Congratulations Future Leaders of SNMMI

February 19, 2020

During SNMMI’s 2020 Mid-Winter Meeting in Tampa, Florida, both SNMMI and SNMMI-TS held leadership academies. These academies are open to physicians, scientists and technologists with strong leadership abilities who are interested in taking more active roles in the Society, as well as within the nuclear medicine and molecular imaging community.

SNMMI Future Leaders Academy

On Saturday, January 25, 2020 SNMMI graduated their 5th Future Leaders Academy class during the SNMMI House of Delegates meeting. The SNMMI Future Leaders Academy was facilitated by Jon Burroughs, MD, MBA, FACHE, FAAPL, with the American Association for Physician Leadership (AAPL) and included the unique opportunity to engage with current and past SNMMI leadership, such as SNMMI President Vasken Dilsizian, MD and SNMMI CEO Virginia Pappas, CAE. This leadership development workshop focused on how to lead successful in healthcare transformation, conflict resolution, strategic planning, the future of the field and SNMMI’s role in this evolution. Participants were then invited to various SNMMI governance events throughout the Mid-Winter Meeting to experience the organization structure of SNMMI in-person.

Congratulations to the 12 graduates of our Future Leaders Academy Class of 2020!

  • Yoram Baum, MD
  • Sarah Cheal, PhD
  • Shadi Esfahani, MD, MPH
  • Pedram Heidari, MD, MPH
  • Mary Ellen Koran, MD, PhD
  • Courtney Lawhn-Heath, MD
  • Maria Menendez, DVM, PhD
  • Domnique Newallo, MD, RT (R) CT)
  • Thomas Ng, MD, PhD
  • Daniella Pinho, MD
  • Ali Salavati, MD, MPH
  • Vanessa Sanders, PhD


SNMMI-TS Leadership Academy

On Friday, January 24, 2020, the SNMMI-TS graduated their 13th class of the SNMMI-TS Leadership Academy during the National Council of Representatives (NCOR) meeting. Long-time facilitator Shawn Dunning from Adventure Associates and SNMMI-TS Leadership including President Mark Crosthwaite, CNMT, FSNMMI-TS, led an exciting day of leadership lessons, team building activities, and networking sessions to build personal leadership skills while promoting SNMMI-TS leadership opportunities. SNMMI-TS President Elect Tina Buehner, MS,CNMT,NMTCB(CT)(RS), RT(N)(CT), FSNMMI-TS, looks forward to placing these graduates on future SNMMI-TS committees to continue their leadership involvement within the Society.  

Congratulations to the 14 graduates of our SNMMI-TS Leadership Academy Class of 2020!

  • Roberta Alvarez, MS, ARRT(N)(MR)
  • Garrett Anderson *
  • Dalton Clark **
  • Rebecca Gallagher
  • Jane Kamm **
  • Nicole LaBrecque *
  • Jose Meza, CNMT, PET, NCT, RT(N)
  • Samantha Miller, RT(N)
  • Keexia Osborne *
  • Christopher Owens, CNMT, PET, RT(R)(CT)(MR)(N)
  • Kait Solomon, MPS **            
  • Taylor Steenburgen *
  • Laura Wotta, CNMT
  • Thalia Zolis

*denotes student attendee
**denotes staff representative