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DR Amol Takalkar

Medical Director

About

Dr. Amol Takalkar serves as the medical director at the Center for Molecular Imaging & Therapy. He is also an associate professor of clinical radiology and associate director of research in the Department of Radiology as well as a clinical associate professor of medicine in the Hematology-Oncology Section in the Feist-Weiller Cancer Center at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport.

He works as consultant physician at the Nuclear Medicine Department in the Overton Brooks VA Medical Center in Shreveport. Dr. Takalkar received his medical school degree from Pune, India. He then completed a Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia, with a focus on medical imaging.

After completing a year of General Surgery Residency at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, New York, he completed his Nuclear Medicine Residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Since 2005, he has been in practice in Shreveport, and is one of the most experienced physicians in PET/CT imaging in northwest Louisiana and the adjacent tri-state area.

He was awarded fellowship by the American College of Nuclear Medicine in 2013 in recognition of his significant and sustained service to the nuclear medicine community and his contributions to the fields of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging. He also has a Master of Business Administration (executive track) from Louisiana State University Shreveport. Dr. Takalkar has been associated with professional societies like the Society of Nuclear Medicine & Molecular Imaging, the ACNM, the Radiological Society of North America, the American College of Radiology and the American Association for Physician Leadership.

He has served as the president of the Correlative Imaging Council and as a chairperson of the Young Professionals Committee at SNMMI, the president of the Southwest Chapter of SNMMI, and the president of the Indian American Society of Nuclear Medicine. He is also on the board of directors of the ACNM.

He frequently gets invited to give talks at regional, national and international meetings and has won numerous awards and honors over the last decade. He has also been voted as one of the best doctors in the Shreveport-Bossier area. Dr. Takalkar predominantly practices molecular imaging with various PET/CT probes as well as cutting-edge targeted internal radiation therapies with therapeutic radionuclides.

Dr. Amol Takalkar

In addition to providing excellent clinical care and services to his patients, he is also passionate about teaching and research. He has served as a mentor to medical students, residents, fellows and postdoctoral researcher and is well liked for his insightful teaching to residents and fellows at LSU Health Shreveport. He is involved in multiple research projects and clinical trials as a principal investigator and has also supported his colleagues in their research projects. He has experience with several novel radiopharmaceuticals for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes.

He has around 40 publications and a few book chapters. He was the book editor of “Cardiovascular PET.” He has presented his research work at numerous meetings and conferences nationally and internationally. His current research focus has an emphasis on oncology, neurology and inflammatory diseases and disorders as well as radionuclide therapy.

Education

Dr. Takalkar earned a Doctor of Medicine from University of Pune and a Master of Science in biomedical engineering from University of Virginia. Following, he served as a research specialist in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at University of Virginia and as a house officer in the General Surgery Residency Program at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, New York. Dr. Takalkar has also served as a house officer and chief house officer in the Nuclear Medicine Residency Program at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He most recently earned a Master of Business Administration at Louisiana State University Shreveport.