Medical Physics Track

Xun Jia, Ph.D.
Track Director

Medical physics is a field that applies concepts and methods of physics to medicine. The research focus of the Medical Physics Track in the BME Graduate Program at UT Southwestern is the development of cutting-edge imaging and therapeutic tools to help cancer radiotherapy treatment. Specific areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Medical image reconstruction and application in radiotherapy
  • Radiotherapy treatment planning and adaptive replanning
  • High-performance computing for radiotherapy, such as Monte Carlo radiation transport simulation
  • Modeling of organ motion
  • Development of advanced imaging and therapeutic approaches
  • Modeling radiobiological phenomena and understanding the mechanisms

The Medical Physics track is offered to students who have undergraduate training in physics, engineering, computer science, or related physical sciences who would like to establish a career in medical physics research or clinical service. Students in the medical physics track experience a wide spectrum of training activities to complement their research, including coursework in radiological physics, imaging, anatomy and physiology, seminars, journal clubs, and clinical rotations. Full accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs (CAMPEP) is in progress with four of six courses required by CAMPEP accredited to date. We are actively working on accrediting the other two required courses.

Faculty

Xun Jia, Ph.D.
Research Interests: High-performance computing for radiation therapy and medical imaging. Radiation dose calculation. Monte Carlo simulation. 3D/4D Cone beam CT reconstruction. Image-guided radiation therapy.

Steve Jiang, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Cloud and GPU-based high-performance computing in medical physics and imaging; automatic radiotherapy treatment planning; adaptive radiotherapy; image guided radiotherapy; low-dose and dynamic cone beam CT.

Jing Wang, Ph.D.
Wang Lab
Research Interests: Tomographic image reconstruction; Cone-beam computed tomography; Image-guided radiation therapy; Medical imaging processing.

Associate Faculty

These faculty members do not accept graduate students. They participate in teaching, co-mentoring, exam and dissertation committees, and all other program activities.

Gerald Greil, M.D., Ph.D.
Research Interests: Evaluate the use of newly designed biodegradable stent to treat pulmonary artery stenosis

Xuejun Gu, Ph.D. 
Research Interests: Image processing in radiation therapy; deformable image registration; radiation dose calculations; robotic control for patient positioning.

Brian Hrycushko, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Tissue response modeling in radiation therapy; brachytherapy.

Mohammed Hussain, M.D., Ph.D.
Research Interests: Cardiac imaging and modeling to improve outcomes in pediatric and congenital heart disease

Weiguo Lu, Ph.D. 
Research Interests: Adaptive radiation therapy; treatment plan optimization; radiation dose calculations.

Paul Medin, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Tissue response modeling in radiation therapy; stereotactic radiation therapy.

Arnold Pompos, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Particle beam therapy; Monte Carlo simulations; biological effects of particle beam therapy; biological optimization.

Animesh Tandon, M.D., M.S.
Research Interests: MRI imaging in pediatric cardiology; 3D printing and computer modeling of congenital heart disease; predictive analytics on continuous data for pediatric cardiology

Yulong Yan, Ph.D.
Research Interests: High-performance computing; infrastructure for radiation therapy; radiobiological effects.