2013 ACNM Resident Abstract Awards

The Program Committee of the American College of Nuclear Medicine and the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging invited the submission of original abstracts for the 2013 Mid-Winter Meeting, held January 23-27, 2013 in New Orleans, LA. Over 50 abstracts from young professionals (physicians or scientists in training, or in practice within 10 years of graduation) were submitted on aspects of clinical and basic science in nuclear medicine, correlative imaging in radiology, nuclear cardiology and radiation oncology. Accepted abstracts were presented in both oral and poster format.

New this year, the SNMMI and ACNM welcomed the 2nd Sino-American Conference to the Mid-Winter Meeting. As part of the conference, residents and young professionals from the United States and China competed for various awards, including a top prize for two individuals from the United States to travel to China in an 'exchange' program to continue the exchange of education and knowledge. A panel of physicians from the United States and China served as judges for the young investigator abstract oral and posters presentations. The top two oral abstract presenters will be participating in the exchange program with the Chinese Society of Nuclear Medicine. In addition, ACNM awarded three Best Assay Awards, each for $500 and two Travel Grants each for $750. Please join the ACNM in congratulating these young professionals.

Exchange Program Winners


  • Erica Cohen, DO, MPH, Loyola University Medical Center - Evaluation 
    of Redundant Studies for the Diagnosis of Pulmonary Embolism



  • Guido Davidzon, MD, Stanford University Medical Center - Biodistribution
    and Kinetics of 1F FPPRGD2 PET/CT in the Evaluation of Suspected Recurrence in 
    Glioblastoma Multiforme



    Travel Grant Winners



    • Prashant Jolepalem, Beaumont Health System - Improvement of Hepatic
      Metastasis Detection by 18F-FDG PET/CT with the use of the Lesion to 
      Background Liver Activity Ration



    • Erin Grady, MD, Christiana Care Health System - Impact of Measuring the Right
      Hip Bone Mineral Density on Final Diagnosis by Dual Energy X-Ray
      Absorptiometry (DXA)


    Best Essay Winners


    • Vasvavi Paidpally, MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine - Value 
      of Follow-up FDG PET/CT to Clinical Assessment and Prediction of Overall
      Survival: A Study with up to Twelve Year Follow Up In Head and Neck
      Squamous Cell Cancer Patients.



    • Chiayi Ni, MD, VA Greater Los Angeles Hospital - Added Value 
      of Using 18F-FDG-PET in Pulmonary Sarcoidosis



    • Nicholas Plaxton, MD, Emory University - Thyroid Cancer Patients Treated with I-131