Medical Physics Section
The Medical Physics Section of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Medical College of Wisconsin consists of 14 physicists, 10 dosimetrists, 1 research associate, 7 postdoctoral research fellows, and 4 physics residents.
Medical Physics Section mission:
- To provide the best possible radiation therapy technical support for the patients treated at all sites serviced by the Department of Radiation Oncology
- Through clinical research, develop the accuracy and efficiency of cancer treatment, integrating new technical innovations in radiation therapy
- To educate future generations of physicians and physicists in the art and science of radiation oncology physics
Medical Physics Faculty
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Ergun Ahunbay, PhD, is an Associate Professor. His research interests include intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and image guided radiation therapy (IGRT).
Guang-Pei Chen, PhD, is an Assistant Professor. His research interests include intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT), programming in radiation oncology and patient safety.
Xiaojian (Victor) Chen, PhD, is an Instructor currently working on research in the area of adaptive radiation therapy.
Kristofer Kainz, PhD, is an Associate Professor and Director of the Medical Physics Residency Program and Medical Physics Certificate Programs. His research interests include intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and image guided radiation therapy (IGRT).
Slade Klawikowski, PhD, is an Instructor working on research in the areas of image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT), scintillation dosimetry and 3D dosimetry.
X. Allen Li, PhD, is Professor and Chief of Medical Physics in the department. Dr. Li's research interests range from adaptive radiation therapy, outcome modeling, to MRI guided radiation treatment planning and delivery.
Natalya Morrow, PhD, is an Assistant Professor for the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center.
Eric Paulson, PhD, is an Associate Professor in Radiation Oncology with secondary appointments in the Radiology and Biophysics departments. His research is focused on the development and application of advanced MRI imaging technologies for MRI-guided radiation treatment planning and delivery.
Douglas Prah, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the Froedtert and Medical College Clinical Cancer Center and at the Froedtert Health West Bend Alyce and Elmer Kramer Cancer Center.
Philip Prior, Jr., PhD is an Instructor at the Froedtert Health West Bend Alyce and Elmer Kramer Cancer Center. His research interests include dose-response modeling of tumors and normal tissues, doses effects of magnetic field for IMRT & VMAT plans and development of treatment planning strategies for the MR-Linac.
Jason Rownd, MS, is an Instructor and senior medical physicist for the brachytherapy program.
An Tai, PhD, is an Assistant Professor. His research interests include motion management and stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT).
Medical Physics Staff, Residents and Postdoctoral Fellows
Katherine Albano, MS, is a senior physicist, lead physicist for the Drexel Town Square Health Center, Radiation Oncology and a lead physicist for the Gamma Knife program.
Xingfeng Chen, PhD, is a medical physics resident focusing on MR-linac dosimetric effects of magnetic field and electron density assignment as well as MRI-based IMRT planning and evaluation of treatment planning systems.
Dan Grimm, MS, is a senior medical physicist working at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center.
Sara Lim, PhD, is a medical physics resident focusing on using CT radiomics to predict and track radiation treatment response in lung cancers.
Francisco Lopez, MS, is a senior medical physicist overseeing day-to-day dosimetry workflows and teaching radiation physics to RT students, medical and physics residents and physics postdoctoral fellows.
Farshad Mostafaei, PhD is a postdoctoral fellow focusing on improving respiration motion management during radiation therapy delivery for abdominal and thoracic cancer and real-time organ motion monitoring using ultrasound and kV fluoroscopy during lung SBRT delivery.
Haidy Gerges Nasief, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow focusing on developing machine learning algorithms utilizing CT radiomics to classify and predict treatment response for pancreatic cancer.
George Noid, PhD, is a medical physics resident with research interests including image quality assessments of model-based iterative CT reconstruction and development of a transabdominal ultrasound probe for tracking intrafractional pancreatic motion.
Tia Plautz, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow studying texture stability in CT and MRI using radiomics techniques.
Diane Schott, PhD, is a medical physics resident focusing on tracking physical qualities of the pancreas over treatment duration and exploring possible correlations between physical qualities and treatment response for pancreatic cancer.
Ranjeeta Thapa, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow focusing on image-guided adaptive radiation therapy and also studying the CT radiomics to track the response in the heart during radiation.
JingQiao Zhang, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow focusing in automation of fast on-line adaptive therapy and auto contour with machine learning and computer vision.
Ying Zhang, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow working on contour quality assurance for adaptive radiation therapy.