Joint Program in Nuclear Medicine (JPNM) Residency

Hyewon Hyun, MD
Hyewon Hyun, MD
Program Director
Email: hhyun@bwh.harvard.edu

Welcome to the Joint Program in Nuclear Medicine. This is an ACGME-approved residency training program dedicated to the training of the next generation of leaders in academic and clinical Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (NMMI). The program is based in the Division of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, Department of Radiology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), and fully integrated with other Harvard Medical School-affiliated institutions including Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston Children’s Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and VA Boston Healthcare System.

This unique collaborative program, established in 1971, has long and venerable history of drawing on a broad wealth of faculty expertise and extensive research resources across participating institutions to provide the trainees with exposure to a broad range of applications of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging.

Anthony Parker, MD, PhD
Associate Program Director
Email: jparker@bidmc.harvard.edu

Heather A. Jacene, MD
Associate Program Director
Email: hjacene@bwh.harvard.edu

Danielle Ogarro
Program Coordinator
617-732-6290
Email: dogarro1@partners.org

About The Program

Goals

The goal is to prepare qualified MD or MD/PhD trainees to practice nuclear medicine and molecular imaging at the The goal is to prepare qualified MD or MD/PhD trainees to practice nuclear medicine and molecular imaging at the highest level. This is accomplished through a series of supervised clinical rotations, didactic and laboratory learning, and participation in teaching and research activities at Brigham and Women’s Hospital NMMI and the JPNM affiliated institutions.

Rotations

The trainees develop progressive proficiency in clinical NMMI while mastering in-depth skills in the sub-specialized applications of NMMI including pediatrics, oncology, cardiology and radiotherapy through a series of supervised, complementary clinical rotations in the Divisions of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and the VA Boston Healthcare System.

In each rotation, the trainees receive supervised training in all aspects of clinical nuclear medicine and molecular imaging. After the completion of each rotation, faculty at each affiliate institution provide a detailed evaluation of each resident regarding their progress in each of the ACGME core competency requirements as below:

  • Patient Care
  • Medical Knowledge
  • Practice-Based Learning and Improvement
  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills
  • Professionalism
  • System-Based Practice.
  • Curriculum/Conferences

The didactic curriculum includes Introduction to Clinical Nuclear Medicine, Nuclear Medicine Physics, Radiopharmaceutical Chemistry, Health Physics and Radiation Safety. Conferences include weekly Clinical Conferences, monthly Journal Club, Unknown/Interesting Case discussions three times a week, and weekly Seminars in Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging. There are weekly grand rounds in Diagnostic Radiology including those in Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging. The Clinical Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging/PET course is offered every two years. Some examples of the didactic lecture and conference schedules are listed below.

Curriculum

  • Introduction to Clinical Nuclear Medicine
  • Physics & Instrumentation in Nuclear Medicine Course: August – December
  • Radiopharmaceutical Chemistry: January – March
  • Health Physics and Radiation Safety: April, May

Conferences

  • Clinical Conferences: Tuesdays / 8:00am – 9:00am
  • Journal Club: Tuesdays (Monthly) / 8:00am – 9:00am
  • Seminars in Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging: Thursday / 8:00am – 9:00am
  • Unknown/Interesting Case Discussion at BWH: Wednesday / 8:00am – 8:30am
  • The Clinical Nuclear Medicine/PET Course: September
  • NMMI and Radiology Grand Rounds at each institution

Research

Trainees are encouraged and expected to participate in research activities with the goal of presenting project results at national or regional meetings and in peer-reviewed journals and review articles. Trainees are matched with research mentors and there is dedicated time for meetings.

Training Pathways and Application

Nuclear Medicine (NM) Residency

Applicants who have completed training in Diagnostic Radiology:

One year of NM residency training is offered to individuals who, at the time of entering the JPNM, will have successfully completed training in an ACGME-accredited DR program or a similar DR program located in Canada and accredited by the RCPSC. At the completion of this pathway, trainees are expected to successfully sit for the ABNM and ABR board examinations.

Applicants who have completed training in other medical specialties:

This pathway is designed for exceptional applicants who have successfully completed a residency accredited by the ACGME, or a similar program located in Canada and accredited by the RCPSC, and are board certified in a specialty other than DR. This program consists of two years of NMMI residency training. Such applicants are strongly encouraged to have prior experience in cross-sectional imaging before applying to the JPNM program. At the completion of this pathway, trainees are expected to successfully sit for the ABNM board examination.

Foreign medical graduates must hold a valid ECFMG certificate and proof of eligibility for a J-1 or H-1 clinical visa.

Interested candidates can submit an electronic application here.

Applications require the following to be uploaded as pdfs:

  • CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Recent Photo (jpeg)
  • Three (3) contacts for faculty letters of reference (at least one from PD)
  • Exam Transcripts
  • If applicable, ECFMG Certificate

Accepting applicants for July 2024.

Program contact:

Danielle O’Garro
Program Coordinator
Phone: 617-732-6290
Email: dogarro1@partners.org

Combined Diagnostic Radiology/Nuclear Medicine (DR/NM) Residency

This is a dual certification pathway offered to those who have completed 1-year of training in an ACGME accredited program in clinical area (eg. internal medicine, surgery, transitional). Trainees in this pathway are fully integrated into ACGME-accredited BWH DR/NM programs. The first three years of training are dedicated to training in Core Diagnostic Radiology, and the last two years of training are focused on Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging with opportunities for translational research and electives tailored to each individual’s interest and career goals.

Trainees who plan to enter this pathway may declare this intention during application to the Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program at BWH. Alternatively, trainees may opt for this pathway later in their Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program at BWH may apply to enter this pathway. For further information about this program, please contact Dr. Hyewon Hyun. Trainees are expected to successfully sit for both ABR DR and ABNM board certification and examinations.

Hyewon Hyun, MD
Program Director
Email: hhyun@bwh.harvard.edu

Faculty

BWH: Brigham and Women’s Hospital
BCH: Boston Children’s Hospital
DFCI: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
BIDMC: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
VA: VA Boston Healthcare System

Current Residents

Lokeshwar Chin
Lokeshwar R. Chinthakunta, MD
Medical School: Santhiram Medical College, Nandyal, India
Residency: 
Jaslok Hospital, Mumbai, India
Eric Dietsche, MD
Eric Dietsche, MD
Medical School: New York Medical College
Residency: Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital
Joshua Jadwin, MD
Joshua Jadwin, MD
Medical School: 
University of Connecticut
Residency: Emory University
Aamir Latif
Muhammad A. Latif, MD
Medical School: Allama Iqbal Medical College/University of Health Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan
Residency: 
Mount Sinai Medical Center of Florida, Miami Beach, Florida
Merissa Zeman, MD
Merissa Zeman, MD
Medical School: George Washington University
Residency: George Washington University

Alumni

2022

Elisa Franquet, MD

Muhammad A. Latif, MD

Faisal Jamal, MD

Lokeshwar R. Chinthakunta, MD

2021

Jian Dong, MD
Staff Radiologist, York, ME

Jason Halpern, MD
Assistant Prof. Diagnostic Imaging, Providence, RI

Hyesun Park, MD
Nuclear Medicine Staff, BWH, Boston, MA

Hina Shah, MD
Nuclear Medicine Staff, BWH, Boston, MA

2020

Jian Dong, MD
Diagnostic Radiology Residency: Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Jason Halpern, MD
Diagnostic Radiology Residency: Alpert Medical Schoo l of Brown University

James L. Leake, MD
Nuclear Radiologist, ARA Diagnostic Imaging, Austin, TX

Thomas Sheung Chee Ng, MD, Ph.D
Staff Radiologist (MGH)
Instructor in Radiology (HMS)

Hyesun Park, MD
Radiology Residency: Asan Medical Center, Seoul, Korea, Breast & Thyroid Imaging Fellowship, Dept. of Radiology, Asan Medical Center, Seoul, Korea, Oncologic Imaging (PET-CT) Fellowship, DFCI/BWH, Boston, MA

Hina Shah, MD
Nuclear Medicine & PET/CT residency: Jaslok Hospital & Research Centre, Mumbai, India

Gabriela (Missine) Spilberg, MD
Attending Physician, Jefferson Radiology,
Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT

2019

Jason Gillum, MD
Private Practice Radiologist, Fort Wayne, IN

Shahar Glomski, MD
Staff Radiologist, Midstate Radiology Associates, Meriden, CT

2018

Gisele Cruz, MD
Cardiovascular Imaging Fellow, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA

Elizabeth Dibble, MD
Breast Imaging Staff, Rhode Island Hospital/Brown University, Providence, RI

Eric C. Ehman, MD
Assistant Professor of Radiology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Ryan Reddy, MD
Nuclear Medicine Staff, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY

Miguel Ramirez MD, MBA
Nuclear Medicine Staff, University of Connecticut Health, Department of Radiology, Farmington, CT

2017

Mukta Agrawal, MD
Assistant Professor of Radiology, University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Oklahoma City, OK

Caitlin Connolly, MD
Diagnostic Radiology Staff, Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge, MA

2016

Hisham Dahmoush, MD
Diagnostic Radiology Staff, Stanford Health Care, Stanford, CA

Dillenia Rosica, MD
Diagnostic Radiology Staff, Geisinger Radiology, Danville, PA

Vijay Yerubandi, MD, MS
Diagnostic Radiology & Nuclear Medicine Staff, Durham, NC

2015

Andrew Aikins, MD
Nuclear Radiologist, Orlando, VA Medical Center

Bradley Fehrenbach, MD
Nuclear Radiologist, Diversified Radiologists, Denver, CO

Mark Mingos, MD
Section Head, Nuclear Medicine, Dept. of Radiology, Guthrie Clinic, Ithaca, NY

Matthew Robertson, MD
Nuclear Medicine Staff physician, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA

2014

Liran Domachevsky. MD
Rabin Medical Center – Beillinson Hospital, Israel

Neha Kwatra, MD
Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston MA

Christopher Mudge, MD
Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Portsmouth VA

Tarun Singhal, MD
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston MA

2013

Jennifer Kwak, MD
University of Colorado, Denver CO

Nishant Verma, MD
Scottsdale Medical Imaging, Scottsdale AZ

Jason Waschmann, MD
UT-Southwestern, Dallas TX

Trisha Youn, MD
New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York NY

2012

Kevin Leightner, MD
Rochester General Hospital, Rochester NY

Robert Markelewicz, MD
Acetylon Pharmaceuticals, Boston MA

Maria Parayno, MD
Mercy Radiology Group, Sacramento CA

Ilana Warsofsky, MD
Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, Boston MA

2011

Benjamin Halpern, MD
Medical University of Vienna, Austria

Phillip Koo, MD
University of Colorado, Denver CO

Aaron Lewis, MD
United Imaging Consultants, Mission KN

Geoffrey Sakellis. MD
Simon Med Imaging, Scottsdale AZ

2010

David M. DeLonga, MD, PhD
Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Portsmouth VA

Grainne McAuley, MBBS
St. James Hospital, Dublin, Ireland

Gesa Neumann, MD
Georgia Regents University, Augusta GA

Levi Sokol, MD
University Radiology, New Brunswick NJ