July 20, 2017
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 2017 Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado, held June 10-14. 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
Amanda Abbott, MS, CNMT, RT(N), PET, is the lead imaging research technologist at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, where she works in both research and the clinic, coordinating multimodality imaging research activities. She has been a member of the SNMMI-TS and New England Chapter since 2005. In her current role as education co-chair for the Clinical Trials Network, she has been instrumental in reviewing existing education courses and working to develop new ones. She has recruited three new members to the CTN Education Committee and is a strong advocate for the field. Abbott has also served as a PET item writer for the NMTCB, received a Partners in Excellence Award for Leadership and Innovation, and garnered the 2015 ARRT/SNMMI-TS Professional Development Grant. She holds a master’s degree in molecular imaging and therapeutics from Regis College.
SNMMI-TS OUTSTANDING EDUCATOR AWARD
Dusty M. York, CNMT, PET, RT(N)(CT), associate professor and clinical coordinator of nuclear medicine at Chattanooga State Community College, Chattanooga, Tennessee, received the SNMMI-TS Outstanding Educator Award. She has been a member of SNMMI-TS since 1999 and is a member of the Southeastern Chapter. A graduate of the SNMMI-TS Leadership Academy, York is a National Council of Representatives delegate-at-large and director-at-large to the SNMMI Board of Directors. She also serves on the SNMMI-TS Committee on Scholarships, Grants and Awards and previously served on the Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Week Committee, Educator’s Committee, and the Hot Trot 5K Committee. On the regional level, York is a past president of both the Nuclear Medicine Technologists of Tennessee and the South Tennessee-North Georgia Organization of Nuclear Medicine Technologists. At Chattanooga State, she is a highly regarded educator, whose students excel upon graduation. She developed a popular online PET course, coordinates clinicals for students, and is a gifted mentor.
Cindi Luckett-Gilbert, MHA, CNMT, RSO, FSNMMI-TS, received the first ever SNMMI-TS Advocate-of-the-Year Award. This award was created to recognize an individual who has been an advocate at both the national and local levels. Advocacy has become an essential part of the SNMMI-TS, and Luckett-Gilbert has been a leader in this area. She has been a member of SNMMI-TS since 1997 and is a member of the Southeastern Chapter. A PET specialist with Shertech Pharmacy, she is a member of the SNMMI-TS Executive Board and is a director-at-large on the SNMMI Board of Directors. She also serves on the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board. As the society’s TAG representative for North Carolina, she is an advocate with legislators and regulators on behalf of SNMMI-TS members. In addition, Luckett-Gilbert is the society’s liaison with the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors and Organization of Agreement States.
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.
PRESIDENTIAL DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARDS
The 2017 SNMMI-TS Presidential Distinguished Service Awards were presented to:
In recognition of the SNMMI-TS Leadership Academy’s 10th Anniversary, Presidential Distinguished Service Awards were also presented to the following individuals for their significant roles in the Academy’s success:
SNMMI-TS PRESIDENT’S PLAQUE
Sara G. Johnson, MBA, CNMT, NCT, FSNMMI-TS, was awarded the SNMMI-TS president’s plaque and gavel for her service as 2016–2017 SNMMI-TS president. 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 throughout 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. Johnson has been involved with the SNMMI-TS at the local, regional and national levels for many years and became an SNMMI-TS Fellow in 2012. During Johnson’s tenure as president, SNMMI-TS accomplished many new initiatives, including a new CT educational course, radiation safety education, PET/MR education and resources, new international collaborations and partnerships, completion of the Quality Benchmarking Study and Final Report, continued growth of advocacy efforts and revisions to the Scope of Practice.
OUTSTANDING JNMT ARTICLES
The editor of JNMT, Norman E. Bolus, MSPH, MPH, CNMT, FSNMMI-TS, and members of the journal’s editorial board announced in April the winners of annual awards for outstanding articles. The awards were presented at the annual SNMMI-TS business meeting in June.
The Editor’s Choice Awards for the 3 best JNMT articles in 2016 went to:
In addition, the Editor’s Choice Award for the best JNMT continuing education article went to Shelley N. Acuff and Dustin Osborne, Department of Radiology, University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville, Tennessee, for “Clinical Workflow Considerations for Implementation of Continuous-Bed-Motion PET/CT.” J Nucl Med Technol. 2016;44:55–58.
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 more than 17,000 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.