Ronald C. Walker, M.D.

Professor of Clinical
Faculty Appointments
Professor of Clinical Radiology and Radiological Sciences
M.D., M.D., NOT APPLICABLE, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TexasB.S., Biology, Baylor University, Waco, Texas
Office Address
Dept of Radiology & Radiological Sciences
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
1161 21st Avenue South, CCC-1121 MCN
Nashville, TN 37232-2675
Research Description
PET imaging and research, particularly in multiple myeloma; PET-CT in oncology; PET-CT in myocardial perfusion; SPECT-CT for myocardial perfusion with or without CT angiography; Graduate medical education in Nuclear Medicine, especially in PET-CT and CT
Research Keywords
PET Imaging and Research, PET-CT in Oncology and Myocardial Perfusion
McKinley ET, Smith RA, Tanksley JP, Washington MK, Walker R, Coffey RJ, Manning HC. [18F]FLT-PET to predict pharmacodynamic and clinical response to cetuximab therapy in Ménétrier's disease. Ann Nucl Med [print-electronic]. 2012 Nov; 26(9): 757-63. PMID: 22821337, PMCID: PMC3543701, DOI: 10.1007/s12149-012-0636-x, ISSN: 1864-6433.

Walker RC, Brown TL, Jones-Jackson LB, De Blanche L, Bartel T. Imaging of multiple myeloma and related plasma cell dyscrasias. J. Nucl. Med [print-electronic]. 2012 Jul; 53(7): 1091-101. PMID: 22693310, PII: jnumed.111.098830, DOI: 10.2967/jnumed.111.098830, ISSN: 1535-5667.

Grogan EL, Weinstein JJ, Deppen SA, Putnam JB, Nesbitt JC, Lambright ES, Walker RC, Dittus RS, Massion PP. Thoracic operations for pulmonary nodules are frequently not futile in patients with benign disease. J Thorac Oncol. 2011 Oct; 6(10): 1720-5. PMID: 21760552, PMCID: PMC3712870, DOI: 10.1097/JTO.0b013e318226b48a, ISSN: 1556-1380.

Deppen S, Putnam JB, Andrade G, Speroff T, Nesbitt JC, Lambright ES, Massion PP, Walker R, Grogan EL. Accuracy of FDG-PET to diagnose lung cancer in a region of endemic granulomatous disease. Ann. Thorac. Surg [print-electronic]. 2011 Aug; 92(2): 428-32; discussion 433. PMID: 21592456, PMCID: PMC3186439, PII: S0003-4975(11)00478-4, DOI: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2011.02.052, ISSN: 1552-6259.

Bartel TB, Haessler J, Brown TL, Shaughnessy JD, van Rhee F, Anaissie E, Alpe T, Angtuaco E, Walker R, Epstein J, Crowley J, Barlogie B. F18-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography in the context of other imaging techniques and prognostic factors in multiple myeloma. Blood [print-electronic]. 2009 Sep 9/3/2009; 114(10): 2068-76. PMID: 19443657, PMCID: PMC2744568, PII: blood-2009-03-213280, DOI: 10.1182/blood-2009-03-213280, ISSN: 1528-0020.

Walker RC, Jones-Jackson LB, Martin W, Habibian MR, Delbeke D. New imaging tools for the diagnosis of infection. Future Microbiol. 2007 Oct; 2(5): 527-54. PMID: 17927475, DOI: 10.2217/17460913.2.5.527, ISSN: 1746-0921.

King DL, Stack BC, Spring PM, Walker R, Bodenner DL. Incidence of thyroid carcinoma in fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography-positive thyroid incidentalomas. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2007 Sep; 137(3): 400-4. PMID: 17765765, PII: S0194-5998(07)00230-6, DOI: 10.1016/j.otohns.2007.02.037, ISSN: 0194-5998.

Walker R, Barlogie B, Haessler J, Tricot G, Anaissie E, Shaughnessy JD, Epstein J, van Hemert R, Erdem E, Hoering A, Crowley J, Ferris E, Hollmig K, van Rhee F, Zangari M, Pineda-Roman M, Mohiuddin A, Yaccoby S, Sawyer J, Angtuaco EJ. Magnetic resonance imaging in multiple myeloma: diagnostic and clinical implications. J. Clin. Oncol [print-electronic]. 2007 Mar 3/20/2007; 25(9): 1121-8. PMID: 17296972, PII: JCO.2006.08.5803, DOI: 10.1200/JCO.2006.08.5803, ISSN: 1527-7755.

Shaughnessy JD, Zhan F, Burington BE, Huang Y, Colla S, Hanamura I, Stewart JP, Kordsmeier B, Randolph C, Williams DR, Xiao Y, Xu H, Epstein J, Anaissie E, Krishna SG, Cottler-Fox M, Hollmig K, Mohiuddin A, Pineda-Roman M, Tricot G, van Rhee F, Sawyer J, Alsayed Y, Walker R, Zangari M, Crowley J, Barlogie B. A validated gene expression model of high-risk multiple myeloma is defined by deregulated expression of genes mapping to chromosome 1. Blood [print-electronic]. 2007 Mar 3/15/2007; 109(6): 2276-84. PMID: 17105813, PII: blood-2006-07-038430, DOI: 10.1182/blood-2006-07-038430, ISSN: 0006-4971.

Yaccoby S, Ling W, Zhan F, Walker R, Barlogie B, Shaughnessy JD. Antibody-based inhibition of DKK1 suppresses tumor-induced bone resorption and multiple myeloma growth in vivo. Blood [print-electronic]. 2007 Mar 3/1/2007; 109(5): 2106-11. PMID: 17068150, PMCID: PMC1801040, PII: blood-2006-09-047712, DOI: 10.1182/blood-2006-09-047712, ISSN: 0006-4971.

Mahfouz T, Miceli MH, Saghafifar F, Stroud S, Jones-Jackson L, Walker R, et al.. 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography contributes to the diagnosis and management of infections in patients with multiple myeloma: a study of 165 infectious episodes. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2005; ((23)): 7857-63.

Barlogie B, Shaughnessy J, Tricot G, Jacobson J, Zangari M, Anaissie E, Walker R, Crowley J. Treatment of multiple myeloma. Blood. 2004; ((103)): 20-32.

Angtuaco EJC, Fassas AB, Walker RC, Sethi R, Barlogie B. Multiple myeloma: clinical review and diagnostic imaging. Radiology. 2004; ((231)): 11-23.

Miceli MH, Atoui R, Walker R, et al.. Diagnosis of deep septic thrombophlebitis in cancer patients by Fluorine-18 fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography scanning: a preliminary report. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2004; ((22)): 1949-56.

Maxwell C, Rasmussen E, Zhan F, Keats J, Adamia S, Strachan E, Crainie M, Walker, R, et al.. RHAMM expression and isoform balance predicts aggressive disease and poor survival in multiple myeloma. Blood. 2004; ((104)): 1151-8.

Walker RC, Zigler SS. PET practice in nuclear pharmacy. Journal American Pharmacists Association. 2003; ((32)).

Tian E, Zhan F, Walker R, et al.. The role of the Wn/β-catenin signaling antagonist DKK1 in the development of osteolytic lesions in multiple myeloma. New England Journal of Medicine. 2003; ((349)): 2483-94.

Walker RC, Barlogie B, Shaughnessy J. Letter to the Editor regarding N Eng J Med 349:2483-2494, 2003. New England Journal of Medicine. 2003; 14((350)): 1465.

Walker RC, Weiss DW, Purnell GL, Forte KF. Positron emisson tomography scanning: a primer. Journal of the Arkansas Medical Society. 2002; 4((99)): 119-21.