American Association of Physicists in Medicine Awards Ceremony
July 15, 2002
Fairmont the Queen Elizabeth Hotel
Le Grand Salon
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
The American Association of Physicists in Medicine was founded in 1958 to promote the application of physics to medicine and biology, to encourage interest and training in medical physics and related fields and to prepare and disseminate technical information in medical physics and related fields.
Welcome and Presentation of Awards
Robert G. Gould, Sc.D., FAAPM
Moment of silence honoring deceased AAPM Members
Young Investigators' Competition
AAPM Medical Physics Travel Grant
Jean M. Moran, Ph.D.
AAPM-IPEM Medical Physics Travel Grant
Eric E. Klein, M.S., FAAPM
Mark Oldham, Ph.D.
Anil Shetty, Ph.D.
David Jaffray, Ph.D.
Jeffrey Siewerdsen, Ph.D.
Daniel Farkas, Ph.D.
George Pirtskhalaishvili, M.D.
John Lavelle, M.D.
Mark Zeidel, M.D.
Sheldon Bastacky, M.D.
Susan Meyers, M.S.
Yingtian Pan, Ph.D.
Peter H. Bloch,
J. Daniel Bourland, Ph.D., FAAPM
Julie E. Dawson, Ph.D., FAAPM
Peter B. Dunscombe, Ph.D., FAAPM
Paul A. Feller, Ph.D., FAAPM
Doracy P. Fontenla, Ph.D., FAAPM
Richard A. Geise, Ph.D., FAAPM
Glenn P. Glasgow, Ph.D., FAAPM
Allen F. Hrejsa, Ph.D., FAAPM
Willi A. Kalender, Ph.D., FAAPM
Robert W. Kline, Ph.D., FAAPM
Mary Ellen Masterson-McGary, M.S., FAAPM
Yakov M. Pipman, Ph.D., FAAPM
Thomas M. Potts, M.S., FAAPM
Robert E. Rice, III, M.S., FAAPM
Almon S. Shiu, Ph.D., FAAPM
Douglas J. Simpkin, Ph.D., FAAPM
Palmer G. Steward, Ph.D., FAAPM
Lawrence E. Sweeney, Ph.D., FAAPM
Marcia M. Urie, Ph.D., FAAPM
Lynn J. Verhey, Ph.D., FAAPM
Cedric X. Yu, D.Sc. , FAAPM
Eric C. Zickgraf, Ph.D., FAAPM
Recognition of AAPM Service
Charles W. Coffey II, Ph.D., FAAPM
Gerald A. White Jr., M.S.
Award for Achievement in Medical Physics
William D. Coolidge Award
Reception immediately following in the Galleries 1 - 4
William D. Coolidge Award
The AAPM's highest honor is presented to a member who has exhibited a distinguished career in medical physics, and who has exerted a significant impact on the practice of medical physics.
William D. Coolidge Award Recipients
|1972||William D. Coolidge||1988||John R. Cunningham|
|1973||Robert J. Shalek||1989||William R. Hendee|
|1974||John S. Laughlin||1990||Peter R. Almond|
|1975||Marvin M.D. Williams||1991||Moses A. Greenfield|
|1976||Harold E. Johns||1992||Nagalingam Suntharalingam|
|1977||Edith E. Quimby||1993||Colin G. Orton|
|1978||Lawrence H. Lanzl||1994||F. H. Attix|
|1979||Herbert M. Parker||1995||Robert Loevinger|
|1980||John R. Cameron||1996||Leonard Stanton|
|1981||James G. Kereiakes||1997||James A. Purdy|
|1982||Gail D. Adams||1998||Bengt E. Bjarngard|
|1983||Edward W. Webster||1999||Faiz M. Khan|
|1984||Robley D. Evans||2000||Lowell L. Anderson|
|1985||Jack S. Krohmer||2001||Ravinder Nath|
|1986||Warren K. Sinclair||2002||Bhudatt R. Paliwal|
|1987||Gordon L. Brownell|
Award for Achievement in Medical Physics
The Achievement Award denotes outstanding career achievement in medical physics practice, education, or organizational affairs and professional activities.
The category of Fellow honors members who have distinguished themselves by their contributions in research, education, and leadership in the medical physics community.
Bhudatt Paliwal was born in 1938 in Khewra, a small village near Delhi, India. He received an MS degree in Physical Sciences and an MA in Philosophy from the Sri Aurobindo International Center of Education, Pondicherry. He won an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) scholarship to receive training in the peaceful uses of atomic energy at the Bhabha Atomic Research Center, Trombay, India. As a Fellow of the IAEA, he received additional training in medical physics from Professor Leonard Stanton at the Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia, after which he completed Ph.D. from the University of Texas in Houston at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, M. D. Anderson Hospital in 1973. He had the privilege to be mentored by Professors Peter Almond and Robert Shalek.
In 1973 Bhudatt moved to the University of Wisconsin in Madison as an assistant professor of Radiology. This proved to be a stimulating environment for him that nurtured his scientific and professional career; learning from and collaborating with such giants as John Cameron and Herb Attix. He is currently a tenured professor of Human Oncology and Medical Physics and the director of radiation oncology physics in the Department of Human Oncology. Here he has mentored and taught many highly placed medical physicist all around the world.
Bhudatt has over 120 publications in refereed, scientific journals. He has been the editor, author or co-author of numerous books, chapters and AAPM monographs. His research and development interests have covered a wide range of topics that include: Tomotherapy, Time Dose Fractionation, Hyperthermia, Electron Arc Therapy and Quality Assurance.
Bhudatt has stimulated scientific research by organizing numerous national and international conferences and workshops on topics of interest in Radiation Oncology. The five International conferences on Time-Dose-fractionation in Radiation Oncology resulted in monographs edited by him that have stimulated many new research ideas in medical physics, statistics, biology and radiotherapy. Other monographs edited by him have covered Hyperthermia, Electron beam dosimetry and quality assurance in radiation therapy.
Bhudatt served as AAPM President in 1996. He consolidated a stable electronic age platform for the AAPM headquarters and his initiatives helped create the positive relationships and dialogue that in 2001 finally resulted in satisfactorily resolving the issue of two Boards for the certification of Medical Physicists. He was the Chairman of CAMPEP for six years and helped to include the Canadian College of Medical Physics as sponsoring organization. He is continuing to serve on several AAPM committees and is the chair of Education and Training of Medical Physicists. He is also AAPM's liaison to the European Society for Therapeutic Radiation Oncology.
In 1999, Bhudatt also served as the President and Chairman of the American College of Medical Physics. He has been the Chief Editor of Medical Physics World and an AAPM delegate to the International Organization Of Medical Physics.
Currently, Bhudatt serves as a Physics Trustee of the American Board of Radiology and as its Assistant Executive Director.
AAPM Award for Achievement in Medical Physics
Amos Norman, Ph.D.
Amos Norman, following wartime service with the 101st Airborne Division, earned an MA in Physics (1947) and Ph.D. in Biophysics (1950) from Columbia University with the financial support of Atomic Energy Commission Fellowships, the GI Bill and a working wife. He spent his professional career at the University of California, Los Angeles where he was a co-founder of the Biomedical Physics Graduate Program and where he continues to teach, serve on committees and conduct research as Professor Emeritus of Radiation Oncology. He served from 1979-2000 as Associate Editor of Medical Physics. He is board certified in Radiological Physics and is a Fellow of the American College of Radiology and the American Association of Physicists in Medicine. His publications include multitarget and thermal spike models for cell survival, extensive studies of DNA and chromosome damage and repair in human lymphocytes, calculations of the therapeutic gain possible from the identification of radiosensitive patients, calculations and experiments on the radiation dose enhancement in tumors loaded with x-ray contrast agents, and experiments, calculations and clinical trials of the CTX, a CT scanner modified for use as a therapy machine, for treating spontaneous brain tumors in dogs and metastatic brain tumors in human patients. He is currently working with a group that is developing the CXS, a tunable source of monochromatic x-rays for medical imaging and radiation therapy, and is exploring the use of Raman spectroscopy for constructing molecular portraits of cells and identifying radiosensitive patients.
New AAPM Fellows
Dr. P Bloch has made several contributions to medical
physics. These include: (1) X-ray fluorescence analysis to assay in
vivo heavy metals such as antimony, lead, mercury and uranium in individuals
exposed to these substances in the environment or at the workplace,
(2) using magnetic resonance parameters to distinguish between malignant
and normal tissues, and to following these MR parameters during a course
of radiotherapy, (3) unifying electron and photon dosimetry with a single
dose calculation algorithm that used pencil beam energy deposition kernels
for calculating the 3D-dose distribution for electron and photon beams.
Recently his interest include using photostimulable phosphors and/or
amorphous Si detector for digital acquisition of treatment fields in
Dan Bourland received his PhD degree in Medical and
Health Physics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
in 1990. He was Clinical Instructor from 1987 to 1990 in the Department
of Radiation Oncology, UNC-Chapel Hill. From 1990 to 1995 he was Assistant
Professor and Consultant, Division of Radiation Oncology, Mayo Clinic.
In 1995 Dr. Bourland joined the Department of Radiation Oncology, Wake
Forest University, where he is Head of the Physics Section and Associate
Professor. Dr. Bourland's current AAPM service includes the Electronic
Media Coordinating Committee (chair), the RTC Sub-com on Molecular Imaging
in Clinical Radiation Oncology (chair) and AAPM appointments to AIP
and IOMP. He is board certified by the ABR in Therapeutic Radiological
Physics and serves as an oral examiner. Dr. Bourland has approximately
70 peer-reviewed papers, book chapters, abstracts, and proceedings,
and an equal number of scientific and educational presentations.
Julie Dawson was born in Chile. In 1977, she came to
the United States with an IAEA medical physics fellowship for training
at MD Anderson Hospital and at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology.
Afterwards, she worked at Mallinckrodt for five years. She received
her Ph.D. Degree in 1989 from the University of Missouri in Columbia.
Julie has worked at Saint Louis University since 1990. Currently she
is an Associate Professor and Chief Medical Physicist. Julie received
an MBA degree in 1994. Dr. Dawson current AAPM service includes the
Publications Committee (chair), the Professional Information and Clinical
Relations Committee (chair) and membership in several committees. Julie
is Board Certified by the American Board Of Radiology in Therapeutic
Radiological Physics. She is an Adjunct professor and a member of the
Dean of Engineering Advisory Board at the University of Missouri, Columbia.
Publications include 9-refereed papers, and a book chapter `
Peter Dunscombe's graduate education was in Physics
and Nuclear Physics at universities in London, Birmingham and Hamburg.
In 1974 he changed careers to medical physics at Charing Cross Hospital
in London. In 1982 he moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba being appointed Director
of Medical Physics there in 1986. 1990 saw a relocation to Sudbury,
Ontario as Chief Physicist with academic appointments at Ottawa and
Laurentian Universities. In 2001 Dr. Dunscombe relocated once more to
Calgary,Alberta being appointed Director of Medical Physics and Professor
at the University of Calgary. Over the years Dr. Dunscombe has had the
privilege of teaching many medical residents, physics graduate students
and residents and radiation therapists. He has also taken a strong interest
in professional affairs having been President of the Canadian College
of Physicists in Medicine and latterly joining the Board of CAMPEP.
In addition he has published in many areas within and on the fringes
of medical physics.
Paul A. Feller received his MS in physics from the
University of Cincinnati in 1970, after which he entered the Medical
Physics Residency Program at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit. After a stint
as a CO in the USPHS Bureau of Rad. Health, he returned to UC and completed
his PhD in 1980. After a Post-doctoral fellowship at UC Hospital, he
began as a clinical physicist at the Jewish Hospital in Cincinnati in
1981, where he has supervised several graduate students and is still
the Director Medical Physics. He has been very active in AAPM, currently
most involved in the Summer School Subcommittee of the Continuing Education
Committee. He has been active in the ACR and the ACMP, serving as Chair
of the ACMP Board of Chancellors in 1995. He has served as President
of local chapters of the AAPM and HPS. Dr Feller is holds certifications
from the ABR in Medical Nuclear, Therapeutic Radiological and Diagnostic
Radiological Physics, and from the ABMP in Radiation Oncology Physics.
He is a Fellow of the ACMP.
Doracy P. Fontenla received her Ph.D. from the University
of Cuyo, Argentina. She was a Post Doctoral Fellow in the Department
of Medical Physics at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (1982-1984).
She remained in the staff at MSKCC, until 1993,when she joined the Department
of Radiation Oncology at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College
of Medicine, as Medical Physics Director. She is an Associate Professor
at the College. Dr. Fontenla has dedicated extensive effort in teaching
medical physics fellows and radiation oncology residents as well. Currently
Dr. Fontenla is Associate Chief of Physics at the Long Island Jewish
Medical Center. Dr. Fontenla has served in several AAPM committees and
task groups. She also has been very active in the effort for obtaining
Licensure for medical physicists in NY. Dr. Fontenla has published 27
papers in peer-reviewed journals, about 50 presentations in scientific
meetings, nationally and internationally.
Richard Geise is a medical physicist with twenty-five
years of experience. He has Masters degrees in Physics and Radiological
Sciences and a Ph.D. in Biophysical Sciences. He is ABR certified in
Radiological Physics and a Fellow of the ACR. He has consulted for over
a hundred medical institutions and industries. Experienced in all areas
of medical physics, he currently specializes in imaging physics, safety
and dosimetry. He is a Clinical Specialist and Associate Professor at
the University of Minnesota, teaching medical, graduate, and x-ray technology
students and radiology residents. He has acted as head of Medical Physics
in the Radiology Department and Director of Graduate Studies in Biophysical
Sciences. He has contributed to over forty publications and given many
presentations in national and international venues. Dr. Geise has been
active in several professional societies, serving on or chairing many
committees, commissions and task groups, and is Associate Editor of
Dr. Glasgow was born February 8, 1944 in Lebanon, Ky.
He received his B.S. degree in 1965 at Western Kentucky State College,
Bowling Green, Ky and his M.S. & Ph.D. at the Univ. of Kentucky,
Lexington, Ky in 1969 and 1974 respectively. He served at the Washington
University School of Medicine from 1974 to 1985 where he finished as
Associate Professor of Radiation Physics. He has served at Loyola University
Stritch School of Medicine since 1985 and is currently Professor and
Head of the Division of Medical Physics. He resides with his wife and
daughter in River Forest, Il.
Allen F. Hrejsa received his PhD degree in low energy
nuclear physics from the University of Notre Dame in 1972. He then completed
a NIH postdoctoral research fellowship in Medical Physics at M.D. Anderson
Hospital. In 1973 Dr. Hrejsa went to Springfield, IL where he served
as Director of Medical Physics for two hospitals and the SIU School
of Medicine. After becoming Board Certified by the American Board of
Radiology in 1976, he worked at Fermi Lab's Neutron Cancer Care Facility
conducting research and providing patient care. Currently, Allen is
the Director of Medical Physics at Lutheran General Hospital in Park
Ridge, IL. Dr. Hrejsa is an active member of the AAPM, having served
as Chairman of the Ethics Committee, President of the Midwest Chapter,
and various other committees positions. He chairs the Governor's Radiation
Protection Advisory Board for the State of Illinois.
Willi A. Kalender received his Ph.D. in Medical Physics
from the University of Wisconsin, in 1979. In 1988 he completed all
postdoctoral lecturing qualifications for Medical Physics at the University
Tübingen. From 1979 to 1995 he worked in the research laboratories
of Siemens Medical Systems in Erlangen, Germany (1988 to 1995). In 1991,
Dr. Kalender became Adjunct Professor of Medical Physics at the University
of Wisconsin. In 1995 he was appointed full professor and director of
the newly established Institute of Medical Physics at the Friedrich-Alexander-University
Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany. His main research interests lie in
the area of diagnostic imaging, the development and introduction of
volumetric spiral CT was a particular focus. Other fields of research
are radiation protection and the development of quantitative diagnostic
procedures. He has published a textbook on Computed Tomography and more
than 400 papers, published in international scientific journals.
Robert W. Kline received his Ph.D. degree in Solid
State Physics from Wayne State University in 1974. After completing
a Medical Physics Fellowship at Rush-Presbyterian Medical Center, he
joined the Department of Radiation Therapy at the Medical College of
Wisconsin. In 1986, he joined the Division of Radiation Oncology at
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, where he is currently an Associate Professor
of Radiological Physics and a member of the Mayo Graduate School Biophysics
Faculty. Dr. Kline is co-author of 46 papers in peer-reviewed journals,
as well as numerous abstracts and presentations. He was responsible
for organizing the design and fabrication of the I-125 eye plaques employed
by the Collaborative Ocular Melanoma Study, as well as by many institutions
outside the study. In collaboration with other individuals and groups,
he has been involved in defining quality assurance guidelines and certification
methods for the Collaborative Ocular Melanoma Study and for Stereotactic
Mary Ellen Masterson-McGary received her M.A. in Physics
from Columbia University, and her M.S. in Radiological Physics from
Cornell University. She began her career in the Northeast Center for
Radiological Physics in Dr. John Laughlin's Medical Physics Department
at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. She held appointments to
the Medical Staff at MSKCC, and to the faculty of Cornell University
Medical College. After marriage to her loving husband Randy and the
birth of their wonderful daughter Katie, she accepted a position as
the Chief Physicist at Holmes Regional Medical Center. She is certified
by the American Board of Radiology and the American Board of Medical
Physics. She has been active in numerous professional societies including
AAPM, ABMP, ACMP and NCRP. She has served as President of RAMPS and
of the Florida Chapter of the AAPM. She currently sits on the Radiation
Therapy Committee, on the AAPM Board of Directors, and on the Board
of Chancellors of the ACMP.
Yakov Pipman moved from Buenos Aires to Israel at the
age of 15. Dr. Pipman got his Ph.D. in Physics at the Technion. After
a Postdoc at MIT and teaching Graduate Physics at Montana State University,
he entered Medical Physics as a Postdoctoral Fellow at MSKCC, fulfilling
a desire to use Physics for the benefit of patients. Later, he joined
MSKCC's Medical Staff. In 1985 joined the new Department of Radiation
Oncology at LIJ as Chief Physicist, where he promoted advanced techniques
and the highest standards of care. Consistently bolstered the Medical
Physics profession, serving as President of RAMPS, working for Licensure,
promoting continuing education and quality. He is a Fellow of the ACMP
and a diplomate of the ABR and the ABMP. Served on several expert missions
for the IAEA and assisted in the development of Medical Physics in Israel
and in Latin America through lectures, courses, visits and sponsorship
of colleagues. Currently he is Chair of the Latin American Affairs Subcommittee.
Thomas Potts has been a practicing Medical Radiation
Physicist for 20 years with experience in therapy, imaging, and radiation
safety. He is board certified through ABR (Therapy, 1987) and the ABMP
(Radiation Oncology Physics, 1991). In addition to AAPM, Mr. Potts is
a member of the Cascade Chapter of the Health Physics society, a member
of Sigma Pi Sigma (national physics honor society), and a member of
Rotary International. Over the course of his career he has held faculty
appointments at Loma Linda University, California State University at
Long Beach, and currently has an appointment as assistant professor
in the graduate faculty of the School of Nuclear Engineering, Oregon
State University. His educational background includes a B.S. in physics,
an M.A. in teaching physics with emphasis in reactor physics, and an
M.S. in medical physics. Developmental work includes intraoperative
electron beam treatment delivery systems and electron are therapy on
the Philips SL20.
Following award of a masters degree in medical physics
from the University of Kentucky in 1975, Robert E. Rice has served as
medical physicist for Hartford Hospital, as Chief Radiation Physicist
since 1977, as Director of Radiation Oncology and Medical Physics Services
since 1983, as the administrator for the Hartford Hospital Cancer Program
since 1990 and as Director of Imaging Services from 1997-2000. Certified
by both the ABR and the ABMP, he has been active in professional organizations,
notably the ACR Radiation Oncology Practice Accreditation Program. He
has served the AAPM as Placement Service Director, on committees and
task groups, as regional AAPM chapter President and as a member of the
board of directors. He is currently a Chancellor of the American College
of Medical Physics. His current interests are in improvement of patient
care through full integration of diagnostic and therapeutic technologies
and in creating new delivery systems based on self-directing teams.
Almon Shiu received his Ph.D. from the University of
Texas Health Science Center at Houston Graduate School of Biomedical
Sciences (UTGSBS) in 1988. He remained at UTMDACC, after his graduation,
where he is now Associate professor of the Radiation Physics Department
and leader of the measurement dosimetry and LINAC technology group.
Dr. Shiu's research in electron beam transport and clinical application
and in SRS lead to the development of Tungsten eye shield for electron
beam treatment and the miniature multileaf collimator for SRS/SRT. Both
products were awarded USA patents. Dr. Shiu has served in many capacities
in AAPM. He and Dr. Mellenberg were the co-coordinators for AAPM YR
2000 Summer School. Currently Dr. Shiu is the chair of the Technology
assessment subcommittee. He is board certified by the ABR in TRP and
the ABMP in Radiation Oncology Physics. He has also actively participated
in ASTRO and the CAMP credited MS/PhD graduate program at the UTGSBS.
Following masters degree training in physics and medical
physics at the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Simpkin joined St. Luke's
Medical Center, Milwaukee, in 1979 as diagnostic physicist, physics
instructor, and RSO, positions still held today. He was certified by
the ABR in 1986, and completed his Ph.D. in Medical Physics from UW
in 1991. He has actively consulted to Milwaukee-area medical institutions
in diagnostic and mammography physics for the past two decades. Dr.
Simpkin has a keen interest in diagnostic x-ray shielding, leading to
publication of a number of research papers, appointment to AAPM and
NCRP committees, and numerous lectures and refresher courses on the
subject of shielding. Dr. Simpkin has endeavored to share with his fellow
physicists computer-based solutions to diagnostic physics problems,
including shareware programs to calculate shielding requirements, patient
entrance skin exposures, and generate mammography physics survey reports.
Palmer Steward received a PhD from UC Berkeley in 1968.
During postdoctoral fellowships at Berkeley and Stanford, he entered
physics in medicine as a radiation physicist hoping to contribute to
cancer therapy by modeling cell kinetic and survival responses to radiation
and drugs. He then spent 7 years at Washington University teaching and
developing computer models of proliferating cell systems, after which
he returned to radiation physics as a clinician. Following clinical
training at Washington University, he spent 10 years at the St. Louis
VA Medical Center and St. Louis University. In 1987 he moved to Iowa
where he focused on demonstrating the role of clinical physics to several
radiation centers and skeptical administrators who were accustomed to
seeing a physicist only for machine calibrations. Most of these centers
now employ at least one full-time physicist. Dr Steward believes that
his contributions have been more gratifying than conspicuous.
Larry Sweeney received his M.S. degree in Radiologiocal
Physics in 1976 from Carnegie Mellon University while working as a Junior
Physicist at St. Francis Medical Center. In 1978 he was certified by
the American Board of Radiology un Radiological Physics and went on
to complete his Ph.D. from the Univercity of Pittsburgh in 1981. During
that time and subsequently, he has been involved in teaching and training
of Radiologists, Physicists, Dosimetrists and Radiation Therarists.
Dr. Sweeney has served as an Officer of both the Penn-Ohio Chapter and
the Northwest Chapter of the AAPM. Currently he serves as the NW Chapter
representative of the AAPM Board of Directors and as the Chair of the
Subcommitee on Training and Practice of Medical Dosimitrists. In 2000
he finished two terms on the Medical Dosimetry Certification Board.
He Is also active on the Physics Economics Commitee of the American
College of Radiology. Since July 2001, he has become the President of
Northwest Medical Physics Center near Seattle, Washington.
Marcia M. Urie received her M.S. from Cornell University
and her Ph.D. from the University of Florida. Her career started at
the Royal Marsden Hospital (London, England), took her to the Ministry
of Health (Jamaica), Maine Medical Center (Portland, ME), and St. Vincent
Hospital (Worcester, MA). In 1980 she joined the proton therapy physics
group at Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston, MA). From 1994-1999
she was Director of Medical Physics at the University of Massachusetts
Medical Center (Worcester, MA). Since 1995 she has been Director of
Physics at the Quality Assurance Review Center (Providence, RI) which
oversees the quality of radiation therapy for NCI sponsored clinical
trials. She is a Professor of Radiology at the University of Massachusetts
Medical School and has more than 70 publications. She has been active
in the NEAAPM, AAPM, RSNA physics program, several NCI sponsored collaborative
groups, and national clinical trials cooperative groups.
After completion of a Ph.D. degree in high energy particle
physics from the University of Illinois in 1968, Dr. Verhey served as
an Assistant Professor at UCLA and at Harvard, working on high energy
experiments at LBL in Berkeley and at Fermilab near Chicago. In 1975,
he entered the field of medical physics by taking a position at Massachusetts
General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, doing research on the use
of protons in cancer patients. Between 1978 and 1990, he served as Head
of Clinical Physics for Proton Therapy at MGH. In 1991, he left Boston
to take a position as Chief of Physics in the Department of Radiation
Oncology at the University of California, San Francisco where he is
currently a Professor and Vice-Chair of the Department. He was responsible
for clinically implementing Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy at UCSF
with a variety of delivery methods. He is certified by the ABR and has
authored or co-authored more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals.
Cedric Yu received his D.Sc. degree from Washington
University in St. Louis in 1989. Upon graduation, He was employed by
Siemens Medical Laboratories for 3 years as a medical physicist and
project manager. From 1992 to 1997, he was hired as a clinical physicist
at W. Beaumont Hospital. He joined University of Maryland at the end
of 1997 first as Assistant Professor and later as Associate Professor,
serving as Director of Medical Physics. He served as a member in TG50.
He is currently serving in the IMRT subcommittee of the RTC in AAPM
and in the Physics Committee of ASTRO. He is board certified by the
ABMP. He is a member of American College Medical Physics. Cedric Yu
was a PI on one NIH grant and 2 industrial grants. He has published
33 papers in peer-reviewed journals, 1 book chapter and 1 scientific
report. He also has over 40 published abstracts. He supervised 9 postdoc
fellows and initiated an accredited dosimetrist training program.
Eric Zickgraf received his Ph.D. degree from Rush University of Chicago in 1996. He began practicing medical physics at St. Francis Hospital, Evanston, IL in 1980 and became the Director of Medical Physics at The Community Hospital, Munster, IN in 1992. He is also an associate of Hubbard, Broadbent & Associates, Ltd. Dr. Zickgraf is board certified by the ABR in Therapeutic Radiological Physics and Diagnostic and Medical Nuclear Physics and is a Fellow of the ACR. He has served as the president of the Midwest Chapter of the AAPM and the Midwest Chapter of the Health Physics Society. He is active in the AAPM. He has taught at National Lewis University, The University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School, and Indiana University Northwest.
Born in Cleveland, OH, Jack received a BS in mathematics and chemistry at Western Reserve University in 1943. In 1946, upon completion of three years in the military, Jack married Doris Elaine Lyman who survives him, along with two of their three children, Jack and Candace (their eldest, Karen, died a few months before Jack). He is also survived by nine grandchildren.
Jack's MA in physics was earned at Western Reserve in 1947 where he then worked for 10 years as Leader of the Physics Section, Atomic Energy Medical Research Project and Chief Physicist at University Hospitals of Cleveland while completing two years of medical school as partial requirements for a doctoral program under Earl Gregg at Case Institute.
Jack was certified by the ABR in 1950 and later by the ABHP and the ABCE. He served several years on the Health Physics Board and was an Examiner for the ABR for 32 years, rising to Chairman of the Physics Committee and a Member of the Board of Trustees. In 1957 Jack moved to Parkland Memorial Hospital (Dallas) as Chief Physicist and completed his PhD in 1961 at the University of Texas. 1963 saw him moving to Roswell Park in Buffalo, NY with a joint appointment at SUNY. In 1966 he became Associate in Physics at the Geisinger (PA) Medical Center and Visiting Professor of Physics at Bucknell University. Six years later he joined Radiology Associates of Erie (PA) and served for three of his seven years there as President of the Erie Clinic. Jack moved to Wayne State University in Detroit in 1979 as Professor and Director of the Radiation Physics Graduate Program.
Since 1985 (when he moved to Georgetown, TX) he did locum tenens at over 30 institutions in the US, commissioning equipment, designing facilities, hiring physicists and providing clinical physics service. His last efforts included establishing the Radiation Oncology Center at the Georgetown Healthcare System, named for him. In his 54 years in the field, Jack planned hundreds of diagnostic and therapeutic radiation facilities
Jack initiated the AAPM Placement Service and operated it for 14 years. He was dedicated to recruiting young physicists, elevating the professional level of all medical physicists and to strengthening the bond between physicists and physicians. He worked tirelessly within the AAPM (President in 1974), the ACR, the RSNA, the ARRS and several other professional and scientific societies. He received two gold medals and the Coolidge Award in recognition of his achievements only a few of which are catalogued herein.
Excerpted from: Medical Physics 28 (10): p. 1997, October, 2001, and Radiology 221 (2): p. 562, November, 2001.
Lawrence H. Lanzl (Larry to all his friends and colleagues) was born in Chicago and grew up in Highland Park, Illinois. Both his parents had come to the United States from Germany. His interest in science led him to major in physics at Northwestern University. After graduation, he joined the Manhattan Project, working first in Chicago and then at Los Alamos. He returned for graduate study in physics at the University of Illinois. It was there, while he did research on the betatron, that he became interested in the biomedical applications of the physics of radiation. After a brief stint at the Argonne National Laboratory, Larry came to the University of Chicago, where he worked as a medical physicist with Dr. Lester Skaggs. He was active in the design of a cobalt-60 radiation therapy unit and of an electron linear accelerator, before such machines became available commercially. Both were in service to patients for many years. He was instrumental in establishing a program of graduate study in medical physics, one of the first such programs in the country. He also served as a consultant on medical physics in various countries and as President of the AAPM and the IOMP. After becoming a professor emeritus at the University of Chicago, he continued to be active, heading the medical physics program at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's for a time. His professional life became limited by several bouts of cancer, but he never faltered in his support of and enthusiasm for his chosen field. He was delighted when the Lanzl Institute in Seattle was named in his honor. However, if you had asked him what he considered to be his greatest professional achievement, I am absolutely sure he would have responded as he did when he received the Coolidge Award "...to improve people's health, and establish the profession of medical physics, and by doing these things, to make the world a little more civilized.
The Farrington Daniels Award for the best paper on Radiation Dosimetry published in Medical Physics in 2001 is presented to:
Mark Oldham, Ph.D.
Anil Shetty, Ph.D.
David Jaffray, Ph.D.
Jeffrey Siewerdsen, Ph.D.
for their paper entitled "High resolution gel-dosimetry by optical-CT and MR scanning," Med. Phys. 28 (7) 2001, pp. 1436 - 1445.
The Sylvia Sorkin Greenfield Award for two of the best papers (other than Radiation Dosimetry) published in Medical Physics for 2001 is presented to:
Daniel Farkas, Ph.D.
George Pirtskhalaishvili, M.D.
John Lavelle, M.D.
Mark Zeidel, M.D.
Sheldon Bastacky, M.D.
Susan Meyers, M.S.
Yingtian Pan, Ph.D.
for their paper entitled, "Detection of tumorigenesis in rat bladders with optical coherence tomography," Med. Phys. 28 (12) 2001, pp. 2432 - 2440.