HENRY N. WAGNER JR., M.D., PROFESSORSHIP IN NUCLEAR MEDICINE
Established in 2002 through commitments from anonymous donors in honor of Henry N. Wagner Jr.

HENRY N. WAGNER JR., A&S 1948, Med 1952, who died in 2012, was an international authority on nuclear medicine. His pioneering work in imaging brain neuroreceptors paved the way for groundbreaking research in addiction and drug design, and increased understanding of the physiology and pathophysiology of the brain. During his 56-year association with Hopkins, he trained more than 500 radiologists, internists, physicians, and scientists, eight of whom have held the position of president of the Society of Nuclear Medicine, which Dr. Wagner also led. In 1993 Dr. Wagner was awarded the First Annual Society of Nuclear Medicine President's Award for Outstanding Contributions to Nuclear Medicine, and the Georg Von Hevesy Award in 1985. A member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, he was an honorary member of both the British Institute of Radiology and the Radiological Society of North America. (Dr. Wagner (right) is pictured with Dr. Wahl in June 2003 at Dr. Wahl's installation.)

 

RICHARD L. WAHL, the Henry N. Wagner Jr., M.D., Professor of Nuclear Medicine, is professor of radiology and oncology and was named Scientist of the Year in 2001 by the Academy of Molecular Imaging. He is among the first in the world to apply PET (positron emission tomography) technology to accurately diagnose, stage, and plan and assess treatment of a broad array of human cancers. Dr. Wahl, who joined Hopkins in 2000, has worked for over 20 years to develop "smart radiopharmaceuticals," those that target tumor, not tissue. Such treatments are among the first personalized, targeted therapies for cancer. He is one of the inventors of radioimmunotherapy of lymphoma using radiolabeled anti CD20 monoclonal antibodies, a technology now approved for treating patients with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. The holder of 14 U.S. patents, he is vice chair of new technology and business development in the Department of Radiology and Radiological Science and director of nuclear medicine at the PET Center. He has published over 300 journal articles, 23 book chapters, and three books.