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Stanford Report, August 20, 2003

Latest round of medical faculty appointments, promotion announced

By JOYCE THOMAS

Sanjiv Gambhir, MD, PhD, was appointed professor of radiology (diagnostic radiology), with tenure. He joined Stanford this month from UCLA, where he was professor of molecular and medical pharmacology and director of the Crump Institute for Molecular Imaging. Gambhir, who is known for his work in molecular imaging in living subjects, first demonstrated a method for noninvasive detection of reporter gene expression in vivo using positron emission tomography, or PET. His work focuses on developing imaging assays to monitor fundamental cellular events in living subjects. He is working on new ways to image mRNA levels, cell surface antigens, intracellular proteins and protein-protein interactions with the goal of extending these techniques to human clinical imaging applications. In 2002 he received the Society of Nuclear Medicine Taplin Award. Gambhir obtained a PhD in biomathematics in 1990 and an MD in 1993 through the UCLA Medical Scientist Training Program. He also completed an internship in internal medicine and a fellowship in nuclear medicine at UCLA.

Stephen T. Kee, MD, was promoted to associate professor of radiology (cardiovascular and interventional) and, by courtesy, of surgery at the medical center. His clinical specialty and clinical research focus on interventional radiology using cross-sectional imaging techniques (magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography). In 1999 he received the Gary Becker Young Investigator Award from the Society of Cardiovascular & Interventional Radiology for his work in MR-guided trans-jugular intrahepatic shunts. He is principal investigator of two multicenter interventional radiology trials. Kee received his medical degree and radiology training in Ireland. In 1993 he came to the United States. He completed a fellowship in thoracic imaging at UCSF and a fellowship in interventional radiology at Stanford. He served three years as an acting assistant professor and one year as a staff physician. Kee joined the faculty in 2000.

Lei Xing, PhD, was appointed associate professor of radiation oncology (radiation physics). His research focuses on the development of intensity-modulated radiation therapy or IMRT, a cancer treatment method that targets cancer cells with greater precision than conventional radiation therapy. He works in collaboration with the Center for Advanced Magnetic Resonance Technology at Stanford, a program sponsored by the National Institutes of Health National Center for Research Resources. Since 1998 he has been a member of the IMRT Committee of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine. He received an American Cancer Society Research Scholar Award in 2000. Xing obtained his PhD in physics in 1992 from Johns Hopkins University. Following postdoctoral work in physics at the University of Illinois, he became a postdoctoral fellow in 1994 at the University of Chicago in the Department of Radiation Oncology. He was appointed assistant professor at Stanford in 1997.

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