The physics faculty at the University of Colorado have received over 4.5 million dollars in grant funding since 2015. The grants cover a wide range of topics and come from a variety of funding sources. The group’s funding includes a R21 grant to Improve CBCT Quality, R01 grants to Develop and Clinically incorporate novel lung function imaging for lung cancer patients, vendor-based funding to improve target accuracy for pancreatic SBRT, School of Medicine funding to build an In-House, compact linear accelerator, and a seed grant to improve patient safety in Radiation Oncology.
Many of the physics faculty have authored seminal publications in Medical Physics. A short list of high-impact publications include national, AAPM guidance on Tolerance limits for IMRT QA, Management of Patients with Implanted Cardiac Pacemakers as well as ASTRO/AAPM guidance on dose tolerances for Liver SBRT, Lung SBRT, and Pelvis treatments. The group has received numerous accolades for their work. Papers written by University of Colorado faculty have been selected for Medical Physics Cover Articles, Editor’s Choice papers, and selections for the Special Imaging issue of the RED Journal. The faculty have been invited to present their work on lung function imaging at the ASTRO Presidential Symposium, educational research at the AAPM Innovation in Education Session, and CBCT research at the AAPM’s Science Councilworkshop. The group has had multiple Best of Physics selections at AAPM, ASTRO, and ESTRO on a wide range of topics that include Functional Lung Imaging, Lung Normal Tissue Response to SBRT, and Cardiothoracic Surgery Evaluation. The group’s safety research was recognized at the International Atomic Energy Agency safety competition.
The faculty at the University of Colorado are active in performing educational research. The research has spanned innovative ways to Teach Physics Plan Reviews, to a novel implementation of a Paperless Medical Physics Residency management system, to award-winning methods of implementing a department-wide safety culture. The high impact of the group’s educational research has been recognized with selections for the Innovation in Medical Physics Education session at the national AAPM meeting once in 2013 and again in 2019.
The group is active within the AAPM, ASTRO, ABR, and SDAMPP societies and has served on numerous editorial boards of Medical Physics journals. The faculty currently serve as chairs of the ABR Medical Physics Therapy Part 2 Board Certification Exam and the AAPM Radiation Dosimetry and Treatment Planning Subcommittee. Faculty currently serve on the AAPM Therapy Physics Committee and have a strong presence in multiple AAPM working groups including working groups on Medical Physics Residency Training, Biological Effects, Molecular Imaging in Radiation Oncology and Prevention of Errors. The faculty have served as chairs of multiple AAPM task-group reports and have volunteered as ABR examiners and ABR exam question writers.
AAPM - 2018 Colorado Presentations
AAPM - 2019 Colorado Presentations