David E. Kuhl

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David Edmund Kuhl
David Kuhl at 2009 Japan Prize Award.jpg
David Kuhl in 2009 at the presentation of the Japan Prize Award
Born(1929-10-27)October 27, 1929
DiedMay 28, 2017(2017-05-28) (aged 87)
Alma materUniversity of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Known forpositron emission tomography
AwardsErnst Jung Prize (1981)
Japan Prize (2009)
Scientific career
Fieldsradiology;nuclear medicine
InstitutionsUniversity of Pennsylvania
University of Michigan

David Edmund Kuhl (born October 27, 1929 in St. Louis, Missouri, died May 28, 2017[1] in Ann Arbor, Michigan) was an American scientist specializing in nuclear medicine.[2] He was well known for his pioneering work in positron emission tomography. Dr. Kuhl served as the Chief of the Division of Nuclear Medicine at the University of Michigan for 20 years and retired in June 2011.

Education and career[edit]

He obtained M.D.from University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1955 and then completed his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in 1962. During his time at Penn he developed a new method of tomographic imaging and constructed several tomographic instruments. These tomographic imaging techniques he invented were further developed in the 1970s and now called positron emission tomography or PET.

He joined the University of Michigan Medical School faculty in 1986 and worked to develop the use of FDG metabolism scanning in human brains. During his time as Chief of the Division of Nuclear Medicine and Director of the Center for Positron Emission Tomography, the University of Michigan became one of the first US institutions to offer clinical diagnostic PET services.

His discoveries and clinical translations helped lead to the routine clinical use of PET in neurology, cardiology and oncology in the US and worldwide.



  1. ^ "David Kuhl M.D.'s Obituary on Ann Arbor News". Ann Arbor News. Retrieved 2017-06-05.
  2. ^ a b Bonte, Frederick J. (1976), "Nuclear Medicine Pioneer Citation, 1976: David E. Kuhl, M.D.", Journal of Nuclear Medicine, 17 (6): 518–519
  3. ^ "2009(25th)Japan Prize Laureates". Archived from the original on 2009-04-27. Retrieved 2009-10-19.

External links[edit]

  1. ^ "David E. Kuhl Collegiate Professorship | Michigan Medicine". medicine.umich.edu. Retrieved 2017-06-05.