Peter L. Choyke, M.D., F.A.C.R.

Peter L. Choyke, M.D., F.A.C.R.
Senior Investigator
Head, Imaging Section

Dr. Choyke directs the Molecular Imaging Branch. His research interests include the translation of molecular imaging methods, such as MRI, optical and radionuclide/PET into the clinic. His primary clinical focus is on imaging, diagnosis and therapy of prostate cancer. In the lab, Dr. Choyke focuses on understanding uptake of various PET agents, including PSMA, at the genomic level. In addition, his lab works on the development of new imaging methods for cancer including cell labeling with PET agents, and imaging the tumor microenvironment including immune markers.

Areas of Expertise

1) prostate cancer, 2) cell tracking, 3) radiopharmaceutical development, 4) lymphatic imaging, 5) photoimmunotherapy, 6) tumor microenvironment

Contact Info

Peter L. Choyke, M.D., F.A.C.R.
Center for Cancer Research
National Cancer Institute
Building 10, Room B3B69F
Bethesda, MD 20892-1088
Ph: 240-760-6093

The vision of the Molecular Imaging Branch is to accelerate the development of new treatments for cancer using advanced imaging methods. Dr. Choyke's research interests include the translation of molecular imaging methods, such as MRI, optical and radionuclide/PET into the clinic. His research includes novel methods of detecting ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, angiogenesis, lymphangiogenesis, cancer cell receptor imaging and treatment, cell tracking, and exploration of unique animal models of cancer.

NIH Scientific Focus Areas:
Biomedical Engineering and Biophysics, Cell Biology, Clinical Research, Immunology
View Dr. Choyke's PubMed Summary.

Selected Recent Publications

  1. Choyke PL.
    Cancer Res. 80(14): 2975-76, 2020. [ Journal Article ]
  2. Lindenberg L, Mena E, Turkbey B, Shih JH, Reese SE, Harmon SA, Lim I, Lin F, Ton A, McKinney YL, Eclarinal P, Citrin DE, Dahut W, Madan R, Wood BJ, Krishnasamy V, Chang R, Levy E, Pinto P, Eary JF, Choyke PL.
    Radiology. [Epub ahead of print - July 7], 2020. [ Journal Article ]
  3. Lebastchi AH, George AK, Polascik TJ, Coleman J, de la Rosette J, Turkbey B, Wood BJ, Gorin MA, Sidana A, Ghai S, Tay KJ, Ward JF, Sanchez-Salas R, Muller BG, Malavaud B, Mozer P, Crouzet S, Choyke PL, Ukimura O, Rastinehad AR, Pinto PA.
    Eur Urol. [Epub ahead of print - June 9], 2020. [ Journal Article ]
  4. Abdul Sater H, Marté JL, Donahue RN, Walter-Rodriguez B, Heery CR, Steinberg SM, Cordes LM, Chun G, Karzai F, Bilusic M, Harmon SA, Turkbey IB, Choyke PL, Schlom J, Dahut WL, Madan RA, Pinto PA, Gulley JL.
    J Immunother Cancer. 8(1): e000655, 2020. [ Journal Article ]
  5. Ahdoot M, Wilbur AR, Reese SE, Lebastchi AH, Mehralivand S, Gomella PT, Bloom J, Gurram S, Siddiqui M, Pinsky P, Parnes H, Linehan WM, Merino M, Choyke PL, Shih JH, Turkbey B, Wood BJ, Pinto PA.
    New Engl J Med. 382(10): 917-28, 2020. [ Journal Article ]

Dr. Choyke obtained his M.D. from Jefferson Medical College and completed his residency in diagnostic radiology at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Following an imaging fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, he joined the faculty of Georgetown University and soon thereafter the Diagnostic Radiology Department, Clinical Center, NIH. Since 2004, he has directed the Molecular Imaging Branch within the Center for Cancer Research, NCI

Name Position
Mona Cedo B.S., CNMT Nuclear Medicine Technologist (Contr.)
Stephen S. Adler Ph.D. Research Physicist (Contr.)
Fahim Ahmad Ph.D. Postdoctoral Fellow (Visiting)
Ethan Bergvall M.D. Research Collaborator
Jorge Carrasquillo M.D. Special Volunteer
Dagane Daar M.S. RT MRI Technician (Contr.)
Philip C. Eclarinal PET Technician
Michael V. Green Research Physicist (Contr.)
Gary Leonard Griffiths Ph.D. Research Associate III (Contr.)
Stephanie Harmon Scientist I (Contr.)
Paula M. Jacobs Ph.D. Adjunct Investigator
Elaine M. Jagoda, M.S. Staff Scientist
Karen A. Kurdziel M.D. Assistant Research Physician
Christopher Leyson M.S., CNMT Nuclear Medicine Technologist (Contr.)
M. Liza Lindenberg, M.D. Associate Research Physician
Mirna Martinez Clinical Coordinator (Contr.)
Yolanda L. McKinney B.S.N., R.N. Clinical Research Nurse
Sherif Mehralivand Ph.D. Postdoctoral Fellow (Visiting)
Esther Mena-Gonzalez M.D. Assistant Research Physician
Colleen Olkowski B.S. Research Associate I (Contr.)
Jonathan Sackett Special Volunteer
Thomas Sanford M.D. Special Volunteer
Noriko Sato, M.D., Ph.D. Staff Scientist
Jurgen Seidel Ph.D. Research Physicist (Contr.)
Hoa Tieu MRI Technician (Contr.)
Anita Ton Technician
Ismail Baris Turkbey, M.D. Associate Research Physician
Juanita Weaver Program Coordinator (Contr.)
Karen Wong M.S. Technical Laboratory Manager
Anna Brown MRSP student 2014-2015

Medical Student, Duke University Medical School


Vinita Alexander HHMI Research Scholar 2011-2012

Resident, University of Wisconsin, Obstetrics and Gynecology


Frank Kuo MRSP student 2012-2013

Resident, UCLA, Diagnostic Radiology


Osama Elbuluk MRSP student 2013-2014

Attending, UCLA, Diagnostic Radiology


Sandeep Sankineni Post-doctoral Fellow 2014-2015

Medical Director, Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group
Specialty is Internal Medicine


Jason McKellop Post-doctoral Fellow 2003-2004

Attending, NYU Diagnostic Radiology


Cesar Castro Post-doctoral Fellow 2003-2004

Attending, Massachusetts General Hospital, Medical Oncology


Iclal Ocak Post-doctoral Fellow 2006-2007

Attending, University of Pittsburgh, Diagnostic Radiology


Tristan Barrett Post-doctoral Fellow 2005-2007

Attending, Addensbrooke Hospital Cambridge UK, Radiology


Baris Turkbey Post-doctoral Fellow 2007-2012

Senior Clinician, Molecular Imaging Branch, NCI


Greg Ravizzini Post-doctoral Fellow 2007-2009

Attending, MD Anderson, Houston, Nuclear Radiology


Esther Mena-Gonzalez Post-doctoral Fellow 2011-2013

Staff Clinician, Molecular Imaging Program, NCI



Testing with combined biopsy method improves prostate cancer diagnosis in NCI study

March 4, 2020
NCI Press Release

A method of testing for prostate cancer developed at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) leads to more accurate diagnosis and prediction of the course of the disease, according to a large study. Learn more...

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CCR Milestones 2017

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