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Gang Cheng, MD

Gang Cheng, MD Physician

Assistant Professor of Clinical Radiology

Dr. Cheng is employed by Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Radiology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Nuclear Medicine, 2011

Clinical Expertise:

  • Angiography
  • Bone Scan
  • CT Scan (Computed Tomography)
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Diagnostic Test
  • MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
  • Nuclear Imaging
  • PET Scan (Positron Emission Tomography)
  • Radioiodine Therapy

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Amerihealth Caritas
  • Amerihealth Caritas Medicare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • eLAP Services
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Homestead Smart Health Plans
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Amerihealth
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Medicare
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Care
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Provider Partners Health Plan
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Veterans Choice Program
  • Vibra Health Plan

Education and Training

Medical School: Shanghai Medical University
Residency: Zhongshan Hospital, Shanghai Medical University
Residency: North Shore University Hospital
Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


Radiological Society of North America, National Society of Nuclear Medicine & Molecular Imaging, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Cheng is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Chester County Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Selected Publications:

Akers SR, Werner TJ, Rubello D, Alavi A, Cheng G.: 18F-FDG uptake and clearance in patients with compromised renal function. Nucl Med Commun. 37 (8): 825-832. ,2016.

Mena E, Yanamadala, Cheng G, Subramaniam RM.: The Current and Evolving Role of PET in Personalized Management of Lung Cancer. PET Clin. 11 : 243-259.,2016.

Cheng, G., Alavi, A., Werner, T. J., Del Bello, C. V., Akers, S. R.: Serial changes of FDG uptake and diagnosis of suspected lung malignancy: a lesion-based analysis Clin Nucl Med 39 (2): 147-55,2014.

Thomas C. Kwee, Gang Cheng, Sandip Basu, Abass Alavi: SUVmax of 2.5 should not be embraced as a magic threshold for separating benign from malignant lesions European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging. Epub ahead of print). : 2013.

Gang Cheng, Thomas C. Kwee, Sandip Basu, Abass Alavi: Critical considerations on the combined use of 18F-FDG and 18F-fluoride for PET assessment of bone metastatic disease. European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging. 40 : 1141–1145,2013.

Gang Cheng, Sabah Servaes, Hongming Zhuang: Value of FDG PET/CT scan versus diagnostic contrast CT in the initial staging of pediatric lymphoma patients. Leukemia and Lymphoma : 54(4):737-42,2013.

Gang Cheng, Abass Alavi, Catherine V Del Bello, Scott R Akers: Differential Washout of FDG Activity in Two Different Inflammatory Lesions: Implications for Delayed Imaging. Clinical Nuclear Medicine : 38(7):576-9,2013.

Gang Cheng, Drew A. Torigian, Hongming Zhuang, Abass Alavi: When should we recommend use of dual time point and delayed time point imaging techniques in FDG-PET? European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging. 40 (5): 779-87,2013.

Gang Cheng, Abass Alavi, Esther Lim, Thomas Werner, Catherine V Del Bello, Scott Akers: Dynamic changes of FDG uptake in normal tissues. Mol Imaging Biol : 15(3):345-52,2013.

Gang Cheng, Wengen Chen, Wichana Chamroonrat, Drew A. Torigian, Hongming Zhuang, Abass Alavi: Biopsy versus FDG PET/CT in the evaluation of bone marrow involvement in pediatric lymphoma patients European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging 38 (8):1469-1476 : 2011.

Academic Contact Info

Veterans Affairs Medical Center
39th & Woodland Ave.

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 823-6368
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)