June 13, 2016
San Diego, Calif. (Embargoed until 10 a.m. PT, June 13, 2016)—Sara G. Johnson, MBA, CNMT, NCT, FSNMMI-TS, chief technologist/administrative officer and research coordinator for nuclear medicine with the VA San Diego Healthcare System in San Diego, Calif., has been elected as the 2016-17 president of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Technologist Section (SNMMI-TS). The new slate of officers was introduced during the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging’s (SNMMI) 2016 Annual Meeting, June 11-15 in San Diego, Calif.
Johnson outlined her plans for the year ahead, saying, “Nuclear medicine technology is ever-evolving, so technologists must stay current. I look forward to expanding educational resources for the frontline technologist. Providing the highest quality of care is always our primary goal, and I will continue to develop the SNMMI-TS Quality Initiative, which was launched last year. My particular focus will be on the advocacy aspect of this initiative—addressing infringements on the nuclear medicine technologist’s scope of practice.” She explained, “The scope of practice for nuclear medicine technologists in the U.S. is approved by SNMMI and supported by rigorous training, but states and institutions can choose to accept or limit the scope. I will be working with others in the field for broader acceptance of the SNMMI Scope of Practice and Performance Standards.”
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 level for many years and became an SNMMI-TS Fellow in 2012.
The new SNMMI leadership team announced at the annual meeting also includes Kathleen Krisak, CNMT, FSNMMI-TS, Granby, Mass., as the 2016-17 SNMMI-TS president-elect. SNMMI officers elected for 2016-17 are Sally W. Schwarz, MS, RPh, BCNP, St. Louis, Mo., as president; Bennett S. Greenspan, MD, MS, FACNM, FACR, Augusta, Ga., as president-elect; and Satoshi Minoshima, MD, PhD, Salt Lake City, Utah, as vice president-elect.
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.