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Nuclear Medicine Physician, Division Chief

Recruitment Period

Open date: November 18th, 2019

Last review date: Friday, Jan 10, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Tuesday, Jun 30, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The UC Davis Health Department of Radiology is actively recruiting a full-time Academic physician specializing in Nuclear Medicine to fill the role of Nuclear Medicine Division Chief. Appointment can be at the Associate or Full Professor rank of the HSCP, Clin-X or In-Res series, depending on experience. This individual will participate in our clinical, teaching and research programs in PET, Nuclear Medicine and Radiology.

The selected candidate will play a pivotal role in building clinical and teaching excellence in the Nuclear Medicine diagnostic and therapeutic practice at UC Davis Health, which includes integration of the revolutionary two-meter long EXPLORER Total Body PET scanner ( into clinical practice. The successful candidate will also play a key role in our burgeoning research program based around both the EXPLORER and novel radiopharmaceuticals (see

Qualified candidates must possess an M.D. or D.O degree. Candidates must have or be board-eligible in Nuclear Medicine and must have or be eligible for licensure in the State of California. Ability and experience in teaching medical students, residents and fellows is essential. Experience and interest in, as well as demonstrated aptitude for clinical and translational research are also required, as is expertise in all aspects of Nuclear Medicine including therapy, single photon imaging, PET/CT and multi-modality imaging. Experience in caring for Nuclear Medicine patients is required. The candidate must have the ability to work cooperatively and collegially within a diverse environment.

Preferred qualifications include: board-eligibility in Diagnostic Radiology (DR) - this is strongly preferred, although exceptional candidates who are not DR board-eligible may be considered; experience in collaborative and multi-disciplinary research; experience with INDs and novel radiopharmaceuticals; willingness to work and experience in other non-nuclear radiology services as well as Nuclear Medicine; and track-record of building multi-disciplinary collaborations.

Qualified applicants should apply online at by uploading a cover letter outlining research, educational and administration experience, curriculum vitae with bibliography and a statement of contributions to diversity.

For full consideration, applications must be received by November 29th, 2019 . Application reviews will be ongoing until the position is filled.

The University of California, Davis is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty, staff, and students.

The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate that they are legally authorized to work in the United States. The University will not offer sponsorship of a visa for this position.

UC Davis commits to inclusion excellence by advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the recruiting department.

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UC Davis positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available

UC Davis is a smoke & tobacco-free campus (

The UC Davis Medical Center (UCDMC) is located in facilities on a 140-acre Medical Campus in Sacramento. The Radiology department performs 400,000 exams/year and has 40 faculty. About 3500 Nuclear Medicine studies and a similar number of PET-CT exams were performed last year. Nuclear Medicine equipment includes three PET/CT’s including the EXPLORER Total-Body scanner, three SPECT-CT’s, a dual head SPECT, and a single head SPECT camera. Adjacent to one of the PET/CT scanners there is a Rubidium Chloride generator that supports a busy cardiac PET service. There are two DEXA machines, a thyroid probe and an intra-operative probe for positron emitters available. There are two medical cyclotrons and a state-of-the-art GMP-grade radiochemistry facility on site.

Equipment is excellent throughout the Department. We currently have a Canon Aquilion ultra-high resolution CT (the first such to provide clinical service in the US), three Siemens CT Scanners (a Definition dual-source dual-energy, a Definition AS+128-slice, and a Somatom 64-slice), two General Electric VCT 64 slice CT Scanners, and a GE Lightspeed 16 slice CT scanner dedicated for interventional procedures. MRI equipment consists of four clinical GE 1.5T scanners, one clinical 3T magnet, and a 1.5T musculoskeletal extremity scanner. There are additional 1.5 and 3T systems supporting research in the adjacent Imaging Research Center. The Department of Radiology provides full diagnostic, Doppler, interventional, and RF ablation guidance ultrasound services. Equipment includes state-of-the-art General Electric LOGIQ E9 and E10 ultrasound systems for head/body and high risk fetal ultrasound procedures, as well as multimodality US / CT fusion capabilities for virtual navigation. The mammography clinic and associated vascular lab have advanced Philips ultrasound equipment for procedural tasks. UCDMC provides a fully integrated electronic medical records system and a fully digital Radiology Department.

The Department and the Medical Center have a strong commitment to academic and clinical career development and excellence. Successful candidates will be supported by research mentors with strong track records including such luminaries as Dr. Simon Cherry, Dr. Terry Jones and Dr. John Boone. The Department of Radiology has ties across the broader UC Davis campus with collaborative partnerships that include the Department of Biomedical Engineering, the School of Veterinary Medicine, the California National Primate Research Center and the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center. Areas of excellence in medical research include (but are not limited to) cellular therapeutics, neuroscience, musculoskeletal diseases and cancer. Clinical research is facilitated by the NIH-funded Clinical and Translational Sciences Center. Other resources include the Center for Molecular and Genomic Imaging (a state-of-the-art small animal imaging facility with its own cyclotron and radiochemistry program – and the California National Primate Research Center. The Department of Surgical and Radiological Sciences in the School of Veterinary Medicine is actively engaged in nuclear imaging research and participates in translational projects. Both the Primate Center and the School of Veterinary Medicine are equipped with high-performance “mini-EXPLORER” long-axial-field-of-view PET scanners.

Interested candidates should confidentially forward their CV to Allison Homer, Senior Director of Academic Recruiting with Merritt Hawkins, at to schedule an exploratory discussion of the position in more detail. Reference 109679.

The University of California System

The University of California opened its doors in 1869 with just 10 faculty members and 38 students. Today, the UC system includes more than 280,000 students and more than 227,000 faculty and staff, with 2.0 million alumni living and working around the world.

Today The University of California has:
• 10 campuses
• 5 medical centers – UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCLA, UC San Diego, UC San Francisco
• 3 national laboratories – Lawrence Berkeley, Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos
• 160 academic disciplines
• 800 degree programs
• 280,380 students
• 227,700 employees
• 2.0 million living alumni
• 64 Nobel laureates
• 430,000 jobs supported
• $46.3 billion contributed to California economy
• Secures $7 in federal and private dollars for every $1 in research funding provided by the state of California

The University of California Davis

Established in 1905, UC Davis is recognized worldwide for its expertise and innovation in agriculture, viticulture and enology, environmental sustainability, biological sciences and veterinary medicine. In addition to top-ranked academics that are the hallmark of a UC education, Davis students have access to the largest internship program in the nation, a dedicated undergraduate research center and a 200,000-member alumni network.

UC Davis School of Medicine

Since its inaugural class of 1968, UC Davis School of Medicine has played a key role in advancing health in Northern California and beyond through the education of a diverse physician workforce, breakthrough research, outstanding patient care and a commitment to community service.

University of California--Davis is ranked No. 30 (tie) in Best Medical Schools: Research and No. 9 in Best Medical Schools according to the 2020 U.S. News & World Report.

Highlights of the School of Medicine include:
• Hands-on patient care opportunities at nearby community health clinics;
• Coursework and a curriculum that reflect key societal issues — doctor-patient communication, ethics, clinical reasoning, end-of-life care, cultural competency, self-knowledge and the human side of illness;
• A multi-track Community Health Scholars program to train physician leaders of tomorrow to be better prepared to understand and serve the unique primary health care needs of California's rural, urban and agricultural communities.
• Dual-degree programs, including a master’s in public health that utilizes the extraordinary breadth of UC Davis expertise, from its schools of Veterinary Medicine, Management, Law, Education and Nursing to the colleges of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Biological Sciences, Engineering, and Letters and Science.
• Research-learning opportunities that ensure young physician-scientists become better skilled and knowledgeable in the translation of basic research discoveries into high-impact clinical applications that will benefit patients;
• Professional development and continuing medical education, with hundreds of seminars, workshops, on-site hospital training, distance learning, online classes, special lectures, and weekly and monthly grand rounds.

UC Davis Medical Center

UC Davis Medical Center serves a 65,000-square-mile area that includes 33 counties and 6 million residents across Northern and Central California. The 625-bed acute-care teaching hospital maintains an annual budget of roughly $1.7 billion. It operates the only level I trauma center for both adult and pediatric emergencies in inland Northern California.

UC Davis admits more than 30,000 patients per year and handles nearly 1 million visits. The medical center’s emergency room sees more than 210 patients per day on average.

UC Davis Medical Center is ranked nationally in 10 adult specialties and 5 children's specialties. It also achieved the highest rating possible in 7 procedures or conditions. It is recognized as the top hospital in the Sacramento metro area and the only medical center in the area to be listed among the five best hospitals in California.

Along with patient safety and quality care, equity and inclusion are top priorities at UC Davis. For the eighth consecutive year, UC Davis Medical Center was recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” in the Healthcare Quality Index.

Department of Radiology

The Department of Radiology provides patient care and resident training in the inpatient and outpatient facilities of the UC Davis Medical Center campus in Sacramento, California. It performs over 350,000 studies per year and the departments subspecialty expertise is allocated among fellowship trained faculty members and state-of-the-art imaging equipment in Sections of General Diagnostic Radiology, GI and GU Radiology, Emergency Radiology, MR Imaging, Ultrasound Imaging, Musculoskeletal Radiology, Neuroradiology, Interventional Neuroradiology, Interventional Radiology, Pulmonary Radiology, Breast Imaging, and Nuclear Medicine.

The Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program is one of the most sought after in the nation and fellowship programs are available in MR imaging, nuclear medicine, interventional radiology, abdominal imaging, and neuroradiology.

The department’s faculty, residents, medical students and fellows participate in an extensive number of clinical and basic science related research projects involving MR, ultrasound, PET, CT, mammography and plain film imaging. Contemporary research facilities in the Imaging Research Center, the medical center, the School of Veterinary Medicine and in the primate research center support outstanding imaging-related investigative opportunities, both within the Department and in collaboration with clinical and basic science colleagues.

The Department of Radiology provides patient care and resident training in the inpatient and outpatient facilities of the UC Davis Medical Center campus in Sacramento, California. Within the hospital is one 16-detector CT unit, two 64-detector CT units, and one dual energy CT scanner. There is currently one 3.0 Tesla magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system and two 1.5 Tesla MRI systems. We currently have three recently renovated angiographic suites, four ultrasound examination rooms equipped with state-of-the-art ultrasound units and two additional ultrasound units for portable examinations.

There are two fluoroscopy rooms for gastrointestinal and uroradiology studies, and a well-equipped pediatric fluoroscopy suite. Four radiographic rooms provide in-patient plain films and two dedicated radiographic rooms support the emergency department. The Division of Nuclear Medicine has two whole body SPECT cameras, 3 SPECT/CT cameras, one single head camera and a PET/CT scanner focused on cardiac testing. The Division of Nuclear Medicine also has a thyroid probe for thyroid uptake.

The pleasant and modern surroundings of the Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center are dedicated to outpatient imaging. The Ellison Building contains a fully equipped mammographic suite with three new mammographic units, two breast ultrasound units, and a dedicated digital stereotactic breast biopsy unit. Breast imaging services include screening exams, diagnostic workups and biopsy procedures under x-ray, ultrasound or MRI guidance. Six ultrasound rooms contain fully equipped high-resolution computerized sonography units with full color and pulse Doppler capability as well as 3D capability. A high-speed helical CT unit provides the capability for helical CT scanning, CT angiography, and three-dimensional CT. A 1.5 Tesla MRI unit is equipped with state-of-the-art echo-planar hardware and software identical to the in-patient 1.5 Tesla MRI units. The facility also features a brand new 1.5 Tesla wide bore MRI unit that allows for improved patient comfort and access as well as a dedicated 1.0 Tesla MRI extremity scanner. Comprehensive Non-Invasive vascular lab services are offered which include three duplex Ultrasound rooms and one peripheral arterial physiologic room. The facility also features a state of the art PET/CT scanner focusing on Oncology testing. General x-ray services include 6 diagnostic rooms and one fluoroscopic procedure room as well as a DEXA camera for bone density testing.

The Shriner's Children's Hospital, providing orthopedic, burn, and rehabilitation care free of charge for children, is located on the UC Davis Medical Center campus. The Department of Radiology provides all plain film interpretation and specialized radiologic support (CT, MR, Nuclear Med, US) for Shriner’s Hospital patients.

The department also provides radiology support for an expanding UC Davis Medical Group, with 13 primary care sites currently in the Sacramento region.
• Auburn
Diagnostic X-Ray and Ultrasound
• Capitol
Diagnostic X-Ray
• Carmichael / Citrus Heights
Diagnostic X-Ray and Ultrasound
• Davis
Diagnostic X-Ray
• Elk Grove
Diagnostic X-Ray and Ultrasound
• Folsom
Diagnostic X-Ray, Ultrasound and Mammography
• J Street
Diagnostic X-Ray
• Rancho Cordova
Diagnostic X-Ray
• Roseville
Diagnostic X-Ray
• C Street Spine Clinic
Diagnostic X-Ray

Division of Nuclear Medicine

The Division of Nuclear Medicine provides diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, including cardiac, hematology and oncology, and endocrine services (particularly thyroid disorders and parathyroid disease). The division also offers a comprehensive range of diagnostic gastrointestinal, genitourinary, musculoskeletal, pulmonary, and neurologic exams.

Equipment for the Department of Nuclear Medicine includes: a variable angle SPECT camera, a single head spot camera with SPECT capabilities, three dual-headed whole body cameras with SPECT/CT capabilities, and two multi-slice PET/CT scanners. Two cyclotrons for research and human clinical use are now in service.
For bone densitometry, we use hologic DEXA units which measures AP spine, lateral spine, hip, wrist, and whole body regions.

The Nuclear Medicine department is working hard to integrate new imaging tracers, modalities, and therapies as they become available to better serve the regions patient population and keep the department at the leading edge of imaging practices.
The Nuclear Medicine department helps to train technologists, accepts visiting fellowship candidates, and trains radiology residents, medical students, and nuclear medicine residents/fellows. Our faculty and staff works closely with our research partners (both internal and industry based) on a wide variety of studies and projects including new radiotracer design, new scanner design, new reconstruction methods, as well as application of existing scan methods in evaluating clinical questions. Regular collaboration with various internal labs and projects include:
• Molecular and Translational Imaging Lab
• Simon Cherry Lab
• Jinyi Qi Lab
• Julie Sutcliffe Lab
• EXPLORER project

Nuclear Medicine Faculty
• Ramsey Badawi Ph.D.
• Cameron Foster, M.D.
• Rosalie Hagge, M.D.
• Lorenzo Nardo, M.D., Ph.D.

Sacramento, CA

Sacramento is the capital city of California and the seat of Sacramento County. Located at the confluence of the Sacramento River and the American River in Northern California's Sacramento Valley, Sacramento's estimated 2018 population of 501,334 makes it the sixth-largest city in California and the ninth largest capital in the United States. Sacramento is the seat of the California Legislature and the Governor of California, making it the state's political center and a hub for lobbying and think tanks.

Sacramento is located about an hour and a half from San Francisco and Lake Tahoe and about an hour from Napa and Sonoma Valley. Sacramento has a vibrant arts and culture scene, from the high-production Broadway series musicals shown downtown to the murals painted all over the city and fine arts from ancient times to today showcased in museums such as the Crocker Art Museum. Fine arts are abundant in the area, and Midtown is full of galleries, artists’ studios and performing arts groups rehearsing for their shows.

Sacramento is America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital, and that means it has fantastic food. There are more restaurants with high Zagat ratings in Sacramento than anywhere else in Northern California. Fine dining restaurants are nestled in historic buildings on blocks with art galleries, bookstores and mom-and-pop shops. The city is nestled in the center of more than 200 wineries.

More than 230 days of sunshine and the most technologically advanced arena in the nation make Sacramento an excellent sports and recreation destination, whether you want to watch the professionals play or take advantage of the city's ample outdoor amenities.

Professional sports provide family-friendly excitement year-round, and with the city bordering both the American and Sacramento rivers, cycling, running, rafting, fishing and golfing all rank in the top outdoor activities for locals and visitors alike.

In the City of Sacramento there are 226 parks and parkways totaling nearly 3,200 acres of land.

The Sacramento Region is home to top notch education from k-12 to universities. There are a variety of education choices for families, young adults, and professionals seeking continued education opportunities.

Application Instructions

The University of California Davis School of Medicine is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and welcomes candidates from all backgrounds to apply.

Interested candidates should confidentially forward their CV to Allison Homer, Senior Director of Academic Recruiting with Merritt Hawkins, at to schedule an exploratory discussion of the position in more detail. Reference 123456.

UC Davis School of Medicine
UC Davis Department of Radiology
UC Davis Division of Nuclear Medicine
Molecular and Translational Imaging Lab
Simon Cherry Lab
Jinyi Qi Lab
Julie Sutcliffe Lab
EXPLORER project
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