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

Darlene Metter, MD, FACR, FACNM, FSNMMI

As the incoming President of the GCNMC, I would like to “Thank” Dr Christopher Palestro for his truly outstanding leadership as the GCNMC President for the past two years. Under his administration, the Council attained its 2nd highest membership of 349 members in 2019 (2020 data is unavailable). The Council also sponsored 7 and co-sponsored 3 CE and Categorical sessions during the 2019 Mid-Winter and Annual Meetings. Furthermore, the GCNMC is financially stable. Dr Palestro will be “a hard act to follow”, but I am confident that the GCNM “culture” of high achievement will prevail!

I look forward in continuing to promote the GCNMC Mission and its diverse practitioners in providing clinical expertise and the promotion of research and education in general clinical nuclear medicine, remain a resource for the SNMMI leadership, and provide professional collaboration and outreach for our internal and external stakeholders. Lastly, the future of our specialty requires the nurturing of our current and emerging professionals to include our nuclear medicine technologists. “Thank you” for the honor of being your GCNMC President.


Darlene Metter MD, FACR, FACNM, FSNMMI
President, General Clinical Nuclear Medicine Council

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 recipient of this year’s GCNMC Lifetime Achievement Award is Harvey A. Ziessman, MD, FSNMMI, FACP, MBA. His nuclear medicine career began with a residency at the University of Michigan. He first practiced nuclear medicine at Georgetown University and spent last 17 years at Johns Hopkins University. He has been a leader and pioneer in nuclear medicine and molecular imaging and is well known for his research on gastrointestinal transit and cholecystokinin hepatobiliary imaging. He has published nearly one hundred peer-reviewed articles, numerous reviews and book chapters and 11 books, including Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, now in its 5th edition. Over the years, he has organized and lectured at numerous categorical seminars and CE sessions for the SNMMI’s meetings and is a past Speaker of the Society’s House of Delegates He has been the Newsline Editor of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine for the past 9 years. Dr. Ziessman was instrumental in transforming the Gastrointestinal Council into the General Clinical Nuclear Medicine Council and was one of its first presidents. Dr. Ziessman has served on the American Board of Nuclear Medicine and on the ACGME Residency Review Committee and I am fortunate to have had the privilege of serving with him on both of these organizations.  Congratulations, Dr. Ziessman!


Harvey Ziessman, MD

Past Lifetime Achievement Award
2015: Naomi Alazraki, MD
2016: Leonard Freeman, MD
2017: Stanley Goldsmith, MD
2018: Eva Dubovsky, MD
2019: Christopher Palestro, MD
2020: Ora Israel, Dr., MD, FSNMMI


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 2021 GCNMC Lectureship awardee is Philip Wells, MD. Dr Wells is the Chair of the Department of Medicine at The Ottawa Hospital and Professor at the University of Ottawa. He received his medical school education and specialty training in Internal Medicine at the University of Ottawa. He then studied Hematology and completed a Masters in Clinical Epidemiology at McMaster University, concentrating on the special problems of venous thrombosis (blood clots in the veins).  He joined Ottowa University in 1994 and subsequently established the Thrombosis Treatment and Assessment Unit at The Ottawa Hospital, now the largest thrombosis clinical practice and clinical research unit in the world. He is perhaps best known for pioneering the concept of clinical prediction rules to assist in the diagnosis of patients with suspected deep vein thrombosis and/or pulmonary embolism. For each of these diseases he embodied these prediction rules in valuable algorithms now known as the Wells Model for DVT” and the “Wells Model for PE”. They are currently used world-wide in the diagnostic process for these illnesses and are incorporated into many National and Organizational guidelines.

Dr. Wells has received more than $30 million in peer reviewed research funding and has nearly 400 publications in a wide array of prestigious journals. His work has been acknowledged through a Canada Research Chair, The Ottawa Hospital J. David Grimes Career Achievement Award, a University of Ottawa Lifetime Achievement Award, a University of Ottawa Research Chair, and most recently, a Faculty of Medicine Distinguished Research Chair.


Philip Wells, MD, FRCPC MSc



Past GCNMC Lectureship Award Recipients
2018: William Leslie, MD
2019: Anca Avram, MD
2020: Herbert Chen, MD, FACS
















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