Peter D. Esser

Professor Emeritus and Special Lecturer

Medical Physics - Affiliated Faculty
Radiology, Milstein-3-202
New York, NY 10032

Research Interests

molecular imaging (PET and nuclear medicine), clinical medical physics, clinical image processing and communications


Professor of Clinical Environmental Health Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health and Professor of Clinical Radiology, College of Physicians and Surgeons (home dept.)


Peter D. Esser, PhD, is Professor of Clinical Radiology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Chief Clinical Physicist for the Columbia Kreitchman PET Center and Nuclear Medicine. He is a past president of the American Board of Science in Nuclear Medicine and Physics Chairman of the Nuclear and PET Accreditation Committee of the American College of Radiology. Dr. Esser is a board certified medical physicist with extensive experience in Nuclear Medicine and PET. With research interests that emphasize image enhancement techniques, he has edited four books and coauthored numerous papers.

Recent Publications

Malaspina D, Storer S, Furman V, Esser P, Printz D, Berman A, Lignelli A, Gorman J, Van Heertum R: SPECT study of visual fixation in schizophrenia and comparison subjects. Biol Psychiatry 46(1), 89-93, 1999.

Kalifa J, Laine AF, Esser PD: Regularization in Tomographic Reconstruction Using Thresholding Estimators. IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging 22(3), 351-359, 2003

Angelini E, Jin Y, Esser P, Van Heertum R, Laine AF: Fusion Of Brushlet And Wavelet Denoising Methods For Nuclear Images. 2004 IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging, 1187-1191, 2004.

Miles KA, Young H, Chica SL, Esser PD: Quantitative Contrast-Enhanced Computed Tomography: The Need For System Calibration. Accepted: being revised for European Radiology

Jin Y, Wong AT, Esser PD, Laine AF, Ogden RT, Van Heertum R, Mann JJ, Parse RV: Quantitative Wavelet Domain Image Processing of Dynamic PET Data. Submitted

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