The Australian and New Zealand Nuclear Medicine Community was saddened to learn that Prof. Sanjiv (Sam) Gambhir passed away this past weekend.
For many years Sam had led the Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford University, as well as leading major research efforts in precision medicine, early cancer detection, and novel multimodality imaging technologies.
He was a visionary who appreciated the role of molecular imaging as being indispensable to the practice of precision medicine. He was a towering intellect who was simultaneously humble and an adroit communicator even to the scientifically illiterate.
Sam had strong connections in Australia through individual collaborations, friendships, and his visits to give inspiring talks on the current status and future of molecular imaging and precision medicine.
His legacy will impact not only the practice of nuclear medicine at a global level, but also in the broader scientific community.
SNMMI has provided a tribute to Sam, which can be accessed:
Andrew Scott and Rod Hicks