Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

NRE 8011/8012 and MP 6011/6012 Seminar

Nuclear & Radiological Engineering and Medical Physics Programs


The challenge of optimizing patient safety in radiation therapy


Dr. Daniel Bailey


Lead medical physicist at the Atlanta campus of Northside Hospital Cancer Institute


Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 11:00:00 AM


Boggs Building, Room 3-47


Dr. Farzad Rahnema


Changes and advances in technology, workflow, record keeping, and other vital areas of radiation therapy cause an evolution in the challenge of treatment safety. Some of these challenges gained national attention in 2010-2012 through mainstream media spotlights on individual cases of catastrophic error. But for each individual accident we hear about, there are many more that go unreported or even unrealized. Evolving safety concerns present challenges that must be tackled by the entire multidisciplinary team that provides radiation treatments, from physicians to dosimetrists to therapists to physicists. How common are errors in treatment delivery? Does patient-specific QA really address all errors that might occur? Can we fix all errors with just one new QA policy or procedure? Are advanced, high tech treatments really the source of the problem? In this seminar, we examine these and other timely questions to address the individual roles of every member of the radiation therapy team to engineer and optimize patient safety.


Dr. Bailey is the lead medical physicist at the Atlanta campus of Northside Hospital Cancer Institute. He completed his graduate degrees and residency at the State University of New York at Buffalo and the Roswell Park Cancer Institute under the mentorship of Dr. Matthew Podgorsak, and has been in his current position in Atlanta since 2013. In addition to his clinical responsibilities at Northside Hospital, he also serves as the chair of a multi-disciplinary task force to improve the quality, safety, and efficiency of radiation oncology clinical and teaching processes. On the national level, Dr. Bailey serves on a number of medical physics committees for the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, the American Association of Medical Dosimetrists, and the American Board of Radiology, and also serves on the Board of Editors of the Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics.


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