Bio Atcher

Director of NIDC

Robert Atcher

On December 11, 2009, Dr. Jehanne Simon-Gillo issued the following statement:

Dear Colleagues,

I would like to announce the appointment of Robert W. Atcher as Director of the National Isotope Development Center (NIDC). The NIDC, created in 2009, will be a virtual full-service organization to support all isotope development and production sites in the community supported by the DOE Office of Nuclear Physics within the Office of Science. Dr. Atcher will serve as the NIDC point of contact to the Isotope Development and Production for Research and Applications (IDPRA) Director and will coordinate NIDC activities, including operation of the Isotope Business Office, coordination of production and processing activities, and the development and coordination of a suite of community outreach efforts. Dr. Atcher will remain an employee of Los Alamos National Laboratory while carrying out his duties as the NIDC Director.

Dr. Atcher brings a wealth of experience to this new post. He is the UNM/LANL Professor of Pharmacy at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. His research interest focuses on the use of radionuclides for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. He is the immediate past president of the Society of Nuclear Medicine. The former president of SNM�0;0;fffd;s Radiopharmaceutical Sciences Council, Dr. Atcher also holds an appointment as Professor of Pharmacy in the College of Pharmacy at the University of New Mexico. He is a member of the Cancer Research and Treatment Center at UNM and has served in several different capacities with the national laboratory since 1997, most recently as the program manager for the Department of Health and Human Services programs at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Dr. Atcher has held a number of national positions in the Society of Nuclear Medicine and was a founder of the Nuclear Oncology Council in the Society. He has been a member of the Task Force on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Regulation of Accelerator and Natural Radioisotopes, and the Committee on Radiopharmaceuticals and the Government Relations and Isotope Availability committees. For many years, he served as an associate chair of the society's Scientific Program Committee and has served as its radiopharmaceuticals vice chair. He has published nearly 90 peer-reviewed journal articles and has written 70 abstracts for national meetings. In addition, Dr. Atcher holds six patents and has spoken at over 120 invited lectures. He holds a doctorate from the University of Rochester in New York; a master's in business administration from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque; a master's in journalism from the University of Missouri; and a bachelor's degree from Washington University, St. Louis, Mo. Dr. Atcher is a fellow of the American Institute of Chemists. In addition, he is a member of the Division of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology of the American Chemical Society and a member of the Society of Radiopharmaceutical Sciences. He has held prior positions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Argonne National Laboratory, University of Chicago, the National Cancer Institute, and Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Atcher can be contacted at Please help me in welcoming Dr. Atcher as the Director of the National Isotope Development Center.

Best regards, 

Dr. Jehanne Simon-Gillo
Director Facilities and Project Management Division Office of Nuclear Physics, SC-26.2
Department of Energy
Phone: (301)-903-1455 


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