Lorenzo Nardo, M.D., Ph.D. for UC Davis Health

Lorenzo Nardo, M.D., Ph.D.

Director, Nuclear Medicine

Director, Theranostics


Co-Director, EXPLORER Molecular Imaging Center

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Oncologic Imaging

Musculoskeletal Radiology



Locations and Contact

UC Davis Medical Center

UC Davis Medical Center
2315 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817

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Additional Numbers

Physician Referrals

800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Clinical Interests

Dr. Nardo is a board-certified diagnostic radiologist and nuclear medicine physician fellowship-trained in the oncologic imaging. He has special clinical interest in musculoskeletal radiology including sport medicine and osteoarthritis.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Lorenzo Nardo’s main interest is translational research. He wants to provide clinical background to basic science researchers, assessing clinical feasibility of research projects and to apply new imaging techniques in clinical studies.

Dr. Nardo’s research program has three main focuses: (i) application on new imaging techniques and therapies in osteoarthritis and sport medicine; (ii) advanced imaging and new therapy for cancer.


Nuclear Medicine
Musculoskeletal Radiology

Center/Program Affiliation

Center for Lymphatic Disease
UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center

Medical School

M.D., University of Brescia, Brescia, Italy 2006

Other School

Ph.D., Technology for Health, University of Brescia, Brescia, Italy 2015


Internal medicine, General Surgery, Family Medicine, University of Brescia, Brescia, Italy 2006-2007


Radiology/Oncologic Imaging, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York NY 2016-2017


Radiology/Muscoloskeletal, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento CA 2017-2018

Paul Calabresi Career Development Award for Clinical Oncology: NIH-NIC PAR 18-292 Title: Theranostics devolopment in Osteosarcoma imaging and treatment Funded August 1st, 2018- September 11th, 2019

R01CA249422-01: Basic applications for total-body PET in oncology Status: Awarded on September 11th, 2019

UC San Francisco Medical Center Exceptional Physician Award-"To the physician who have demonstrated the core value of the UCSF Medical Center: Professionalism - Respect - Integrity - Diversity - Excellence", 2016

Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Research and Educational Foundation Roentgen Resident/Fellow Research Award-“In Recognition of Outstanding Radiologic Research”, 2016

Trainee Prize, “This award is presented in recognition of an important contribution to research in radiology by a trainee in the field,” Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), 2012

Merit Award, Magna Cum Laude, 2012

Golia Pernicka JS, Gagniere J, Chakraborty J, Yamashita R, Nardo L, Creasy JM, Petkovska I, Do RRK, Bates DDB, Paroder V, Gonen M, Weiser MR, Simpson AL, Gollub MJ. Radiomics-based prediction of microsatellite instability in colorectal cancer at initial computed tomography evaluation. Abdom Radiol (NY). 2019 Nov;44(11):3755-3763. doi:10.1007/s00261-019-02117-w. PMID:31250180.

Badawi RD, Shi H, Hu P, Chen S, Xu T, Price PM, Ding Y, Spencer BA, Nardo L, Liu W, Bao J, Jones T, Li H, Cherry SR. First Human Imaging Studies with the EXPLORER Total-Body PET Scanner. J Nucl Med. 2019 Mar;60(3):299-303. doi:10.2967/jnumed.119.226498. Epub 2019 Feb 7. PMID:30733314.

Ding Y, Sohn JH, Kawczynski MG, Trivedi H, Harnish R, Jenkins NW, Lituiev D, Copeland TP, Aboian MS, Mari Aparici C, Behr SC, Flavell RR, Huang SY, Zalocusky KA, Nardo L, Seo Y, Hawkins RA, Hernandez Pampaloni M, Hadley D, Franc BL. A Deep Learning Model to Predict a Diagnosis of Alzheimer Disease by Using 18F-FDG PET of the Brain. Radiology. 2019 Feb;290(2):456-464. doi:10.1148/radiol.2018180958. Epub 2018 Nov 6. PMID:30398430.

Shelton TJ, Singh S, Bent Robinson E, Nardo L, Escobedo E, Jackson L, Kreulen CD, Giza E. The Influence of Percentage Weight-Bearing on Foot Radiographs. Foot Ankle Spec. 2019 Aug;12(4):363-369. doi:10.1177/1938640018810412. Epub 2018 Oct 31. PMID:30379105.

Kazakia GJ, Carballido-Gamio J, Lai A, Nardo L, Facchetti L, Pasco C, Zhang CA, Han M, Parrott AH, Tien P, Krug R. Trabecular bone microstructure is impaired in the proximal femur of human immunodeficiency virus-infected men with normal bone mineral density. Quant Imaging Med Surg. 2018 Feb;8(1):5-13. doi:10.21037/qims.2017.10.10. PMID:29541618.

Behr SC, Bahroos E, Hawkins RA, Nardo L, Ravanfar V, Capbarat EV, Seo Y. Quantitative and Visual Assessments toward Potential Sub-mSv or Ultrafast FDG PET Using High-Sensitivity TOF PET in PET/MRI. Mol Imaging Biol. 2018 Jun;20(3):492-500. doi:10.1007/s11307-017-1145-z. PMID:29192363.

Guimaraes JB, Zanoteli E, Link TM, de Camargo LV, Facchetti L, Nardo L, Fernandes ADRC. Sporadic Inclusion Body Myositis: MRI Findings and Correlation With Clinical and Functional Parameters. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2017 Dec;209(6):1340-1347. doi:10.2214/AJR.17.17849. Epub 2017 Sep 27. PMID:28952813.

Lambert JW, Phillips ED, Villanueva-Meyer JE, Nardo L, Facchetti L, Gould RG. Axial or Helical? Considerations for wide collimation CT scanners capable of volumetric imaging in both modes. Med Phys. 2017 Nov;44(11):5718-5725. doi:10.1002/mp.12525. Epub 2017 Sep 22. PMID:28833277.

Pedoia V, Haefeli J, Morioka K, Teng HL, Nardo L, Souza RB, Ferguson AR, Majumdar S. MRI and biomechanics multidimensional data analysis reveals R2 -R1ρ as an early predictor of cartilage lesion progression in knee osteoarthritis. J Magn Reson Imaging. 2018 Jan;47(1):78-90. doi:10.1002/jmri.25750. Epub 2017 May 4. PMID:28471543.

Schwaiger BJ, Kopperdahl DL, Nardo L, Facchetti L, Gersing AS, Neumann J, Lee KJ, Keaveny TM, Link TM. Vertebral and femoral bone mineral density and bone strength in prostate cancer patients assessed in phantomless PET/CT examinations. Bone. 2017 Aug;101:62-69. doi:10.1016/j.bone.2017.04.008. Epub 2017 Apr 24. PMID:28442297.