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Darko Pucar, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging; Co-Director of Molecular Imaging Clinical and Translational Research Laboratory, Nuclear Medicine; Yale Radiology Thesis Committee Chair, Clinical Radiology; Yale Nuclear Radiology Residency Pathway Director, Nuclear Medicine

Contact Information

Darko Pucar, MD, PhD

Patient Care Location

Mailing Address

  • Radiology & Biomedical Imaging

    333 Cedar Street, New Have

    New Haven, CT 06511

    United States



I am dual-boarded in Radiology and Nuclear Medicine (NM) and I conduct subspecialized NM and Molecular Imaging (MI) therapy practice at Yale. My principal service objective to deliver an outstanding patient care in oncologic imaging and therapy and general NM. I am a member of many Yale Cancer Center Tumor boards. I provide radionuclide therapy for thyroid cancer, neuroendocrine tumors, prostate cancer, and hematologic malignancies. I am also co-director of Molecular Imaging Clinical and Translational Research Laboratory (MICTRL), which is a research branch of NM, with multi-facet mission aiming to deliver advanced MI and therapy care to Yale New Haven System patients with focus on MI theranostics and therapy practice and education. Theranostics in a new revolutionary NM approach in which the same molecular target is used to image and treat cancer using imaging and therapeutic radionuclides. Theranostics is expected to rapidly become a cornerstone of individualized precision medicine of the future. MICTRL activities include radionuclide theranostic and therapy optimization and dosimetry, translation of molecular imaging and therapy agents into clinical practice via clinical trials, MI in cancer prognostication and treatment response assessment, generation of cancer prognostic models guiding therapeutic decision, cancer treatment response assessment for clinical trials, MI machine learning, and MI education via MI radiology residency pathway and clinical and research fellowships. I have authored numerous publications in NM/MI and served as principal- or co-investigator on many NM/MI grants and contracts. I am nationally recognized leader in NM/MI, with leadership roles in professional societies.

Education & Training

  • Chief Nuclear Medicine Resident
    Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (2010)
  • Radiology Resident (Holman Research Pathway)
    New York Presbyterian Hospital, Weill-Cornell Medical Center (2009)
  • Transitional Year Intern
    Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center (2005)
  • PhD
    Mayo Graduate School, Molecular Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (2002)
  • MD
    School of Medicine, University of Belgrade (1996)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
First Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) Future Leaders Academy StipendSNMMI2014
Department of Radiology Teacher of the YearAugusta University2013
Otorhinolaryngology (ENT) Consultant of the YearAugusta University2012

Professional Service

Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) Advanced Associate Council PresidentPresident2019 - Present

Departments & Organizations