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Frans Wackers, MD, PhD

Professor Emeritus of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging

Contact Information

Frans Wackers, MD, PhD

Mailing Address

  • Radiology & Biomedical Imaging

    PO Box 208056

    New Haven, CT 06520-8056

    United States

Appointments

Biography

Frans
J. Th. Wackers, MD is Professor Emeritus of Diagnostic Radiology and Medicine,
Presently he is a Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Medicine. He served as Director of the
Cardiovascular Nuclear Imaging Laboratory at Yale University School of Medicine
for 22 years.

Born
in Echt, The Netherlands, Dr Wackers received both his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees
from the University of Amsterdam School of Medicine in 1970. He completed training in Internal
Medicine and Cardiology in the former Wilhelmina Gasthuis, Amsterdam,
Netherlands in 1977. Dr Wackers
moved to the USA in 1977 where he was on the faculty of the Section of
Cardiovascular Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine (1977-1981), the
University of Vermont College of
Medicine(1981-1984) and, since 1984 at Yale University School of Medicine.

Dr.
Wackers is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology; a Fellow of the
American Heart Association, Council on Clinical Cardiology; a member of the
Society of Nuclear Medicine; a Fellow of the American Society of Nuclear
Cardiology. He is also a Diploma European Cardiologist of European Society of
Cardiology. He was on the
Editorial Board of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the
American Journal of Cardiology, and Journal of Nuclear Cardiology. He was President of the Cardiovascular
Council of The Society of Nuclear Medicine (1992-1993), President of the
American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (1994-1995), President of the
Certification Council of Nuclear Cardiology (1996 - 1997), President of the
Intersocietal Commission for Accreditation of Nuclear Laboratories (1997-2005).
He is the recipient of the Rescar Award of the University of Maastricht, The
Netherlands (1988), the Herrman Blumgart Award of the Society of Nuclear
Medicine, New England Chapter (1995), the Homi Baba Award of the Indian Nuclear
Cardiological Society (1997), the Eugene Drake Award of the American Heart
Association, New England Affiliate (1999), the Distinguished Service Award of
the Society of Nuclear Cardiology (1999), the third Mario Verani Memorial Lecturer of the American Society of
Nuclear Cardiology(2004), the Wenckebach Lecturer of the Dutch Society of
Cardiology (2005) and the Mario Verani Lecturer of Methodist Hospital, Houston,
Texas.

Dr.
Wackers is considered a pioneer in Nuclear Cardiology. He is the founder of the American
Society of Nuclear Cardiology (1993), the Certification Board of Nuclear
Cardiology (1996) and the Intersocietal Commission for Accreditation of Nuclear
laboratories (1997). He was Co-Chair of the 6th and 7th
International Conference of Nuclear Cardiology (2003, 2005).

Dr.
Wackers published more than 325 articles on nuclear cardiology and clinical
cardiology

Dr
Wackers is the Principal Investigator and Chairman of the multicenter (n=14)
Detection of Ischemia in Asymptomatic Diabetics (DIAD) study. The study started
in September 2000, recruitment was completed in August 2002 and follow-up was
completed in September 2007.

Dr
Wackers was also the director of the Yale University Radionuclide Core
laboratory. The laboratory has been involved in numerous multicenter clinical
studies utilizing cardiac nuclear imaging since its inception in 1984.

Education & Training

  • Fellow
    University of Amsterdam (1977)
  • Resident
    University of Amsterdam (1974)
  • MD
    University of Amsterdam (1970)
  • PhD
    University of Amsterdam (1970)

Activities

  • European Cardiologist
    2003
    European Cardiologist

Departments & Organizations