Phillip Kuo, MD, PhD

Professor, Medical Imaging, Biomedical Engineering, Medicine and Cancer Biology - GIDP

Phillip H. Kuo MD, PhD, received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University in Chemistry in 1994. He continued his pursuit of higher education at the University of Virginia where he earned a Masters of Science in Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics in 1998, PhD in Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics in 1999 and MD in 2000. Dr. Kuo completed an Internal Medicine Residency at UCLA Medical Center and then went on to Yale New Haven Hospital where he completed a Fellowship in Nuclear Medicine. He was an Assistant Clinical Professor for the Department of Diagnostic Radiology at Yale University School of Medicine through 2008. In this time he also completed a residency in Diagnostic Radiology at Yale New Haven Hospital. Dr. Kuo has 4 board certifications in Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Nuclear Cardiology. 

Research Interests: 

Contrast agents, Molecular Imaging, PET, Nuclear Medicine, MR Imaging, Cancer, Neurology, Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis

  • MD: University of Virginia, 2000
  • PhD: University of Virginia, 1999
  • University of California, Los Angeles, Internal Medicine, 2003
  • Yale New Haven Hospital, Diagnostic Radiology, 2008
  • Yale New Haven Hospital, Nuclear Medicine, 2004
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Radiology
  • American Board of Nuclear Medicine
  • American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology

Select Publications

In Press

Woodhead, GJ., RA. Avery, and PH. Kuo, Extraosseous Findings and Mechanisms of Uptake in NaF-18 PET/CT, In Press.


Eshghi, A., R. Klein, N. Eshghi, and PH. Kuo, 18F FDG-PET/CT for the Evaluation of Primary Eosinophilic Granuloma of the Hypothalamus, 2018.
Manning, M., PH. Kuo, and A. Yeager, Disseminated Coccidioidomycosis Masquerading as Recurrent Lymphoma, 2018.
Sawyer, D., and PH. Kuo, Top-Down Systematic Approach to Interpretation of FDG-PET for Dementia, 2018.
Kuo, PH., N. Eshghi, S. Tinaz, H. Blumenfeld, ED. Louis, and G. Zubal, Optimization of Parameters for Quantitative Analysis of 123l-ioflupane SPECT Images for Monitoring of Progression of Parkinson's Disease, 2018.
Eshghi, N., L. Garland, G. Choudhary, C. C. Hsu, A. Eshghi, J. Han, R. J. Hamilton, E. Krupinski, and P. Hsin Kuo, "Pilot Study: Regional Changes in Brain F-FDG Uptake After Prophylactic Cranial Irradiation and Chemotherapy in small cell lung cancer May Reflect Functional Changes.", J Nucl Med Technol, 2018 Aug 03.
Zukotynski, K., PH. Kuo, D. Mikulis, P. Rosa-Neto, AP. Strafella, RM. Subramanian, and SE. Black, PET/CT of Dementia, 2018.


Jones, K. M., E. A. Randtke, E. S. Yoshimaru, C. M. Howison, P. Chalasani, R. R. Klein, S. K. Chambers, P. H. Kuo, and M. D. Pagel, "Clinical Translation of Tumor Acidosis Measurements with AcidoCEST MRI.", Mol Imaging Biol, vol. 19, issue 4, pp. 617-625, 2017 Aug.
Nia, E. S., L. L. Garland, N. Eshghi, B. B. Nia, R. J. Avery, and P. H. Kuo, "Incidence of Brain Metastases on Follow-up (18)F-FDG PET/CT Scans of Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Patients: Should We Include the Brain?", J Nucl Med Technol, vol. 45, issue 3, pp. 193-197, 2017 Sep.
Nia, B. B., E. S. Nia, R. J. Avery, P. H. Kuo, and C. T. Hennemeyer, "Punctate Radiation Dermatitis of the Foot and Ankle Caused by Distal Embolization of 90Y Microspheres During Liver Directed Therapy.", Clin Nucl Med, vol. 42, issue 9, pp. e422-e423, 2017 Sep.


Covington, M. F., S. Sherman, D. Lewis, H. Lei, E. Krupinski, and P. H. Kuo, "Patient Survey on Satisfaction and Impact of 123I-Ioflupane Dopamine Transporter Imaging.", PLoS One, vol. 10, issue 7, pp. e0134457, 2015. PMCID: PMC4520668 
Thai, J. N., A. Abidov, T. Jie, E. A. Krupinski, and P. H. Kuo, "Nuclear Myocardial Perfusion Imaging Versus Stress Echocardiography in the Preoperative Evaluation of Patients for Kidney Transplantation.", J Nucl Med Technol, vol. 43, issue 3, pp. 201-5, 2015 Sep.


Janicek, A. K., R. J. Avery, and P. H. Kuo, "The pinwheel sign: artifact from head rotation during SPECT acquisition for dopamine transporter imaging.", J Nucl Med Technol, vol. 42, issue 1, pp. 75-6, 2014 Mar.
Covington, M. F., E. Krupinski, R. J. Avery, and P. H. Kuo, "Classification schema of symptomatic enterogastric reflux utilizing sincalide augmentation on hepatobiliary scintigraphy.", J Nucl Med Technol, vol. 42, issue 3, pp. 198-202, 2014 Sep.
Kuo, P. H., H. H. Lei, R. Avery, E. A. Krupinski, A. Bauer, S. Sherman, N. McMillan, J. Seibyl, and G. I. Zubal, "Evaluation of an Objective Striatal Analysis Program for Determining Laterality in Uptake of ¹²³I-Ioflupane SPECT Images: Comparison to Clinical Symptoms and to Visual Reads.", J Nucl Med Technol, vol. 42, issue 2, pp. 105-8, 2014 Jun. PMID: 24627411


Kuo, P. H., E. Kanal, A. K. Abu-Alfa, and S. E. Cowper, "Gadolinium-based MR contrast agents and nephrogenic systemic fibrosis.", Radiology, vol. 242, issue 3, pp. 647-9, 2007 Mar.


Rye, RO., PH. Kuo, and HD. Holland, "Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Concentrations before 2.2 billion years ago", Nature, vol. 378, 12/1995.