The General Clinical Nuclear Medicine (GCNMC) Council is a group within SNMMI dedicated to the scientific interchange of ideas among Society members who have interest in clinical nuclear medicine issues. The overall mission of the GCNMC is to:

(a)    provide a forum for members with similar interests

(b)   provide to membership expertise in clinical nuclear medicine

(c)    foster research and education in clinical nuclear medicine

(d)   provide outreach to other professionals and organizations

(e)    nurture new membership into the Society

(f)    serve as a resource to SNMMI Leadership

President’s Message
Christopher J. Palestro, MD, FSNMMI, FACNM

Dear colleagues and friends,

I would like to personally welcome you to the General Clinical Nuclear Medicine Council. The GCNMC seeks to promote and improve the practice of general clinical nuclear medicine by providing continuing education, and strives to foster camaraderie, collaboration, and pride among practitioners. Our Council serves as a forum for physicians, scientists, and technologists interested in general clinical nuclear medicine procedures, and works to support the SNMMI Value Initiative. The GCNMC is active in reviewing guidelines and regularly sponsors cutting-edge Categorical and Continuing Education activities at the SNMMI’s mid-winter and annual meetings.

Among the accomplishments of the GCNMC this past year was the creation of three new positions on the GCNMC Board of Directors. One of these positions is reserved for a physician within ten years of completing training (related to the SNMMI Goal C.3.c: Support professional development and member engagement in the society). Welcome Dr. Gad Abikhzer!  The other two positions are reserved for GCNMC technologist members (related to SNMMI Goal C.5: Increase recognition of nuclear medicine technologists as the technologist experts in performing nuclear medicine imaging and therapy). Welcome Mario Di Dea, MS, RT(N) and April Mann, MBA, CNMT, NCT, RT(N), FSNMMI-TS!

The Council also welcomes Giuseppe Esposito, MD, MBA, and Erin Grady, MD, CCD, FACNM to the Board and thanks outgoing board member Dr. K. Elizabeth Hawk for her service to the Council.

It would, of course, be an understatement to state that this year’s virtual SNMMI meeting was a radical departure from previous meetings. Nevertheless it was an outstanding success, in spite of the short time available to assemble the meeting! The GCNMC had co-sponsored two categorical seminars and had five CME lectures scheduled for the annual meeting, but because of the logistics involved in the virtual meeting, only one CME lecture, Complementary Roles of Nuclear Medicine and Radiologic Imaging in the Evaluation of Musculoskeletal Diseases, was included. According to the SNMMI, there were more than 1200 attendees for this session!

Two of the GCNMC highlights at the annual meeting include the GCNMC Lectureship Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award. The GCNMC Lectureship Award recognizes an individual whose research, publications, teaching or clinical practice has furthered the use of, and who can present insights on, the value of general clinical nuclear medicine procedures. The 2020 GCNMC Lectureship awardee is Herbert Chen, M.D., FACS, Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. Dr. Chen is a world renowned endocrine surgeon who is a pioneer in radio-guided parathyroidectomy. He has graciously agreed to present his lecture, Radioguided Techniques during Parathyroid Surgery, as a webinar later this year. Thank you and Congratulations, Dr. Chen!

The   GCNMC   Lifetime   Achievement  Award recognizes   those physicians   and   scientists   who   have   distinguished   themselves   through  a  career  dedicated  to  the  advancement  of  patient  care  through  the  field  of  nuclear  medicine. The recipient of this year’s GCNMC Lifetime Achievement Award is Ora O. Israel, M.D. FSNMMI. Professor Israel was the Director of Nuclear Medicine at Rambam Medical Center in Haifa, Israel for nearly two decades. She is a leader and pioneer in all aspects of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging and over the years, has organized numerous categorical seminars and CE sessions for the SNMMI’s annual meeting. I am fortunate to have had the privilege of working with her on many of these sessions. Congratulations, Dr. Israel!

Now it’s time to start preparing for 2021.

For those of you who are not members of the General Clinical Nuclear Medicine Council, we strongly encourage you and your colleagues to join and enjoy the benefits of council membership. Please browse our website. Your feedback and suggestions are always welcome!

How to Become a Member
Membership in the General Clinical Nuclear Medicine Council is limited to members of the SNMMI. Membership can be attained by indicating the desire to join during the annual renewal of the SNMMI membership or by filing an application with the Secretary of the council.

Payment of Dues
Membership in the GCNMC requires payment of dues in the amount of $20/year. Dues are paid to SNMMI and will be due on October 1st of each year.

Benefits of Membership:
Membership makes you a part of a professional group within the SNMMI that:

Provides continuing education for professionals in the various areas relating to through sponsored symposia and continuing education courses. Each year the GCNMC puts on a Categorical Seminar or symposia, and Continuing Education Courses on topics of interest to professionals in the clinical nuclear medicine.

Provides a forum and a mechanism for discussion and dissemination of information relating to the clincal nuclear medicine. The GCNMC members receive periodic Newsletters and electronic mailings containing information on professional activities, government issues, and a host of other topics related to clinical nuclear medicine. Members will soon have access to GCNMC Web pages and e-communicites, which will contain timely and archived information relating to a variety of topics in clinical nuclear medicine.

Provides expertise in clinical nuclear medicine to SNMMI leadership and to groups outside of SNMMI seeking such expertise. The GCNMC has representation in a number of governance groups within SNMMI, including the Committee on Councils and the House of Delegates.

Learn more about the specific benefits the GCNMC council has to offer by emailing 


GCNMC Lifetime Achievement Award

The GCNMC Lifetime Achievement Award is established to recognize those physicians and scientists who have distinguished themselves through a career dedicated to the advancement of patient care through the field of nuclear medicine. These individuals will have provided outstanding contributions to the general nuclear medicine subspecialties including urogenital, pulmonary, musculoskeletal, endocrine and gastrointestinal imaging that have advanced the field to allow improved clinical diagnosis and patient care. 

The 2020 GCNMC Lifetime Achievement Award winner is Ora Israel, Sr., MD, FSNMMI. Professor Israel is a leader and a pioneer in all aspects of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging. She was among the first advocates of hybrid imaging with SPECT/CT and PET/CT, starting in the late 1990s. Her numerous articles in this field provided scientific evidence that have been advanced these modalities to their current pivotal position in nuclear medicine and molecular imaging. She is recognized worldwide as a leader and expert in the field of infection/inflammation and musculoskeletal imaging. More recently, her pioneering work showing the advantages and potential of the new CZT detectors positioned her again at the forefront of nuclear medicine imaging. 

For many years, Professor Israel has excelled in scientific research and in the education of the younger generations of nuclear medicine experts. She has organized many educational sessions and has participated as a lecturer in major conferences at the SNMMI, EANM, IAEA, as well as other national and international meetings of nuclear medicine societies. Professor Israel's impressive CV with over 170 scientific articles, over 20 book chapters and 3 textbooks portray her impressive academic achievements


Ora Israel, Dr., MD, FSNMMI

Past Lifetime Achievement Award
2015: Naomi Alazraki, MD
2016: Leonard Freeman, MD
2017: Stanley Goldsmith, MD
2018: Eva Dubovsky, MD
2019: Christopher Palestro, MD


GCNMC Lectureship Award

The Council strives to improve GCNM practice by providing continuing education, and seeks to instill camaraderie and pride in GCNM practitioners. The GCNMC Lectureship will recognize a speaker who will present insights on the value of GCNM in clinical practice. 

The 2020 GCNMC Lectureship Award winner is Herbert Chen, MD, FACS. Dr. Chen is Chair of the Department of Surgery at University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), and the Surgeon-in-Chief of UAB Hospital and Health System.  He is a Professor of Surgery and Biomedical Engineering, and holds the Fay Fletcher Kerner Endowed Chair.  His clinical interests include endocrine surgery and he is a pioneer in radioguided parathyroid surgery.  Dr. Chen’s lab has been continuously funded for over 20 years and studies the role of Notch signaling in thyroid and neuroendocrine cancers.  He is the American Cancer Society MEN2 Thyroid Cancer Professor.  Dr. Chen is the Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Surgery, serves on many other editorial boards.  He is also the President of the Society of Asian Academic Surgeons Foundation, President of Surgical Biology Club II, Past-President of Association for Academic Surgery, Past-President of the Society of Clinical Surgery, and Past-President of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons.  Dr. Chen has mentored over 100 faculty, post-doctoral fellows, residents, medical students, and undergraduates in his lab.  He has published over 550 original research and review articles and has edited 25 textbooks.  He has been recognized for his passion for teaching and mentoring the next generation of surgical leaders. 


Herbert Chen, MD, FACS



Past GCNMC Lectureship Award Recipients
2018: William Leslie, MD
2019: Anca Avram, MD
















The Society recognizes the need for sub-specialty interests/expertise within the field of nuclear medicine and moleuclar imaging. Councils provide the expertise, professional networking and educational programs for nuclear medicine professionals in respective areas and serve as a resource for development and implementatin of Society policies.

Council membership is voluntary. Councils adhere to Society Bylaws and policies, while operating under its own Operating Procedures, as approved by the House of Delegates, and its own business plan and budget, as approved by the SNMMI Board of Directors.

This section provides the following council specific information.

GCNMC Board of Directors
GCNMC Operating Procedures
GCNMC Business Plan
GCNMC Council Reports to the House of Delegates
GCNMC Past Presidents

GCNMC Lifetime Achievement Award
The award recognizes those physicians and scientists who have distinguished themselves through a career dedicated to the advancement of patient care through the field of nuclear medicine

2015: Naomi Alazraki, MD
2016: Leonard Freeman, MD
2017: Stanley Goldsmith, MD
2018: Eva Dubovsky, MD
2019: Christopher Palestro, MD
2020: Ora Israel, MD

GCNMC Lectureship Award
This award recognizes an individual whose research, publications, teaching or clinical practice has furthered the use of, and who can present insights on, the value of general clinical nuclear medicine procedures

2018: William Leslie, MD - The Role of Nuclear Medicine in Osteoporosis: Past, Present, Future
2019: Anca Avram, MD - The evolving paradigm of radioiodine therapeutics for thyroid cancer   
2020: Herbert Chen, MD - Radioguided Techniques during Parathyroid Surgery

GCNMC Mid-Winter and Annual Meeting Education Sessions
2014 Annual Meeting
2015 Mid-Winter Meeting and Annual Meeting
2016 Mid-Winter and Annual Meeting
2017 Mid-Winter and Annual Meeting
2018 Annual Meeting
2019 Annual Meeting
2020 Annual Meeting - Virtual Edition
2021 Mid-Winter Meeting - Virtual Edition

GCNMC Announcements

Attend The SNMMI 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting

The SNMMI 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting will feature more than 80 sessions, as well as pre-meeting categorical seminars and industry-led satellite symposia. View sessions live as they happen, or on-demand following their live broadcast for up to the 30 days.

Plus, don't miss the opportunity to view abstract presentations and posters in the SNMMI Science Pavilion, and connect with top industry suppliers in the virtual exhibit hall!

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Early-Bird Registration Deadline: Thursday, April 29, 2021

Join the General Clinical Nuclear Medicine Council

Council membership is voluntary. Society members are eligible for council membership, and can belong to as many councils as they wish. The General Clinical Nuclear Medicine Council dues are $20.00. Join this council

2021 Virtual SNMMI Annual Meeting GCNMC Education Sessions

CE19: Infection Imaging Updates
Sunday, June 13, 2021 5:15 – 6:15 pm

CE30: GCNMC Lectureship Award Recipient Dr Phil Wells – Diagnosing and Managing Pulmonary Embolism – How Far have we come and How Far do we Need to Go?

Monday, June 14, 2021 4:00 – 5:00 pm