Robert J. Gropler, MD

Senior Vice Chair and Division Director, Radiological Sciences

Professor of Radiology

Clinical Expertise:
Nuclear Medicine

Robert J. Gropler, MD, is senior vice chair and division director of radiological sciences for Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology (MIR). Also a professor of radiology, Gropler has been involved in PET-related research of the cardiovascular system for more than 30 years. A major focus of his work has been the development and validation of new PET quantitative tools to measure myocardial intermediary metabolism in normal and abnormal cardiac states. More recent efforts have involved the translation and application of novel PET radiotracers to measure cardiovascular inflammation and oxidative stress

In addition to his role as editor-in-chief of Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging, Gropler serves as director for MIR's PET Radiotracer Translation and Resource Center (PET-RTRC), an NIBIB-supported P41 program. The PET-RTRC focuses on the design, development, training and dissemination of radiotracers that detect cellular inflammation throughout the US and now internationally. Gropler is also the North American coordinator for the Leducq Foundation-funded network called "The Inflammatory-Fibrosis Axis in Adverse Cardiac Remodeling: translating mechanisms into new diagnostics and therapeutics (IMMUNO-FIB HF),” part of the foundation's Transatlantic Networks of Excellence. The research network studies the nexus between myocardial inflammation and fibrosis.

Clinical Interests

nuclear medicine, cardiovascular imaging, coronary artery disease, PET imaging

Research Interests

CV molecular imaging, inflammation, fibrosis and myocardial metabolic remodeling

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Education History


Research Fellowship (Nuclear Medicine), Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis; Cardiology, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine


Internal Medicine, Northwestern University McGaw Medical Center

Medical Degree

University of Cincinnati College of Medicine


Allegheny College


American College of Cardiology`
American Heart Association
American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging


2016 Distinguished Service Award, American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
2016 Distinguished Investigator, Academy of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging Research
2015 Hermann L. Blumgart Award, Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
1989 Clinician-Science Awardee, American Heart Association
1977 Cum Laude, Allegheny College