Courtney Lawhn-Heath Awarded 2019 Henkin Fellowship

April 23, 2019

  Courtney Lawhn-Heath, MD

SNMMI is pleased to announce that Courtney Lawhn-Heath, MD, is the recipient of the 2019 Robert E. Henkin Government Relations Fellowship. Each year, the Henkin Fellow comes to Washington, DC, and spends a week with SNMMI staff, visiting Congress, federal agencies and other medical societies. Throughout the week, the Fellow learns, first-hand, how the federal legislative and regulatory process impacts nuclear medicine and molecular imaging. The program is designed for young professionals, defined as residents or fellows (physicians, scientists or technologists who have completed their training within the last 10 years).

Dr. Lawhn-Heath is a graduate of the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. She currently studies at the University of California San Francisco, where she is completing a dual ABR/ABNM radiology residency and nuclear medicine fellowship and a breast imaging fellowship. Lawhn-Heath has presented her research at national and international venues and has many peer-reviewed publications. Her research interests are in prostate cancer, head and neck imaging, and breast imaging. She is also passionate about advocating for both scientific innovation and patient safety in the field of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging.

During Dr. Lawhn-Heath's internship with SNMMI's Clinical Trials Network, she had the opportunity to interface with governmental regulatory agencies such as the FDA. "Working through the process of safely bringing new nuclear medicine agents from development to the patients who benefit from them sparked my interest" she says. During her time as the 2019 Robert E Henkin fellow, she hopes to gain a deeper understanding of the policy goals of SNMMI. Dr. Lawhn-Heath believes that "nuclear medicine is the future of medicine—one that will revolutionize our ability to more precisely diagnose, prognosticate, and treat a host of human maladies."