Arash Darafsheh, PhD

Arash Darafsheh, PhD

Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology


  • BSc, Electrical-Electronics Engineering: University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran (2004)
  • MSc, Radiation Medicine Engineering: Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran (2007)
  • MSc, Optical Science and Engineering: University of North Carolina–Charlotte, Charlotte, NC (2011)
  • PhD, Optical Science and Engineering: University of North Carolina–Charlotte, Charlotte, NC (2013)
  • Certificate in Medical Physics: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (2015)
  • Medical Physics Residency: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (2017)

Board Certifications

  • Certified by the American Board of Radiology in Therapeutic Medical Physics (2018)


  • Senior Member, SPIE-The International Society for Optics and Photonics (2021)
  • Senior Member, Optical Society of America (OSA) (2019)
  • SPIE Community Champion (2019)
  • NASA Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars (LARSS) internship (2012)


Arash Darafsheh, PhD, is an associate professor of radiation oncology. He joined the medical physics faculty in 2017 after completing his medical physics residency at the University of Pennsylvania. He earned a PhD in optical science and engineering in 2013 from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. From 2013 to 2015 he was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Pennsylvania where he also completed the CAMPEP-accredited medical physics certificate program. Dr. Darafsheh’s clinical responsibilities include physics support for external beam, proton therapy, and satellite offices. Dr. Darafsheh’s research interests include optical methods in medical physics, fiber optic dosimetry, radioluminescence, Cherenkov radiation, ultra-high dose rate FLASH radiotherapy, photodynamic therapy, and super-resolution microscopy. He has been awarded an STTR grant from the NIH and a research seed grant from the AAPM. Dr. Darafsheh has published over 90 journal and conference papers, 6 book chapters, one book, and one patent. Dr. Darafsheh is a member of AAPM and a senior member of OSA and SPIE. He is an associate editor for Medical Physics and also has served as an ad-hoc reviewer for over 70 different scientific journals.


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