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Ronald C.   Walker

Ronald C. Walker, M.D.

Professor of Clinical Radiology & Radiological Sciences
VICC Member

Contact Information:

Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences
1121 21st Avenue South
CCC-1121 MCN
Nashville, TN 37232-2675
615-343-8516

Profile

Research Description My research is focused on molecular imaging of cancer both to improve early and accurate diagnosis and to provide rapid assessment of tumor biology with physiological imaging.  I hope, with my collaborators, to use new tools to identify the risk level of an tumor at time of diagnosis, thus allowing up-front treatment decisions that will provide superior, safer and more cost-effective treatment strategies for each patient.  I also work to discover new insights into tumor biology that will bring new opportunities for treatment, such as when my molecular imaging of myeloma contributed to the discovery DKK1, a gene that is important not only in myeloma but in many other cancers.  New treatments for myeloma are currently being tested that exploit this new knowledge  Importantly, I always consider if my research can lead to improvements in medical care that can ultimately be deployed with affordable, preferably off-the-shelf technology in community hospitals throughout the US so that everyone can ultimately benefit from the contributions I am able to make to the care of patients suffering from cancer.
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Research Description

My research is focused on molecular imaging of cancer both to improve early and accurate diagnosis and to provide rapid assessment of tumor biology with physiological imaging.  I hope, with my collaborators, to use new tools to identify the risk level of an tumor at time of diagnosis, thus allowing up-front treatment decisions that will provide superior, safer and more cost-effective treatment strategies for each patient.  I also work to discover new insights into tumor biology that will bring new opportunities for treatment, such as when my molecular imaging of myeloma contributed to the discovery DKK1, a gene that is important not only in myeloma but in many other cancers.  New treatments for myeloma are currently being tested that exploit this new knowledge  Importantly, I always consider if my research can lead to improvements in medical care that can ultimately be deployed with affordable, preferably off-the-shelf technology in community hospitals throughout the US so that everyone can ultimately benefit from the contributions I am able to make to the care of patients suffering from cancer.

Research Specialty

PET Imaging and Research, PET-CT in Oncology and Myocardial Perfusion

Research Description

PET imaging and research, particularly in multiple myeloma; PET-CT in oncology; PET-CT in myocardial perfusion; SPECT-CT for myocardial perfusion with or without CT angiography; Graduate medical education in Nuclear Medicine, especially in PET-CT and CT

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