Vancouver, BC – Vasken Dilsizian, MD from the University of Maryland School of Medicine has been selected to give the Taplin Lecture at the 2023 Meeting of the Western Regional Society of Nuclear Medicine to be held November 3-5, 2023 at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The annual Memorial Lecture is named after George V. Taplin, MD, distinguished physician and a pioneer in the development of nuclear medicine as a clinical specialty. His career in medical research spanned more than four decades and was devoted to developing new diagnostic procedures for better patient care.
Dr. Dilsizian has been a professor of radiology and medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine since 2001, and chief of the division of nuclear medicine since 2007.
He graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine in 1982. This was followed by Internal Medicine residency at Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1985, Fellowship in Cardiology at Boston University Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospitals in 1988, and Nuclear Medicine residency at the National Institutes of Health in 1992. He holds a master’s and bachelor’s degrees in chemical engineering, both from Tufts University. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases, and Nuclear Medicine.
Dilsizian spent 13 years at the National Institutes of Health, where he served as the Director of Nuclear Cardiology from 1992 to 2001. He served as the President of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (2019-2020). He was invited to give the SNMMI 60th Anniversary Henry N. Wagner, Jr. Cardiovascular Highlights Lecture in 2014. He received the Hermann Blumgart Award for his innumerable contributions to the science of nuclear cardiology in 2014, designated “Master” of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology in 2016, and honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award, World Federation of Cardiac Imaging and Clinical Cardiology in 2019. He served as the Vice-Chair of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Advisory Committee on the Medical Uses of Isotopes (ACMUI; 2021-2022), and is currently serving as the Vice-Chair of the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Institutes of Health, Clinical Center (2022-2024).
He has published over 280 original, peer-reviewed manuscripts and invited editorials/articles, 12 books, and 51 book chapters.