Bital Savir-Baruch, MD, FACNM (known professionally as Dr. Savir), serves as a Professor of Medical Imaging and the Division Chief of Nuclear Medicine and Theranostics at the Department of Medical Imaging, University of Arizona, Banner University Medical Center in Tucson. In her role, Dr. Savir also acts as the Nuclear Radiology Program Director and leads the Theranostics practice.
Dr. Savir-Baruch received her Doctor of Medicine from Semmelweis University in Budapest, Hungary. After completing her medical degree, she accepted a Nuclear Medicine Research Associate position at Emory University’s Department of Radiology and Imaging Science. Following her general surgery internship, Dr. Savir-Baruch completed a nuclear medicine residency at Emory University. Dr. Savir-Baruch is board-certified in nuclear medicine and nuclear cardiology.
Shortly after her arrival, she initiated a theranostics practice that offers targeted therapies for patients with advanced neuroendocrine and prostate cancers, alongside treatments for thyroid diseases. This practice swiftly earned recognition as an SNMMI Comprehensive Radiopharmaceutical Therapy Center of Excellence. Under Dr. Savir's leadership, the Division of Nuclear Medicine and Theranostics provides a comprehensive range of imaging services to assess both oncological and non-oncological diseases. This is achieved by adhering to the most current protocols, utilizing state-of-the-art imaging equipment, and the expertise of a distinguished team of board-certified nuclear medicine technologists and physicians dedicated to providing superior image quality and diagnostic interpretations, respectively.
Dr. Savir's professional ethos embraces personalized medicine, aiming to enhance patient outcomes through the application of the latest, evidence-based medical practices. She emphasizes collaboration among a team of talented Nuclear Medicine physicians, Nuclear Radiologists, and technologists, nurses, and referring physicians to achieve the highest quality of care.
As a clinician, educator, and researcher, she has mentored numerous young professionals, including pre-medical and medical students, residents, and postgraduate fellows, fostering a commitment to service excellence in the medical field. An active member of nuclear medicine specialty societies such as the SNMMI and ACNM, Dr. Savir holds various leadership positions and contributes significantly to the field. Her research focuses on Nuclear Oncology and Theranostics, with the goal of improving cancer diagnosis and treatment through molecular science and precision medicine.
Nuclear Oncology: 1) New techniques to guide invasive procedures. 2) the role of novel radiotracers and imaging devices in the detection and management of neoplastic diseases such as prostate, breast, brain, and GYN cancers. 3) study of different strategies aimed at tumor therapy.