Message from the Chair of Nuclear Medicine - Dr. Jonathan Romsa

From an educational perspective, after having been reaccredited by the Royal College, the Resident Training Program has welcomed several new trainees, both from within Canada and abroad. We aspire to make your learning experiences memorable. Similarly our fellowship program has continued to be vibrant, attracting trainees from various fields including endocrinology, cardiology, radiology and nuclear medicine. For those moving on to new career positions, we wish you the best on your future endeavours.

Operationally, it has been a busy year with the instillation of two new cardiac cameras at University Hospital and Victoria Hospital. A third general purpose camera is set to be installed at SJHC. The PET imaging program continues to expand as does the Therapy Program (Neuroendocrine, Thyroid cancer and other minimally invasive therapies).

Administratively, the department has worked collaboratively with SJHC and LHSC to plot a strategic course to meet the future requirements of the Medical Imaging Department in these challenging economic times. Important work has been done in an effort to ensure sustainable capital funding and with regards to the Clinical Services Renewal project at LHSC.

Several individuals with long ties to the department have retired or moved on to new challenges. Dr. Driedger retired last summer after many years as a respected clinician, administrator and innovator in the field of Nuclear Medicine. Dr. J. McGillen is moving to an expanded clinic based practice at London Cardiac Institute after many years of involvement in nuclear cardiology first at South Street then later at the new Victoria Hospital. Kathy Williams, our coordinator, is transitioning to other challenges with the PACS group. We thank you all for your many years of dedicated work in the provision of excellence in patient care.

On that note, I would like to wish everyone a safe and happy summer.