Nuclear Medicine Pioneer, R. Edward Coleman, MD, Passes Away

June 26, 2012

Nuclear Medicine Pioneer, R. Edward Coleman, MD, Passes Away

R. Edward Coleman, MD, a luminary in the nuclear medicine and molecular imaging field, passed away on June 25, 2012. Coleman was 69 years old and served as professor of radiology and the director of the Division of Nuclear Medicine at Duke University Medical Center.

He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Evansville and a medical degree from Washington University. After serving an internship at the Washington University School of Medicine and subsequent residency at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal, he returned to St. Louis in 1972 for a fellowship in nuclear medicine at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology. After a short stint on the faculty there, he moved to the University of Utah as the director of Nuclear Medicine. In 1979, he was appointed professor of radiology at Duke University Medical Center and subsequently was appointed vice-chairman of the Department of Radiology.

Coleman participated in research in all aspects of nuclear medicine. In the early 1970s he participated in the performance of the first human positron emission tomography (PET) studies. He maintained a research and clinical interest in PET and was involved in the development and evaluation of SPECT imaging.

Coleman was a founder and first president of the Institute of Clinical PET (ICP) and a president of the Academy of Molecular Imaging (AMI). In 2007, he was awarded the Georg Charles de Hevesy Nuclear Pioneer Award from the Society of Nuclear Medicine.

A highly respected, long-time member of the Duke University Radiology Department, Coleman was an unfailing source of inspiration and compassion. His colleagues at Duke and around the world frequently turned to him for counsel and advice.

Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday, June 28, at 11:00 a.m. in the Duke Chapel, Durham, NC. A separate memorial service will be held in one to two months at Duke University. In lieu of flowers, please send any donations to the R. Edward Coleman and Irma Chriscoe Undergraduate Research Scholarship Fund, University of Evansville, 1800 Lincoln Avenue, Evansville, IN 47722.