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, established in 1974, is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Our program provides high quality specialized training in both diagnostic and therapeutic nuclear medicine by faculty experts in the field, prepares residents for success careers in clinical and academic practice and qualifies trainees to sit for the American Board of Nuclear Medicine (ABNM) certification exam. Our fellowship program is ACGME-equivalent and is available for those who have already completed a diagnostic radiology or nuclear medicine residency.

The length of training required depends on the resident's prior training. A three-year program is required for residents whose prior training includes one year of ACGME-approved residency (preliminary year). Those who have completed another non-imaging residency (e.g., internal medicine) can complete their nuclear medicine training in a two-year program. Those who have completed an ACGME-approved diagnostic radiology residency are required to take only a one-year program. International Medical Graduates with certification in diagnostic radiology outside the United States who are seeking board certification through ABR Alternate Pathway, can also apply for one or more years of Nuclear Medicine training.

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

Residency and PET/CT Fellowship Programs
email: [email protected]

Program Director: Lilja Solnes, M.D., M.B.A.
Associate Program Director: Sara Sheikhbahaei, M.D., M.P.H.

Program Benefits


The department pays the full cost of residents' Maryland and DC Medical licenses and the registration fees for your ABNM board exam. Residents are allotted an annual educational fund that can be used to purchase a variety of educational and learning materials. Funding is also available for residents to attend the scientific and educational meetings at which they present (e.g., SNMMI, RSNA). Johns Hopkins GME covers comprehensive medical insurance for all house staff and dependents including medical, dental and vision. Other benefits include lab coats with embroidered name and laundry service, Cooley Center Gym membership, and more. 

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. Our faculties have authored several text-books and book chapters in nuclear medicine and molecular imaging, including the “Nuclear Medicine: The Requisites” by Harvey Ziessman, M.D., and “Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging: Case Review Series”.

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:

Residency and PET/CT Fellowship Programs
email: [email protected]

Degree Verification
Please send requests to [email protected]

Certification Letters
Please send requests to [email protected]

Department History and Leadership

resident students standing on the dome

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. Martin G. Pomper, M.D., Ph.D., an internationally renowned leader in molecular imaging, served as the division director from 2015 to 2023. The current division director is Lilja B. Solnes, M.D., M.B.A. who is also leading the radiotheranostic service.