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Washington University Radiation Oncology at AAPM 2018

Bin Cai, PhD, gives a presentation on EPID based acceptance testing and commissioning to the audience at the 60th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine. Cai is a Washington University medical physicist working at Siteman Cancer Center.

Washington University Radiation Oncology faculty and staff have recently returned from 60th annual meeting of the American Association for Physics in Medicine (AAPM) in Nashville, TN, where members of the department were presenters or senior authors on over 50 abstracts about current research and clinical innovation at Siteman Cancer Center at Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

“We had another record year in our presence at the AAPM annual meeting, both in the quantity and the impact of our presentations,” said Sasa Mutic, PhD, Vice-Chair of Medical Physics and Clinical Strategy, and Director of the Medical Physics Division. “I was particularly impressed with the diversity of our presenters, from summer students and other trainees to the majority of our attending physicists.”

Members of the Darafsheh Lab, post-doctoral researcher Yazmin Leon, PhD, and graduate student Daniel Mulrow, with their poster, “Spectral Analysis of the EBT3 Radiochromic Films for Clinical Photon and Electron Beams”.

This year, 42 of the accepted abstracts associated with Washington University authors were designated as oral presentations, and 25 as posters (20 ePosters, 5 general posters), an impressive showing at a conference with just over 2,600 presentations, fewer than half of which are designated as oral presentations.

This year’s faculty and staff awards and recognitions include:

Washington University Radiation Oncology also hosted an alumni reception for graduates of the department’s medical physics residency program, which celebrates the 25th anniversary of its first graduating class this year. Over half of the graduates of the program attended the event.

Alumni reception attendees included past and present medical physics residents and program directors.
L-R (back row): Olga Green, PhD (graduate and current residency program director); Baozhou Sun, PhD; Dharani Rangaraj, PhD; James Kavanaugh; Satoru Utsunomiya, PhD; Leith Rankine; Deshan Yang, PhD; Sasa Mutic, PhD; L-R (front row, standing): Francisco Reynoso, PhD; Bruce Gu, PhD; K. Tareque Islam, PhD; Eric Klein PhD (fomer residency program director); Roy Wood, PhD; Karen Mooney, PhD; Carnell Hampton, PhD; Kevin Moore, PhD; L-R (kneeling): Yao Hao, PhD; Robert Morris, PhD; Hui Zhao, PhD; Bin Cai, PhD; Maria Mamalui-Hunter, PhD

Presented abstracts at AAPM 2018 featuring Washington University Radiation Oncology authors

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