About The Sam Gambhir Trailblazer Award
The Sam Gambhir Trailblazer Award is named after Sanjiv Sam Gambhir, MD, PhD, an internationally recognized pioneer in molecular imaging. Gambhir dedicated his career to developing methods of early disease detection, ushering in a new era of molecular imaging to flag signals of disease in its nascent stages. Within the field of radiology, Gambhir was known for the development of positron emission tomography reporter genes, which can flag molecular activity that signals something’s gone awry in the body. Within the imaging community, he was known as a leader and scientist with sprawling expertise and a work ethic to aspire to.
More than that, colleagues and many others who knew him said he was a kind and generous friend, a nurturing mentor, and a catalyst for collaboration. Everyone loved and admired him for the wonderful human being that he was. Sam’s presence can be felt in every corner of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging.
To that end, the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) and the Education and Research Foundation for Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (ERF) created a permanently endowed fund in Sam’s memory.