Patient Advocacy Advisory Board

One of SNMMI’s goals is to engage the patient community and provide information about the uses of molecular imaging for improved diagnosis and treatment. The Society is committed to supporting patients, collaborating with patient advocacy organizations on issues of mutual interest, and providing educational programs to help patients understand molecular imaging and the role it can play in both diagnostic and therapeutic settings. To accomplish this, we have convened a Patient Advocacy Advisory Board to provide SNMMI staff, volunteer leaders, and members with the patient perspective. One of the board's first initiatives was to develop this website — a user-friendly resource about molecular imaging and therapy and those disease areas that are using molecular imaging. The content of this website has been reviewed, and will continue to be updated, by experts in the fields of nuclear medicine, cardiology, neurology, and oncology.

Patient Group Representatives

Stephen Schwartz Stephen J. Schwartz
Chairman
The Lymphoma Research Foundation
Stephen Schwartz serves as the Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) representative, a survivor of Diffusive large B-cell lymphoma. Stephen’s involvement with LRF was at the onset of his 1998 non-Hodgkin lymphoma diagnosis through the Cure for Lymphoma Foundation (CLF), which later merged with the Lymphoma Research Foundation of America to become the Lymphoma Research Foundation. Stephen serves on LRF’s Regional Leadership Council and was a member of the Public Policy Committee. He is the inaugural recipient (July 2017) of the Marnie Gordon Founder’s Award. Stephen is the Senior Business Development Manager at Advantage DCI, a unit of Advantage Technologies in New York. He joined after spending six years working in energy efficiency at Lime Energy, having served in senior positions including: Program Director, Sales Manager, and Finance Director. Stephen has more than 20 years of international experience as a media sales and marketing, business-to-business professional in the online, print, conference, and trade show mediums. More than half has been in the science (STM) and chemical industries, first at Chemical Week (IHS Markit) then Nature Publishing Group (NPG), a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited, part of Springer Nature. At NPG, Stephen directed all U.S. advertising sales (print, digital and podcast) for Nature, the world’s leading scientific journal, as well as 17 other monthly titles including Nature Biotechnology, Nature Genetics, as well as aiding in the launch of Nature Methods. Stephen lives with his family in New York and is a graduate of the Boston University School of Management, now the Questrom School of Business.

Dorothy McGrathDorothy McGrath
Vice Chair
Colon Cancer Alliance
Dorothy McGrath is a Stage IV colon cancer survivor.  When she was initially diagnosed in 2004, on her birthday, she wasn’t offered much hope for survival.  Being a researcher at heart, having worked at PBS affiliates for over 26 years, she educated herself on the disease and signed up for a Stage II clinical trial.  While researching her disease she joined the Colon Cancer Alliance and has been a mentor, advocate and speaker about this disease in order to raise awareness.  Her passion for producing health related programs for her local PBS station escalated.  Now that she is an insider on the disease, she has a true understanding of the challenges that patients face.  She hopes that her productions are more informative to meet the patients, and their caregiver’s needs.

Josh MailmanJosh A. Mailman
Past Chairman
NorCal CarciNET Community
Josh A. Mailman holds a BA in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles and an MBA in Marketing and Finance from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA. He is a Silicon Valley executive with over 20 years of success in the technology field. Mr. Mailman co–created eFax.com where he served as Vice President of Operations in addition to applying for and receiving several patents for his work on eFax’s technology. During his career Mr. Mailman has held executive level potions at Xerox, NBCi and Everyone.net. Mr. Mailman’s last start-up, ChatterEmail was sold to Palm in 2007. Since his diagnosis in 2006 Mr. Mailman has focused his time and energy in the Non-profit community. He currently serves on the executive board of the Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation (NETRF.org), as president of the Northern California Carcinoid / Neuroendocrine Support Group (www.NorCalCarciNET.org), as Chief Operating Officer of WARMTH, and as a member of the NCI Steering Committee on GI Cancer.

Theresa Wickerham Theresa Wickerham
ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors' Association
Theresa Wickerham began volunteering for ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association in 2000. Following her original thyroid cancer diagnosis in 1975 she went 25 years without meeting anyone with thyroid cancer. She had a recurrence in 1998. During this more recent treatment experience she found some information about thyroid cancer on the Internet and also virtually met thyroid cancer survivors. This empowerment helped her realize that no one should go through a thyroid cancer diagnosis and journey alone and without the knowledge necessary to make good choices. She decided to get involved and make a difference. She founded the St. Louis Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Support Group, organized several one-day regional workshops throughout the Midwest, and has taken on more and more involved planning and coordination roles in ThyCa’s International Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Conferences including hosting the meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, in 2008 and 2015. In 2012 Theresa took the position of Program Coordinator for ThyCa. In this role she furthers education and support programs for all people dealing with a thyroid cancer diagnosis. She lives outside of St. Louis, Missouri, with her husband and enjoys spending time with their children and grandchildren.

 Matt Marks
ZERO - The End of Prostate Cancer
Matt Marks is the Government Affairs & Advocacy Manager at ZERO - The End of Prostate Cancer. In this role, he leads ZERO's fight for increased prostate cancer research funding, access to early detection and screening, and other public policies that help men and families battle prostate cancer. The grandson of a prostate cancer survivor, Matt leverages his policy and advocacy skill set from his time on Capitol Hill with his passion for working on behalf of the men and families battling the disease. A native of Chicago, he holds a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University.

Rosemary Ciotti Rosemary Ciotti
FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered
Rosemary Ciotti is the consumer representative for FORCE, "Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered," a not-for-profit organization involved in research education and consumer support surrounding genetic risks for Breast and Ovarian cancers such as BRCA 1/2. Rosemary Ciotti is a nurse practitioner and President of Accessible Living, Incorporated of Arlington, Virginia. The company provides expert guidance in Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance, as well as, working with communities to increase the utility of the built environment through the concepts of Universal Design. Additionally, Accessible Living, Inc. coordinates health care for persons living in the community with spinal cord injuries. Rosemary is a frequent invited participant to conferences both locally and internationally. Rosemary is also Executive Director of “Global Organization of Feminists with Disabilities” (GOFWD) (501 c 3).

 Ramon Llamas
Men's Health Network
Ramon works in External Relations and Strategic Partnerships, and Minority Health Initiatives for Men's Health Network.  In addition to developing partnerships and health initiatives, Ramon represents MHN's activities in the states and on various city and state government health panels and committees. His previous positions were as Director of Programs for MHN and health promotion at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C. Ramon Paolo Llamas graduated with a B.S. in Biological Sciences with a minor in Biomedical Engineering from the University of California, Irvine, and received a Master of Public Health with an emphasis in Health Education and Promotion from the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California.  He has worked in a variety of settings in the public health and healthcare fields since 2005 and is a member of the Men's Health Caucus of the American Public Health Association and currently serves as Treasurer of the Caucus.

 Jeri Francoeur
Susan G. Komen Foundation
Jeri Francoeur has been active with the Komen Foundation and numerous other breast cancer advocacy organizations, serving as chair of public policy for the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation and the Susan G. Komen Central Florida Affiliate. She is also a past chair of the Medical Quality Assurance Board for the state of Florida Board of Nursing Home Administrators. A breast cancer survivor who also lost a close friend to the disease, she is a passionate advocate for breast cancer research and funding, as well as patient education on treatment options. 

April Ross, PhD
Alzheimer’s Association
April Ross, Ph.D., is project manager for the Medical and Scientific Relations department at the Alzheimer’s Association.  Dr. Ross provides project management support on Association-led science initiatives such as the U.S. Study to Protect Brain Health Through Lifestyle Intervention to Reduce Risk (U.S. POINTER), a two-year clinical trial that will evaluate whether lifestyle interventions that simultaneously address many risk factors can prevent cognitive decline and dementia.  Dr. Ross also takes a leadership role in working with the members of the Alzheimer’s Association International Society to Advance Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment (ISTAART) Professional Interest Areas – groups of members with common subspecialties or interests.  Dr. Ross received her PhD from University of California, Davis and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University.

Amy Friedrich-Karnik, MPP
WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease
Amy Friedrich-Karnik is the Vice President of Advocacy and Communications at WomenHeart where she oversees the organization’s policy, advocacy, communications and marketing efforts to advance support and access to care for women living with and at risk for heart disease. Prior to joining WomenHeart, she was the Senior Federal Policy Advisor at the Center for Reproductive Rights, where she helped lead the Center’s federal policy work.  She focused on developing and implementing strategies to ensure protection for reproductive rights and access to reproductive healthcare in the U.S, regularly engaged with Congress and coalition allies, and oversaw the Act for Women campaign. Previously, Amy was an independent consultant, providing guidance to non-profit clients on policy and advocacy, development strategies, and project management on women’s health and caregiving issues.  Before going out on her own, Amy worked at Family Caregiver Alliance and for U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky.  Amy received a Master of Public Policy degree from UCLA. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and two children.

 

 Anita McGlothlin
Go2 Foundation for Lung Cancer
Anita McGlothlin is the Director of Economics and Regulatory Affairs at the Go2 Foundation for Lung Cancer (Go2), a Washington, D.C.-based national nonprofit organization whose mission is to save lives and advance research by empowering those living with and at risk for lung cancer. Anita works closely with the Patient and Outreach Services, Health Policy, and Science and Research programs to advance the Go2's mission through the development and implementation of priority science and regulatory policies.  Having led low dose CT lung cancer screening national coverage efforts for radiology in her prior role, and with over twenty years of economics and health policy expertise, Anita has a special interest in reducing patient access barriers and increasing the lung cancer screening rates. In addition to her career in screening and policy, Anita was appointed to the National Lung Cancer Roundtable as the Vice Chair of the Policy Action Task Group, which is a partnership of public, private and voluntary organizations that play a key role in reducing the incidence of and mortality from lung cancer. Over 156,000 Americans will die annually from lung cancer and like so many other families impacted, Anita’s advocacy work holds a personal story.

 

SNMMI Outreach Committee Representatives

Giuseppe Esposito, MD 
SNMMI Outreach Co-Chair

Dr. Esposito is a Professor of Radiology and Chief of Nuclear Medicine and PET/CT at MedStar Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, DC. He is a Past President of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, Mid-Eastern Chapter, and has served as Chairman of Radiation Safety at Georgetown University Hospital and as a member of the Imaging Committee for the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology. He holds a doctor of medicine from the Medical School University of Naples, Italy, and a Master of Business Administration in Health/Health Care Administration/Management from the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School.

Terrence Ruddy, MD, FRCPC, FACC, FAHA, FCCS 
SNMMI Outreach Co-Chair

Dr. Terrence Ruddy is Director of Nuclear Cardiology at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. He is a Professor in the Division of Cardiology in the Department of Medicine and cross-appointed to the Division of Nuclear Medicine in the Department of Radiology. He is the former Vered University Chair and Head of the Division of Cardiology at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute and former University Chair and Head of the Division of Nuclear Medicine of The Ottawa Hospital. Dr. Ruddy established the Canadian Molecular Imaging Centre of Excellence (C-MICE®) for the development of novel radiotracers for imaging myocardial perfusion, necrosis and inflammation. He is past president of the Canadian Society of Nuclear Cardiology and is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology. He has been a Director on the Cardiovascular Council of the SNMMI since 2009 and served as President of the Cardiovascular Council in 2018-2019.

SNMMI Leadership

Vasken Dilsizian, MD
SNMMI President

Dr. Dilsizian, is a professor of radiology and medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and chief of the Division of Nuclear Medicine at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. 
Dilsizian graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine in 1982. This was followed by an internal medicine residency at Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1985, a fellowship in Cardiology at Boston University Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital in 1988, and a nuclear medicine residency at the National Institutes of Health where he served as director of nuclear cardiology from 1992 to 2001.  He holds master's (Tau Beta Pi) and bachelor's (magna cum laude) degrees in chemical engineering, both from Tufts University. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases, and Nuclear Medicine.

Dilsizian has been involved in many councils, committees, and task forces at SNMMI as well as the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, and American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC). He served as president of the Cardiovascular Council of the SNMMI (2013-2014) and was awarded the 2014 Hermann Blumgart Award for his contributions to the science of nuclear cardiology. He was the SNMMI Henry N. Wagner, Jr., Cardiovascular Nuclear and Molecular Imaging Lecturer in 2014 and 2015. He is on the board of directors of the SNMMI and ASNC and was program chair for the ASNC 2014 scientific sessions. In 2016, he became a Master of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology for his contributions to the field of nuclear cardiology and for holding senior leadership positions within the society. He was chair of the American College of Cardiology Task Force on clinical competence and training in nuclear cardiology. He serves on the Advisory Committee on the Medical Uses of Isotopes for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (2014-2022). In addition, he is serving a four-year term (2018-2022) on the Board of Scientific Counselors of the Clinical Center of the National Institutes of Health. 

Mark H. Crosthwaite, MEd, CNMT, PET, NMTCB(S), FSNMMI-TS
President of Technologist Section

Mr. Crosthwaite is an associate professor and program director of the baccalaureate nuclear medicine technology program, Department of Radiation Sciences, at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia.  Crosthwaite has a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa; completed NMT training at Albert Einstein College Hospital in the Bronx, New York; and earned his master’s degree in education with an emphasis in occupational administration at the University of Louisville.  He has served in the SNMMI-TS National Council of Representatives and the House of Delegates at the national level. He has also held several positions on the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board, including chair, treasurer and secretary. In addition, he assisted the Radiation Safety Branch in Kentucky with development of nuclear medicine technologist state licensure.  Crosthwaite was named a Fellow of SNMMI-TS in June 2013.