Richard L. Wahl, MD

Director, Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology

Elizabeth E. Mallinckrodt Professor of Radiology
Chair, Department of Radiology
Professor of Radiation Oncology

Clinical Expertise:
Nuclear Medicine

Richard L. Wahl, MD, is the Elizabeth E. Mallinckrodt Professor and director of Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology (MIR) at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. An alumnus, Wahl completed a diagnostic radiology residency and nuclear medicine fellowship at MIR. Prior to being named director at MIR, he was director of the Division of Nuclear Medicine at Johns Hopkins University and the first recipient of the Henry N. Wagner Jr. Professorship. Wahl is a leader in the use of PET scans to diagnose human cancers and other diseases and was among the first to harness the power of the immune system to precisely target radiation therapy to cancers, a technique that has become known as radioimmunotherapy. He has been at the forefront of efforts to combine quantitative data from multiple kinds of scans to form so-called fusion images that can help physicians more precisely diagnose and characterize cancers.

Wahl has received numerous awards, including the 2018 Georg Charles de Hevesy Award from the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, where serves as president. He is an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the American Association of Physicians and the National Academy of Medicine. A fellow of the American College of Radiology, Wahl holds 18 radiology patents and has published more than 450 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts. He completed a research fellowship in immunology and earned his medical degree from the School of Medicine.

Clinical Interest

PET/CT imaging, radiopharmaceutical therapies, nuclear Imaging

Research Interests

quantitative imaging, radioimmunotherapy, imaging the immune system, multi-modality imaging

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Education History

Fellowship

Nuclear Medicine, Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis Immunology Research Fellow, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Immunology Research Fellow, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

Residency

Diagnostic Radiology, Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

Medical Degree

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

Undergraduate

Wartburg College

Associations

President, Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
National Academy of Medicine
American Association of Physicians
American Board of Nuclear Medicine
American Federation for Clinical Research
American Medical Association
American College of Nuclear Physicians
American College of Radiology
American Association for Cancer Research
American Roentgen Ray Society
American Society for Clinical Investigation
Society of Nuclear Medicine, Central Chapter
Central Society for Clinical Research
Institute of Clinical PET
Michigan Radiological Society
Maryland Radiological Society
Radiological Society of North America

Awards

2018 Georg Charles de Hevesy Award, Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
2018 Saul Hertz Lifetime Achievement Award, Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
2015 Member, National Academy of Medicine
2005 Most Influential Radiology Researcher, Aunt Minnie Award
2008 Honorary Doctorate of Science, Wartburg College
2007 International Award for Excellence in Published Clinical Research, Endocrine Society and Pfizer Award
2001 Distinguished Scientist, Academy of Molecular Imaging
1996 Fellow, American College Nuclear Physicians
1995 Distinguished Alumnus Award, Wartburg College
1986 Marc Tetalman Memorial Award, Society of Nuclear Medicine
America’s Top Doctors, Castle Connolly