Dr. Richard L. Wahl is a Professor in the Johns Hopkins Medicine Department of Radiology and Radiological Science. He also holds the Henry N. Wagner, Jr., M.D. Professorship in Nuclear Medicine. He serves as Director of the Division of Nuclear Medicine and Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and the Vice Chair of Technology and New Business Development within the Department of Radiology and Radiological Science.
Over the course of his distinguished career, Dr. Wahl has been involved in the development of "smart radiopharmaceuticals," targeting tumors for therapy and spare healthy tissue. He is a leading expert in PET, and was cited by the Academy of Molecular Imaging as the first person in the United States to apply PET technology to accurately diagnose a broad array of human cancers. Dr. Wahl was one of the first to develop radio-immunotherapy for the treatment of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Dr. Wahl also pioneered computer methods that joined PET and CT technologies to form "fusion" images of cancer, and has been involved in the early stage evaluation of PET CT fusion technology—an increasingly routine procedure at Johns Hopkins.
Dr. Wahl completed his B.S. in chemistry summa cum laude at Wartburg College in Iowa in 1974, and received his M.D. from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis in 1978. After an internship at the University of California San Diego, he returned to Washington University for training in radiology and nuclear medicine. In 1983, Dr. Wahl joined the faculty of the University of Michigan, and became Professor of Internal Medicine and Radiology in 1990. He joined the faculty of Johns Hopkins in 2000.
Dr. Wahl has published more than 300 journal articles, 23 book chapters and one book; serves on the editorial boards of several scientific journals; and holds several patents. His extensive list of distinguished honors includes life memberships on the American Board of Nuclear Medicine and the Experimental Immunology Study Section of the NIH, and listings in the Best Doctors in America and Who''s Who in America and the World.