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David K. Shelton, Jr., M.D. View profile as PDF

David K. Shelton, Jr.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Shelton specializes in nuclear medicine, PET-CT, and some aspects of diagnostic radiology. He is studying cardiothoracic radiology, nuclear medicine, computer networking systems in nuclear radiology, functional cardiac protocols, and tumor work-up and staging with functional imaging. Dr. Shelton helped pioneer the development of transesophageal echocardiography, and has presented nationally on osteoporosis, skeletal metastases in lung cancer patients, thyroid carcinoma, cardiovascular MRI, PET-CT, and SPECT. He has authored seventeen radiology textbook chapters and is a reviewer for several scientific journals including The Journal of Nuclear Medicine and the Journal of Thoracic Imaging.


Professor Emeritus


Cancer, Radiology, Radiology - Nuclear Medicine, Radiology - Pulmonary Radiology



Nuclear Medicine
Pulmonary Radiology

Center/Program Affiliation:


Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center
4860 Y St., Suite 3100
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Phone: 916-734-0655

UC Davis Medical Center
2315 Stockton Blvd., Suite 1893
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)


M.D., Wake Forest University (Bowman Gray School of Medicine), Winston-Salem, North Carolina, 1974
B.S., U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 1970


Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas, 1975-1976


Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas, 1978-1981


David Grant USAF Medical Center, Travis, California, 1987-1988

Board Certifications:

American Board of Radiology, 1981
American Board of Radiology, Nuclear Radiology, 1988

Professional Memberships:

American College of Military Surgeons
American Medical Association
American Roentgen Ray Society
Association of University Radiologists
Northern California Society of Nuclear Medicine
President, Northern California Chapter, Society of Nuclear Medicine
Radiological Society of North America
Sierra Valley Nuclear Medicine Association
Society of Air Force Physicians, American College of Physicians
Society of Flight Surgeons
Society of Nuclear Medicine
Society of Thoracic Radiology

Select Honors and Awards:

Best Doctors in Sacramento, Sacramento Magazine, 2001

Outstanding Teacher of the Year, University of California, Davis, Department of Radiology, 2000

Best Doctors in America, Woodward/White Inc., 1998

Legion of Merit (Highest Peacetime Award for National Service), David Grant Medical Center, 1992

Select Recent Publications:

Cameron C Foster MD, David K Shelton MD. PET/CT: Positive Partnership. Medical Imaging Technology, SPG Media, London, (3) pp 15-17, 2009.

Lin FI, Foster CC, Hagge RJ, Shelton DK. Extensive FDG uptake in accessory muscles of respiration in a patient with shortness of breath. Clinical Nuclear Medicine, July, 34(7): 428-430, 2009.

Tzeng DZ, Leslie KO, Shelton D, Chan A. Unusual dyspnea in a woman with CREST Syndrome. CHEST, 133: 286-290, 2008.

Yoneda KY, Hardin KA, Gandara DR, Shelton DK. Interstitial lung disease associated with epidermal growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor therapy in non-small-cell lung carcinoma. Clin Lung Cancer, 8 Suppl 1: S31-5, 2007.

Hillegonds DJ, Franklin S, Shelton DK, Vijayakumar S, Vijayakumar V. The management of painful bone metastases with an emphasis on radionuclide therapy. J Natl Med Assoc, 99(7): 785-94, 2007.

Yoneda KY, Shelton DK, Beckett LA, Gandara DR. Independent review of interstitial lung disease associated with death in TRIBUTE (paclitaxel and carboplatin with or without concurrent erlotinib) in advanced non-small cell lung cancer. J Thorac Oncol, 2(6): 537-43, 2007.

Zeng Q, Anderson K, Shelton D, Shonket R, Boone J, Badawi R. A tumor metrics measurement and tracking system. J Nucl Med, 48(5): Supp 200P, 2007.

Yoneda KY, Morrissey BM, Shelton DK. Mediastinal tumors -- A diagnostic approach. US Respiratory Care, 89-93, 2006.

von Haag DW, Follette DM, Roberts PF, Shelton D, Segel LD, Taylor TM. Advantages of positron emission tomography over computed tomography in mediastinal staging of non-small cell lung cancer. J Surg Res, 103(2): 160-4, 2002.

Brunader R, Shelton DK. Radiologic bone assessment in the evaluation of osteoporosis. Am Fam Physician, 65(7): 1357-64, 2002.

To see if David K. Shelton, Jr. is accepting new patients, or for assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).