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Savita Puri

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionSchool of Medicine and Dentistry
DepartmentImaging Sciences
AddressUniversity of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box 648
Rochester NY 14642
 Awards And Honors
1990     Distinguished Service Award  | Indo-American Society of Nuclear Medicine
1993     Award of Merit  | E.R. Memorial Post 1917
1994     Vice President Gore's Hammer Award
1995     Monroe County Powers Chapter 15 Award  | Disabled American Veterans
1975     Bronze Medal for the exhibit "Value of Posterior Oblique Views in Perfusion Lung Scanning  | National Institutes of Health
1997     Letter of Appreciation  | Secretary of Veterans affair
1994     Excellence in Teamwork  | VA Medical Center
1990     Commendation Award for Commitment to Excellence and Continuous Improvement in the quality of medical staff  | Chief Nurse, VAMC Batavia
1993     Citation by New York State Assembly for Outstanding Citizen Worthy of Esteem  | Monroe Community & State of New York
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.

 Selected Publications
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  1. Puri S, Hu R, Quazi RR, Voci S, Veazie P, Block R. Physicians' and Midlevel Providers' Awareness of Lifetime Radiation-Attributable Cancer Risk Associated With Commonly Performed CT Studies: Relationship to Practice Behavior. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2012 Dec; 199(6):1328-36.
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  2. Ginat DT, Puri S. FDG PET/CT manifestations of hematopoietic malignancies of the breast. Acad Radiol. 2010 Aug; 17(8):1026-30.
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  3. Dockery KF, Puri S, Qazi R, Davis D. FDG-PET on the trail of an unsuspected primary malignancy in the breast. Clin Nucl Med. 2008 Mar; 33(3):175-80.
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  4. Huang B, Puri S. Pancreatic pseudocyst observed on F-18 FDG PET imaging. Clin Nucl Med. 2005 Apr; 30(4):259-61.
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  5. Cooper R, Puri S, Francis CK, Spencer RP. Role of coronary artery disease and collateral circulation in redistribution of thallium-201. Clin Nucl Med. 1980 Jul; 5(7):292-8.
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  6. Puri S, Lepow M, Spencer RP, Westcott JL. Abdominal hemangioma: diagnostic use of radiocolloid scans during steroid therapy. Int J Nucl Med Biol. 1978; 5(2-3):117, 119-20.
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  7. Puri S, Moskowitz H, Aronson AL. Assessment of 99mTc pyrophosphate scintigrams in diagnosis and localization of myocardial infarction. Int J Nucl Med Biol. 1978; 5(2-3):109-13.
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  8. Spencer RP, Suresh K, Pearson HA, Puri S. "Reversible" functional asplenia in combined immunodeficiency. Int J Nucl Med Biol. 1978; 5(2-3):125-6, 127.
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  9. Puri S, Spencer RP. Hepatic scans in spontaneous regression of neuroblastoma. Int J Nucl Med Biol. 1978; 5(2-3):129, 131.
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  10. Zaret B, DiCola VC, Donabedian RK, Puri S, Wolfson S, Freedman GS, Cohen LS. Dual radionuclide study of myocardial infarction. Relationships between myocardial uptake of potassium-43, technetium-99m stannous pyrophosphate, regional myocardial blood flow and creatine phosphokinase depletion. Circulation. 1976 Mar; 53(3):422-8.
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  11. Puri S, Spencer RP. Repeated "rapid resolution" of segmental defect on perfusion lung scan. Conn Med. 1975 Feb; 39(2):86-7.
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  12. Puri S, Belliveau RE, Spencer RP, Bachur NR. Prostaglandins in mice with neuroblastoma. J Nucl Med. 1975 Jan; 16(1):83-5.
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  13. Freedman GS, Puri S. Radionuclide evaluation of cardiomegaly. Conn Med. 1974 Nov; 38(11):484-6.
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  14. Puri S, Spencer RP, Gordon ME. Positive brain scan in toxoplasmosis. J Nucl Med. 1974 Jul; 15(7):641-2.
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