Welcome Message from Program Director

Charles E. Willis, Ph.D., DABR, FAAPMThe Imaging Physics Residency 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 majority of the 23 Imaging Physics Residency Program Faculty are located at MD Anderson Cancer Center in the Department of Imaging Physics, with a small number of program faculty located at Baylor College of Medicine. Both institutions are part of the prestigious Texas Medical Center

All of our faculty hold national board certification from the American Board of Radiology, the American Board of Medical Physics, the American Board of Nuclear Medicine, or a combination of these certifications.

The Imaging Physics Residency Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs, Inc. (CAMPEP) and our program was one of the first imaging physics residency programs to be accredited by this organization.

In addition to the accredited residency program in imaging physics, MD Anderson Cancer Center is home to a CAMPEP-accredited residency program Radiation Therapy Physics, as well as post-doctoral fellowship programs in both therapy and imaging physics. We are also home to a CAMPEP-accredited graduate program in Medical Physics and residents can audit these courses in order to resolve didactic deficiencies.

Our imaging physics residency program is unique in that, in addition to the core clinical training in radiography, fluoroscopy, angiography, mammography, ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, and imaging informatics, it also provides clinical training in nuclear medicine and PET. It is possible for a resident to emphasize nuclear medicine and PET imaging in their second year of training: two past residents have chosen this path.

Our program has also announced a combined residency/postdoctoral fellowship program. A Medical Physics Fellow would complete clinical residency training while simultaneously pursuing an intensive research collaboration with a research faculty member over a period of four years. This fellowship is open to highly qualified applicants who want to continue a research career without sacrificing clinical training.

Six residents are enrolled in the residency program, including graduates of medical physics and associated disciplines at either the doctoral or masters level. Their postgraduate clinical research projects represent a broad range of contemporary medical physics research interests in the fields of diagnostic imaging and nuclear medicine. See a list of resident publications and presentations. The facilities in which their clinical training is performed are state-of-the-art in all areas. 

Nineteen residents have completed our clinical training program with the first finishing in 2002. Our former residents have gone on to highly successful careers in university and hospital-based medical physics departments as well as private practice groups.

I welcome you to review the content of the Imaging Physics Residency Program web pages, and please contact me or Betsy Kindred, Program Manager, if you have any questions about our program.

Charles E. Willis, Ph.D., DABR, FAAPM
Director, Imaging Physics Residency Program
Associate Professor, Department of Imaging Physics