http://www.uab.edu/shp/home/images/head_shot/Bolus_Norman_web.jpgNorman E. Bolus, MSPH, MPH, CNMT, FSNMMI-TS, director of the UAB Nuclear Medicine Technology program and interim director of the UAB Health Physics program, has been elected as the 2018-2019 president of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Technologist Section (SNMMI-TS).

Bolus, who is an assistant professor in the UAB School of Health ProfessionsDepartment of Clinical and Diagnostics Sciences, was introduced along with a new slate of officers during the SNMMI 2018 Annual Meeting, June 23–26 in Philadelphia.

“As president of the SNMMI-TS, I will focus on increasing membership and supporting advocacy efforts, including scope of practice issues within the profession. I will also explore opportunities to integrate progress on the goals of the society’s Quality Initiative and Value Initiative, as quality and value go hand-in-hand. In addition, I will continue working with the SNMMI-TS Committee Chairs to achieve the objectives of the SNMMI-TS strategic plan,” Bolus stated.

Bolus has been a nuclear medicine technologist for nearly 29 years and has spent his career in various positions within the University of Alabama at Birmingham, both in the hospital and education sides of the university. He began his career as a staff technologist at UAB Hospital and made a lateral transfer to the nuclear medicine technology (NMT) program.

In his capacity within the UAB NMT program he has been a technologist, lab instructor, teacher and clinical coordinator, and he became program director in 2007. In 2016, he was also named as interim program director of the UAB Master of Science in Health Physics, which he was instrumental in beginning at the university.

Bolus has bachelor of science degrees in biology and nuclear medicine technology, both from UAB. He also holds two master’s degrees from the UAB School of Public Health—a Master of Public Health in Occupational Health and Safety with a radiation safety emphasis and a Master of Science in Public Health in Environmental Toxicology.

His thesis for the MSPH degree was “Identification and Critical Review of Research Relevant to Radiation Exposure During Computed Tomography Scan Procedures.” In addition to his SNMMI-TS membership, Bolus is a member of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, the Health Physics Society and the Alabama Chapter of Health Physics, and he is a lifetime member of the Alabama Society of Nuclear Medicine.

Bolus has been actively involved in SNMMI for many years. He served a six-year term as editor in chief of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology (JNMT) from January 2012 to December 2017. He is a past chair of the SNMMI-TS Educator’s Committee and has served on many SNMMI and SNMMI-TS committees through the years. He is also a past treasurer and a past president of the Southeastern Chapter of SNMMI. Bolus has served in every elected position of the Alabama Society of Nuclear Medicine, including twice as president.

He was named a Fellow of the SNMMI-TS in June of 2012 and received the Outstanding Educator Award in June of 2010. He received the Southeastern Chapter SNMMI-TS Distinguished Service Award in October of 2013, and in October 2017, he received the Marshall Brucer Award from the Southeastern Chapter of SNMMI.