Arash Darafsheh, PhD

Assistant 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)


  • NASA Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars (LARSS) internship (2012)


Arash Darafsheh, PhD, is an assistant 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, such as fiber optic dosimetry, radioluminescence, Cherenkov radiation, photodynamic therapy, and super-resolution microscopy. He has been recently awarded an STTR grant from the NIH. Dr. Darafsheh has published over 70 journal and conference papers, two book chapters, and one patent. His publications have been cited over 1200 times and his h-index is 17. Dr. Darafsheh is a member of AAPM, OSA, and SPIE. He has served as a guest associate editor for Medical Physics and as an ad-hoc reviewer for over 30 different scientific journals, including Scientific Reports, ACS Photonics, Applied Physics Letters, and Optics Letters.


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