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Prim. Univ. Prof. Dr. Amir Kurtaran


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Language Spoken: German, English


Prof. Dr. Amir Kurtaran was born in Turkey, came to Vienna in 1986, and was trained as a specialist in internal medicine and nuclear medicine at Vienna General Hospital. He habilitated in 1998 and became an associate university professor in 1998. Since 2008, he has served as director of the Nuclear Medicine Institute of the Rudolf Foundation. His scientific career is focused on the diagnosis and therapy of thyroid diseases, PET/CT and medical radiation protection. He contributes to scientific societies, is a reviewer for international scientific journals and a recipient of numerous scientific awards.


  • The Journal of Nuclear Medicine Editorial Board Award, USA 1995 (co-author)
  • Austrian Society of Nuclear Medicine, Mallinckrodt Förderungspreis 1995, for the paper "Tc-99m-Galactosyl-Neoglyco-Albumin Combined with Iodine-123I-Tyr-(A14)-Insulin Visualizes Human Hepatocellular Carcinomas" (first author)
  • Poster Award for Nuclear Medicine of the Austrian Society of Internal Medicine 1995, for the paper "Combined Use of 111In-OCT and 123I-VIP in the localization of medullary thyroid carcinoma" (first author)
  • Austrian Society of Nuclear Medicine, Mallinckrodt Förderungspreis 1994, for the paper Vasoactive Intestinal Peptide-Receptor Imaging for the localization of Intestinal Adenocarcinomas and Endocrine tumors. I-123-labeled-VIP (Vasoactive intest.
  • Austrian Society of Nuclear Medicine, Mallinckrodt Promotion Prize 1996, for the paper Comparison of 123I-VIP receptor scanning and TAG-72 antigen scanning (Oncoscint) in pt. with Gastrointestinal cancer (coauthor)
  • Research Award of Erste Bank 1998, for the work Modified LDL decreases the bindingof prostagglandin E2 I2 and E1 on Monocyst in patients with periferal vascular disease (coauthor)
  • Turkish Research Institute of Science and Technology: I. Prize for Chemistry, Istanbul, 1977 (first author)
  • Turkish Research Institute of Science and Technology: Promotional Prize for Mathematics, Istanbul, 1977 (first author)


  • Society of Nuclear Medicine
  • European Association of Nuclear Medicine
  • Turkish Association of Nuclear Medicine
  • Austrian Society of Nuclear Medicine
  • Austrian Society for Internal Medicine
  • Professional Association of Austrian Nuclear Physicians
  • Association for Medical Radiation Protection


  • Training as "Specialist for Internal Medicine General Hospital of the City of Vienna at the II University Hospital, the II University Hospital for Gastroenterology and Hepatology and the University Hospital for Cardiology
    1985 - 1991
  • Training as "Specialist in Nuclear Medicine" at the General Hospital of the City of Vienna, University Clinic for Nuclear Medicine
    1991 - 1993
  • Habilitation as university lecturer in nuclear medicine
    1997 - 1998


  • Study visit at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Nuclear Medicine Service, Clinical PET, New York, USA
    1998 - 1999
  • Study of human medicine in Istanbul/Turkey
    1976 - 1982
  • General medicine practice in Sakarya/Turkey
    1982 - 1985


  • Nuclear medicine diagnostics and therapy (internal oncology; gastroenterology; urology; neuroendocrine tumors)
  • Diagnostics and therapy of thyroid diseases
  • Positron emission tomography
  • Focus on oncology Peptide receptor diagnostics in oncology
  • Medical radiation protection