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Welcome Message from Program Director

Program Director - Dr. Edward Jackson

The GSBS Medical Physics Program is administered by the Department of Imaging Physics at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, currently ranked by U.S. News and World Report as the top cancer center in America.  The vast majority of the 65 Program Faculty and Program Associate Faculty are located at MD Anderson Cancer Center in the Departments of Imaging Physics and Radiation Physics, with a small number of Program Faculty located at the University of Texas Health Science Center Houston Medical School.  Both institutions are part of the prestigious Texas Medical Center.

The Medical Physics Specialized M.S. Degree Program and the (M.S.)Ph.D. Degree Program are both accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs, Inc. (CAMPEP) and our program was one of the first medical physics programs to be accredited by this organization.   In addition to the accredited graduate program in medical physics, MD Anderson Cancer Center is home to CAMPEP accredited residency programs in Diagnostic Imaging Physics and Radiation Therapy Physics as well as post-doctoral fellowship programs in both therapy and imaging physics.

Over 56 students are enrolled in the graduate program, and their research thesis and dissertation projects represent a broad range of contemporary medical physics research interests in the fields of radiation oncology, diagnostic imaging, and nuclear medicine.  The facilities in which this research is performed are state-of-the-art in all areas.  Radiation oncology facilities include numerous linear accelerators, high dose rate brachytherapy systems, a GammaKnife radiosurgery unit, the Proton Therapy Center, and supporting services and equipment.  The MD Anderson Cancer Center Radiological Physics Center is also an important resource and home to several graduate students at any given time.  Diagnostic imaging facilities include digital x-ray imaging, multislice CT, ultrasound, and 1.5T and 3.0T MR systems.  Nuclear medicine facilities include modern whole body imaging, SPECT, SPECT/CT, and PET/CT systems.  In addition, the MD Anderson Cancer Center Small Animal Imaging Facility (SAIF) maintains 4.7T and 7.0T MR systems, microCT, microPET, microSPECT/CT, and high resolution ultrasound systems, and a second 7.0T animal imaging system is available at the UT Medical School. 

Over 161 graduate degrees with specialization in medical physics have been awarded by the GSBS since the first such degree was awarded in 1967, and our graduates have gone on to highly successful careers in university and hospital based medical physics departments as well as industry and private practice groups.

I welcome you to review the content of the Medical Physics Program web pages, and please contact me or Georgeanne Moore, Program Manager, if you have any questions about our program.

Edward F. Jackson, Ph.D.
Director, Medical Physics Graduate Education Program
Professor and Deputy Chair, Department of Imaging Physics
Chief, Section of MR and Ultrasound Physics

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