Temple University, Office of Physician & Faculty Recruitment

Section Chief, Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging

Job Locations US-PA-Philadelphia
Posted Date 5 months ago(2/13/2020 12:53 PM)
Specialty Area

Summary of Position

The Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM), a nationally renowned, top-tier medical institution invites applications and nominations for the position of Section Chief, Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging.


This is an exciting opportunity to join one of Philadelphia’s leading academic medical centers which is home to more than 1,000 physicians and scientists who share the mission of bringing innovative treatments to patients.


The Section Chief of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging will oversee and guide a growing nuclear medicine/molecular imaging clinical footprint that includes the Temple University Hospital, Jeanes Hospital, Episcopal Hospital and Northeastern medical campus. Faculty members in the Section of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging perform a wide range of clinical services which include PET-CT, SPECT-CT, breast gamma imaging and Nuclear Cardiology and a broad range of radioisotope therapies. The Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Section at Temple has a long history of academic strength, and has active collaborations with cardiology, oncology, gastroenterology and thoracic medicine. 


The Department of Radiology offers potential candidates a uniquely supportive practice environment with an emphasis on quality patient care, research, teaching, individual career development, and collegiality among faculty members.  There are approximately 40 FT clinical faculty within Temple University Health System who specialize in the following areas: abdominal imaging, mammography, neuroradiology, interventional radiology, interventional neuroradiology, nuclear medicine, musculoskeletal radiology, general radiology, chest and cardiac imaging.  The Department has vibrant clinical and educational programs.  The ACGME accredited Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program has been in continuous existence since 1932 and has trained more than 350 radiologists.


Successful candidates should possess an M.D., D.O. or foreign equivalent with special competency certificate in Nuclear Medicine by the American Board of Radiology or active board certification in Nuclear Medicine by the American Board of Nuclear Medicine, ABR certification preferred.  It is required that candidates possess credentials for a faculty appointment on the clinician educator track or Clinical Scholar Track, at the minimum rank of Assistant Professor. Demonstrated history of training, expertise, leadership with experience in all aspects of clinical Nuclear medicine and Molecular imaging including imaging and therapy is mandatory. Candidates will have excellent verbal and written communication skills, strong interpersonal, organizational and problem-solving skills and strong commitment to diversity and inclusivity. Lastly, candidates should be active participants in specialty organizations/committees at the regional and national levels, and have the ability to obtain medical licensure in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.


Reports to: Gary Cohen, MD, FSIR

Professor, Radiology

Chair, Radiology

System Chief Vascular/ Interventional Radiology

Professor, Radiology
Radiologist-in-Chief, Temple Health


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The Chief of Nuclear Medicine will have responsibility for the following:


Develop the expected vibrant new PET/CT program.

Participate in multidisciplinary tumor boards.

Insure active participation with enterprise wide tumor boards and grow relationships with referring clinicians.

Revamp the nuclear medicine curricula for residents and medical students and establish active educational programs to raise overall ACGME survey satisfaction.

Supervision of Radiology Residents and Cardiology Fellows who rotate through the Department in addition to the revision and implementation of a robust Nuclear Medicine teaching curriculum for 27 radiology residents.

Increase Radiotherapies and radioisotope imaging techniques to encourage new market growth: Xofigo, Alzheimers, etc.

Continue to partner with the Division of Cardiology to further strengthen and foster our nuclear cardiology program.

Coordinate scheduling and coverages of Nuclear Medicine for Temple, Jeanes and Northeastern/Episcopal.

Facilitate scholarly activity within the Nuclear Medicine Division for faculty and residents.

Work with the Chair to establish goals and priorities for the Nuclear Medicine Division.

Insure that quality and safety measures meet or exceed necessary regulatory standards

Work with Chair to make recommendation for annual Capital needs.

Lead through example and establish protocols and parameters to create uniform standards and expectations for nuclear medicine faculty functioning.

Establish and or update procedural policies for nuclear medicine imaging and therapies.


Department of Radiology



Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging

General clinical nuclear medicine procedures: utilizing conventional, single photon radioisotopes our physicians provide state of the art imaging including SPECT-CT hybrid fusion imaging for a wide range of clinical needs including: brain (neuroreceptor (I-123 dopamine and Tc-99m blood flow), thyroid, parathyroid, lung, cardiac, renal, adrenal, bone, infection (labeled WBC), tumor, and gastrointestinal motility (gastric emptying, small bowel, and colon transit) studies.


Nuclear Cardiology: in a joint program with Cardiology the section provides both SPECT myocardial perfusion stress testing and ventricular function (Muga) studies.

Targeted radionuclide therapies: our physicians have broad experience in providing radionuclide therapy including I-131 for hyperthyroidism and thyroid cancer , lymphoma(Y-90) and therapies for targeting bone metastases with various agents (Sr-89, Sm-152) including latest Ra-223 for prostate cancer are all available. Working in conjunction with Interventional Radiology Y-90 target therapy for liver tumors is also available.

PET/CT Imaging: our physicians provide full coverage of oncologic studies including diagnosis, staging and assessing response to therapy. Cardiac PET/CT (viability and sarcoidosis) and neurologic (Alzheimer’s, Amyloid, Seizure Disorder) studies are also potential development areas.


Radiology Residency Programs


The residency in Diagnostic Radiology is a four-year program and provides all requirements for certification by the American Board of Radiology. The program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. There are a total of 24 residency positions, six per year. Prior to matriculation, each resident must have completed a minimum of one year of clinical graduate medical training.
Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University also offers a five-year Integrated Interventional Radiology residency program beginning at the PGY-2 level and culminating in board eligibility in Interventional Radiology and Diagnostic Radiology.


The Organization

Temple Organizational Hierarchy


Temple Health comprises the health, education and research activities of both Temple University Health System (TUHS) and the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM).


Temple University (TU)



Temple University, a comprehensive state-related research university, is the 28th largest university in the United States. Founded in 1884 by Russell Conwell as an informal adult-education outgrowth of his Grace Baptist Church ministry, Temple College was chartered in 1888, and incorporated as Temple University in 1907. Since 1965, Temple has been one of three state-related research universities in Pennsylvania; the other two are the University of Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania State University. Four of

Temple's seven Pennsylvania locations are in Philadelphia. In addition to the 115-acre Main Campus and 17-acre Health Sciences Campus, Temple has two locations in Center City Philadelphia: the School of Podiatric Medicine and Temple University Center City, which offers credit and noncredit education and is located across from City Hall. In Philadelphia's northern suburbs, there is the 186-acre campus in Ambler and a location in Fort Washington offering graduate and noncredit courses. A seventh location is in the state's capital, Harrisburg, where Temple offers graduate degree and certificate programs.


The University has several long-established locations abroad. Temple University Japan (TUJ), Temple's pioneering campus in Tokyo, celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2007. TUJ was the first foreign University recognized by Japan's Ministry of Education. Temple University Rome, located in Rome's Villa Caproni, was established in 1966. Temple also operates study abroad programs in Brazil, China, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Senegal, Spain, the United Kingdom and other locations worldwide.


Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM)



Founded in 1901 as Pennsylvania’s first co-educational medical school, the Lewis Katz School of Medicine has attained a national reputation for training humanistic clinicians and biomedical scientists. The school attracts students and faculty committed to making a difference in patient care, research, education and public service — at home and across the globe. The School of Medicine and Temple University Hospital (TUH), its chief clinical training site, provide care for patients from throughout the region seeking advanced tertiary- and quaternary-level care. In addition, TUH serves one of the most vulnerable populations in the nation, providing more free and under-reimbursed care than any other hospital in Pennsylvania. With clinical training sites that include other member hospitals and specialty centers of the Temple University Health System and educational affiliates of the School of Medicine, medical students gain experience in a variety of urban, suburban, and rural in- and out-patient settings. They learn to provide culturally competent, interprofessional care to a diverse population of patients with simple conditions as well as highly complex ones. 


The Lewis Katz School of Medicine is a school that prizes not just technical excellence but diversity, equality and inclusion. It teaches the true art and science of “doctoring.“ Moreover, its educational strategic plan, “Improving Health Through Innovation in Medical Education,” keeps pace with new medical knowledge and with emerging trends in care delivery.


The school’s home base in Philadelphia is a spectacular 11-story, 480,000 square-foot medical education and research building that features state-of-the-art facilities and technologies for medical education and research. It opened in 2009. With specialized research centers focused on population health, metabolic disease, cancer, heart disease and other strategic priorities, the school conducts investigations to break new ground – and trains future generations of researchers to follow suit.  On October 13, 2015, Temple's medical school was officially dedicated as the Lewis Katz School of Medicine – a historic milestone in the school’s history. 


There are 20 clinical departments in the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, comprised of over 550 full-time faculty, 50 part-time faculty over 800 volunteer faculty, and more than 1000 employees. Each department is engaged in education, patient care and research. LKSOM takes pride in the excellence of its teaching, service and research programs. It remains fully accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. Each year it admits 210 medical students and approximately 24 graduate students. With more than 13,000 alumni, represents a huge proportion of the physician base in the Delaware Valley. Reflecting the excellent quality of a Temple medical education, its M.D. graduates are highly regarded by competitive residency training programs, and have made significant career contributions to both medical practice and medical research. Many have become department chairpersons, deans and vice presidents of major academic medical centers.


About Patient Care

Faculty members at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM) are well known as gifted teachers and innovative researchers, but it is their clinical expertise that draws patients from throughout the Philadelphia region and beyond. Widely respected for their knowledge and skill, Temple physicians treat hundreds of thousands of patients each year in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings throughout the Temple University Health System.


Temple has invested heavily in new clinical programs, technology and facilities in recent years. The School of Medicine has also recruited renowned physicians from around the country who have enhanced Temple’s capacity to expand its clinical mission well beyond its traditional boundaries. This growth and dynamism is transforming Temple from a leading Philadelphia academic medical center into a nationally renowned, top-tier medical institution.


Each year, dozens of Temple physicians are named “Top Doctors” by national and regional publications. In addition, Temple physicians are also involved in numerous clinical trials that are testing the latest therapies. This means Temple patients often have access to advanced treatment options not found at most hospitals.  


Accessing Temple care is easier than ever thanks to a geographic expansion that has brought Temple physicians and staff into Temple-affiliated hospitals, Center City Philadelphia and the suburbs of Oaks and Fort Washington. While this expansion is significant, it has not lessened Temple’s commitment to its economically challenged North Philadelphia community. Here, Temple serves as a safety-net hospital and the largest provider of healthcare for individuals who have little or no ability to pay for the services they need. 


Temple Faculty Physicians (TFP)



Temple Faculty Physicians, the academic practice plan of Temple University Health System, is made up of more than 500 employed physicians who are the cornerstone of clinical care and teaching for Temple’s healthcare enterprise. These physicians practice in 20 academic departments encompassing virtually every subspecialty in modern medicine.


Temple physicians are clinician-educators and researchers. They are compassionately dedicated to their patients, are leaders in their fields and renowned for providing high-quality care. They are gifted teachers of medical students, residents and fellows at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University and Temple University Hospital. They are innovative researchers who are developing new treatments and pushing the boundaries of medical science.


While remaining committed to our mission of serving patients in our North Philadelphia community, in recent years, Temple Faculty Physicians has expanded its geographic reach beyond Temple University Hospital’s Health Sciences campus.  Today, Temple physicians care for patients in several Temple-affiliated hospitals, in satellite offices located in Center City Philadelphia, Fort Washington, PA, Oaks, PA and various other outpatient settings. This expanded reach has brought Temple medical care closer to home for many of our patients.


Temple Faculty Physicians is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of key physician and executive leaders of the Lewis Katz Temple University School of Medicine and the Temple University Health System.


Temple University Health System (TUHS)



Created in 1995 to manage Temple University's growing array of health care services, Temple University Health System (TUHS) is a $1.8 billion academic health system dedicated to providing access to quality patient care and supporting excellence in medical education and research.


The Health System consists of Temple University Hospital (TUH), ranked among the "Best Hospitals" in the region by U.S. News & World Report; TUH-Episcopal Campus; TUH-Northeastern Campus; Fox Chase Cancer Center, an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center; Jeanes Hospital; Temple Transport Team, a ground and air-ambulance company; and Temple Physicians, Inc., a network of community-based specialty and primary-care physician practices. TUHS is affiliated with Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University.


The health system maintains a vigorous and dynamic platform for teaching and education, while enhancing the health of the communities it serves. The non-profit network of hospitals and physicians provides a comprehensive array of inpatient and outpatient services and provides an environment for the highest quality patient care, teaching, and training. TUHS provides the chief clinical training sites for the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University.


Temple University Hospital (TUH)



The flagship hospital, Temple University Hospital (TUH), is a 740-bed tertiary- and quaternary-level acute care hospital in close proximity to the School of Medicine.  TUH is a high volume urban center, with over 150,000 outpatient visits yearly, over 28,000 admissions, and over 2,700 births.  A Level I

Trauma Center, TUH has one of the busiest emergency departments in the region.  The hospital provides patients with ready access to an exceptional group of physicians in every specialty and primary care field. These doctors include the nationally recognized faculty of the LKSOM, who are supported by the advanced resources of its major teaching hospital.


Temple University Hospital–Episcopal Campus



Episcopal Campus is the main location for Temple University Hospital’s behavioral health services, including a 118-bed Behavioral Health Center and an emergency Crisis Response Center. The campus is also home to a full-service Emergency Department that treats more than 45,000 patients annually, a 21-bed inpatient unit, primary care and specialty physician offices and state-of-the-art radiology services.


Temple University Hospital–Northeastern Campus



High-quality health care services in a patient-friendly setting—that is what area residents will find at the Northeastern Campus of Temple University Hospital.  Conveniently located on Allegheny Avenue in the heart of Port Richmond, TUH – Northeastern Campus is home to a number of services offered by Temple University Hospital and Temple Physicians, Inc.


Jeanes Hospital



For almost 85 years, Jeanes Hospital has combined excellence in health care with a compassionate, personal touch. Today, as a member of the Temple University Health System, Jeanes offers state-of-the-art medical, surgical and emergency services, providing patients with the comfort and convenience of a community hospital along with the resources of a downtown academic medical center. The experienced doctors and dedicated staff are focused on offering patients access to the latest treatments and diagnostics, while never losing sight of the hospital's dedication to serving and caring for the surrounding community.


Temple Health at Oaks


Temple now offers nationally recognized medical care at a convenient new location in Oaks, PA. Our medical and surgical specialists provide innovative lung services for a wide range of conditions. They are faculty at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine and members of the Temple Lung Center a state-of-the-art program repeatedly recognized by U.S. News & World Report.


Temple Health Satellite Locations

Temple Health is rapidly expanding its footprint for outpatient services – both in Philadelphia and its surrounding suburbs. Several locations are open now in Oaks, Ft. Washington, Elkins Park and Center City with plans to expand further in the near future. Patients across the region can now access Temple doctors in their own neighborhood for services such as orthopaedics, pulmonology, gastroenterology, urology, cardiology and much more.


Temple Health Center City



Temple Health Center City is a new office located in the Rittenhouse Square area of Philadelphia, staffed by TU P doctors. Patients can receive ongoing specialty care, pre- and post-operative consultation in this convenient downtown location.


LKSOM Research




The Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University has experienced dramatic growth in the breadth and scope of its research enterprise over the past decade. As part of its strategic plan and with the support of a successful recent capital campaign, our scientists have been responsible for ground-breaking advancements in areas across the scientific spectrum, including:


Cancer Biology, Cardiovascular and Thrombosis, Cell and Developmental Biology, Clinical Lung Research, HIV, Immunology and Autoimmunity, Metabolic Syndrome and Diabetes, Neuroscience, Substance Abuse and Translational Medicine


A physical transformation in our research facilities occurred in 2009 when LKSOM opened the Medical Education and Research Building (MERB). This 450,000 square foot building is now home to more than half of LKSOM’s research scientists with open laboratory space that facilitates investigator/trainee interactions and collaboration.


Recognizing the need to provide its faculty with the tools to conduct state-of-the-art research, LKSOM has developed several core facilities which embellish the other cores and facilities already in existence. Together, they provide centralized access to equipment used by faculty in all departments, helping to reduce duplication of biomedical research.
Through generous faculty support coupled with the ability to attract some of the world's greatest scientific minds, LKSOM is an emerging leader in basic and clinical research. In the early 2000s, using only NIH funding criteria, LKSOM ranked 86th out of 121 allopathic schools in the U.S.


In research rankings, LKSOM is the second-highest ranked medical school in Philadelphia and the third-highest in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. LKSOM has established several new programs that are in the vanguard of scientific discovery. These include the Temple Lung Center and the Center for Neuroscience.


Research Programs


LKSOM has 8 Basic Science Departments and 13 Research Centers, all of which focus on improving the human condition through cutting edge research and the education and professional development of our graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.   Faculty is actively engaged in basic research and other scholarly activities designed to improve public health and strongly encourage residents to participate in scholarly activities as part of their training.   LKSOM provides its faculty centralized access to equipment and the tools

to conduct state-of-the-art research, enabling our basic science and clinical research centers to emerge as leaders in the industry.  


To improve human health, scientific discoveries must be translated into practical applications. Such discoveries typically begin at "the bench" with basic research — in which scientists study disease at a molecular or cellular level — then progress to the clinical level, or the patient's "bedside." Faculty in the School of Medicine's Basic Science and Clinical Departments are committed to the goal of translation. Our basic scientists provide clinicians with new tools for use in patients and for assessment of their impact, and clinical researchers make novel observations about the nature and progression of disease that often stimulate basic investigations. 


Please visit https://medicine.temple.edu/research/research-programs  to learn more about the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University research departments, centers and initiatives.


Diversity Statement

Located in the heart of an economically distressed and diverse urban area, the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University is acutely aware of the impact of the national systemic problems related to the lack of health equity and access to affordable, culturally responsive healthcare. In response, we will address issues to promote health equity through education, care delivery, workforce development, and research. We recognize that an environment enriched with persons from varied backgrounds working to address health disparity enhances scholarly work and the development of a culturally aware and responsive healthcare workforce.


The Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University values and embraces a diverse community reflected by individuals’ race, ethnicity, culture, gender, sex, sexual orientation, sexual identity, gender identity and expression, socioeconomic status, language, national origin, religious affiliation, spiritual practice, mental and physical ability/disability, and age. In response to the needs of our local community and patient population, we will concentrate our recruitment and retention efforts on students, residents, and faculty who identify as Black/African American, Hispanic/ Latino, and/or educationally and economically disadvantaged, while also being intentional in our efforts to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for women and LGBT students, residents, faculty, and staff.


We are committed to achieving a climate of inclusion that respects and affirms diverse backgrounds and life experiences. We recognize that excellence in all aspects of education, training, research, and care delivery can only be achieved when all students, faculty, staff, community members and patients experience authentic connection and engagement; feel supported; and are encouraged to participate and contribute to creating health equity. 


For more information about diversity at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine, please visit the Office of Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.


Procedure for Candidacy


Interested candidates should apply online. Application materials which should include the following:  a current curriculum vita and cover letter. The review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.


Please address your application to Gary Cohen, MD, Professor and Chair, Department of Radiology, Radiologist –in-Chief, Temple University Health System, C/O Michael R. Lester, Sr. Director, Physician/Faculty Recruitment & Retention, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University.


Should you have any questions regarding the procedure for candidacy please contact Michel R. Lester, Email: michael.lester@tuhs.temple.edu


The University is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute through their research, teaching, and/or service to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities.


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