Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine
Vice Chair of Community Affairs, Diagnostic Radiology & Nuclear Medicine
Education and Training
1977 - 1981 B.S. (Computer Science), Fitchburg State University
1981 - 1983 B.S. (Biology), Fitchburg State University
1983 - 1985 M.S. (Chemistry), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
1985 - 1987 PH.D. (Nuclear and Radiochemistry), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
1986 - 1990 M.D., Albany Medical College of Union University
1998 - 2000 M.P.H., Harvard School of Public Health, Clinical Effectiveness
Post Graduate Education and Training
1990 - 1991 Internship, General Medicine, Faulkner Hospital
1991 - 1995 Residency, Diagnostic Radiology, Lahey Clinic Medical Center
1995 - 1997 Fellowship, Neuroradiology, Massachusetts General Hospital
1991 National Board of Medical Examiners
1996 American Board of Radiology - Diagnostic Neuroradiology Radiology
1997 American Board of Radiology - CAQ
Dr. Ptak is a board certified diagnostic radiologist with certificate of added qualification in neuroradiology. His clinical and research focus are in trauma and emergency radiology with special interest in trauma and emergencies of the central nervous system.
Hanley M, Ahmd O, Chandra A., Ptak T, et al. ACR Appropriateness Criteria Clinically Suspected Pulmonary Arteriovenous Malformation. J Am Coll Radiol 2016;13(7):796-800.
Rao S, Rao S, Rincon S, Caruso P, Ptak T, Raja AS, Prabhakar AM, Harvey HB. Assessment of Pediatric Neurotrauma Imaging Appropriateness at a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center. J Am Coll Radiol 2016;13(7):788-793.
Sonis JD, Miller ES, Borczuk P, Ptak T. Seizure and Fever. J Emerg Med. 2016 May;50(5):773-777.
R Weiss, EM Azene, BS Maldalany, AF AbuRahma, Ptak T, et al. ACR Appropriateness Criteria Sudden Onset of Cold Painful Leg. J Am Coll Radiol 2017;14(15):S307-S313.
Expert Panels on Neurologic and Vascular Imaging: Schroeder J, Ptak T, Corey AS, et al. ACR Appropriateness Criteria Penetrating Neck Trauma. J Am Coll Radiol 2017 Nov;14(11S):S500-S505.
Clinical Specialty Details
Dr. Ptak established the first whole-body, multi-planar screening trauma evaluation using volumetric CT technique, first introduced in 1998-99. He was the first to publish and present on this technique nationally in 1999, thus influencing and establishing imaging beyond standard single body segment axial imaging for the evaluation of multi-trauma patients.
Awards and Affiliations
Honors and Awards
1983 Outstanding Student in Biology, Fitchburg State University, in recognition of outstanding performance in the biology curriculum
1985 Phi Lambda Upsilon, Chemistry Honor Society, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, for distinguished performance in chemistry research
1986 Sigma Xi, Research Honor Society, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, for distinguished performance in academic research
1990 Arthur M. Wright Award, Albany Medical College of Union University, awarded in recognition of exemplary leadership
1993 & 2001 Certificate of Merit, Radiological Society of North America
2010 Certificate of Merit, European Society of Radiology
Grants and Contracts
1998-1999 (PI) Investigation of Altered Cerebral Perfusion Patterns in Patients with Hemoglobin-SS Disease Using Echo-Planar Perfusion Weighted Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Radiological Society of North America, Seed Grant