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Richard Leo Wahl, MD

Director, Division of Nuclear Medicine/PET
Professor of Radiology and Radiological Science

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Titles

  • Director, Division of Nuclear Medicine/PET
  • Vice Chair, Technology and New Business Development, Department of Radiology and Radiological Science
  • Henry N. Wagner, Jr., M.D. Professorship in Nuclear Medicine
  • Professor of Radiology and Radiological Science
  • Professor of Oncology

Centers & Institutes

  • Esophageal Cancer Program
  • Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center

Expertise

Diagnostic Radiology

Research Interests

Positron emission tomography (PET); Computed tomography (CT)

Biography

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.

Languages

  • English

Memberships

Board of Nuclear Medicine

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  • Education +

    Training

    • Washington University School of Medicine ( St Louis MO ) (1978)

    Residencies

    • Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology/Diagnostic Radiology ( St Louis MO ) (1982)

    Fellowships

    • Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology/Nuclear Medicine ( St Louis MO ) (1983)

    Certifications

    • Nuclear Medicine, American Board of Nuclear Medicine (1985)
    • Nuclear Radiology, American Board of Radiology (1983)
    • Diagnostic Radiology, American Board of Radiology (1982)
  • Research & Publications +

    Research Summary

    Dr. Wahl's primary research has included the diagnosis and treatment of cancer through the use of specifically targeted radiopharmaceuticals. He has pioneered the application and development of positron emission tomography (PET) technology and radio-immunotherapy to diagnose and treat a broad array of human cancers.

    Selected Publications View all on PubMed

    1. Tahari AK, Wahl RL. “Quantitative FDG PET/CT in the community: Experience from interpretation of outside oncologic PET/CT exams in referred cancer patients.” J Med Imaging Radiat Oncol. 2013 Dec 3. doi: 10.1111/1754-9485.12140. [Epub ahead of print].
    2. Wahl RL. “2013 SNMMI highlights lecture: oncology.” J Nucl Med. 2013 Nov;54(11):11N-22N. No abstract available.
    3. Tahari AK, Alluri KC, Quon H, Koch W, Wahl RL, Subramaniam RM. “FDG PET/CT imaging of oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma: Characteristics of human papillomavirus-positive and -negative tumors.” Clin Nucl Med. 2013 Oct 22. [Epub ahead of print].
    4. Paidpally V, Tahari AK, Lam S, Alluri K, Marur S, Koch W, Wahl RL, Subramaniam RM. “Addition of 18F-FDG PET/CT to clinical assessment predicts overall survival in HNSCC: A retrospective analysis with follow-up for 12 years.” J Nucl Med. 2013 Dec;54(12):2039-45. doi: 10.2967/jnumed.113.121285. Epub 2013 Oct 7.
    5. Karakatsanis NA, Lodge MA, Zhou Y, Wahl RL, Rahmim A. “Dynamic whole-body PET parametric imaging: II. Task-oriented statistical estimation.” Phys Med Biol. 2013 Oct 21;58(20):7419-45. doi: 10.1088/0031-9155/58/20/7419. Epub 2013 Sep 30.
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    Honors

    Distinguished Scientist Award, Academy of Molecular Imaging, 2001

    Eugene P. Pendergrass New Horizon''s Lecture, Radiological Society of North America, 1999

    Marie Curie Plenary Lecturer, European Association of Nuclear Medicine, 1998

    16th Annual Philip M. Johnson Memorial Lecture, Columbia University, New York, NY, 1997

    James Quinn 3rd Memorial Lecture, Central Chapter Society of Nuclear Medicine, 1997


    Who''s Who in America and the World, 1995-present

    Wartburg College Distinguished Alumnus Award, 1995

    Listed, Best Doctors in America, 1993

    Hounsfield Award, Society of Body Computed Tomography, 1992

    Berson & Yalow Award, Society of Nuclear Medicine, 1992

    J. Conn Research Award, Internal Medicine, 1987

    Tetalman Memorial Award, Society of Nuclear Medicine, 1986

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    Locations

    Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center
    601 N. Caroline Street
    Baltimore, MD 21287
    Appointment Phone: 410-955-6500
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    Department/Division

    • Radiology and Radiological Science

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