About the Division
Welcome to the Division of Medical Physics and Engineering, a branch within the Department of Radiation Oncology at UT Southwestern Medical Center.
Our Division is composed of more than 80 employees, including medical physics faculty, medical dosimetrists, engineers, programmers, IT personnel, administrative staff, medical physics residents, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and visiting scholars and students.
We are engaged in three primary areas of activity: clinical service and consultation, research and development, and education.
Our vision is to become one of the world’s leading academic medical physics programs in all three areas by working closely with clinicians and researchers in other relevant areas to solve important clinical problems through technological innovation.
Andrei Pugachev, Ph.D., is a new Assistant Professor in our Physics Division, while Heeyoun Bunch, Ph.D., joins the Molecular Radiation Biology Division as an Instructor.
Ultrasound imaging provides marker-free, soft-tissue visualization, without exposing the patient to any extra radiation dose. As such, several research groups are investigating the use of ultrasound guidance for localizing soft-tissue structures and tumors during radiotherapy. Research in UT Southwestern's Division of Medical Physics and Engineering is highlighted online today in an article on medicalphysicsweb.
With 16 abstracts, seven presentations, and one press briefing, the faculty of UT Southwestern Radiation Oncology will be well-represented at the 50th annual conference of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).
Dr. Steve Jiang, Professor and Vice Chair of Radiation Oncology and Chief of the Division of Medical Physics and Engineering, has been awarded $4 million by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) to develop new technology to treat lung cancer patients with heavy ions. A total of $9.6 million was awarded to UT Southwestern researchers by CPRIT in the latest round of funding.
First year medical physics resident You Zhang, Ph.D., is a recipient of a travel award to this year’s annual meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) in September. He won the category of Basic/Translational Science - Junior Investigator Radiation Physics for his abstract titled “A Biomechanical Modeling Guided CBCT Reconstruction Technique (Bio-recon).”