SNMMI bestows inaugural transformational leadership award

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The Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) has bestowed its first Minoshima-Pappas Transformational Leadership Award on Umar Mahmood, MD, PhD.

Mahmood received the award at the society's annual meeting in Chicago. He is chief of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging as well as director of the Center for Precision Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He is also a professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School.

The award recognizes an individual who "has made transformative impact" in the field and "elevated the value" of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging, according to the SNMMI. Mahmood's 20-plus years of research have focused on developing and implementing new imaging methods to examine disease processes.

Mahmood received his bachelor's degree from the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. From there, he earned his medical and doctoral degrees from Weil Cornell Medical College in New York. He also performed doctoral and postdoctoral work at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and completed his radiology residency at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Among his volunteer positions at SNMMI, Mahmood has served on the society's board of directors, including as chair of the scientific program committee. He was also on the Center for Molecular Imaging Innovation & Translation board and on the Commission on Education.

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