of the center would be to create synergy among the current and future efforts of the SNMMI in this area.”

Jadvar has been an attending physician at University of Southern California Keck Medical Center and Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, since 1999. Previously, he held hospital appointments as a clinical fellow with the Harvard Joint Program in Nuclear Medicine, in Boston, Mass.; a diagnostic radiology and nuclear medicine resident at Stanford University, in Stanford, Calif.; and an intern in internal medicine at the University of California San Francisco, Calif. He also served as a visiting associate in bioengineering at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif.

Throughout his career Jadvar has been active in contributing to the nuclear medicine and molecular imaging field. With more than 20 years of experience, he has served in the capacities of physician, educator and researcher in nuclear medicine and molecular imaging. His involvement with SNMMI includes serving as SNMMI vice president-elect, president-elect, member of the House of Delegates, a director-at-large on the SNMMI board of directors, president of the PET Center of Excellence, chair of the Committee on Publications, a member of the SNMMI Correlative Imaging Council board of directors, and member of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine editorial board. He also served as vice chair of the SNMMI Scientific Program Committee, among many other activities. Jadvar is also a member of SNMMI’s Pacific Southwest Chapter and is on the Steering Committee of the Western Regional SNMMI.

Dedicated to lifelong learning, Jadvar received his Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, followed by a Master of Science in biomedical engineering from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wis., and a Master of Science in computer engineering, as well as a doctorate in bioengineering, from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich. He then attended the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine in Chicago, Ill., for his medical degree. He received his Master of Public of Health degree from Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., and an Executive Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, Calif.  He has also completed a number of executive educational certificate programs at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Mass., the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Penn.

Jadvar is a member of European Association of Nuclear Medicine, the American College of Nuclear Medicine (past president), the Radiological Society of North America and the American Roentgen Ray Society. He is the past recipient of the SNMMI Mark Tetalman Young Investigator Award, the Western Regional SNMMI Distinguished Scientist Award, and the Academy of Radiology Research Distinguished Investigator Award. Jadvar is also recognized in numerous top physician lists, including Best Doctors in America, America’s Top Radiologists, and multiple Who’s Who biographic profiles. He is on multiple journal editorial boards and serves as associate editor of Radiology, assistant editor of the American Journal of Roentgenology, and deputy editor of Clinical Nuclear Medicine. Jadvar is a National Institutes of Health-funded investigator and a member of multiple NIH review panels, as well as the Imaging Technology and Informatics review panel of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas. He has written more than 120 journal articles; has published four books, 25 book chapters, and nine patents; and has given more than 250 invited speaker presentations.

Other SNMMI officers elected for 2015-16 are Sally W. Schwarz, MS, RPh, BCNP, St. Louis, Mo.,  as president-elect, and Bennett S. Greenspan, MD, MS, FACNM, FACR, Augusta, Ga., as vice president-elect. SNMMI Technologist Section officers for 2015-16 are Aaron Scott, MIS, CNMT, NCAA, SNMMI-TS, Fayetteville, Ga., as president, and Sara G. Johnson, MBA, CNMT, NCT, FSNMMI-TS, San Diego, Calif., as president-elect.

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About the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
The Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) is an international scientific and medical organization dedicated to raising public awareness about nuclear medicine and molecular imaging, a vital element of today’s medical practice that adds an additional dimension to diagnosis, changing the way common and devastating diseases are understood and treated and helping provide patients with the best health care possible.

SNMMI’s 18,000 members set the standard for molecular imaging and nuclear medicine practice by creating guidelines, sharing information through journals and meetings and leading advocacy on key issues that affect molecular imaging and therapy research and practice. For more information, visit www.snmmi.org.

Hossein Jadvar photo