Norm Bolus Brucer AwardNorm Bolus with the SECSNMMI Brucer AwardNorman Bolus, MSPH, MPH, CNMT, FSNMMI-TS, interim-program director of the UAB Health Physics program and program director of the UAB Nuclear Medicine Technology program, has been awarded the Southeastern Chapter of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SECSNMMI) Marshall Brucer Award. This is the highest honor the SECSNMMI can bestow upon a member.

“I am humbled and honored to even be considered for this award much less have it bestowed upon me by the SECSNMMI. I have always worked hard and appreciated the opportunities to give back to my profession as I have always believed in giving and helping to promote what we do in nuclear medicine technology,” said Bolus, a 1989 graduate of the UAB NMT program. “We make a difference in people’s lives every day and I hope that in some small way I have helped contribute in promoting and moving our profession along as well all of these years.”

The SECSNMMI delivered the Brucer Award to Bolus saying “there are few people who, during a lifetime, make a substantial impact on a specialty in medicine as Marshall Brucer did.” Bolus has served SNMMI at all levels including his current tenure as national president-elect of the Technologist Section (SNMMI-TS).

“Norman’s exemplary dedication to the field of nuclear medicine has inspired students and encouraged colleagues for decades,” said Janelle Chiasera, Ph.D., chair, UAB Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences. “This combination of devotion to his industry and passion for his students is evident in his commitment to serve. I congratulate him on what is a much-deserved recognition and honor.”

Under Bolus’ leadership, the UAB NMT program became the first entry-level Master of Science in Nuclear Medicine Technology in the United States in 2015. Bolus was also instrumental in the formation of the UAB Health Physics program, which began in 2016. In addition to his program director roles, Bolus is an assistant professor in the UAB School of Health Professions’ Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences.

In terms of service to his profession and field, Bolus has served in every elected capacity for the Alabama Society of Nuclear Medicine (ASNM) and is a two time past-president (1998-1999 and 2005-2006).

For the Southeastern Chapter, Bolus has served as Treasurer, co-program chair numerous times, president-elect and president (2011-2012). He also served as newsletter editor from 2014-2016, and is currently the chair of the finance committee.

On the national level, for the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNNMI) and the SNMMI-Technologist Section (SNMMI-TS), Bolus has served on many committees, served as chair of the Educators Committee and was a founding board member of the Nuclear Medicine Advanced Associates (NMAA) Council in 2010.

In 2010-2011, Bolus was a member of the Uptake Newsletter Editorial Board prior to becoming the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology (JNMT) in 2012. He is currently serving out the last of six years as Editor in Chief of the JNMT, which ends on December 31, 2017.

In addition, Bolus has 19 peer-reviewed articles, 32 additional articles, 9 book contributions as a chapter author or editor and co-authored 2 books including the 4th edition of the Steves Review of Nuclear Medicine, which is the primary review book used by graduating students in NMT to review for their board exams. He has also made more than 100 presentations varying from poster presentations to invited lectures.

Bolus is a lifetime member of the ASNM, member of the SNMMI and the Health Physics Society since 1993, member of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology since 2001 and recently became a member of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists. Since 2014, Bolus has also been a member of the DOTmed HealthCare Business Editorial Advisory Board.

He was named a Fellow of the SNMMI-TS in 2012 and the Distinguished Service Award from the SECSNMMI-TS in 2013. Bolus also received the Outstanding Educator Award from the SNMMI-TS in 2010.

The award is named for Marshall Brucer who was the first chairman of the Medical Division of the Oak Ridge Institute for Nuclear Studies and coined the term "nuclear medicine." Brucer served as the Southeastern Chapter's first president (1957-1959) and was the 5th president of the national society. The Marshall Brucer Award was created in his honor in 1991.