Peter Kirchner


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Science Advisor

Dr. Peter T. Kirchner is a part-time Senior Advisor to NIBIB’s Extramural Science Programs for research involving nuclear medicine and the imaging sciences. He advises generally on medical topics and promotes the utilization of reliable data for guiding the optimal applications of diagnostic technologies and for estimating the true impact of imaging science advances on health care.

Previous to his part-time advisory role at NIBIB, he held an appointment as Distinguished R&D Staff at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (2002-2009) with an IPA appointment from ORNL to serve full time as a senior advisor to both NIBIB and to DOE’s Office of Biological and Environmental Research. NIBIB responsibilities during this time included Acting Director of Intramural Science Programs (2003-2006) and Co-Director of the Joint NIBIB-CDRH Laboratory for Assessment of Medical Imaging Systems (2005-2008) which he helped to create. At DOE/BER he served as a Nuclear Medicine Program Director (1998-2009) and also as Associate Director of DOE’s Human Subjects Protection Program (2006-2008).

Dr. Kirchner obtained his education at Yale University (BA, Physics) and Columbia University (MD), with residency training in Internal Medicine at the National Naval Medical Center (NNMC) and fellowship training in Nuclear Medicine at Johns Hopkins. He was board certified in both Internal Medicine and Nuclear Medicine. He returned to NNMC as Director of Nuclear Medicine and established an ACGME accredited residency program in Nuclear Medicine. In 1977, he resigned from active duty in the Navy to accept an Associate Professorship at the University of Chicago and a post as Associate Director of Nuclear Medicine. In 1981, he became Director of Nuclear Medicine at the University of Iowa, where he served as a Professor in Radiology and Internal Medicine through 2002 (the last 4 years as an IPA at DOE). He has served in senior positions in the Society of Nuclear Medicine (now SNMMI - President; Board of Directors), the Education and Research Foundation for SNM (President) the American College of Nuclear Physicians (now ACNM - Board of Regents); the Institute for Clinical PET (President); the American Board of Nuclear Medicine (Vice Chair and Chair of the Certifying Examination Committee), the ACGME’s Residency Review Committee for Nuclear Medicine (Chairman), and the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology (Chairman). He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine. Dr. Kirchner is a fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP), the American College of Nuclear Medicine (FACNM) and the American College of Radiology (FACR).