SNMMI Technologist Section Announces Award Winners

July 28, 2016

Technologists recognized for outstanding education and service to the nuclear medicine field

Reston, Va.  — The Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging’s Technologist Section (SNMMI-TS)—an international scientific and medical organization—recognized contributions to and work in the field of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging during the SNMMI 2016 Annual Meeting in San Diego, California. Several awards ceremonies were held to recognize the valuable role that SNMMI-TS members play in advancing the discipline of nuclear medicine technology.

SNMMI-TS Outstanding Technologist Award

Lynne Roy, MBA, CNMT, FSNMMI-TS, director of the Department of Imaging at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Calif., was awarded the 2016 SNMMI-TS Outstanding Technologist Award. She has been a guest lecturer at many national and international meetings and is the author of numerous articles. Roy is a past president of the SNMMI-TS and currently serves as chair of the SNMMI-TS Advocacy Committee. She is also an active member of the Association for Medical Imaging Management.

SNMMI-TS Outstanding Educator Award

Crystal Botkin, MPH, CNMT, PET, assistant professor and clinical coordinator in the Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapeutics at St. Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri, received the SNMMI-TS Outstanding Educator Award. Botkin also teaches in the Nuclear Medicine Advanced Associate Program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Botkin has been an active member within the SNMMI and SNMMI-TS, serving on multiple committees and holding officer positions in the local and regional chapters. Within the SNMMI-TS, she currently serves on the Executive Board, chairs the Bylaws Committee, and is secretary of the National Council of Representatives. Botkin is also a member of the World Molecular Imaging Congress, American Society of Radiologic Technologists, Greater St. Louis Association of Nuclear Medicine, and World Federation of Molecular Imaging.

SNMMI-TS Fellowship Awards

The following individuals were named SNMMI-TS Fellows. These are members of the SNMMI-TS who have demonstrated leadership and have made a significant contribution to the profession of nuclear medicine technology at the national level. SNMMI-TS selects Fellows based on exemplary contributions in the following areas: participation in professional activities, education, professional experience, professional contributions, and civic activities.

Fellowships are awarded at the SNMMI-TS Annual Business Meeting each year during SNMMI’s Annual Meeting. New SNMMI-TS Fellows receive a memorial plaque and pin signifying their Fellow status.

David Campbell, BS, CNMT, FSNMMI-TS, is director of Imaging Services at Southwest Diagnostic Imaging Center in Dallas, Texas. Throughout his career, Campbell has been active within SNMMI and SNMMI-TS at the local, chapter and national levels. He has held numerous leadership positions, including president of the SNMMI-TS Southwestern Chapter and chair of the SNMMI-TS Financial Committee.

Marcia Hess Smith, BS, CNMT, FSNMMI-TS, is program director of Nuclear Medicine Technology Education at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. She is a member of the SNMMI-TS National Council of Representatives and the SNMMI House of Delegates and active in the Missouri Valley Chapter. Through the years, Hess Smith has been an invited speaker and moderator at SNMMI annual meetings. Also active in the academic community, she has served on numerous university committees.

Deborah Gibbs, MEd, RT(N), RT(CT), PET, FSNMMI-TS, is acting radiology director and imaging supervisor of the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia. She has more than 20 years of health care and nuclear medicine experience and has served as a nuclear medicine instructor. Gibbs has also been an inspector for the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology, inspecting nuclear medicine clinical sites around the country to ensure the environments are safe, educational, and progressive. She is a past president of the SNMMI-TS Southeastern Chapter as well as past president of the Georgia Society of Nuclear Medicine. In addition, Gibbs is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology.

Presidential Distinguished Service Award

The 2016 SNMMI-TS Presidential Distinguished Service Award was presented to Dmitry D. Beyder, MPA, CNMT, nuclear medicine and PET supervisor at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. An active member of the SNMMI-TS, Beyder is on the Executive Board and the Council of Representatives, and he chairs the Professional Development and Membership committees.

SNMMI-TS President’s Plaque

Aaron Scott, MIS, CNMT, NMAA, FSNMMI-TS, was awarded the SNMMI-TS president’s plaque and gavel for his service as 2015–2016 president for the section. Scott is a nuclear medicine advanced associate at Piedmont Healthcare System in Fayetteville, Georgia. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, with a concentration in molecular biophysics, from Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia, and a Bachelor of Science degree in nuclear medicine from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia. He also received a Master of Imaging Sciences (nuclear medicine advanced associate) degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Arkansas. He is certified by the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board and the Institutional Review Board.

Scott has held numerous leadership positions within the SNMMI-TS, including president-elect, delegate-at-large, and member of the Strategic Planning Committee. On the local level, he is involved with the Southeastern SNMMI Chapter Technologist Section and the Georgia Society of Nuclear Medicine, having served as president of both organizations.

Outstanding JNMT Articles

The editor of JNMT, Norman E. Bolus, MSPH, MPH, CNMT, FSNMMI-TS, and members of the journal’s board of editors announced in April the winners of annual awards for outstanding articles. The awards were presented on June 14 at the annual SNMMI-TS business meeting.

The Editor’s Choice Awards for the 3 best JNMT articles in 2015 went to:

  • Priyanka Jha and Bijan Bijan, from the University of California Davis Medical Center (Sacramento), for “PET/CT for pancreatic malignancy: potential and ” J Nucl Med Technol. 2015;43:9297.
  • Joana do Mar F. Machado, Marina S. Monteiro, Victor Fernandes Vieira, Jean-Aybert Collinot, John O. Prior, Lina Vieira, and José A. Pires-Jorge, from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Western Switzerland (Lausanne), for “Value of a lower-limb immobilization device for optimization of SPECT/CT image ” J Nucl Med Technol. 2015;43:98102.
  • Troels Joergensen and Susanne Haase Hansson, from Naestved Hospital (Denmark), for “Evaluation of the left ventricular ejection fraction with gated IQ-SPECT myocardial perfusion ” J Nucl Med Technol. 2015;43:193–220.

In addition, the Editor’s Choice Award for the best JNMT continuing education article went to LisaAnn Trembath, Maureen Newell, and Michael D. Devous, Sr., from Avid Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Philadelphia, PA), for “Technical considerations in brain amyloid PET imaging with 18F-florbetapir.” J Nucl Med Technol. 2015;43:175–184.


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