July 30, 2018
Technologists recognized for outstanding education and service to the nuclear medicine field
RESTON, VA — The Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging’s Technologist Section (SNMMI-TS)—an international scientific and medical organization—recognized contributions to and work in the field of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging during the SNMMI 2018 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, held June 23-26. Several awards ceremonies were held to recognize the valuable role that SNMMI-TS members play in advancing the discipline of nuclear medicine technology.
SNMMI-TS OUTSTANDING TECHNOLOGIST AWARD
April Mann, MBA, CNMT, NCT, RT(N), the system quality manager of the Heart and Vascular Institute at Hartford HealthCare in Connecticut, received the Outstanding Technologist Award. She has been an active member of SNMMI since 1996, chairing the Finance Committee and serving on the Advocacy, Chapters, Education, Ethics, Membership, Publications, Strategic Planning, and Quality committees, in addition to other leadership roles. Mann is a past-president of SNMMI-TS and of the New England Chapter. She also spearheaded the SNMMI-TS Quality Initiative. At Hartford Hospital, Mann has served as a technologist, supervisor and manager, with a focus on nuclear cardiology. Her broader leadership roles include serving on the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board, the board of directors for the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Nuclear Medicine Laboratories, and various positions with the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology. She has published more than 20 journal articles, authored four books and given more than 150 presentations on nuclear medicine and molecular imaging.
SNMMI-TS OUTSTANDING EDUCATOR AWARD
Cybil J. Nielsen, MBA, CNMT, SNMMI-TS, clinical assistant professor and director of the nuclear medicine technology program at Indiana State University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, Indiana, received the Outstanding Educator Award. She has been a member of SNMMI since 1995. An experienced technologist, manager, consultant and radiation safety officer, she has served as SNMMI-TS president and as the chair of the Educator’s Committee, among many other roles on the national level. Most recently, Nielsen served as speaker of the National Council of Representatives, and she is currently chair of the Educator’s Committee and a member of the International Committee. She works closely with students, getting them involved in SNMMI-TS and encouraging them to submit abstracts for the SNMMI Annual Meeting. Nielsen has given more than 50 presentations at professional meetings and co-authored the national curriculum for nuclear medicine technology programs.
Cheryl Rickley, CNMT, the chief technologist at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, received the Advocate-of-the-Year Award. A member of SNMMI since 1989, she is just the second person to receive this award, which was created last year. Rickley has been extremely active on the Advocacy Committee and, as Pennsylvania TAG representative, she has pushed tirelessly for passage of a licensure bill in her state. She is also a member of the Greater New York Chapter.
SNMMI-TS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Lynne Roy, MBA, CNMT, FSNMMI-TS, director of imaging at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, received the Lifetime Achievement Award. She has been a member since 1980 and is affiliated with the Pacific Southwest Chapter. Roy was recognized for her outstanding efforts on advocacy and health policy-related issues. She is a past president of SNMMI-TS, has been re-appointed chair of the Advocacy Committee multiple times, and has served in a wide range of other leadership roles throughout the society. Roy has served on numerous SNMMI-TS committees, including Advocacy, Program, Procedure Standards, Quality, and Coding and Reimbursement, as well as the Scope of Practice Task Force.
SNMMI-TS FELLOWSHIP AWARDS
The following individuals were named SNMMI-TS Fellows. These are members of the SNMMI-TS who have demonstrated leadership and have made a significant contribution to the profession of nuclear medicine technology at the national level. SNMMI-TS selects Fellows based on exemplary contributions in the following areas: participation in professional activities, education, professional experience, professional contributions, and civic activities. New SNMMI-TS Fellows receive a memorial plaque and pin signifying their Fellow status.
PRESIDENTIAL DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARDS
The 2018 SNMMI-TS Presidential Distinguished Service Awards were presented to:
In recognition of their work developing Brain Tech TIME (Technical Imaging Multidisciplinary Education), Presidential Distinguished Service Awards were also presented to:
SNMMI-TS PRESIDENT’S PLAQUE
Kathleen Krisak, BS, CNMT, FSNMMI-TS, was awarded the SNMMI-TS president’s plaque and gavel for her service as 2017–2018 SNMMI-TS president. Krisak has been a nuclear medicine technologist for more than thirty years and has spent her career in the Nuclear Medicine Department of Holyoke Medical Center, where she first served as a clinical instructor and was department manager from 1986 to 2002. She has an A.S. in nuclear medicine from Springfield Technical Community College, Springfield, Massachusetts, and a B.S. in Natural Sciences from Worcester State College, Worcester, Massachusetts, as well as NMTCB nuclear medicine certification. In addition to her SNMMI-TS membership, Krisak is a member of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology.
She has been actively involved in SNMMI for many years. As an SNMMI-TS Board member, Krisak has served as secretary; chaired the Finance, Scientific Program, and Abstracts committees; and been a member of numerous other committees. She has served as president of the society’s New England Chapter three times and has been a moderator and presenter at SNMMI annual meetings and New England Chapter meetings. Krisak was named a Fellow of the Society of Nuclear Medicine Technologist Section in 2008 and received the SNMMI-TS Technologist of the Year Award in 2014. She is also the recipient of a service award from the New England Chapter.
OUTSTANDING JOURNAL OF NUCLEAR MEDICINE TECHNOLOGY ARTICLES
The Editor’s Choice Awards for the three best Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology (JNMT) articles published in 2017 were selected by JNMT Editor Kathy S. Thomas, MHA, CNMT, PET, FSNMMI-TS, and members of the journal’s editorial board. They went to:
About the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
The Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) is an international scientific and medical organization dedicated to advancing nuclear medicine and molecular imaging, vital elements of precision medicine that allow diagnosis and treatment to be tailored to individual patients in order to achieve the best possible outcomes.
SNMMI’s more than 17,000 members set the standard for molecular imaging and nuclear medicine practice by creating guidelines, sharing information through journals and meetings and leading advocacy on key issues that affect molecular imaging and therapy research and practice. For more information, visit www.snmmi.org.