Richard Brunken, MD

Richard Brunken, MD
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Department Nuclear Medicine
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
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Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Assessment of Myocardial Viability
  • Cardiac PET (Positron Emission Tomography) Study
  • Nuclear Medicine SPECT Brain Scan
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Thyroid Cancer
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About Richard Brunken, MD

Richard Brunken, MD, is Director of Molecular Cardiac Imaging and a staff cardiologist in the Department of Nuclear Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Imaging Institute. He is board-certified in Internal medicine, Cardiovascular Disease and Nuclear Medicine. Dr. Brunken specializes in nuclear cardiology and the assessment of myocardial viability using noninvasive imaging techniques.

A recipient of DeBord and Regent Scholarships, Dr. Brunken did his undergraduate work in chemistry at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he graduated with High Distinction and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He received his medical degree at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine.

Following an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the Hines VA Medical Center in Illinois, Dr. Brunken completed fellowships in Adult Cardiology and Nuclear Medicine at the University of California at Los Angeles Medical Center. He was Clinical Assistant Professor of Radiological Sciences at UCLA and Clinical Associate Professor of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology and Radiological Sciences in the UCLA Division of Nuclear Medicine. He was appointed to Cleveland Clinic in 1994, where he daily is involved in the education of radiology residents, nuclear medicine fellows and cardiology fellows. He was appointed Professor of Radiology in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University in March, 2009.

Dr. Brunken is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine and a reviewer for a number of peer-reviewed medical journals including Circulation, the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the American Journal of Noninvasive Cardiology, and the American Journal of Cardiac Imaging, among others. He is widely published in leading journals with more than 200 articles and abstracts on his specialty interests. In addition, he is the author or co-author of a number of chapters related to cardiac imaging and nuclear medicine in medical textbooks on cardiology and cardiovascular imaging.

As an invited lecturer to medical conferences and symposia, Dr. Brunken has presented his clinical experience and research nationally and internationally.

Dr. Brunken is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography and the American Heart Association, where he serves on the Council of Clinical Cardiology, the Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences and the Council on Cardiovascular Radiology.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - University of California Los Angeles Medical Center
Nuclear Medicine
Los Angeles, CA USA

Fellowship - University of California Los Angeles Medical Center
Cardiovascular Disease
Los Angeles, CA USA

Residency - VA Medical Center
Internal Medicine

Internship - VA Medical Center
Internal Medicine
Hines, IL USA

Medical School - University of Nebraska College of Medicine
Omaha, NE USA

Undergraduate - University of Nebraska
Omaha, NE USA

Professional Highlights

  • Member, Editorial Board of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine
  • 2006 Astellas Award, Astellas Pharma USA Foundation
  • Member, Education Committee of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology.
  • Member, Expert Advisory Panel on Cardiac Imaging for the Ohio Chapter of the American College of Cardiology.
  • Assisted in writing the Cardiac PET Imaging Guidelines for the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology.


  • Internal Medicine
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Internal Medicine - Cardiovascular Disease

Specialty Interests

nuclear cardiology, assessment of myocardial viability using noninvasive imaging techniques


  • American Heart Association and the American Heart Association's Council on Clinical Cardiology, Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences, and Council on Cardiovascular Radiology.
  • Fellow and Founding Member of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
  • Fellow, American College of Cardiology
  • Founding Member, Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
  • Member, Society of Nuclear Medicine, and the Society of Nuclear Medicine's Cardiovascular and Integrated Imaging Councils
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 7/11/2017, Dr. Brunken has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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