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With great sadness we learned of the passing of Sanjiv Sam Gambhir

Jul. 18, 2020

Sanjiv Sam Gambhir was not only one of the founding fathers of the field we all have the privilege to work in, a pioneer and visionary, but also a mentor and inspiration for so many of us - both science-based and personal.  

His attentive openness, wholehearted impartiality, and kindness, along with the clear but ever visionary focus on imaging science was truly exceptional - he made a vast impact on the world science and humanity.

Thanks so much, Sam!
Our deepest sympathy goes out to his wife and family.


A wondeful overview of his life, achievements, and visions can be found here - The Dean's Medal presented to Sam Gambhir


"Sam was an uncommonly talented physician-scientists. He authored nearly 700 peer-reviewed articles, several books, filed for 40 patents, and his lab's work has been featured on dozens of journal covers. But Sam was most proud to see many of his discoveries translate to the clinic, which today benefit patients around the globe. He was an advocate for precision health, long before it was popularized. In recent years, he dedicated his life to the early detection of cancer as director of the Canary Center for Cancer Early Detection at Stanford. In 2016, he established the Precision Health and Integrated Diagnostics (PHIND) Center to help create the future he envisioned for health care—a world in which technologies continuously monitor our health to keep us healthy.

Throughout his prolific career, he mentored more than 150 postdoctoral fellows and graduate students. These leaders, representing more than ten disciplines, will carry on his legacy.

To many of us, however, Sam was much more. His kindness, sense of humor, and graceful way with people were among his defining qualities and will be sorely missed by those who knew him. (...)"

Excerpt from the Dean of the Stanford University School of Medcine Llooyd B. Minor, MD