Erik Mittra

Radiation oncologist

Clinical Assistant Professor, Radiology - Nuclear Medicine

Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancer Program

  • 875 Blake Wilbur Drive
  • Palo Alto, CA 94304
  • Phone: 650-498-6000
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Imaging Clinic at Stanford Hospital

  • 300 Pasteur Drive
  • Stanford, CA 94305
  • Phone: 650-723-6855
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Professional Education

Fellowship: Stanford University School of Medicine (2009) CA

Residency: Stanford University School of Medicine (2008) CA

Internship: Stony Brook Univ Hospital (2006) NY

Professional Education: SUNY @ Stony Brook (2004) NY

Board Certification: Nuclear Medicine, American Board of Nuclear Medicine (2008)

Medical Education: SUNY - Stony Brook (2005) NY

N/A, Stanford University, PET/CT Fellowship (2009)

N/A, Stanford University, Nuclear Medicine Residency (2008)

N/A, Stony Brook University, Internal Medicine Internship (2006)

MD, Stony Brook University, Medicine (2005)

PhD, Stony Brook University, Biomedical Engineering (2004)

MS, Stony Brook University, Anatomical Sciences (2000)

BS, UC Berkeley, Molecular Biology (1996)

BA, UC Berkeley, Physical Anthropology (1996)

Honors & Awards

2nd Place Nuclear Oncology Council Young Investigator Award (Senior author), Society of Nuclear Medicine (2013)

Technologist Abstract Award (Senior author), Western Regional Society of Nuclear Medicine (2012)

3rd Place Technologist Oral Presentation (Senior author), Society of Nuclear Medicine (2012)

Best Essay Award (Senior author), American College of Nuclear Medicine (2012)

3rd Place Nuclear Oncology Council Young Investigator Award (Senior author), Society of Nuclear Medicine (2011)

Image of the Year (Co-author), Society of Nuclear Medicine (2009)

Trainee Research Prize (Co-author), Radiological Society of North America (2007)

Normal D. Poe Memorial Scholarship Award (Co-winner), Westernal Regional Society of Nuclear Medicine (2007)

Chief Nuclear Medicine Resident, Stanford University Hospital and Clinics (2007)

Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.

Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.

Clinical evaluation of a novel intraoperative handheld gamma camera for sentinel lymph node biopsy
Olcott, P., Pratx, G., Johnson, D., Mittra, E., Niederkohr, R., & Levin, C. S. (2014). Clinical evaluation of a novel intraoperative handheld gamma camera for sentinel lymph node biopsy. PHYSICA MEDICA-EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF MEDICAL PHYSICS, 30(3), 340-345.

F-18-FDG PET/CT in the management of patients with post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder
Takehana, C. S., Twist, C. J., Mosci, C., Quon, A., Mittra, E., & Iagaru, A. (2014). F-18-FDG PET/CT in the management of patients with post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder. NUCLEAR MEDICINE COMMUNICATIONS, 35(3), 276-281.

Case 207.
Mittra, E. S., & Davidzon, G. (2014). Case 207. Radiology, 270(3), 929-930.

Prognostic Utility of Y-90 Radioembolization Dosimetry Based on Fusion Tc-99m-Macroaggregated Albumin-Tc-99m-Sulfur Colloid SPECT
Lam, M. Geh., Goris, M. L., Iagaru, A. H., Mittra, E. S., Louie, J. D., & Sze, D. Y. (2013). Prognostic Utility of Y-90 Radioembolization Dosimetry Based on Fusion Tc-99m-Macroaggregated Albumin-Tc-99m-Sulfur Colloid SPECT. JOURNAL OF NUCLEAR MEDICINE, 54(12), 2055-2061.

Prognostic utility of 90Y radioembolization dosimetry based on fusion 99mTc-macroaggregated albumin-99mTc-sulfur colloid SPECT.
Lam, M. Geh., Goris, M. L., Iagaru, A. H., Mittra, E. S., Louie, J. D., & Sze, D. Y. (2013). Prognostic utility of 90Y radioembolization dosimetry based on fusion 99mTc-macroaggregated albumin-99mTc-sulfur colloid SPECT. Journal of nuclear medicine : official publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine, 54(12), 2055-2061.

Preclinical Efficacy of the Anti-Hepatocyte Growth Factor Antibody Ficlatuzumab in a Mouse Brain Orthotopic Glioma Model Evaluated by Bioluminescence, PET, and MRI
Mittra, E. S., Fan-Minogue, H., Lin, F. I., Karamchandani, J., Sriram, V., & Gambhir, S. S. (2013). Preclinical Efficacy of the Anti-Hepatocyte Growth Factor Antibody Ficlatuzumab in a Mouse Brain Orthotopic Glioma Model Evaluated by Bioluminescence, PET, and MRI. CLINICAL CANCER RESEARCH, 19(20), 5711-5721.

Pilot prospective evaluation of 99mTc-MDP scintigraphy, 18F NaF PET/CT, 18F FDG PET/CT and whole-body MRI for detection of skeletal metastases.
Iagaru, A., Young, P., Mittra, E., Dick, D. W., Herfkens, R., & Gambhir, S. S. (2013). Pilot prospective evaluation of 99mTc-MDP scintigraphy, 18F NaF PET/CT, 18F FDG PET/CT and whole-body MRI for detection of skeletal metastases. Clinical nuclear medicine, 38(7), e290-6.

Combined F-18-Fluoride and F-18-FDG PET/CT Scanning for Evaluation of Malignancy: Results of an International Multicenter Trial
Iagaru, A., Mittra, E., Mosci, C., Dick, D. W., Sathekge, M., & Gambhir, S. S. (2013). Combined F-18-Fluoride and F-18-FDG PET/CT Scanning for Evaluation of Malignancy: Results of an International Multicenter Trial. JOURNAL OF NUCLEAR MEDICINE, 54(2), 176-183.

A Brain Tumor Molecular Imaging Strategy using a New Triple-Modality MRI-Photoacoustic-Raman Nanoparticle
de la Zerda, A., Kircher, M. F., Jokerst, J. V., Zavaleta, C. L., Kempen, P. J., & Gambhir, S. S. (2013). A Brain Tumor Molecular Imaging Strategy using a New Triple-Modality MRI-Photoacoustic-Raman Nanoparticle. PHOTONS PLUS ULTRASOUND: IMAGING AND SENSING 2013, 8581.

The Impact of Partial Volume Correction in the Evaluation of Solitary Pulmonary Nodules by FDG PET/CT in a Population at Intermediate Risk of Lung Cancer
Keu, K., Nair, V. S., Mittra, E., Gambhir, S. S., & Iagaru, A. (2012). The Impact of Partial Volume Correction in the Evaluation of Solitary Pulmonary Nodules by FDG PET/CT in a Population at Intermediate Risk of Lung Cancer. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF NUCLEAR MEDICINE AND MOLECULAR IMAGING, 39, S455-S455.

Exploratory Clinical Trial of (4S)-4-(3-[F-18]fluoropropyl)-L-glutamate for Imaging x(C) Transporter Using Positron Emission Tomography in Patients with Non-Small Cell Lung or Breast Cancer
Baek, S., Choi, C.-M., Ahn, S. H., Lee, J. W., Gong, G., & Moon, D. H. (2012). Exploratory Clinical Trial of (4S)-4-(3-[F-18]fluoropropyl)-L-glutamate for Imaging x(C) Transporter Using Positron Emission Tomography in Patients with Non-Small Cell Lung or Breast Cancer. CLINICAL CANCER RESEARCH, 18(19), 5427-5437.

A brain tumor molecular imaging strategy using a new triple-modality MRI-photoacoustic-Raman nanoparticle
Kircher, M. F., de la Zerda, A., Jokerst, J. V., Zavaleta, C. L., Kempen, P. J., & Gambhir, S. S. (2012). A brain tumor molecular imaging strategy using a new triple-modality MRI-photoacoustic-Raman nanoparticle. NATURE MEDICINE, 18(5), 829-U235.

Prospective Evaluation of Tc-99m MDP Scintigraphy, F-18 NaF PET/CT, and F-18 FDG PET/CT for Detection of Skeletal Metastases
Iagaru, A., Mittra, E., Dick, D. W., & Gambhir, S. S. (2012). Prospective Evaluation of Tc-99m MDP Scintigraphy, F-18 NaF PET/CT, and F-18 FDG PET/CT for Detection of Skeletal Metastases. MOLECULAR IMAGING AND BIOLOGY, 14(2), 252-259.

Prospective comparison of combined F-18-FDG and F-18-NaF PET/CT vs. F-18-FDG PET/CT imaging for detection of malignancy
Lin, F. I., Rao, J. E., Mittra, E. S., Nallapareddy, K., Chengapa, A., & Iagaru, A. (2012). Prospective comparison of combined F-18-FDG and F-18-NaF PET/CT vs. F-18-FDG PET/CT imaging for detection of malignancy. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF NUCLEAR MEDICINE AND MOLECULAR IMAGING, 39(2), 262-270.

First Experience with Clinical-Grade [F-18]FPP(RGD)(2): An Automated Multi-step Radiosynthesis for Clinical PET Studies
Chin, F. T., Shen, B., Liu, S., Berganos, R. A., Chang, E., & Gambhir, S. S. (2012). First Experience with Clinical-Grade [F-18]FPP(RGD)(2): An Automated Multi-step Radiosynthesis for Clinical PET Studies. MOLECULAR IMAGING AND BIOLOGY, 14(1), 88-95.

Pilot Pharmacokinetic and Dosimetric Studies of F-18-FPPRGD2: A PET Radiopharmaceutical Agent for Imaging alpha(v)beta(3) Integrin Levels
Mittra, E. S., Goris, M. L., Iagaru, A. H., Kardan, A., Burton, L., & Gambhir, S. S. (2011). Pilot Pharmacokinetic and Dosimetric Studies of F-18-FPPRGD2: A PET Radiopharmaceutical Agent for Imaging alpha(v)beta(3) Integrin Levels. RADIOLOGY, 260(1), 182-191.

FDG-PET/CT in Cancers of the Head and Neck: What is the Definition of Whole Body Scanning?
Iagaru, A., Mittra, E. S., & Gambhir, S. S. (2011). FDG-PET/CT in Cancers of the Head and Neck: What is the Definition of Whole Body Scanning?. MOLECULAR IMAGING AND BIOLOGY, 13(2), 362-367.

Case 166: Metastatic Left Pulmonary Artery Sarcoma
Mittra, E. S., Iagaru, A. H., & Leung, A. N. (2011). Case 166: Metastatic Left Pulmonary Artery Sarcoma. RADIOLOGY, 258(2), 645-648.

I-131-Tositumomab (BexxarA (R)) vs. Y-90-Ibritumomab (ZevalinA (R)) Therapy of Low-Grade Refractory/Relapsed Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Iagaru, A., Mittra, E. S., Ganjoo, K., Knox, S. J., & Goris, M. L. (2010). I-131-Tositumomab (BexxarA (R)) vs. Y-90-Ibritumomab (ZevalinA (R)) Therapy of Low-Grade Refractory/Relapsed Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. MOLECULAR IMAGING AND BIOLOGY, 12(2), 198-203.

Efficacy of F-18-FDG PET/CT in the evaluation of patients with recurrent cervical carcinoma
Mittra, E., El-Maghraby, T., Rodriguez, C. A., Quon, A., McDougall, I. R., & Iagaru, A. (2009). Efficacy of F-18-FDG PET/CT in the evaluation of patients with recurrent cervical carcinoma. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF NUCLEAR MEDICINE AND MOLECULAR IMAGING, 36(12), 1952-1959.

Cutaneous Graft-Versus-Host Disease on Tc-99m Leukocyte Scintigraphy
Mittra, E., & McDougall, I. R. (2009). Cutaneous Graft-Versus-Host Disease on Tc-99m Leukocyte Scintigraphy. CLINICAL NUCLEAR MEDICINE, 34(12), 894-895.

Efficacy of F-18-FDG PET/CT for Breast Cancer
Mittra, E., Quon, A., Gambhir, S. S., & Iagaru, A. (2009). Efficacy of F-18-FDG PET/CT for Breast Cancer. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF NUCLEAR MEDICINE AND MOLECULAR IMAGING, 36, S176-S176.

Novel Strategy for a Cocktail F-18-Fluoride and F-18-FDG PET/CT Scan for Evaluation of Malignancy: Results of the Pilot-Phase Study
Iagaru, A., Mittra, E., Yaghoubi, S. S., Dick, D. W., Quon, A., & Gambhir, S. S. (2009). Novel Strategy for a Cocktail F-18-Fluoride and F-18-FDG PET/CT Scan for Evaluation of Malignancy: Results of the Pilot-Phase Study. JOURNAL OF NUCLEAR MEDICINE, 50(4), 501-505.

Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography: The Current Technology and Applications
Mittra, E., & Quon, A. (2009). Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography: The Current Technology and Applications. RADIOLOGIC CLINICS OF NORTH AMERICA, 47(1), 147-?.

F-18-FDG PET/CT evaluation of patients with ovarian carcinoma
Iagaru, A. H., Mittra, E. S., McDougall, I. R., Quon, A., & Gambhir, S. S. (2008). F-18-FDG PET/CT evaluation of patients with ovarian carcinoma. NUCLEAR MEDICINE COMMUNICATIONS, 29(12), 1046-1051.

Uncommon causes of thyrotoxicosis
Mittra, E. S., Niederkohr, R. D., Rodriguez, C., El-Maghraby, T., & McDougall, I. R. (2008). Uncommon causes of thyrotoxicosis. JOURNAL OF NUCLEAR MEDICINE, 49(2), 265-278.

Evaluation of trabecular mechanical and microstructural properties in human calcaneal bone of advanced age using mechanical testing, mu CT, and DXA
Mittra, E., Rubin, C., Gruber, B., & Qin, Y.-X. (2008). Evaluation of trabecular mechanical and microstructural properties in human calcaneal bone of advanced age using mechanical testing, mu CT, and DXA. JOURNAL OF BIOMECHANICS, 41(2), 368-375.

Concurrent metabolic and osseous metastatic disease on a Tc99m-MDP bone scan
Mittra, E., & Segall, G. (2007). Concurrent metabolic and osseous metastatic disease on a Tc99m-MDP bone scan. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF NUCLEAR MEDICINE AND MOLECULAR IMAGING, 34(12), 2150-2150.

Comparative morphometrics of the primate apical tuft
Mittra, E. S., Smith, H. F., Lemelin, P., & Jungers, W. L. (2007). Comparative morphometrics of the primate apical tuft. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY, 134(4), 449-459.

A case of three synchronous primary tumors demonstrated by F-18FDG PET
Mittra, E., Vasanawala, M., Niederkohr, R., Rodriguez, C., & Segall, G. (2007). A case of three synchronous primary tumors demonstrated by F-18FDG PET. CLINICAL NUCLEAR MEDICINE, 32(8), 666-667.

Recurrent silent thyroiditis: A report of four patients and review of the literature
Mittra, E. S., & McDougall, I. R. (2007). Recurrent silent thyroiditis: A report of four patients and review of the literature. THYROID, 17(7), 671-675.

The effects of embedding material, loading rate and magnitude, and penetration depth in nanoindentation of trabecular bone.
Mittra, E., Akella, S., & Qin, Y.-X. (2006). The effects of embedding material, loading rate and magnitude, and penetration depth in nanoindentation of trabecular bone. Journal of biomedical materials research. Part A, 79(1), 86-93.

Determination of ultrasound phase velocity in trabecular bone using time dependent phase tracking technique
Lin, W., Mittra, E., & Qin, Y. X. (2006). Determination of ultrasound phase velocity in trabecular bone using time dependent phase tracking technique. JOURNAL OF BIOMECHANICAL ENGINEERING-TRANSACTIONS OF THE ASME, 128(1), 24-29.

Interrelationship of trabecular mechanical and microstructural properties in sheep trabecular bone
Mittra, E., Rubin, C., & Qin, Y. X. (2005). Interrelationship of trabecular mechanical and microstructural properties in sheep trabecular bone. JOURNAL OF BIOMECHANICS, 38(6), 1229-1237.

Quantity and quality of trabecular bone in the femur are enhanced by a strongly anabolic, noninvasive mechanical intervention
Rubin, C., TURNER, A. S., Muller, R., Mittra, E., McLeod, K., & Qin, Y. X. (2002). Quantity and quality of trabecular bone in the femur are enhanced by a strongly anabolic, noninvasive mechanical intervention. JOURNAL OF BONE AND MINERAL RESEARCH, 17(2), 349-357.

Lack of hand preference in wild Hanuman langurs (Presbytis entellus)
Mittra, E. S., FUENTES, A., & McGrew, W. C. (1997). Lack of hand preference in wild Hanuman langurs (Presbytis entellus). AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY, 103(4), 455-461.