David Raffel, PhD

David Raffel, PhD

Research Associate Professor, Radiology
1301 Catherine St
2276 Medical Science I
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5610

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Prof. David M. Raffel received a Bachelor of Science degree in Astronomy-Physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1983.  Continuing his studies in Madison, he obtained a Ph.D. in Medical Physics from the University of Wisconsin in 1991.  He then spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Service Hospitalier Frédéric Joliot (SHFJ), of the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), in Orsay, France, working under mentors André Syrota, M.D., Ph.D. and Bernard Maziére, Ph.D.  He has been a faculty member of the Division of Nuclear Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School since 1993.  Prof. Raffel is Director of Radiation Health Physics in the Division of Nuclear Medicine, and teaches the course "Physics in Nuclear Medicine" to radiology residents and nuclear medicine fellows.

Areas of Interest

  • Compartmental modeling of radiotracer kinetics in positron emission tomography (PET)
  • Development and validation of novel radiotracers for PET studies of cardiac innervation
  • Investigation of changes in autonomic function in cardiac and neurodegenerative diseases
  • Development of novel radiotracers for scintigraphic detection of adrenergic tumors