Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

NRE/MP Seminar

Nuclear & Radiological Engineering and Medical Physics Programs


The Role and Value of the Medical Physicist in Radiation Oncology


Dr. Ahmad Al-Basheer


Augusta University


Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 11:00:00 AM


Boggs Building, Room Room 3-47


Chris Wang


The practice of radiation oncology has developed over the past fifty years to become one of the most frequently used cancer treatments in the world today. Qualified medical physicist (QMP) assumes a significant role in providing safe and effective radiation treatments to patients as prescribed by physicians. In my talk, I will describe the journey of medical physics students to practice radiation oncology and becoming integral part of the radiation oncology team as QMP. I will also give an overview of the Radiation Oncology department at Augusta University.


As an Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology at Augusta University, I have experience treating intrahepatic malignancies and am the principal investigator a clinical trials involving the use of external beam radiotherapy for these types of cancers. The Augusta University Cancer center provides me the collaborative environment and facilities to develop new strategies to optimize not only radiotherapy alone, but also in combination with systemic therapy. I also have several years of experience in imaging and physics research aimed at improving radiation treatment planning and delivery, including studies improving the quality of CBCT. I also worked on building new systems for targeted radiation therapy for small animal irradiators. I will be actively involved in the research design and animal treatment studies for this project. Particularly for your current application, I’ll help to provide irradiation capabilities including dosimetry so that you are able to irradiate the implanted GBM in rats


Refreshments will be served.