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Duke News at AAPM

Members of our program distinguished themselves recently at the AAPM annual meeting. Terry Yoshizumi was elected a Fellow of the AAPM. Mark Oldham was elected as an AAPM board member at-large and Ehsan Samei was elected as the first alternate for board member at-large.

In addition, recent graduate Olav Christianson presented a paper on patient-specific CT dose that was just 1 of only 2 presentations selected by the AAPM for a press release. This story was also picked up by Auntminnie, DotMed, and even NPR. Olav’s work was based on over 6500 CT scans. The press release quotes Olav: “This system quantifies the risks encountered by individual patients. It is designed based on these very patient-specific factors to guide doctors in determining the most appropriate radiation dose patients should receive during a CT exam.” Olav is now a medical physicist working in the Clinical Imaging Physics Group at Duke Radiology.

In other student/alumni/faculty news:

  • Irina Vergalasova won the AAPM John R. Cameron/John R. Cunningham Young Investigators Award – Third Place for paper entitled: “A Novel Technique for Markerless Self-Sorted 4D-CBCT”.
  • Hao Li is the winner of the American College of Medical Physics Young Investigator Competition, Third place, for his paper entitled, “Dual-Energy Dual Cone-Beam CT for Image Guided Radiotherapy”.
  • Larry Cumberbatch was awarded NIH training fellowship in 2011-2012.
  • Paco Robles is the recipient of Floyd Fellowship in 2011-2012.
  • Lei Ren, who was the first PhD graduating from the program, recently returned to Duke as an Assistant Professor in Radiation Physics.
  • Josh Wilson, 2011 graduate, is now a postdoc in RAI Labs and a resident in the Clinical Imaging Physics Group.