Sanjiv Sam Gambhir, MD, PhD
Year elected: 2008
Current membership category: Senior
Professor and Chairman
Stanford University School of Medicine
318 Campus Drive E150A
Stanford, CA 94305-5427
United States of America
Phone: 650-725-2309
Facsimile: 650-724-3035

Honors and awards

National Academy of Medicine (2008)

Biographical statement

Sanjiv Sam Gambhir, M.D., Ph.D., is a Professor of Radiology and Bioengineering at Stanford, Chairman of the Department of Radiology, Director of the Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford (MIPS), and Director of the Canary Center at Stanford for Early Cancer Detection. He is PI for the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Center for Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence (CCNE), PI for the NCI In Vivo Cellular & Molecular Imaging Center (ICMIC) (P50) and Program Director for a NCI post-doctoral fellowship molecular imaging training grant (R25T). He currently has a lab of over 30 post-doctoral fellows and graduate students. He also leads a team of over 125 scientists in the molecular imaging program. Dr. Gambhir has expertise with numerous multimodality molecular imaging modalities. His lab developed reporter gene technologies for use in living subjects including strategies for imaging gene therapy and cell trafficking in humans. His lab has also developed imaging strategies for monitoring protein-protein interactions and is now extending these into strategies for imaging signal transduction. Dr. Gambhir’s lab is also developing novel imaging probes for positron emission tomography (PET) for use in clinical cancer applications. Dr. Gambhir serves on numerous corporate scientific advisory boards and is also a member of the National Cancer Institute scientific advisory board. Dr. Gambhir’s recent honors include the Taplin Award (2002), Holst Medal (2003), the Academy of Molecular Imaging Basic Scientist Award (2004), the Society of Molecular Imaging Achievement Award (2004), the Distinguished Clinical Scientist Award from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (2004), and the Hounsfield Medal from Imperial College London (2005). In 2006, Dr. Gambhir received the Paul C. Aebersold Award from the Society of Nuclear Medicine, which is given for outstanding achievement in basic nuclear medicine science. Dr. Gambhir also co-hosted a Nobel Symposium in Stockholm in 2007 on Molecular Imaging and was elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies in 2008.

Institutional affiliations

Stanford University School of Medicine (Primary)
William T. Clusin, MD, PhD is the representative at this institution.


Nuclear Medicine