T. Chugani, M.D.
PET Center Director
Professor of Pediatrics, Neurology and Radiology
Dr. Chugani went to La Salle College in Philadelphia where he graduated magna cum laude in 1972. He attended Georgetown University School of Medicine between 1972 and 1976. He did a pediatric internship at Children' Memorial Hospital in Chicago from 1976 to 1977 and completed his pediatric residency at Georgetown.
From 1978 to 1981, Dr. Chugani trained in Neurology and Child Neurology under the direction of the esteemed Dr. Charles Kennedy at Georgetown and the NIH. After graduating from residency and fellowship, he became Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology at UCLA in 1981, and received accelerated tenure as Associate Professor n 1988. Between 1990 and 1992, he received additional residency training in Nuclear medicine at UCLA while continuing his research and clinical activities as faculty.
In 1993, Dr. Chugani was recruited to Children's Hospital of Michigan, Wayne State University in Detroit to head the first Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Center to be situated in a children's hospital. He is also Chief of the Division of Pediatric Neurology and Developmental Pediatrics, and Professor of Pediatrics, Neurology and Radiology at Wayne State University. He continues to be an active pediatric neurologist.
Dr. Chugani's research has been in the area of cerebral metabolism in brain development, epilepsy surgery, and brain plasticity. He uses PET techniques in children, and is also involved in basic research in which reorganization following lesions is studied using a variety of methods.
He is also a member of the American Academy of Neurology, Society of Neuroscience, American Epilepsy Society and the International Child Neurology Association. He is on the editorial board of Pediatric Neurology, Journal of Child Neurology, and Neurology. He has served on the Nomination Committee of the Child Neurology Society, and the Scientific Selection Committee. He has authored many publications and co-authored a book on infantile spasms.
A list of Dr. Chugani's publications can be seen at www.pet.wayne.edu/harrybio.html.