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Nuclear Medicine Technologist PhD. Claudiu Pestean (Romania)

Claudiu Pestean is a nuclear medicine technologist at The Oncology Institute “Prof. Dr. Ion Chiricuta” from Cluj-Napoca, Romania and Affidea – CT Clinic PET-CT, assistant professor at “Iuliu Hatieganu” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Cluj-Napoca, having experience in conventional nuclear medicine and PET-CT hybrid imaging.

He obtained the title of doctor of medicine granted by the University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Iuliu Hatieganu” from Cluj-Napoca.

Between 2009 and 2015 he was a member of the Technologists Committee of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine and the educational representative within the European School of Multimodality Imaging and Therapy. In 2016 he served as senior adviser for the Technologists Committee of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine. The main attributions during his tenure at EANM / ESMIT were aimed at supporting educational initiatives for nuclear medicine technologists, especially in Central and Eastern Europe.

At the national level, he coordinated the sessions for technologists of the National Congresses of Nuclear Medicine, promoting educational initiatives in support of the nuclear medicine technologists in Romania.

Prof. Dr Dragana Sobic Saranovic (Serbia)

Prof. dr Dragana Sobic Saranovic is a nuclear medicine physician, chief of the Chair of Nuclear Medicine at Faculty of Medicine University of Belgrade, Academician at Medical Academy of the Serbian Medical Society, president of Nuclear Cardiology Committee of the Serbian Medical Society, member of Ethics Committee and National Delegate in European Association of Nuclear Medicine, member of American Society of Nuclear Cardiology and immediate past president of Serbian Society of Nuclear Medicine. She has managed and participated in several national and international, coordinate research IAEA projects. Prof. Sobic Saranovic is a Section editor in European Journal of Radiology and member of Editorial board of several peer review nuclear medicine journals. She has published numerous publications, organized several national meetings and international courses, participated as invited lecturer in national and international meetings and winner of several scientific awards.

Dr. Iosif Mendichovszky (UK)

Dr. Mendichovszky is a Consultant Radiologist at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and researcher in the Department of Radiology, University of Cambridge. He obtained his undergraduate medical degree from the “Iuliu Hațieganu” University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Cluj-Napoca, Romania and holds a BSc in Medical Physics and a PhD in MRI Physics from the “Babeș-Bolyai” University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. He trained in Clinical Radiology and Nuclear Medicine in Manchester and Cambridge, UK, and he was awarded an MSc in Nuclear Medicine by King’s College London. His research interests are body oncology and molecular imaging of the kidneys, prostate, pituitary and adrenal glands using multiparametric MRI, PET/CT and PET/MR. He is currently leading the implementation of 68Ga-PET imaging in Cambridge and developing PET/MR techniques for the evaluation of secreting pituitary and adrenal adenomas.

Prof. Dr. Jean Noel Talbot (France)

Professor, Head of Nuclear Medicine department Hospital Tenon, AP-HP & Université P&M Curie, France
He has a vast expertise in practicing, teaching and clinical & preclinical research in Nuclear Medicine. Other expertise includes: Radiopharmaceuticals, Medical Imaging (hybrid imaging), Methodology of clinical assays in imaging, Endocrinology, Oncology, Radiation protection.
Prof. Jean-Noël Talbot is member and chairman of the SAG “imaging”, external expert to the French Medicines Agency since 1982, expert at IAEA, member of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine, former academic of the European School of Nuclear Medicine, member of the “imaging” group of EORTC and member of several other French scientific societies and professional bodies.

Dr. John Buscombe (UK)

Trained at the London Hospital Medical College, graduating in 1984, after house posts in Southend, Essex, we trained in general internal medicine in Newham, London and mid Essex. He trained in Nuclear Medicine at the Middlesex Hospital under Profs Williams and Ell and at Guys Hospital under Prof Maisey and Fogelman. He was appointed to his first Consultant Post in Nuclear Medicine at the Medway Hospitals, Kent in 1992, The Royal Free Hospital, London in 1994 and Cambridge University Hospitals in 2010. He has had a long standing interest in SPECT, infection imaging, breast cancer imaging, theragnostics especially in NETs. At the Royal Free Hospital he set up the UK’s busiest radionuclide therapy unit. Since being in Cambridge his main research interests have been in the PET imaging of atheroma and looking at the aetiology of lung inflammation. He has published over 200 scientific papers and edited/authored 7 books.
He has a long standing interest in education writing 3 versions of the UK nuclear medicine curriculum, was chair of the FEBNM examination committee and has been a Professor of Nuclear Medicine at the University of Pretoria since 2010. In March 2018 he became the President of the British Nuclear Medicine Society.

Dr. Marco Pagani (Italia)

Medical Doctor, 1985; PhD in Brain Neurophysiology and Nuclear Medicine Methodology, 2000, at Karolinska Institute of Stockholm] is a Senior Researcher at the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies of the Italian National Research Council (ISTC-CNR) and Associate Researcher at Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm and at University Medical Centre in Groningen. His work focuses on the physiopathology of brain perfusion, metabolism, electrical activity and anatomy, applied to neurodegenerative, neurological and psychiatric disorders implementing multivariate analysis and seeking for brain networking in normal and pathological conditions. He has published in Peer Reviewed Journals about 130 full papers, has presented more than 130 communications at international Conferences, has given more than 100 Keynotes, Plenary Lectures at International Conferences, CME, Workshops and Courses and has been awarded three International Prizes in the field of Neuroimaging.

Dr. Mariela Agolti (Argentina)

Certified Specialist in Nuclear Medicine.
Medical Director of the Center of Nuclear Medicine, Clinic Modelo, Parana Entre Ríos Argentina.
Director of de University carrier of Technicians in Nuclear Medicine. Bioengineering University, National University of Entre Ríos, Argentina.
Titular Professor of Nuclear Medicine. Catholic University of Santa Fe, Santa Fe, Argentina.
Member of Argentinian Association of Biology and Nuclear Medicine. AABYMN
Member of WARMTH since 2010. World Association of Radiopharmaceuticalan and Molecular Theraphy.
Member of ESMIT since 2016
Member of ESNM. European Society of Nuclear Medicine.

Dr. Masha Maharaj (South Africa)

Dr Maharaj did her MBBCh through Wits University, in Johannesburg. She specialized at Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town where she obtained qualifications through the College of Nuclear Physicians of SA (FCNP), thereafter obtaining her Masters in Medicine (MMED) through Stellenbosch University. In May 2015, Dr Maharaj she participated and received certification in the 1st World Theranostics Academy (WTA) held in Innsbruck, Austria.

Dr Maharaj worked in Nuclear Medicine Departments in Tygerberg Hospital, Groote Schuur Hospital in Western Cape Province and Polokwane Provincial Hospital in Limpopo Province in South Africa. In 2013, Dr Maharaj transitioned to Private Health Sector in the Kwa-Zulu Natal Province in South Africa. Dr Maharaj is an active member and consultant on peer review panel of the South African Oncology Consortium (SAOC).

Dr Maharaj is an active member of the South African Society of Nuclear Medicine and the Nuclear Physicians Association of South Africa.
She is published in several international journals and contributed her work in a chapter in a Cancer textbook. Her interests are Oncology and Infection imaging as well as Theragnostics.

Dr. Partha Choudhury (India, President Elect al World Association of Radiopharmaceutical Therapy -WARMTH)

Dr Partha S Choudhury is an internationally acclaimed leading Nuclear Medicine Physician of India with special interest in Radionuclide Therapy of various types of cancers. He has more than 25 years of experience in Nuclear Oncology. He is heading the department in this institute since 1998 and has been instrumental in its sustained growth over the last 18 years. He has introduced and standardized new procedures in the department both in terms of disease specific diagnostic and molecular imaging & molecular therapy. He is an invited speaker in conferences and symposiums across many countries, the main ones being United Kingdom, Austria, South Africa and South America. He is an avid clinical researcher with publications in peer reviewed journals. He is a technical co-operation consultant of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Vienna

Dr. Qaisar Siraj (Kuweit)


  • Consultant in Nuclear Medicine & PET-CT: Farwania Hospital Kuwait
    • Examiner Asian Board of Nuclear Medicine:Asian School of Nuclear Medicine
    • Editor-in-Chief/Founding Editor : Pakistan Journal of Nuclear Medicine
    • Associate Editor: Asia Oceanic Journal of Nuclear Medicine & Biology


Ph.D in Nuclear Medicine, 1993
Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, University of London
M.Sc in Nuclear Medicine, 1984
Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, University of London
Grading in Nuclear Medicine 1982, AFM College, Rawalpindi
Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery, M.B;B.S, 1977, Dow Medical College, Karachi University


  • Prize for Scientific Posters, Gulf Nuclear Medicine Conference 2013
    • Chairman’s Award for Excellence, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, 2005
    • Clinical Excellence Award (Level 4), Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust 2005
    • Distinguished Alumnus, Dow Medical University, Karachi, 2004
    • Best Poster Award, British Nuclear Medicine Society, 2001
    • Best publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine, 1997
    • Distinction Award for Ph.D thesis, University of London, 1993.
    • Travelling Fellowship, British Nuclear Medicine Society, 1991

Professional Experience (Consultant Level)

Consultant in Nuclear Medicine & PET-CT, Farwaniya Hospital, 2011- present
Hon. Consultant in Nuclear Medicine & PET-CT, University College Hospital,
Consultant in Nuclear Medicine, King Fahad Specialist Hospital, Dammam, 2009-2010
Consultant & Lead Clinician in Nuclear Medicine, Portsmouth Hospitals, UK, 1999-2009
Locum Consultant in Nuclear Medicine, St. Peter’s Hospital Chertsey, Great Ormond Street Hospital and Addenbrooke’s Hospital Cambridge UK, 1998-1999
Senior Research Associate, UMDS (Guy’s & St. Thomas’s Hospitals), London, 1997-1998
Visiting Consultant, St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, London, 1996-1997
Consultant in Nuclear Medicine, Nuclear Medical Centre, AFIP, Rawalpindi, 1986-1996

Publications [More than 90 publications]

Dr. Savvas Frangos (Cyprus)

Dr. Savvas Frangos is a nuclear medicine specialist working at the Bank of Cyprus Oncology Center in Nicosia, Cyprus. He is the Head of the Nuclear Medicine Department and the Thyroid Cancer Clinic. He graduated from the Freie Univestitaet in West Berlin and he is board certificated in nuclear medicine from Thessaloniki, Greece. He is fellow of the European Board of Nuclear Medicine and for many years Member of the Fellowship Examination Committee. He was Secretary of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine and Secretary and Treasurer of the Section of Nuclear Medicine of UEMS. He is currently serving as the Treasurer of the World Federation of Nuclear Medicine. He is a member of the Editorial boards of the European Journal of Nuclear Medicine, European Journal of Hybrid Imaging and Hellenic Journal of Nuclear Medicine, as well as an author of many medical articles and book chapters of Nuclear Medicine.

Prof. Simona Ben Haim (Israel)

Dr. Ben-Haim is currently the Director of the Department of Biophysics and Nuclear Medicine at Hadassah University Hospital in Jerusalem, Israel. She has completed her MD and DSc studies at the Technion in Israel in 1981 and 1994, respectively and specialized in Nuclear Medicine at Rambam Health Care Campus in Israel and University of Iowa College of Medicine, USA. In her research Dr Ben-Haim has focused on basic subjects with clinical relevance, mainly in the fields of Cancer and Nuclear Cardiology.. Dr Ben-Haim has special interest in the development and implementation of technological innovations in Nuclear Medicine and in the implementation of new biomarkers into routine clinical use for SPECT/CT and PET/CT. She was involved in the development of a dedicated cardiac camera with solid state detectors and a whole body camera with solid state detectors as well as in the development of novel applications in Nuclear Cardiology and in general Nuclear Medicine.