American physician-scientist who was the Virginia and D.K. Ludwig Professor in Cancer Research, Chairman of the Department of Radiology at Stanford University School of Medicine, and a professor by courtesy in the departments of Bioengineering and Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University, Sanjiv Sam Gambhir has passed away.

Sanjiv Sam Gambhir was reported to have died on July 18, 2020 at the age of 57. His cause of death or what killed him has not been made public. Sanjiv Sam Gambhir lost his son Milan Gambir in 2015 from Glioblastoma.

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Born on November 23, 1962 in Ambala, India, Dr Gambhir left behind his wife Aruna Gambhir. In 1969 Sanjiv Sam Gambhir alongside his parents moved to the US.

Dr Gambhir has mentored over 150 post-doctoral fellows and graduate students from over a dozen disciplines. He was known for his work in molecular imaging of living subjects and early cancer detection.

He was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Arizona State University where he received his BS in Physics. He then entered the combined M.D-Ph.D. Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and received his MD, and his PhD in biomathematics.

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His first academic appointment was in 1994, at UCLA, as an Assistant Professor of Molecular & Medical Pharmacology. He was a Clinical Attending in the Nuclear Medicine Department at the Center for Health Sciences at UCLA starting in 1997. He was appointed tenure Professorship at UCLA in 2003.