Hubert J. Vesselle M.D.

Hubert J. Vesselle M.D.

Specialties and Expertise

Nuclear Medicine, Radiology & Imaging


Radiology and Imaging Services


English, French


Primary Location

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance at South Lake Union

825 Eastlake Ave. E
Seattle, WA 98109
Phone: 855.557.0555|Map It 


Dr. Vesselle is director of the UW Division of Nuclear Medicine and a UW professor of radiology. He specializes in evaluating complex cancer cases with PET/CT and SPECT/CT scanners. In addition to devoting himself to the application of these hybrid scanners to cancer and non-cancer patients, he also practices general nuclear medicine and cross-sectional imaging (CT). His research aims at applying and improving hybrid imaging to better characterize diseases and their response to treatments.

Dr. Vesselle trained as an engineer in France and then moved to the United States to earn a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering and then his M.D. degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. He pursued his graduate medical education in diagnostic radiology and nuclear radiology at University Hospitals of Cleveland and the Cleveland Clinic. In 1997, he came to the UW to join the faculty of the Department of Radiology. Since 2006, he has been the director of the UW Division of Nuclear Medicine in the Department of Radiology.

He is listed in ""The Best Doctors in America"" and in ""Seattle Met Top Doctors"". He is board-certified in diagnostic radiology with special competence in nuclear radiology.

Patient Care Philosophy

As a radiologist and nuclear medicine specialist, I care for patients face-to-face during their visits to our UW nuclear medicine clinics and indirectly when reviewing complex sets of images for their healthcare providers. I place special emphasis in explaining radioactive treatments and scan findings to patients in clear and simple terms. In reviewing hybrid imaging studies (PET/CT and SPECT/CT), I spare no effort at finding every piece of information that can contribute to a better understanding of a patient's illness, and I integrate all information in comprehensive imaging reports issued to the referring physicians.

Personal Interests

Cooking, bicycling, traveling, mentoring students and photography.

Clinical Interests

Cancer imaging; integrating multiple imaging studies for improved evaluation of patients; PET/CT (Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography), SPECT/CT (Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography/ Computed Tomography); clinical research in new applications of hybrid imaging.

Research Interests

Hybrid imaging applications; optimization of image display tools and of approach to image interpretation; teaching hybrid image interpretation; lung function evaluation with imaging.


Case Western Reserve UniversityMedical education1991
Case Western Reserve UniversityPh.D1990
Cleveland Clinic FoundationFellowshipDiagnostic Radiology
Univ. Hospitals of ClevelandResidencyDiagnostic Radiology
Univ. Hospitals of ClevelandResidencyNuclear Radiology


Board Certifications

American Board of RadiologyDiagnostic Radiology1996
American Board of RadiologyNuclear Radiology1996
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