2021 Nuclear Medicine & Molecular Imaging News

Staff Transition

December 2021

Paulo Castaneda, MBA, CNMT, ARRT(N), was appointed as the Imaging Director at Stanford Health Care effective December 15, 2021. Mr. Castaneda joined Stanford in 2007 as a Nuclear Medicine and PET-CT technologist, with promotions to Lead Technologist in 2013, Nuclear Medicine Supervisor in 2015 and Manager of Nuclear Medicine in 2017. He was instrumental in the successful opening of Imaging at the Cancer Center South Bay location. Most recently the Theragnostic Clinic in Nuclear Medicine opened to patient care under his leadership. He has also participated in many process improvement initiatives including completing RITE and CELT projects. Among his many accolades is the recognition as Stanford Health Care Award for Special Contribution 2017 and Stanford Radiology Employee of the Year 2020. Mr. Castaneda graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2002. He graduated from the VA Nuclear Medicine Training program in 2007 and completed a Master of Business Administration from Western Governors University in 2021. He will serve as one of the Imaging Directors providing guidance and direction for managers and clinical sites as well as project leadership. Congratulations Paulo!

Molecular Imaging: Principles and Practice, 2nd Edition

August 2021

On August 9th, 2021, the textbook Molecular Imaging: Principles and Practice, 2nd Edition(Volumes 1 & 2) was published. This textbook was edited by Sanjiv Sam Gambhir, MD, PhD, and Brian Ross, PhD with contributions from Dr. Andrei Iagaru, Dr. Craig Levin & Dr. Farshad Moradi. 

The detection and measurement of the dynamic regulation and interactions of cells and proteins within the living cell are critical to the understanding of cellular biology and pathophysiology. The multidisciplinary field of molecular imaging of living subjects continues to expand with dramatic advances in chemistry, molecular biology, therapeutics, engineering, medical physics and biomedical applications. Molecular Imaging: Principles and Practice, Volumes 1 and 2, Second Edition provides the first point of entry for physicians, scientists, and practitioners. This authoritative reference book provides a comprehensible overview along with in-depth presentation of molecular imaging concepts, technologies and applications making it the foremost source for both established and new investigators, collaborators, students and anyone interested in this exciting and important field.

Society of  Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging "Ones to Watch" 2021

July 2021

Hong Song was recognized on SNMMI's annual list of 30 early career professionals selected as "Ones to Watch" in 2021. Launched in 2018, SNMMI’s Ones to Watch campaign aims to recognize those with the potential to shape the future of precision medicine across all spectrums of the field. Congratulations Hong on this well deserved recognition!

Grand Opening of the Theragnostics Space in Nuclear Medicine

May 2021

The Division of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Theragnostics space on May 13, 2021. This was a small gathering due to CoVID restrictions, but we were able to bring together colleagues and friends who contributed to the completion of this project. Many more watched the live streaming courtesy of Josh Mailman. It was an emotional evening as we recognized Dr McDougall's illustrious career, paid homage to Sam's vision and legacy and dedicated the newly opened area to Ross, Sam, the patients and their families. 


We hope you will enjoy reading the brochure and watching the recording.

Society of  Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Technologist Section 

March 2021

Kim Ramos was awarded 3rd Place Technologist PET Oral Abstract at the SNMMI Virtual Annual Meeting. Congratulations Kim!

Staff of the Year Award 

February 2021

Congratulations to Sarina Smith who received the Staff of the Year Award. This is well-deserved recognition for the wonderful job Sarina is doing in all aspects of her work. Whole-hearted thank you from the entire Division of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging. 

American College of Nuclear Medicine (ACNM) Board of Directors

January 2021

The American College of Nuclear Medicine (ACNM) elected Carina Mari Aparici to the ACNM Board of Directors. Congratulations Carina!

Technologist of the Year Award & Employee of the Year Award

January 2021

Congratulations to Luan Nguyen (Nuclear Medicine Supervisor) who received the Technologist of the Year Award and Paulo Castaneda (Nuclear Medicine Manager) who received Employee of the Year from the entire Department of Radiology at Stanford! Go Nucs!

PhD Award for Best ACNM Nuclear Medicine Research Abstract 

January 2021

Heying Duan was recognized at the American College of Nuclear Medicine (ACNM) Mid Winter Meeting for her research abstract, "Peptide Receptor Radionuclide Therapy (PRRT) in Non-Midgut Neuroendocrine Tumors (NETs) from a Single Institution Experience". Congratulations Heying!