Radiology Personnel

Hubert Vesselle, Ph.D., M.D.

Division Chief, Nuclear Medicine
Nuclear Medicine


Dr. Vesselle is director of the UW Division of Nuclear Medicine and a UW professor of radiology. He specializes in evaluating complex cancer cases with PET/CT and SPECT/CT scanners. In addition to devoting himself to the application of these hybrid scanners to cancer and non-cancer patients, he also practices general nuclear medicine and cross-sectional imaging (CT). His research aims at applying and improving hybrid imaging to better characterize diseases and their response to treatments.

Dr. Vesselle trained as an engineer in France and then moved to the United States to earn a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering and then his M.D. degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. He pursued his graduate medical education in diagnostic radiology and nuclear radiology at University Hospitals of Cleveland and the Cleveland Clinic. In 1997, he came to the UW to join the faculty of the Department of Radiology. Since 2006, he has been the director of the UW Division of Nuclear Medicine in the Department of Radiology.

He is listed in “”The Best Doctors in America”” and in “”Seattle Met Top Doctors””. He is board-certified in diagnostic radiology with special competence in nuclear radiology.

Awards and Honors

Recent Publications

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Functional lung avoidance and response-adaptive escalation (FLARE) RT: Multimodality plan dosimetry of a precision radiation oncology strategy: Multimodality
Lee E., Zeng J., Miyaoka R., Saini J., Kinahan P., Sandison G., Wong T., Vesselle H., Rengan R., Bowen S.
Medical Physics. 2017 Jul:3418-3429

Framework for radiation pneumonitis risk stratification based on anatomic and perfused lung dosimetry
Dhami G., Zeng J., Vesselle H., Kinahan P., Miyaoka R., Patel S., Rengan R., Bowen S.
Strahlentherapie und Onkologie. 2017 May:410-418

Biliary Leak in the Postsurgical Abdomen: A Primer to HIDA Scan Interpretation
Matesan M., Bermo M., Cruite I., Shih C., Elojeimy S., Behnia F., Lewis D., Vesselle H.
Seminars in Nuclear Medicine. 2017 Jan

The Role of Pulmonary Scintigraphy in the Evaluation of Adults with Congenital Heart Disease
Itani M., Matesan M., Ahuja J., Bermo M., Habib A., Goiney C., Krieger E., Vesselle H.
Seminars in Nuclear Medicine. 2017 Jan

Semi-quantitative metabolic values on FDG PET/CT including extracardiac sites of disease as a predictor of treatment course in patients with cardiac sarcoidosis
Ishiyama M., Soine L., Vesselle H.
EJNMMI Research. 2017 Jan

Assessment of functional liver reserve: Old and new in 99mTc-sulfur colloid scintigraphy
Matesan M., Bowen S., Chapman T., Miyaoka R., Velez J., Wanner M., Nyflot M., Apisarnthanarax S., Vesselle H.
Nuclear Medicine Communications. 2017 Jan:577-586

Measuring total liver function on sulfur colloid SPECT/CT for improved risk stratification and outcome prediction of hepatocellular carcinoma patients
Bowen S., Chapman T., Borgman J., Miyaoka R., Kinahan P., Liou I., Sandison G., Vesselle H., Nyflot M., Apisarnthanarax S.
EJNMMI Research. 2016 Dec

Overview of the novel and improved pulmonary ventilationperfusion imaging applications in the era of SPECT/CT
Elojeimy S., Cruite I., Bowen S., Zeng J., Vesselle H.
American Journal of Roentgenology. 2016 Dec:1307-1315

SPECT/CT bone scintigraphy to evaluate low back pain in young athletes: Common and uncommon etiologies
Matesan M., Behnia F., Bermo M., Vesselle H.
Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research. 2016 Jul

Differential hepatic avoidance radiation therapy: Proof of concept in hepatocellular carcinoma patients
Bowen S., Saini J., Chapman T., Miyaoka R., Kinahan P., Sandison G., Wong T., Vesselle H., Nyflot M., Apisarnthanarax S.
Radiotherapy and Oncology. 2015 May:203-210