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Dr Stephen Lokitz

Director of Imaging Sciences

About

Dr. Stephen Lokitz is the Director of Imaging Sciences and the Clinical Research Compliance Officer for the Center for Molecular Imaging and Therapy (CMIT). The newly created CMIT is a culmination of the BRF’s plans to significantly increase its research program. Dr. Lokitz was heavily involved in developing the program, attracting program leadership and implementing the program.  In addition, he serves as the Radiation Safety Officer and Research Integrity Officer for the Biomedical Research Foundation. He also oversees the physics program for CMIT including Southern Isotopes and the PET Imaging Center, and the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Shreveport Small Animal Imaging Facility. He joined BRF in 2008.

As a medical physicist, Dr. Lokitz’s focus is on nuclear medicine and health physics. His research interests include positron and photon detector design, ultra-low dose CT acquisition protocols and nuclear medicine data analysis. He is actively involved in both clinical and preclinical research performing scanner quality control, image analysis and experimental design input for molecular imaging experiments.

Dr. Lokitz is the author and collaborator for many peer-reviewed papers, including a manuscript accepted by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. He is faculty in the Department of Radiology at LSU Health Shreveport and the Department of Radiology at LSU Health New Orleans where he teaches radiological physics to radiology residents. He is also is an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Physics at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.

Dr. Lokitz is an active member of the LSU Health Shreveport Institutional Review Board and Radiation Safety Committee. He is a member and holds leadership positions in the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, the American Association of Physicists in Medicine and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Nuclear & Plasma Sciences Society. He has served as an associate editor for Medical Physics and as a reviewer for several other peer-reviewed publications.

Education

Dr. Lokitz completed his undergraduate studies in physics and mathematics from Millsaps College.  He earned a Master of Science in physics and a Doctor of Philosophy in experimental nuclear physics from North Carolina State University under the direction of Dr. Gary E Mitchell. Dr. Lokitz continued his training as a  postdoctoral fellow at the PET Imaging Center at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, under the with Timothy Turkington, Ph.D.