Prestigious award win for Nuclear Medicine consultant

A lead consultant at Liverpool University Hospitals has been awarded with a prestigious medal in his field of expertise.

Professor Sobhan Vinjamuri of the Royal Liverpool University Hospital has been named the recipient of the British Nuclear Medicine Society President's Medal for 2020. The President's Medal is awarded annually to one medic who has made an exceptional contribution to nuclear medicine.

Professor Vinjamuri is the lead consultant at the Nuclear Medicine Department, which is one of the largest in the country and provides a wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic nuclear medicine services.

“This award is recognition of the brilliant team effort required for such services, and I feel honoured and humbled to receive the award on behalf of the team,” said Professor Vinjamuri. “I feel that the reason I am being recognised is because I am standing on the shoulders of giants.”

In a typical week, Professor Vinjamuri runs two out-patient clinics for thyroid cancer, benign thyroid disease and neuroendocrine tumours, alongside providing supervision for diagnostic tests for cancer management, osteomyelitis, cardiac sarcoidosis and dementia.

Professor Vinjamuri trained and qualified in India, before moving to the UK and joining the Royal Liverpool Hospital as a trainee in nuclear medicine in June 1995. He was appointed a consultant aged 30 in May 1998 – making him one of the youngest consultant appointments in the NHS at the time.

Alongside his work in the NHS, he is the Editor of Nuclear Medicine Communications and has also recently been appointed Chairman of Joint Specialty Committee for Nuclear Medicine at the Royal College of Physicians.

Dr Jane Belfield, Clinical Director of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, said: “This is a fantastic achievement, and on behalf of the department and the Trust I would like to congratulate Professor Vinjamuri, who is a well deserving recipient of this accolade.

“We are all very proud of his achievements and his contribution to the hospital, and to the field of Nuclear Medicine during his career so far. This award is a very positive recognition for the hard work of Professor Vinjamuri and the Nuclear Medicine Department.”