Nuclear Medicine Residency Program

physician and resident speaking in front of nuclear medicine training material

Now recruiting for residents to our ACGME-approved nuclear medicine residency and ACGME-equivalent nuclear medicine fellowship programs.

No. 1 nuclear medicine residency program in the country, ranked by Doximity and U.S. News and World Report.

The Johns Hopkins Nuclear Medicine Residency Training program is an ACGME-accredited program. It provides high quality training by faculty experts in the field, prepares residents for future clinical and academic practice and qualifies trainees to sit for the American Board of Nuclear Medicine certification exam.

The length of training required depends on the resident's prior training. A three-year program is required for incoming residents whose prior training includes one year of ACGME-approved residency training. Those who have completed another non-imaging residency (e.g., internal medicine, surgery, pediatrics) can complete their nuclear medicine training in a two-year program. Those with prior training in an ACGME-approved radiology residency are required to take only a one-year program.

Program Benefits

Resident Experience

Many of our residents have completed a prior residency (e.g., in radiology, cardiology, neurosurgery, etc.) although some have had only one year of ACGME residency training. Many of our residents also have Ph.D.s and considerable research experience. After training, a number of our residents have gone into academia, while some go to private practice. In recent years, others have taken further advanced training, including PET/CT fellowships, T-32 NIH research grant positions or radiology residencies.

Expert Faculty

The program has a strong clinical and basic science teaching program in all areas of diagnostic and therapeutic nuclear medicine. Our faculty includes national and world experts in various subspecialty areas of nuclear medicine and has considerable experience in teaching and research. Johns Hopkins University is recognized as one of the most prestigious and well-known medical centers in the United States. We feel that our residency is one of the strongest nuclear medicine training programs in the nation.

Educational Opportunities

How to Apply

The Nuclear Medicine Residency Training program welcomes trainees of any race, color, gender, religion, age, national or ethnic origin or with disabilities. For acceptance into the residency, candidates should have successfully completed one year of an ACGME-accredited residency.

Applications should include:

  • Completed application form
  • Picture (appreciated but not required)
  • CV
  • Personal statement
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Medical school transcript
  • USMLE transcript
  • ECFMG certificate (if applicable)

For more information or questions:

Sasha Waln
Residency Admin Coordinator
Division of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 410-955-8449

Degree Verification:
Please review details under this link.
Please send requests to [email protected]

Certification Letters:
Please review details under this link.
Please send requests to [email protected]


History of the Training Program

resident students standing on the dome

In 2004, the program increased the number of residency positions from two to six, and in 2007, from six to nine. With few exceptions, all of the residency positions have been filled. The program has always had a high faculty-to-resident ratio. Harvey Ziessman, M.D., author of Nuclear Medicine: The Requisites, was the residency program director from 2006 to 2015. Before joining the Hopkins faculty, he was the residency program director from 1991 to 2003 at Georgetown University.

From 2015-2017, Lilja Solnes, M.D., M.B.A. has directed the Nuclear Medicine residency program. From, 2018- 2020 , A. Cahid Civelek, M.D. has directed the Nuclear Medicine residency program. In 2020, Dr. Reema Goel took over as program director.

The Johns Hopkins University Nuclear Medicine Residency has been ACGME accredited since 1974. Henry Wagner Jr., M.D., likely the most well-known nuclear medicine physician in the world, was the division director for almost 30 years. Richard Wahl, M.D., a distinguished teacher, researcher and clinician, served as the division director from 2001 to 2015. The current division director, Martin Pomper, M.D., Ph.D., is an internationally renowned leader in Molecular Imaging.


For more information or any questions about the nuclear medicine residency or fellowship programs, please contact:

Sasha Waln

Residency and PET/CT Fellowship Program Coordinator
Phone: 410-955-8449
Email: [email protected]