Dr Salvatore BerlangieriDr Salvatore ‘Sam’ Berlangieri is the Head of the Clinical PET Program and Staff Specialist Physician, Department of Molecular Imaging and Therapy at Austin Health. Sam graduated Salesian College in 1976, having been energised to choose a career that would be challenging and stimulating. The next year, he studied Medicine at Monash University. He graduated with Honours in the top 10 of Monash School of Medicine in 1982.
Sam specialised in General Medicine & Nuclear Medicine in 1990 and cemented his expertise with a Fellowship at Duke University, North Carolina.
Sam has been instrumental in the introduction of the Clinical PET (Positron Emission Tomography) in Australia. The first PET scan in Australia was performed on July 9th, 1992 – its 30-year anniversary is this July 2022.
PET is an essential component of the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Sam has since trained over 50 Medical Specialists in PET, and resided as President of the Australasian Association of Nuclear Medicine Specialists 2016-2018.
In his personal life, Sam is a qualified Junior Soccer Coach, and Team Manager of Under 12s Soccer at Veneto Football Club. He is also a member of the Astronomical Society of Victoria.
Sam is married to Elizabeth and has two children; Emily and Jack.
Dr Salvatore Berlangieri
Hall of Fame Inductee - Medicine