SNM names new officers

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Robert Atcher, PhD, has been named as the 2008-2009 SNM president and Michael Graham, MD, PhD, was selected as its president-elect at the society’s 55th annual meeting, held this week in New Orleans. Dominique Delbeke, MD, PhD, was chosen as vice president-elect and Mark Wallenmeyer was elected as 2008–2009 president of SNM's Technologist Section.

Atcher, medical technology team leader at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, campaigned for president on a platform of reimbursement, regulatory issues and research funding. His research interests center on the development of radionuclides for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer through radiopharmaceutical design and radiobiologic effects. He is also the Los Alamos National Laboratory professor of pharmacy in the College of Pharmacy at the University of New Mexico.

As president-elect, Graham said he plans to help promote the society's commitment to advancing nuclear medicine and molecular imaging and therapy.

"There is a pressing need to ensure that nuclear medicine physicians, scientists and technologists receive standardized and continuing education so that their skills continue to advance as rapidly as the pace at which the molecular imaging field as a whole is evolving," said Graham, who served as the SNM vice president-elect from 2007-08.

Founder and chair of the Nuclear Medicine Program Directors' Association, Graham has been a member and chair of the Nuclear Medicine Resident Review Committee of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and also served a member and chair of the American Board of Nuclear Medicine. Graham is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Nuclear Medicine. In addition, he has served on the editorial board for the Journal of Nuclear Medicine since 1986 and as a consulting editor for the Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology since 1996.

Delbeke, director of nuclear medicine and PET in the department of radiology and radiological sciences at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., assumed the office of vice president-elect at the annual meeting. She is also a member of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, American Institute of Nuclear Physicians, Radiological Society of North America, American Medical Association, Academy of Molecular Imaging and American College of Radiology Imaging Network.

Wallenmeyer is an instructor and clinical coordinator for the nuclear medicine imaging sciences program in the College of Health Related Professions at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. In his current position at the university, Wallenmeyer manages more than 50 student rotations in 10 different cities across five states. Additionally, he communicates with more than 60 clinical sites in the management of student rotations. He is also CEO and co-owner of Trajecsys, an online educational data management firm. He is certified by both the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.