Nuclear Medicine Residency and Fellowship Programs

The UCSF Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging offers two pathways for the training of outstanding physicians to become the leaders of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging in the 21st century. The programs offer a comprehensive education in modern nuclear medicine practice, including classical diagnostic nuclear medicine, nuclear cardiology, PET/CT, and PET/MRI. In addition, there is wide exposure to therapeutic applications of radioisotopes and theranostics in the therapy clinic, including radioiodine, and more recent theranostic approaches such as Ra-223 and Lutetium-177 DOTA TATE. The nuclear medicine section is a busy clinical service over multiple sites including three PET/CT instruments, a PET/MRI, and four SPECT/CT cameras. Trainees are most commonly placed at one of three locations - Parnassus, Mission Bay, or China Basin, each of which offer a different mix of cases and experience. Most PET/CT and PET/MRI examinations also include a diagnostic CT or MRI, allowing trainees to expand their knowledge of anatomic imaging and to stay fresh on general radiology skills. 

The faculty in the section are actively engaged in research ranging from basic, to translational, to clinical studies. There are numerous experimental clinical studies currently underway including a large volume of PET/MRI studies and those including experimental radiopharmaceuticals such as 68Ga-PSMA-11 and many others. Trainees are strongly encouraged to take part in independent research and quality improvement projects. The training experience is comprehensive of all current and emerging nuclear medicine practice.

There are numerous educational conferences available to trainees, including two weekly one hour didactic lecture sessions from current nuclear medicine faculty on topics including physics, instrumentation, radiopharmaceuticals, and clinical practice. Additionally, if desired, trainees may attend the diagnostic radiology resident lectures which take place daily at 8 am and noon. Finally, there are numerous interdisciplinary conferences, including endocrine conference (weekly), parathyroid tumor board (monthly), thyroid tumor board (monthly), myeloma tumor board (monthly), multimodality cardiac conference (monthly), and melanoma tumor board (weekly). Trainees have the opportunity for dedicated time in the cardiac stress lab, hot lab, or to take independent electives including research or other diagnostic radiology experiences.

Nuclear Medicine Fellows:  Christopher Graybiel, MD and Mariam Aboian, MD, PhD

Residency and Fellowship Programs

Nuclear Medicine Fellowship: This is a one year accredited ACGME fellowship program, followed after diagnostic radiology residency.
 
Nuclear Radiology / Diagnostic Radiology 16 month program: This program, sponsored by the American Board of Radiology, allows current UCSF Diagnostic Radiology residents to complete 16 months of nuclear medicine training during the four year diagnostic radiology radiology, without extending the length of training. Generally, residents enter this pathway during the first year of diagnostic radiology training.
 
Both training programs will allow the trainees to sit for the American Board of Nuclear Medicine examination or American Board of Radiology Nuclear Radiology certification.

How to Apply

Applications for the fellowship program is accepted on a rolling basis, and we do not participate in the national resident matching program. 
To apply, please send the following information in one packet to Melinda Parangan-Chu:
  • CV
  • Copy of USMLE scores
  • One page personal statement describing background and interest in nuclear medicine
  • If interested in research, also include a one page statement on research interests and goals.
  • Three recent letters of professional reference emailed directly from the authors.
 
For the nuclear radiology / diagnostic radiology training pathway, this is only open to current UCSF diagnostic radiology residents and those interested in this pathway should apply as instructed on the diagnostic radiology residency program website.

Nuclear Medicine Trainees

Current NR/DR residents: Courtney Lawhn-Heath (PGY-4), Kesav Raghavan (PGY-3)
 
2016 - 2017:  Thomas Yohannan (Stanford)
2015 - 2016:  Robert Flavell (Assistant Professor, UCSF), Lorenzo Nardo (Assistant Professor, UC Davis)
2014 - 2015:  Rebecca Wu (Kaiser Oakland)

Nuclear Medicine Residency & Fellowship Programs Faculty

Associate Professor
Chief of Nuclear Medicine
Director, Nuclear Medicine Residency & Fellowship Programs
Assoc. Prof of Clin.Radiology
Assistant Professor
Assistant Director, Nuclear Medicine Residency & Fellowship Programs
Asst Professor in Residence
Associate Professor
Asst Prof Clinical Radiology
Associate Professor
Assistant Professor