SNMMI Selects Two Henkin Fellows for 2020

May 18, 2020

Domnique Newallo,

Justin Peacock, MD, PhD

Each year, the Robert E. Henkin Fellowship awards the opportunity for an early career professional to visit Washington, DC, and receive direct personal exposure to government relations activities of the SNMMI. Throughout the week, the Fellow learns, first-hand, how the federal legislative and regulatory process impacts nuclear medicine and molecular imaging, visiting Congress, federal agencies and other medical societies. SNMMI is pleased to announce that Domnique Newallo, MD, RT (R), (CT), and Justin Peacock, MD, PhD, have been selected as our 2020 Robert E. Henkin Government Relations Fellows! 

“This year we are very happy to award the Henkin Fellowship to not one but two very qualified recipients,” said Dr. Munir Ghesani, chair of the SNMMI Government Relations Committee. “The Society is busier than ever during COVID-19, and we are certain that both Justin and Domnique will have very enriching experiences.”

Dr. Newallo is currently completing her nuclear medicine residency at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She earned her medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2017 and completed her surgery internship at Grand Strand Medical Center in Myrtle Beach, SC. Prior to becoming a physician, Dr. Newallo served in the U.S. Army, where she worked as an x-ray technologist and CT technologist until 2004.  As a nuclear medicine resident, Dr. Newallo was awarded the Academic Council Board of Directors SNMMI internship for 2019-2021 and is an elected officer of the American College of Nuclear Medicine’s (ACNM) Nuclear Medicine Resident’s Organization (NMRO). She is also a recent graduate of the 2020 SNMMI Future Leaders Academy. As part of this fellowship, Dr. Newallo states that she is interested in exploring “the relationship between economic and regulatory models of healthcare policy to hopefully advance a more holistic perspective on why policies are put in place and the effects they have on patient care.”

Dr. Peacock is a nuclear medicine fellow at the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium in San Antonio, Texas. After earning his undergraduate degree, he subsequently received a National Science Foundation graduate research fellowship and then a NIH NRSA pre-doctoral fellowship to attend Yale University, from which he graduated with a Master of Philosophy and PhD in molecular biophysics and biochemistry. Dr. Peacock later went to the Mayo Medical School for his MD training, with a health professions scholarship from the U.S. Air Force. Following completion of medical school, he attended the Brooke Army Medical Center for his internship and radiology residency training. Dr. Peacock has served as vice president and president of the ACNM NMRO and vice chair of the SNMMI In-Training Committee, and he was a 2019 graduate of the SNMMI Future Leaders Academy. He also recently contributed to an SNMMI/ACNM ad hoc workgroup regarding the NRC Draft Regulatory Guide DG-8057, Release of Patients Administered Radioactive Material. As he puts it, “When the evidence is seen and advocates push for change, I believe that health policy can change to ensure that all patients receive the care that they deserve.”