June 8, 2015
Baltimore, Md. (Embargoed until 10 a.m. EDT, June 8, 2015) — Sara G. Johnson, MBA, CNMT, NCT, FSNMMI-TS, research coordinator for nuclear medicine and a staff nuclear medicine technologist with the VA San Diego Healthcare System in San Diego, Calif., has been elected as the 2015-16 president-elect of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Technologist Section (SNMMI-TS). The new slate of officers was introduced during the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging’s (SNMMI) 2015 Annual Meeting, June 6-10 in Baltimore, Md.
“Patients who rely on nuclear medicine must have the highest-quality scans and treatments provided in a timely and cost-effective manner,” Johnson stated. “The front-line nuclear medicine technologist is the key to ensuring that this goal is achieved. In the year ahead, I will work to provide opportunities for nuclear medicine technologists to enhance their skills and professional expertise, with special emphasis on the needs of the front-line technologist.”
She elaborated on her goals, explaining, “I want to ensure that professional skills are maintained and enhanced through high quality and easily accessible educational opportunities for all nuclear medicine technologists. Nuclear medicine must continue to be forward thinking by anticipating imaging and treatment growth opportunities. Through advocacy and education, we can properly prepare our nuclear medicine professionals for the challenges of an ever-changing healthcare environment.”
Johnson has nearly 30 years of nuclear medicine experience. She started her career while on active duty with the U.S. Navy. During nearly eight years of service, she had the opportunity to practice nuclear medicine in Okinawa, Japan, and at bases in the United States.
After leaving the Navy, Johnson served as chief technologist at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) Medical Center and was also the founder and first program director of the UCSD Nuclear Medicine Technologist Program. She later worked in the commercial sector as a clinical specialist for DuPont and Bristol Myers Squibb, specializing in nuclear cardiology.
Johnson has an associate degree from The George Washington University; her BS in Business Administration, BA in Management and MBA are from the University of Phoenix. She holds the NCT certificate and is one of the authors of the Nuclear Cardiology Technology Study Guide. She has been involved with the SNMMI-TS at the local, regional and national level for many years and became an SNMMI-TS Fellow in 2012.
The new SNMMI leadership team announced at the annual meeting also includes Aaron Scott, MIS, CNMT, NMAA, FSNMMI-TS, Fayetteville, Ga., as the 2015-16 SNMMI-TS president. SNMMI officers elected for 2015-16 are Hossein Jadvar, MD, PhD, MPH, MBA, FACNM, Pasadena, Calif., as president; 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.
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.