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Ronald C.   Walker

Ronald C. Walker, M.D.

Professor of Clinical Radiology & Radiological Sciences
Researcher

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, and on radiation therapy for cancer based on targeted molecular receptors within or on the cancer cell.
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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, and on radiation therapy for cancer based on targeted molecular receptors within or on the cancer cell. 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 with peptide-receptor radiotherapy (PRRT). 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 and quickly benefit from the contributions I am able to make to the care of patients suffering from cancer.

Education
  • BS Biology, Baylor University 1974
  • MD Baylor College of Medicine 1978
  • Flexible Internship Scott USAF Medical Center 1978-1979
  • Radiology Residency Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center 1979-1982
  • Nuclear Medicine Fellowship Univ of Texas San Antonio 1982 - 1984
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

Publications