Sanjiv “Sam” Gambhir, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Chair, Imaging Technology and Informatics Peer Review Panel
    Chair, Department of Radiology, Stanford University School of Medicine
    Director, Canary Center at Stanford for Cancer Early Detection
    Director, Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford (MIPS)
    Professor, Department of Radiology and Bio-X Program, Stanford University
    Professor, Department of Bioengineering, Stanford University

Research Focus

Dr. Gambhir’s research focuses on imaging assays to monitor fundamental cellular/molecular events in living subjects with an emphasis on cancer. Technologies being utilized include micro-positron emission tomography (microPET), bioluminescence imaging, fluorescence optical imaging, Raman optical imaging, ultrasound, and photoacoustics in small animal models. Particular interest of his research and lab is early cancer detection including combining in vivo and in vitro diagnostics.


Arizona State University, B.S., Physics
University of California Los Angeles, M.D. (MSTP)
University of California Los Angeles, Ph.D., Biomathematics (MSTP)

Selected Honors

Distinguished Basic Scientist of the Year Award, Academy of Molecular Imaging
Doris Duke Distinguished Clinical Scientist Award
Scientific Achievement Award, Society of Molecular Imaging
Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering
Hounsfield Medal, Imperial College London
Paul C. Aebersold Award, Society of Nuclear Medicine
Nobel Conference – Organized and co-chaired Nobel symposium, “Watching Life Through
Molecular Imaging,” Stockholm, Sweden
Tesla Medal, United Kingdom Royal College of Radiologists
American Society of Clinical Investigation
Member, Institute of Medicine of the National Academies
Virginia and D.K. Ludwig Endowed Professorship
George Charles de Hevesy Nuclear Pioneer Award, Society of Nuclear Medicine