Gary Caputo, M.D.

Gary R. Caputo, M.D.


General Nuclear Medicine and PET

Radiology - Cardiovascular Imaging (MR, CT, SPECT, PET)




  • Chief of Cardiovascular Imaging, UC Davis Medical Center
  • Professor of Radiology
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Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center

4860 Y St., Suite 3100
Sacramento, CA 95817
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UC Davis Medical Center

2315 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817
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800-800--2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284)

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Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Clinical Interests

Professor of Radiology ? Cardiovascular Imaging, Nuclear Medicine, PET.

Dr. Caputo's research interests relate to all phases of Cardiovascular Imaging. Nuclear Medicine and PET.


Nuclear Medicine

Center/Program Affiliation

Cardiovascular Services


M.D., Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York City, New York, 1977

A.B., College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts, 1973


Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, New York, 1977-1979

University of Oregon, St. Vincent's Hospital and Medical Center, Portland, Oregon, 1981-1982

University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, Washington, 1979-1981, 1983

University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle , Washington, 1984-1985


UC San Francisco, San Francisco, California, 1985-1986

Board Certifications

American Board of Internal Medicine, 1982

American Board of Nuclear Medicine, 1988

Professional Memberships

American Roentgen Ray Society

American Society of Emergency Radiology

North American Society of Cardiac Imaging

Radiological Society of North America

Society of Nuclear Medicine

Honors and Awards

Editor's Recognition Award for Special Distinction in Reviewing, Radiology Journal, 1992

Editor's Recognition Award for Special Distinction in Reviewing, Radiology Journal, 1991

The Samuel Wise Prize for Cardiovascular Research, 1981

The Nathan Seltz Prize for Meritorious Research in Cardiovascular and Renal Diseases, 1977

Select Recent Publications

Rogers JH, Rahdert DA, Caputo GR, Takeda PA, Palacios IF, Tio FO, Taylor EA, Low RI. Long-term safety and durability of percutaneous septal sinus shortening (The PS(3) System) in an ovine model. Catheter Cardiovasc Interv, 73(4): 540-8, 2009.

Amsterdam EA, Caputo G. Noninvasive coronary angiography: the holy grail for assessment of chest pain in patients presenting to the emergency department? Cardiology, 112(3): 209-10, 2008.

Amsterdam EA, Caputo GR. Noninvasive coronary angiography: a revolutionary technique seeking its role in patient care. Prev Cardiol, 11(3): 133-4, 2998, 2008.

Bredella MA, Steinbach L, Caputo G, Segall G, Hawkins R. Value of FDG PET in the assessment of patients with multiple myeloma. AJR Am J Roentgenol, 184(4): 1199-204, 2005.

Bredella MA, Caputo GR, Steinbach LS. Value of FDG Positron Emission Tomography in conjunction with MR Imaging for Evaluating Therapy Response in Musculoskeletal Sarcomas. American Journal of Roentgenology 2002;179:1145-1150.

Caputo GR, Avrin DE. Electron Beam Coronary Angiography. Images 2001; 8-9.

Weber W, Young C, Abdel-Dayem, Sfakianakis G, Weir GJ, Swaney CM, Gates M, Stokkel MP, Parker A, Hines H, Khanvali B, Liebig JR, Leung AN, Sollitto RM, Caputo GR, Wagner HN Jr. Assessment of Pulmonary Lesions, with 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose Positron Emission Imaging Using Coincidence Mode Gamma Cameras. Journal of Nuclear Medicine 574-578, 1999.

AAssar OS; Fischbein NJ; Caputo GR; Kaplan MJ; Price DC; Singer MI; Dillon WP; Hawkins RA. Metastatic head and neck cancer: role and usefulness of FDG PET in locating occult primary tumors. Radiology, Jan, 210(1):177-81, 1999.

Fischbein NJ; AAssar OS; Caputo GR; Kaplan MJ; Singer MI; Price DC; Dillon WP; Hawkins RA. Clinical utility of positron emission tomography with 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose in detecting residual/recurrent squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck. American Journal of Neuroradiology, Aug, 19(7):1189-96, 1998.

Carrol CL, Higgins CB, Caputo GR. Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Acquired Cardiac Disease. Texas Heart Institute Journal 23:144-154, 1996.

Heidenreich PA; Steffens J; Fujita N; O'Sullivan M; Caputo GR; Foster E; Higgins CB. Evaluation of mitral stenosis with velocity-encoded cine-magnetic resonance imaging. American Journal of Cardiology 75:365-369, 1995.

Masui T, Caputo GR, Bowersox JC, Higgins CB: Assessment of Popliteal Arterial Occlusive Disease with 2D Time-of-Flight MRA. JCAT 19(3):449-54, 1995.