James Kavanaugh, PhD

Assistant Professor in Radiation Oncology

Additional Titles

  • Chief of Affiliate Satellite Medical Physics Services
  • Associate Clinical Chief of Medical Physics Services


  • BS, Physics: University of Saint Thomas, St. Paul, MN (2008)
  • MS, Medical and Health Physics: Louisiana State University & A&M College, Baton Rouge, LA (2011)
  • Residency, Medical Physics: Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO (2013)
  • Ph.D. Medical and Health Physics: Louisiana State University & A&M College, Baton Rouge, LA (2020)

Board Certifications

  • IEMA Registered Therapeutic Radiation Physicist, Illinois (2013)
  • Certified by the American Board of Radiology in Therapeutic Radiological Physics (2014)
  • Missouri Qualified Expert in Radiation Safety (2014)


James Kavanaugh is an Assistant Professor in Radiation Oncology, joining the faculty in 2014.  He earned a M.S. in Medical and Health Physics from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge in 2011 and completed a residency in medical physics, CAMPEP accredited, at Washington University in 2013.   He is certified in Therapeutic Radiological Physics by the American Board of Radiology. James’s clinical responsibilities include directing clinical physics coverage across 11 satellite services in the Washington University network.  His research interests include development of automated clinical tools, knowledge-based planning, and adaptive radiation therapy.  Additionally he manages the Washington University research dosimetry team and has worked extensively with clinical partners to develop of novel treatment protocols in support of numerous clinical trials.


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