June 4, 2003

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Hopkins Radiologist Richard Wahl Appointed to New Professorship in Nuclear Medicine

Richard L. Wahl, M.D., professor of radiology, director of nuclear medicine/PET, and vice chair of new technology and business development in the Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological Science at Johns Hopkins Medicine, has been selected as the first recipient of the Henry N. Wagner Jr., M.D., Professorship in Nuclear Medicine at Hopkins.

Wahl will be honored for the award at a ceremony and reception hosted by Edward D. Miller, M.D., CEO and Dean of Johns Hopkins Medicine, and Bob W. Gayler, M.D., interim chairman of the Department of Radiology. The ceremony will take place on June 12 at 5 p.m. in the Frank M. Houck Memorial Lobby of the Phipps Building of The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

The Wagner Professorship is named in honor of Henry N. Wagner Jr., M.D., one of the a pioneers of nuclear medicine who led the division of Nuclear Medicine at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and School of Medicine for many years and is now professor of medicine, radiology and environmental health sciences at Hopkins.

Wahl, who joined Hopkins in late 2000 from the University of Michigan Medical Center, is a world-renowned expert in nuclear medicine and positron emission tomography (PET). He was first to prove PET could accurately diagnose many common cancers and helped pioneer "smart radiopharmaceuticals," drugs that target tumors for therapy, but not healthy tissue. He holds numerous patents on such therapeutic drugs and has published more than 200 journal articles, 23 book chapters and two books.