SNMMI taps Urbain as president-elect

Jean-Luc Urbain, MD, PhD, has been named president-elect of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI).

Urbain, a professor of radiology and nuclear medicine, has served in multiple roles within SNMMI, in addition to his most recent post as vice president-elect.

Jean-Luc Urbain, MD, PhD.Jean-Luc Urbain, MD, PhD.

“As SNMMI president-elect, I plan to focus on bringing and integrating radiopharmaceutical theranostics into the clinic to benefit as many patients as possible," Urbain said in an SNMMI announcement. "This will require an emphasis on research, government approvals, education, training, quality and safety of practice issues, and reimbursement concerns."

Urbain also plans to bolster SNMMI’s outreach to the global nuclear medicine community by focusing on underrepresented professionals and communities, facilitating their participation in SNMMI activities and service to underserved patients’ communities. Urbain will also promote SNMMI's visibility, membership, and financial support nationally and internationally.

Over Urbain's 35-year career, he has been distinguished by numerous institutions and held many academic appointments, among them at the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium; Temple University in Philadelphia; the University of Western Ontario, in Canada; and most recently as nuclear radiology fellowship program director at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. He currently serves as a staff physician at Stratford General Hospitals in Ontario, in addition to his consulting and academic center activities.

Recognized as a healthcare executive management diplomate by the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio, Urbain has also been distinguished as an academic management diplomate by Ivey Business School in Ontario, Canada, and an American College of Physicians' executive diplomate. Additionally, Urbain is an active consultant for and participant in the Lancet Oncology Commission's Report on Theranostics and International Atomic Energy Agency.

Urbain received his medical degree from the University of Louvain Medical School in Brussels, Belgium, where he also completed residencies in medicine and nuclear medicine medical imaging. He has published approximately 100 journal articles and 15 book chapters and has given more than a thousand invited speaker presentations.

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