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Dekker from Netherlands to Deliver Distinguished Lecture

Andre Dekker, PhD

Head Medical Physicist, MAASTRO Clinic
Professor and Chair Clinical Science Data, Maastricht University, The Netherlands


Date: Thursday, January 19

Location: North Hospital 2002

Time: Lecture 3:00-4:00 PM, 4:30 – 5:30 PM reception and townhall discussion in the Medical Physics lounge in Hock Plaza 

Prof. Andre Dekker is a board-certified medical physicist at MAASTRO Clinic, Maastricht, The Netherlands since 2005. He has been the head of Medical Physics until 2009 and then led for numerous years the department of Information and Services that manages medical informatics and ICT. He is now responsible for all Research and Education activities at the hospital. He was appointed as a full professor at Maastricht University in 2015 where he holds the chair “Clinical Data Science”.

 From 2008, he started and is the principal investigator of the GROW-Maastricht University research division of MAASTRO Knowledge Engineering. His research focuses on two main themes: 1) global data sharing infrastructures; 2) machine learning on this data for decision support systems. The main scientific breakthrough has been the development of a Semantic Web and ontology based data sharing and distributed learning infrastructure that does not require data to leave the hospital. This has reduced many of the ethical and other barriers to share data.

Prof. Dekker has authored over 90 publications (h-index 37) in peer reviewed journals covering informatics, imaging, radiotherapy, tissue optics and heart disease and holds multiple awarded patents. He has held visiting scientist appointments at the Christie Hospital NHS trust; University of Sydney Australia; Liverpool and Macarthur Cancer therapy centers Australia; Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District Australia; Universita Cattolica Del Sacro Cuore, Italy; Radiation Therapy Oncology Group, USA, Varian Medical Systems, USA and the Princess Margaret Hospital in Canada.



Duke MedPhys at PhysCon 2016

(2016-12-16) Dr. Anuj Kapadia (DGS) and Wendy Harris (MedPhys PhD'18) attended the 2016 Society of Physics Students Quadrennial Physics Congress on November 3-6 in Silicon Valley, CA. The weekend included featured talks by distinguished scientists, workshops, tours of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, NASA and Google X, and opportunities to network and socialize. The Duke University Medical Physics Graduate Program had a table at the exhibit hall, which was open all day on Nov 4th. Dr. Kapadia and Wendy engaged one-on-one with approximately 100 prospective undergraduate physics students, introducing them about the field of medical physics. After the event Wendy Harris reflected, "I had gone to the 2012 Phys Con in Orlando, Fl, during my senior year of undergraduate school, so this was a great opportunity for me to return back, four years later, as a graduate student. I estimate that between both Dr. Kapadia and me, we talked to ~100 undergraduate students!". Overall, it was a great experience for the program, and a strong outreach activitiy for Medical Physics.




Farewell to MedPhys DKU Students

(2016-12-14) On Wednesday, a farewell event was held for DKU students who completed their visiting semester at Duke. The Director and DGS of DKU Medical Physics reflected on the semester, and voiced their gratitude to the advisors, committees, and administrators who supported the students on a daily basis. The highlight of the event was a short speech by DGS Dr. James Bowsher delivered in Chinese ! Dr. Chris Willett provided a reflection of the DKU program and his interactions with the DKU students. Farewell to our MP DKU students. We wish you much happiness in all your pursuits. Let us know where the road takes you.



Samei presents ICMP Plenary Talk

(2016-12-16) Dr. Ehsan Samei (Radiology), presented a plenary talk on Medical Physics 3.0, the future of medical physics, at the International Conference of Medical Physics in Bangkok, Thailand on December 10, 2016. In addition to this talk, Dr. Samei was a Chairman at Mini Symposium titled “The evolving posture of MP as a profession: medical physics 3.0”.



Martin Leads Physics Forum on Shielding

(2016-11-29) Duke Radiation Oncology Physics and Duke Radiation Dosimetry Laboratory (DRDL) hosted Physics Forum: Shielding Considerations for Emerging Radiation Treatment and Imaging on November 10, 2016. Co-hosts were Melissa Martin (AAPM President-elect), Fang Fang Yin (Chief Physicist), Terry Yoshizumi (Radiation Safety Officer) and Regina Kissinger (NC Radiation Protection). The meeting was very successful and attended by members of the NC Chapter Health Physics Society, radiation safety officers and managers from Duke Regional Hospital, Duke Raleigh Hospital, Durham VA Medical Center, and staff physicists from Duke Radiation Oncology, Duke Radiation Safety, UNC-Chapel Hill, and NC State University.