Steve Y Cho MD

Professor (CHS)

  • Section Chief, Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
  • Director - PET GMP Radiopharmaceutical Production Facility (RPF)
  • Director – UWCCC - Clinical Imaging Research Core (CRIC)
  • Program Director - UW Nuclear Medicine Residency
Nuclear Medicine/PET Imaging

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Dr. Steve Y. Cho is a professor (CHS) and Section Chief of the Nuclear Medicine Section of the Department of Radiology. He is engaged in translational molecular imaging research as Director of the Translational Imaging Research Core at the University of Wisconsin Carbone Comprehensive Cancer Center, Director of the new cGMP Radiopharmaceutical Production Facility, and Associate Director of the UW PET Center. His research interest involves translational imaging, with a focus on development of novel and existing PET radiopharmaceuticals to improve clinical management and therapy development for cancer and infection. Dr. Cho graduated from the New York University School of Medicine in the Research Honors Program, and received prior medical training through a Pediatrics Residency and a Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship from the Johns Hopkins Hospital. After a Clinical Pharmacology Fellowship at the National Institutes of Health, inspired by the promise of molecular imaging, he underwent further training with a Nuclear Medicine Residency and PET Fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He stayed on at Johns Hopkins as an Assistant Professor of Radiology and Oncology before moving to UW–Madison in 2014. Dr. Cho was the recipient of the 2008 RSNA Research Scholar Award, 2008 Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) Young Investigator Award, 2011 PCF Creativity Award, and 2013 Society of Nuclear Medicine Editors’ Choice Award for the top three best clinical investigation manuscripts. He is actively involved in PET imaging studies with the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) and ECOG-ACRIN national cooperative groups, and serves on the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Medical Imaging Center for Molecular Imaging Innovation and Translation (SNMMI CMIIT) Board of Directors.


  • Undergraduate Johns Hopkins University - 1992
  • Medical School New York University School of Medicine - 1995
  • Internship Johns Hopkins Hospital - 2009
  • Residency John Hopkins Hospital - 2006
  • Residency Johns Hopkins Hospital - 1998
  • Fellowship Johns Hopkins Hospital - 2007
  • Fellowship Johns Hopkins Hospital - 2001