Savita Puri, M.B.B.S., M.P.H.

Savita Puri, M.B.B.S., M.P.H.

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box 648
Rochester, NY 14642

Office: (585) 275-5434
Fax: (585) 273-1022

Professional Bio

1963-64 Pre-med Delhi University, New Delhi, India
1964-68 M.D. All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
2010 MPH Masters of Public Health | University of Rochester School of
Medicine & Dentistry, Rochester, New York

1969 Rotating Intern All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi,
1970 Medical Resident All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New
Delhi, India
1971 Research Fellow All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi,
1971-72 Medical Resident Muhlenberg Hospital, Major Affiliate of Rutgers
University, New Jersey (R1)
1972-73 Medical Resident New England Medical Center, Affiliated Hospitals,
Boston, MA (R2)
1973-75 NIH Fellow Diagnostic Radiology (Nuclear Medicine), Yale
University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT
4/7-6/14/03 PET Fellowship Yale University, Dept. of Diagnostic Radiology New Haven, CT PET Facility, West Haven Veteran Administration Hospital

Research Bio

To date the focus of my research efforts has been the applied clinical research. This includes my own clinical research, as well as the medical students and residents-in-training I mentor. Throughout my professional career I have been involved in guiding the medical students and the residents to critically evaluate and identify existing gaps in the current medical knowledge, formulate a research question, develop a hypothesis he/she would like to test, and then develop a systematic plan to test the hypothesis. In addition, during my teaching exercises, both one-on-one and the didactic lectures, I encourage the residents to step out of their comfort zone, probe deeply into the unexpected imaging results and if not much is known about the findings on hand, follow through with the clinical outcome and ultimately share the unusual findings with the Radiology community by publishing it in the scientific literature. Several of our residents, and a few medical students, have published and presented the results of their clinical research at the national Radiology conferences.

At a personal level, I myself investigated the reasons for unnecessary over-utilization of CT scans in the Emergency Department setting and the associated radiation related cancer risk. I developed a research proposal and obtained the IRRB approval (see attached power point presentation). The research has been completed and data analyzed. Currently one of our radiology residents, with my guidance, is working on obtaining an IRRB approval to investigate incidence and prevalence of second primary tumor during PET/CT lymphoma staging work up.

Ultimately my goal is to continue to ignite and foster a spirit among my students and residents to ask probing questions, develop a disciplined mind to find answers to those questions through systematic investigation and add to the existing knowledge base.

Awards & Honors (National)

Bronze Medal for the exhibit "Value of Posterior Oblique Views in Perfusion Lung Scanning | National Institutes of Health 1975

Awards & Honors (Local)

Letter of Appreciation | Secretary of Veterans affair 1997
Monroe County Powers Chapter 15 Award | Disabled American Veterans 1995
Excellence in Teamwork | VA Medical Center | Batavia 1994
Vice President Gore's Hammer Award | Rochester NY 1994
Award of Merit | E.R. Memorial Post 1917 1993
Citation by New York State Assembly for Outstanding Citizen Worthy of Esteem | Monroe Community & State of New York 1993
Commendation Award for Commitment to Excellence and Continuous Improvement in the quality of medical staff | Chief Nurse, VAMC Batavia 1990
Distinguished Service Award | Indo-American Society of Nuclear Medicine 1990

Recent Journal Articles

Showing the 5 most recent journal articles. 34 available »

Thompson, Joel; Jones, Luann; Puri, Savita;. "Multimodality imaging features of malignant and benign FDG-avid pancreatic lesions and their impact on clinical management". J Nucl Med. 2013; 54(Supplement 2): 1294.
2012 May
Drumsta D; Strang J; Puri S. "PET/CT Characterization of Adrenal Masses, Their Mimics, and More". AJR. 2012; 198(Supplement 5).
2012 May
LoStracco T, Gill G, Sidhu R, Puri S, Almast, J. "Spectrum of Lymphoma: Extranodal Manifestations of a Ubiquitous Mimic". AJR. 2012; 198(5 Supplement).
Mironov O; Lostracco T; Strang J; Puri S. "Incidence of second primary neoplasm detected in lymphoma patients undergoing F-18FDG PET/CT scans". J Nucl Med. 2012; 53(Supplement 1): 1371.
Puri S, Jones L. "FDG Avid Small Bowel Lesions: Significance in an oncologic populations". J Nucl Med. 2012; 53(Supplement): 1320.

Current Appointments

Associate Professor - Department of Imaging Sciences (SMD) - Primary


Nuclear Medicine - American Board of Nuclear Medicine


MPH | Masters of Public Health | University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry2010
MD | Medicine | India-All-India Inst Med Sci1968
Delhi University1964

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Fellowship at Duke University Medical Center11/06/2002 - 11/08/2002
Fellowship in Nuclear Medicine at University of Rochester Medical Center05/01/2002 - 06/30/2002
Residency in Nuclear Medicine at Yale New Haven Hospital07/01/1973 - 06/30/1975
Fellowship in Nuclear Medicine at Yale New Haven Hospital07/01/1973 - 06/30/1975
Residency in Internal Medicine at Lemuel Shattuck Hospital07/01/1972 - 06/30/1973
Internship in Internal Medicine at Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center07/01/1971 - 06/30/1972