I am a radiologist with experience in both clinical radiology and basic science, which I obtained in both Europe and the United States. During my body imaging fellowship and my nuclear medicine residency (both at Memorial Sloan Kettering), I gained extensive experience in tumor imaging using MRI, CT, and also PET/CT. I am certified in nuclear medicine by the American Board of Nuclear Medicine, in radiology by the American Board of Radiology, as well as in radiology in Europe.
My clinical focus is on imaging of the liver, the pancreas, and, more recently, the prostate. I am particularly interested in novel activatable probe concepts and multimodality imaging approaches geared toward the translation of molecular imaging into the clinical arena, combining the research interest of my lab with clinical practice.
During my residency at the University of Kiel, in Germany, I initiated the institutional Molecular Imaging Program. I later received funding from the German Research Foundation to pursue postdoctoral work at the Center for Molecular Imaging Research (CMIR) at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. After two years of postdoctoral work at CMIR, I was invited to join their faculty in 2004 as an instructor and co-director of the imaging facility. In a desire to re-introduce clinical practice into my career, I joined Memorial Sloan Kettering in 2006 to obtain additional training while continuing research in molecular maging. In 2009, I joined the faculty of both the Sloan Kettering Institute (Assistant Member in the Molecular Pharmacology and Chemistry Program) and Memorial Hospital (Assistant Attending in Radiology and Nuclear Medicine). See the link below for my lab.
I am a member of the Society of Nuclear Medicine, American Association for Cancer Research, Radiological Society of North America, the Society for Molecular Imaging, and the German X-Ray Society and a corresponding member of the European Society for Radiology.
I am associate editor of the journal Molecular Imaging.
- Clinical Expertise: Abdominal Imaging (CT, MRI); PET/CT Imaging
- Languages Spoken: English
- Education: MD, University of Hamburg (Germany); PhD, University of Kiel (Germany)
- Residencies: University of Kiel (Germany); Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
- Fellowships: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
- Board Certifications: Radiology (US and Germany); Nuclear Medicine (US)
Kirsch DG, Grimm J, Guimares AR, Wojtkiewicz GR, Perez BA, Santiago PM, Anthony NK, Forbes T, Dopke K, Weissleder R, Jacks T (2010) Imaging primary lung cancers in mice to study radiation biology. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys15; 76(4): 973-977
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