May 28, 2004

Sandler named vice president-elect of Society of Nuclear Medicine

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Martin P. Sandler, M.D.

Sandler named vice president-elect of Society of Nuclear Medicine

Martin P. Sandler, M.D., Carole D. and Henry P. Pendergrass Professor and Chairman of the department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences, was elected vice president-elect of the Society of Nuclear Medicine.

In 2006, Sandler will lead the society as president for a one-year term.

“I feel that it is a great honor to be able bring the presidency of a such a leading and prestigious society as the SNM to Vanderbilt,” Sandler said.

The SNM is an international society with 11,000 members and a monthly journal circulation of 17,000. Its distinguished members have included several Nobel Laureates and others widely-regarded in the fields of nuclear medicine and radiology.

The society has leading researchers in the fields of metabolic and molecular imaging research and advancement in imaging technology. It also leads the world in advancing the use of radioactive monoclonal antibody therapies, according to Sandler.

“The members of the society have made many important contributions to medicine including the introduction of diagnostic and therapeutic isotopes, the nuclear medicine camera, the PET scanner and more recently the integrated CT/PET scanner,” Sandler said.

Sandler brings the presidency to Vanderbilt for the first time in the society’s history.

“Dr. Sandler’s election to this prestigious position in the Society of Nuclear Medicine is recognition of not only his personal accomplishments in this field but of his position as a national leader in radiology as well,” said Steven G. Gabbe, M.D., dean of the School of Medicine.

Sandler began his Vanderbilt career as a postdoctoral fellow in the divisions of Endocrinology and Metabolism in 1980, and became a member of the faculty in 1983. During his tenure at Vanderbilt, he has served as director of Clinical Nuclear Medicine, Director of the Radiological Sciences Research Laboratory, among other roles, before he was named chair of the department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences in 2000. He has also been recognized as one of America’s Top Doctors.

Among his professional accomplishments, Sandler has authored eight textbooks, 86 peer-reviewed manuscripts, 62 book chapters and 41 scientific abstracts. He has served as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine since 1998.