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Jonathan E. McConathy, M.D., Ph.D.

Director, Advanced Imaging Facility, Director, Division of Molecular Imaging and Therapeutics
Associate Professor, Division of Molecular Imaging and Therapeutics
205-996-7115 | Location: JT 773

Jonathan McConathy, M.D., Ph.D., received a B.S. degree in Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He then completed the Medical Scientist Training Program at Emory University with a Ph.D. in Neuroscience under the mentorship of Mark Goodman, Ph.D., and Michael Owens, Ph.D. He pursued postgraduate training at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology (MIR) in St. Louis, Missouri through a residency in Diagnostic Radiology followed by a fellowship in Nuclear Medicine. Dr. McConathy then joined the faculty of MIR in July 2010 where he served as the Co-Director of the Radiology Research Residency.

Dr. McConathy joined UAB Department of Radiology in December 2015 and serves as the Director of the Division of Molecular Imaging and Therapeutics. In addition to clinical practice in Nuclear Medicine, he remains actively involved in the development and application of positron emission tomography (PET) tracers for oncology and neuroimaging as well as the use of simultaneous PET/MRI for both clinical indications and research.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.S. Chemistry
Medical School:
Emory University, M.D., Ph.D.
Residency and Fellowship:
Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine Fellowship, Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology (MIR)

History of positions leading up to UAB:
Assistant Professor of Radiology
Co-Director of the Radiology Research Residency
PET/MRI Steering Committee, member
Cyclotron Facility Steering Committee, member
Medical Director Board for the Center for Clinical Imaging Research, member

History of positions within our department:
Associate Professor of Radiology, Director of the Division of Molecular Imaging and Therapeutics

Current national leadership roles:
President of the Center for Molecular Imaging Innovation and Translation (CMIIT), Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI)
Associate editor of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
Head of the Brain Imaging Outreach Group, SNMMI
Member of the American Board of Nuclear Medicine (ABNM) starting in 2016
Subchair for the Nuclear Medicine section of the Scientific Program Committee for the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA)

Current research and/or clinical interests/area of expertise:
Clinical interests: multimodality molecular imaging including SPECT/CT, PET/CT and PET/MRI
Research interests: PET tracer development and application for oncology and neuroimaging

The UAB Department of Radiology serves a pivotal and critical role in support of comprehensive patient care provided by the UAB Health System. 

Over 81 highly trained radiologists in every sub-specialty field form the foundation of diagnostic and therapeutic services are available to patients throughout the country. 


The UAB Department of Radiology has active research in clinical, translational and basic science disciplines. Our research includes external funding portfolios and collaborative research with UAB and regional investigators.


Our mission is to graduate well rounded, excellently trained radiologists capable of performing and interpreting a comprehensive range of radiologic procedures, who embrace the challenge of life-long learning in Radiology.

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Our physicians and staff provide continuous support for our inpatient and outpatient facilities, including the state’s only ACS certified adult Level I trauma center.