Lakshmi Santanam, PhD

Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology


  • BSc, Physics: University of Madras, India (1991)
  • MSc, Physics: University of Madras, India (1993)
  • Diploma in Radiological Physics: University of Bombay, India (1994)
  • MS, Radiological Physics: Wayne State University, Detroit, MI (2001)
  • PhD, Medical Physics: Wayne State University, Detroit, MI (2004)
  • Medical Physics Residency: Wayne State University, Detroit, MI (2003)

Board Certifications

  • Certified by the American Board of Radiology in Therapeutic Radiological Physics (2004)


  • Fellow of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (2018)
  • Mentor of the Year Award: Department of Radiation Oncology, Washington University (2017)
  • Co-Chair: Electronic Patient Imaging Conference (EPI2k16), St. Louis, MO (2016)
  • Keynote Speaker: Southeast AAPM (2008)


Lakshmi Santanam, PhD, is an associate professor of radiation oncology. She completed her residency in medical physics in 2003 and earned a PhD in medical physics in 2004, both from CAMPEP accredited program at Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan. She joined the faculty in 2005. Dr. Santanam is certified in Therapeutic Radiological Physics by the American Board of Radiology. She is a member of the ASTRO Multidisciplinary QA Subcommittee and IHE-RO Technical and Planning Committee, and the AAPM Quality Assurance Sub Committee along with various AAPM task groups. She is the lead of workflow and image guidance service and member of patient safety and quality assurance committee’s at Washington University. Her research interests include clinical implementation of 4D, electromagnetic tracking, gated treatment delivery, organ motion, Interconnectivity and integration of various RT systems and patient safety.


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