Nelson Barritt Arnstein, MD
I speak: English
My gender: Male
Where I practice
Welcome to my Web page. I am happy to have this opportunity to introduce myself as a physician and director of nuclear medicine at Kasier Permanente Downey Medical Center. Nuclear medicine, which uses radioactive materials to diagnose and treat disease, offers many useful tools and touches all other fields of medicine.
Born in Sharon, Connecticut, I was raised in New York City, where I later attended the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. However, California has always been a major draw for me. I attended Pomona College in Claremont and later lived in Santa Monica while teaching at Los Angeles County Hospital and USC Medical Center for 11 years. I then worked for six years as a medical reviewer for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In October 2002, I joined Kaiser Permanente.
About my practice
Clinical nuclear medicine offers the opportunity to interact with referring physicians, technologists, and, most importantly, our members. I find that taking a caring, compassionate attitude toward a member makes him or her more comfortable, which in turn helps the procedures I perform to go smoothly. In nuclear medicine, radioactive materials are used to discover possible illnesses and also as a form of therapy. I work closely with the other radiologists to correlate our images with CT, MRI and conventional X-ray images.
How I thrive
My hobbies include photography, astronomy, classic rock and roll music, the history of manned spaceflight, running, and triathlons, including marathons and Ironman 70.3 events. More recently, I have supported running events for disabled athletes, such as amputees from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Perhaps my favorite hobby is collecting artifacts from the great ocean liners, including the Lusitania, Titanic, and Normandie. In 1956, I sailed on the original RMS Queen Mary, which I see now in Long Beach! More recently, I have collected original artifacts from the Apollo space missions, reproductions of which are now on permanent display at the Kaiser Permanente Downey Medical Center.