Deshan Yang, PhD

Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology


  • BS, Electrical and Computer Engineering: Tsinghua University, Beijing, China (1992)
  • MS, Computer Science: Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL (2001)
  • MS, Electrical and Computer Engineering: University of Wisconsin – Madison, Madison, WI (2005)
  • PhD, Biomedical Engineering: University of Wisconsin – Madison, Madison, WI (2005)

Board Certifications

  • Certified by the American Board of Radiology in Therapeutic Physics (2015)


Deshan Yang, PhD, is an associate professor of radiation oncology. Dr. Yang worked in industry as an engineer before earning a PhD in biomedical engineering from University of Wisconsin in 2005. He joined Radiation Oncology in 2006 as a Postdoctoral Research Associate and accepted a faculty position in 2009. His research focus is health informatics and medical image processing. He is certified in Therapeutic Radiological Physics by the American Board of Radiology.


Dr. Yang is an R01 funded investigator. Dr. Yang studies health information technologies to improve patient safety and treatment quality in radiation therapy. He develops important health information technologies (HIT) that could significantly change how computer technologies are used to assist human workers in radiation therapy to improve the efficiency, quality and safety.  His R01 grant, titled Improve safety, quality and efficiency in radiotherapy with automated health IT system, was awarded by AHRQ (Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality). His primary focuses on health information technologies research topics are 1) to develop novel algorithms and procedures to improve patient safety, treatment quality and work efficiency, 2) to quantitatively investigate the effects on patient safety, treatment quality and work efficiency if novel HIT technologies are applied in the clinical works in the radiation therapy. With Dr. Yang’s research in HIT technologies, the entire field of radiation oncology could move in the direction of improvements of automation, efficiency, safety, quality and consistency, and patients will ultimately benefit through the improved clinical patient care. Dr. Yang also studies novel algorithms and methods of medical image processing. His primary focuses on medical imaging research topics are 1) improving accuracy and robustness in deformable image registration, 2) applying multimodality medical images in support radiation therapy clinical and research applications, and in assessment of tumor response to treatments.


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