Mary K. Martel, Ph.D.
Department Chair ad interim
The Department of Radiation Physics provides research-driven, safe, accurate and high quality patient care in collaboration with radiation oncologists, conducts research and technology development to advance treatment, and provides education on the scientific (physics) and technical aspects of radiation oncology.
The department has approximately 200 employees, including 50 Ph.D. faculty members and 15 M.S. professional staff members. Both faculty and professional staff members provide clinical service, whereas many faculty members devote substantial effort to research activities.
Our faculty are located at the main hospital, Mays Clinic, Proton Therapy Center, at various satellites in metropolitan Houston area and elsewhere and in the outreach section at an offsite location.
The Department has the following functions.
- Provide quality assurance of imaging and treatment delivery equipment and of systems and processes to ensure optimal, accurate and safe delivery of treatments
- Provide clinical services in support of imaging and planning, delivery and patient-specific quality assurance of radiation treatments
- Provide similar support for satellite facilities
- Provide patient specific consultations as requested by the oncologists
- Evaluate the potential of current practices and devices through pre-clinical treatment planning and imaging studies
- Collaborate with radiation oncologists in the conduct of MD Anderson and national cooperative group trials
- Advance the state of the art at MD Anderson and elsewhere through research, development and translation of research into clinical practice
- Teach and mentor students of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (Medical Physics Program)
- Teach students in therapy and dosimetry undergraduate programs
- Teach radiation physics to radiation oncology residents and mentor their physics related research
- Mentor and guide the research of postdoctoral fellows
- Mentor and guide the clinical training of radiation physics residents
- Evaluate, specify, install and commission equipment and systems appropriate for clinical practice and research
- Manage or help manage software and hardware systems for processing images, planning radiation treatments, electronic medical records, radiation oncology PACs and other clinical and research applications
The Department of Radiation Physics offers Masters and Ph.D. degrees in medical physics at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS), a unit of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.
- Read more about the Masters and Ph.D. degree programs at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS)
The Radiation Oncology medical physics residency program is a two-year clinical training program at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
The Department of Radiation Physics offers opportunities for talented physicists to enhance their research skills by participating in our Postdoctoral Fellows Program. Postdoctoral Fellows are appointed by individual faculty members to work on specific funded research projects for terms of two to three years. Postdoctoral Fellows are provided the opportunity to broaden research knowledge by attending regular research seminars in the Department of Radiation Physics as well as Radiation Oncology Grand Rounds and Institutional Grand Rounds. A mentoring program allows the Postdoctoral Fellows and the faculty mentors to track progress towards becoming independent research investigators. Opportunities also exist to audit courses in the Medical Physics Program of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) in preparation for application to a CAMPEP-accredited residency for those who wish to incorporate clinical medical physics practice into their careers.
For more information on the Postdoctoral Fellows Program or to apply to the program, please contact:
Program Coordinator for Education Programs
Department of Radiation Physics
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
1400 Pressler Street, Unit 1420
Houston, TX 77030-3722
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Radiation Physics Advanced Training Fellowship designed to provide additional clinical training and research experience for the Medical Physicist preparing for a professional career in the field of radiation oncology physics with a specialization in proton therapy physics.
- Read more about the Advanced Radiation Physics Fellowship for Proton Therapy