Medical Physics Faculty

Eric E. Klein, PhD, FASTRO, FAAPM
Chief of Medical Physics, Rhode Island Hospital

Phone: 401-606-4283
Email: eric.klein@lifespan.org

Mailing address:
Department of Radiation Oncology
Rhode Island Hospital
593 Eddy St
Providence, RI 02903

Biography

2017-Present: Chief of Medical Physics, Rhode Island Hospital, Brown University 
2015-2017: Vice President and Director at Medical Physics, Northwell Health, Professor of Medical Physics, Hosftra University 
1989-2015: Professor, Washington University School of Medicine, Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, St. Louis, Missouri

Research Interests

  • Modulated electron radiotherapy
  • Streamlined QA

Education

2006: Chicago Medical School/Rosalyn Franklin University, PhD, Medical Radiation Physics
1987: MS, Applied Physics, University of Massachusetts at Boston
1981: BS, Physics, Northeastern University, Boston

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Selected Publications

  • Zhang Q, Klein EE Evaluation of the Accuracy of a Six-Degree of Freedom Robotic Couch Using Optical Surface and ConeBeam CT Images of an SRS QA Phantom.  Submitted to Practical Radiation Oncology, March 2017.
  • Klein EE, Bradley JD, Single Room Proton Radiation Therapy Systems: No Small Change. International Journal of Radiation, Oncology, Biology, Physics. 2016 May 1;95(1):147-8. doi: 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2015.09.042.
  • Klein EE et al, AAPM TG-142: Linear Accelerator Quality Assurance, Medical Physics, 36, 4197-4212. August, 2009.
  • Klein EE, Mamalui-Hunter M, Low DA Delivery of Modulated Electron Beams with Conventional Photon Multileaf Collimators.  Physics in Medicine and Biology 54. 327-339, 2009.
James Brindle, PhD, DABR
Associate Medical Physicist, Department of Radiation Oncology, Rhode Island Hospital

Phone: 401-444-6249
Fax: 401-444-5335
Email: jbrindle@lifespan.org

Mailing Address: 
Department of Radiation Oncology 
Rhode Island Hospital 
593 Eddy St. Providence, RI 02903

Biography

2013-Present: Adjunct Assistant Professor, Physics Department, URI 
2013-Present: Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncolgy, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University 
2013-Present: Associate Medical Physicist, Department of Radiation Oncology, Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI 
2011-2013: Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncolgy, Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio
2010-2013: Medical Physicist, Department of Radiation Oncology, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio
2006-2010: Post-doctoral Research Associate, Department of Radiation Oncology, Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH
2002-2006: National Cancer Center (NCI) Pre-doctoral Fellow, Department of Nuclear Engineering, University of Florida, Gainsesville, FL

Research Interests

  • Medical Physics
  • Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy

Education

2006: PhD, Nuclear Engineering Sciences (Medical Physics), University of Florida
1997: MS, Public Health (Radiation & Industrial Hygiene), University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
1995: BS, Physics, LeMoyne College

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Selected Publications

  • B Wessels, J Brindle, C Cheng, C Rhodes, D Albani, J Sohn, S Lo, R Ellis, D Mansur. Retrospective Prostate Treatment Plan Comparison for Proton, Tomotherapy, and Cyberknife Therapy. International Journal of Particle Therapy,2(2):(2015).
  • J Yuan, Q Chen, J Brindle, Y Zheng, S Lo, J Sohn, B Wessels. Investigation of Nonuniform Dose Voxel Geometry in Monte Carlo Calculations. Technology in Cancer Research & Treatment, 14(4): 419-427 (2014).
  • C. Kunos, J. Brindle, S. Waggoner, K. Zanotti, K. Resnick, N. Fusco, R. Adams, R. Debernardo. Phase II clinical trial of robotic stereotactic body radiosurgery for metastatic gynecological malignancies. Frontiers in Radiation Oncology, 2:181 (2012).
  • C. Kunos, R. DeBernardo, T. Radivoyevitch, J. Fabien, D. Dobbins, Y. Zhang, J. Brindle. Hematological Toxicity After Robotic Stereotactic Body Radiosurgery for Treatment of Metastatic Gynecologic Malignancies. International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics, 84(1): e35-e41 (2012).
  • C. Kunos, J. Fabien, Y. Zhang, J. Brindle, N. Mayr. Gynecologic Cancer. In: S. Lo, B. Teh, J. Lu, T. Schefter,editors. Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy. New York: Springer; 2012. pp. 211-225.
  • C. Kunos, J. Brindle, R. Debernardo. “Stereotactic radiosurgery for gynecologic cancer. Journal of Visualized Experiments. (62), e3793, DOI: 10.3791/3793 (2012).
  • C. Kunos, R. DeBernardo, J. Fabien, D. Dobbins Y. Zhang, J. Brindle, P. Faulhaber. “18FDG-PET/CT Definition of Clinical Target Volume for Robotic Stereotactic Body Radiosurgery Treatment of Metastatic Gynecologic Malignancies.” Journal of Nuclear Medicine & Radiation Therapy. S4:001 (2011).
  • C. Kunos, Y. Zhang, J. Brindle. Stereotactic body radiosurgery in gynecologic carcinomas. In: A. Ayhan, N. Reed, M. Gultekin, et al., editors. Textbook of Gynaecological Oncology. Ankara, Turkey: Günes Publishing; 2011. pp. 835-841.
  • K. Goyal, D. Einstein, R. Ibarra, M. Yao, C. Kunos, R. Ellis, J. Brindle, D. Singh, J. Hardacre, Y. Zhang, J. Fabien, G. Funkhouser, M. Machtay, J. Sanabria. “Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy for Nonresectable Tumors of the Pancreas.” Journal of Surgical Research, (2011).
  • C. Kunos, W. Chen, R. DeBernardo, S. Waggoner, J. Brindle, Y. Zhang, J. Williams, D. Einstein. “Stereotactic body radiosurgery for pelvic relapse of gynecologic malignancies.” Technology in Cancer Research and Treatment, 8(5): 393-400 (2009).
  • C. Kunos, V. vonGruenigen, S. Waggoner, J. Brindle, Y. Zhang, B. Myers, G. Funkhouser, B. Wessels, D. Einstein. “Cyberknife Radiosurgery for Squamous Cell Carcinoma of Vulva After Prior Pelvic Radiation Therapy.” Technology in Cancer Research and Treatment, 7(5): 375-380 (2008).
Gene Anthony Cardarelli, PhD, MPH, DABR, FAAPM, FACMP
Associate Medical Physicist, Rhode Island Hospital

Phone: 401-444-8546
Email: gcarderelli1@lifespan.org

Mailing address:
Department of Radiation Oncology
Rhode Island Hospital
593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI 02903

Biography

2013-2018: Director of Medical Physics and Radiation Oncology, Hartford Healthcare Cancer Institute, Hartford, CT
2013-2018: Director of Medical Physics and Radiation Oncology, Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Center, Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT
2010-2013: Director of Medical Physics, Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Center, Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT
2009-2010: Chief Physicist and Interim Director of Radiation Oncology, Southcoast Center for Cancer Care, Charlton Memorial Hospital/Southcoast Hospitals Group, Fall River, MA
2008-2009: Associate Chief Medical Physicist, Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI
2004-2007: Radiotherapy Physicist, Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI
1993-2004: Associate Physicist, Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI
1989-1993: Radiological Physicist, Greenville Hospital System, Greenville, SC
1985-1989: Radiation Physicist/Radiation Safety Officer, Boston City Hospital, Boston
1983-1985: Radiation Specialist, Boston University Medical Center, Boston
1982-1983: Nuclear Medicine Technologist Trainee, University Hospital, Boston

Education

2006: PhD, Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, MA
1989: MS, Applied Physics, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, MA
1986: MPH, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston

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Selected Publications

  • Cardarelli, GA, Campbell, C., and Evdokimoff, V. The Superiority of the Low Energy Gamma Na/ Survey Meter Over the GM to Detect P-32 Contamination. J HEALTH PHYS VOL. 50, No. 1, JAN 1986, 138-139.
  • Cardarelli, GA, Rao, SN, and Cail D. Investigation of the Relative Surface Dose from Lipowitz Metal Tissue Compensators For 24 And 6 MV X-Ray Beams. MEDICAL PHYS VOL. 18, NO.2 MAR/APR 1991, pp 282-287.
  • Sapna, J, Dupey, D, Cardarelli, G, Zheng, Z and DiPetrillo, T Percutaneous Radiofrequency Ablation of Pulmonary Malignancies: Combined Treatment with Brachytherapy. American Journal of Reontgenology 2003; 181:711-715.
  • Neenad M. Shah, Todd Tenenholz, Douglas Arthur, Thomas DiPetrillo, Bruce Bornstein, Gene Cardarelli, Zhen Zheng, Mark J. Rivard, Seth Kaufman, David E. Wazer MammoSite and interstitial brachytherapy for accelerated partial breast irradiation: Factors that affect toxicity and cosmesis. CANCER VOL. 101, NO. 4, AUGUST 15, 2004.
  • Gandhi, S, Meech, S, Puthawala, MY, Furgeson, W, Cardarelli, GA, Dupuy, DE.Combined CT-guided Radiofrequency Ablation and Brachytherapy in a Child with Multiple Recurrences of Wilm's Tumor. Journal for Pediatric Hematology and Oncology. Volume 27, Issue 7 July 2005.
  • Evans, SB, Kaufman, SA, Price, LL, Cardarelli, GA, DiPetrillo, TA, Wazer, DE. Persistent Seroma After lntraoperative Placement of MAMMOSITE for Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation: Incidence, Pathologic Anatomy, and Contribution Factors. IJROBP Vol. 65, No. 2 pp.333-339, 2006.
  • Hiatt, J, Evans, SB, Price, LL, Cardarelli, GA, DiPetrillo, TA, and Wazer, DE. A Dose Modeling Study to Compare External Beam Techniques from Protocol NSABP B-39/RTOG 0413 for Patients with Highly Unfavorable Cardiac Anatomy. IJROBP 2006
  • Cardarelli, Gene. The Effects of Small Field Dosimetry on the Biological Models Used in Evaluating IMRT Dose Distributions. Doctoral Dissertation, National Library of Congress. February 2006.
  • Fast, LO, Cardarelli, GA, DiLeone, G. Mirasol® PRT treatment of Donor leukocytes prevents the development of xenogeneic graft-versus-host disease in Rag2-l-l*gamma"'lc-l- double knockout mice. TRANSFUSION 2006
  • Napoli, J, Stutsman, S, Chu, JCH, Gong, X, Cardarelli, GA, Ryan, TP, and Favalora, GE. Radiation Therapy Planning using a volumetric 3-D display: PerspectaRAD. Proceedings of SPIE-IS&T Electronic Imaging, SPIE vol 6803 Article CID (2008).
  • Hiatt J, Cardarelli G, Hepel J, Wazer DE, Sternick ES: A Commissioning Procedure for Breast Intracavitary Electronic Brachytherapy Systems. Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics. J Appl Clin Med Phys. 2008 Jun 23;9(3):2775
  • Hepel JT, Hiatt JR, Cardarelli GA, and Wazer DE.  Modeling Study for Optimization of Skin Dose for Partial Breast Irradiation Using Xoft Axxent Electronic Brachytherapy Applicator.  Brachytherapy. 2010 Jan-Mar;9(1):81-5. Epub 2009 Oct 21
  • James J. Segala, Gene A. Cardarelli, Jessica R. Hiatt, Bruce H. Curran, Edward S. Sternick. Interface dosimetry for electronic brachytherapy intracavitary breast balloon applicators.  J Appl Clin Med Phys. 2011 Mar 2;12(2):3221
Derek Merck, PhD
Director of Computer Vision and Image Analysis Research, Department of Diagnostic Imaging, Rhode Island Hospital

Phone: 401-444-4472
Email: derek_merck@brown.edu

Mailing address:
Department of Diagnostic Imaging
Rhode Island Hospital
593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI 02903

Biography

2012-Present: Director of Computer Vision and Image Analysis Research and the 3D Lab, Department of Diagnostic Imaging, Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI
2014-2017: Technical Director of Rhode Island Hospital Imaging Research and Education Service (HI-RES), Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI
2017-Present: Adjunct Scholar, Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), Boston
2016-Present: Co-Director of Scholarly Concentration in Translational Research and Medicine, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, RI
2013-Present: Assistant Professor (Research), Department of Radiation-Therapy, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, RI
2013-Present: Adjunct Professor, Department of Physics, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI
2012-Present: Assistant Professor (Research), School of Engineering at Brown University, Providence, RI
2012-Present: Assistant Professor (Research), Department of Diagnostic Imaging, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, RI
2011-2012: Expert Subject Matter Consultant, Jones & Bartlett Learning, Burlington, MA
2010-2011: Research and Technical Consultant, UNC Hospital, Chapel Hill, NC
1999-2003: Technical Consultant, Paxton/Patterson, Chicago
2000-2001: Technical Consultant, United Airlines, Chicago
1995-1999: Programmer, Technical Director, Creative Media Development, Portland, OR

Education

2010: PhD, Computer Science, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
2007: MS, Computer Science, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
2002: MS, Computer Science, University of Chicago, Chicago

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Selected Publications

  • Konrad, Joseph, Derek Merck, Jie Ying Wu, Adam Tuomi, and Michael Beland. 2017. “Improving Ultrasound Detection of Uterine Adenomyosis Through Computational Texture Analysis:” Ultrasound Quarterly, November. https://doi.org/10.1097/RUQ.0000000000000322.
  • Kobayashi, Leo, Scott Collins, Naz Karem, Tony Zhang, and Derek Merck. “Exploratory Application of Augmented Reality/Mixed Reality Devices for Acute Care Procedure Training.” Western Journal of Emergency Medicine, October 2017.
  • Mosaly, Prithima Reddy, Lukasz Mazur, Fei Yu, Hua Guo, Merck Derek, David Laidlaw, Carlton Moore, Lawrence Marks, and Javed Mostafa. 2017. “Relating Task Demand, Mental Effort and Task Difficulty with Physicians’ Performance during Interactions with Electronic Health Records (EHRs).” International Journal of Human–Computer Interaction, August. doi:10.1080/10447318.2017.1365459.
  • Keshavamurthy, Krishna Nand, Owen Leary, Lisa H. Merck, Benjamin Kimia, Scott Collins, David W. Wright, Jason Allen, and Derek Merck. “Machine Learning Algorithm for Automatic Detection of CT-Identifiable Hyperdense Lesions Associated with Traumatic Brain Injury.” In Proceedings of the International Society of Optics and Photonics (SPIE) (presented at SPIE Medical Imaging Conference, Orlando, FL, 2017).
  • Deshazer, Garron, Punit Prakash, Derek Merck, and Dieter Haemmerich. “Experimental Measurement of Microwave Ablation Heating Pattern and Comparison to Computer Simulations.” International Journal of Hyperthermia, January 2017. doi:10.1080/02656736.2016.1206630.
  • Kobayashi, Leo, Derek Merck, and John Gosbee. “Development and Application of a Clinical Microsystem Simulation Methodology for Human Factors-Based Research of Alarm Fatigue.” Health Environments Research & Design Journal, 2016.
  • Choi, Bryan, N Asselin, CC Pettit, Jason Machan, Derek Merck, Lisa Merck, S Suner, KA Williams, Greggory Jay, and Leo Kobayashi. “Simulation-Based Randomized Comparative Assessment of out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Resuscitation Bundle Completion by Emergency Medical Service Teams Using Standard Life Support or an Experimental Automation-Assisted Approach.” Simulation in Healthcare, May 2016.
  • Deshazer, Garron, Derek Merck, Mark Haggman, Damian Dupuy, and Punit Prakash. “Physical Modeling of Microwave Ablation Zone Clinical Margin Variance.” Medical Physics 43 (4): 1764–76, April 2016. doi:10.1118/1.4942980.
  • Wu, Jie Ying, Adam Tuomi, Michael D. Beland, Joseph Konrad, David Glidden, David Grand, and Derek Merck. “Quantitative Analysis of Ultrasound Images for Computer-Aided Diagnosis.” Journal of Medical Imaging 3 (1): 014501, November 2015. doi:10.1117/1.JMI.3.1.014501.

Eleanor Fallon, Austin Ha, Derek Merck, Sean Ciullo, and Francois Luks. “Interactive Instrument-Driven Image Display in Laparoscopic Surgery.” Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques, May 2015. doi:10.1089/lap.2014.0261.

Reshma Munbodh, PhD, DABR
Computational Medical Physicist, Rhode Island Hospital

Phone: 401-444-5245
Email:  RMunbodh@lifespan.org

Mailing address:
Department of Radiation Oncology
Rhode Island Hospital
593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI 02903

Biography

2018-Present: Computational Medical Physicist, Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI
2018-Present: Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, RI
2018-Present: Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Diagnostic Imaging and Therapeutics, UConn Health, Farmington, CT
2017: Assistant Professor, Department of Diagnostic Imaging and Therapeutics, UConn Health, Farmington, CT
2017: Visiting Scientist, Centre for Intelligent Systems and their Applications, School of Informatics, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland
2015: Visiting Scientist, Centre for Intelligent Systems and their Applications, School of Informatics, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland
2010-2014: Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
2008-2010: Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York
2005-2008: Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Medical Physics, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York

Education

2004: PhD, Electrical Engineering, Yale University, New Haven, CT
2000: MPhil, Electrical Engineering, Yale University, New Haven, CT
1999: MSc, Electrical Engineering, Yale University, New Haven, CT
1996: Joint B.Eng. (Hons.), Computer Science and Electronics, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland

Research Interests

  • Image registration
  • Toxicity and outcome analysis following radiotherapy
  • Longitudinal studies of brain gliomas using MRI
  • Formal verification and automation of QA processes in radiation oncology
Additional Details: 

Selected Publications

  • Munbodh R, Knisely JPS, Jaffray DA, Moseley DJ.  2D-3D registration for cranial radiation therapy using a 3D kV CBCT and a single, limited field-of-view 2D kV radiograph.  In press.  Medical Physics.
  • Wang H, Huang Y, Coman D, Munbodh R, Dhaher R, Zaveri HP, Hyder F and Eid T. Network evolution in mesial temporal lobe epilepsy revealed by diffusion tensor imaging. Epilepsia May 2017; 58(5): 824-834.
  • Zou W, Yin L, Shen J, Corradetti M, Kirk M, Munbodh R, Fang P, Jabbour S, Simone II C, Rengan R, Teo BK. Dynamic simulation of motion effects in IMAT lung SBRT. Radiation Oncology 2014, 9:225.
  • Munbodh R, Jackson A. Quantifying cell migration distance as a contributing factor to the development of rectal toxicity after prostate radiotherapy. Med. Phys. Feb 2014; 41(2): 021716-1-12.
  • Teo BK, Saboury B, Munbodh R, Scheuermann J, Torigian DA, Zaid H, Alavi A. The effect of breathing irregularities on quantitative accuracy of respiratory gated PET/CT. Med. Phys. Dec 2012; 39(12): 7390-7397.
  • Munbodh R, Tagare H, Chen Z, Jaffray DA, Moseley DJ, Knisely JPS, Duncan JS. Image registration for prostate radiation therapy based on a statistical model of transmission images. Med. Phys. Oct 2009; 36(10):4555-4568.
  • Munbodh R, Chen Z, Jaffray DA, Moseley DJ, Knisely JPS, Duncan JS. Automated 2D-3D registration of MV portal images and kV cone-beam CT data using line-segment enhancement. Med. Phys. Oct 2008; 35(10):4352-4361.
  • Munbodh R, Jackson A, Bauer J, Schmidtlein CR, Zelefsky MJ. Dosimetric and spatial indicators of late rectal toxicity after high-dose intensity modulated radiation therapy for prostate cancer. Med. Phys. May 2008; 35(5):2137-2150. (Featured on Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Science Sparks)
  • Munbodh R, Moseley DJ. 2D-3D registration for brain radiation therapy using a 3D CBCT and a single limited field-of-view 2D kV radiograph. Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on the Use of Computers in Radiation Therapy (ICCR 2013), 2013.
  • Turner JD, Joshi BS, Panday A, Munbodh R, Zaveri HP. A comparison of Euclidean and brain surface cortico-cortical distance measures. Proceedings of the 16th International IEEE/EMBS Conference on Neural Engineering (NER), 2013.
John C. Patrick, PhD
Associate Medical Physicist, Rhode Island Hospital

Phone: 401-444-9835
Email: jpatrick@lifespan.org

Mailing address: 
Department of Radiation Oncology 
Rhode Island Hospital 
593 Eddy St. Providence, RI 02903

Biography

2019-Present: Associate Medical Physicist, Rhode Island Hospital
2014-2015: Linear Accelerator Quality Assurance Intern, London Regional Cancer Program
2011-2013: Clinical Physics Assistant, St. Joseph’s Health Care, London, Ontario 
2005-2017: Research Assistant, Lawson Health Research Institute, London, Ontario
2005-2006: Technical Writer, Philips Tool and Mould, Ltd., London, Ontario 
1998-2005: General Machinist, Philips Tool and Mould Ltd., London, Ontario

Education

2017: PhD, Medical Biophysics, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada 
2013: MSc, Medical Biophysics, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada
2010: BSc, Bioinformatics, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada

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Selected Publications

  • John C. Patrick, R. Terry Thompson, Aaron So, John Butler, David Faul, Robert Z. Stodilka, Slav Yartsev, Frank S. Prato, Stewart Gaede. “Technical Note: Comparison of megavoltage, dual-energy, and single-energy CT-based μ-maps for a four-channel breast coil in PET/MRI,” Medical Physics. 2017 Sept; 44(9):4758-4765.
  • Marshall HR, Patrick J, Laidley D, Prato FS, Butler J, Théberge J, Thompson RT, Stodilka RZ. “Description and assessment of a registration-based approach to include bones for attenuation correction of whole-body PET/MRI,” Medical physics. 2013 Aug; 40(8):082509.
  • Stodilka RZ, Modolo J, Prato FS, Robertson JA, Cook C, Patrick J, Beuter A, Thomas AW, Legros A. “Pulsed magnetic field exposure induces lasting changes in neural network dynamics,” Neurocomputing. 2011 Jun; 74(12):2164-2175.
  • Roumeliotis M, Ephrat P, Patrick J, Carson JJ. “Development and characterization of an omni-directional photoacoustic point source for calibration of a staring 3D photoacoustic imaging system,” Optics express. 2009 Aug; 17(17):15228-15238.
Mark J. Rivard, PhD, DABMP, FAAPM, FABS
Associate Medical Physicist, Rhode Island Hospital

Phone: 401-444-5233
Email: mrivard1@lifespan.org

Mailing address:
Department of Radiation Oncology
Rhode Island Hospital
593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI  02903

Professor of Radiation Oncology (pending), The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Biography

2018-Present: Associate Medical Physicist, Rhode Island Hospital
2013-2017: Clinical Medical Physicist, consulting professional
2012-2013: Director of Medical Physics Division, Tufts Medical Center, Boston
2004-2012: Chief Medical Physicist, Tufts Medical Center, Boston
2000-2012: Director, Brachytherapy Physics, Tufts Medical Center, Boston
1999-2004: Medical Physicist, Tufts-New England Medical Center, Boston
1996-1997: Assistant Medical Physicist, Gershenson Radiation Oncology Center, Harper Hospital, The Detroit Medical Center, Detroit
1995-1996: Medical Physicist Internship, Gershenson Radiation Oncology Center, Harper Hospital, The Detroit Medical Center, Detroit
1994-1995: Medical Physicist Internship, University of Michigan, Providence Cancer Center, Royal Oak, MI
1990-1995: Research Assistant, University of Michigan at Fermilab, Ann Arbor, MI

Education

1998: PhD, Medical Physics, Wayne State University, Detroit
1995: MSc, Radiological Physics, Wayne State University, Detroit
1992: BSc, Engineering/Physics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Additional Details: 

Selected Publications

  • Rivard MJ, Beaulieu L, Thomadsen BR. Clinical Brachytherapy Physics. American Association of Physicists in Medicine 2017 Summer School Proceedings in Conjunction with the American Brachytherapy Society. (Medical Physics Publishing, 1st Edition, Monograph No. 38, Madison, WI, 2017), ISBN 978-1-936366-57-6 (hardcover book) 978-1-936366-58-3 (ebook), pp. 1-371.
  • Ballester F, Carlsson Tedgren A, Granero D, Haworth A, Mourtada F, Paiva Fonseca G, Zourari K, Papagiannis P, Rivard MJ, Siebert F-A, Sloboda RS, Smith R, Thomson RM, Verhaegen F, Vijande J, Ma Y, Beaulieu L. A generic high-dose-rate 192Ir brachytherapy source for evaluation of model-based dose calculations beyond the TG-43 formalism. Med Phys 2015;42:3048-62.
  • Hiatt JR, Rivard MJ, Hughes HG. Simulation evaluation of NIST air-kerma rate calibration standard for electronic brachytherapy. Med Phys 2016;43:1119-1129.
  • Ulinskas K, Janulionis E, Povilas Valuckas K, Samerdokiene V, Atkocius V, Rivard MJ. Long-term results for stage IIIB cervical cancer patients receiving EBRT combined with either HDR 252Cf or HDR 60Co intracavitary brachytherapy. Brachytherapy 2016;15:353-360.
  • Nath R, Rivard MJ, DeWerd LA, Dezarn WA, Heaton 2nd HT, Ibbott GS, Meigooni AS, Ouhib Z, Rusch TW, Siebert F-A, Venselaar JLM. Guidelines by the AAPM and GEC-ESTRO on the use of innovative brachytherapy devices and applications: Report of Task Group 167. Med Phys 2016;43:3178-3205.
  • Quast U, Kaulich TW, Alvarez Romero JT, Carlsson-Tedgren A, Enger SA, Medich DC, Mourtada F, Perez-Calatayud J, Rivard MJ, Zakaria GA. A brachytherapy photon radiation quality index QBT for probe-type dosimetry. Physica Medica 2016;32:741-748.
  • Rivard MJ. A directional 103Pd brachytherapy device: Dosimetric characterization and practical aspects for clinical use. Brachytherapy 2017;16:421-432.
  • Rivard MJ, Ballester, F, Butler WM, DeWerd LA, Ibbott GS, Meigooni AS, Melhus CS, Mitch MG, Nath R, Papagiannis P. Supplement 2 for the 2004 update of the AAPM Task Group No. 43 Report: Joint recommendations by the AAPM and GEC-ESTRO. Med Phys 2017;44:e297-e338.
  • Ma Y, Vijande J, Ballester F, Carlsson Tedgren Å, Granero D, Haworth A, Mourtada F, Paiva Fonseca G, Zourari K, Papagiannis P, Rivard MJ, Siebert F-A, Sloboda RS, Smith R, Chamberland MJP, Thomson RM, Verhaegen F, Beaulieu L. A generic TG-186 shielded applicator for the commissioning of model-based dose calculation algorithms for high-dose-rate 192Ir brachytherapy. Med Phys 2017;44:5961-5976.
  • Cohen GN, Episcopia K, Lim S-B, LoSasso TJ, Rivard MJ, Taggar AS, Taunk N, Wu AJ, Damato AL. Intraoperative implantation of a mesh of directional palladium sources (CivaSheetTM): Dosimetry verification, clinical commissioning, dose specification and preliminary experience. Brachytherapy 2017;16:1257-1264.
Ziad H. Saleh, PhD, DABR
Associate Medical Physicist, Rhode Island Hospital

Phone: 401-444-2585
Email: zsaleh@lifespan.org

Mailing Address:
Department of Radiation Oncology
Rhode Island Hospital
593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI 02903

Biography:

2018-present: Associate Medical Physicist, Radiation Oncology, Rhode Island Hospital
2014-2018: Assistant Member (Level-I), Memorial Hospital and Allied Diseases, New York
2014-2018: Assistant Attending, Department of Medical Physics, Memorial Sloan Kettering West Harrison, NY
2012-2014: Resident in Medical Physics, Department of Medical Physics, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York
2010-2012: Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Department of Medical Physics, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
2010-2010: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Radiation Oncology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO      
2004-2005: Software Developer, Astronomy Department, University of Florida, Gainesville

Education:

2011: Certificate in Medical Physics, Colombia University, New York
2010: PhD, Space Sciences, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne
2003: MS, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville
2001: BSc, Computer Engineering, Beirut Arab University, Lebanon

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Selected Publications:

  • Zeng, Chuan, Richard A. Amos, Brian Winey, Chris Beltran, Ziad Saleh, Zelig Tochner, Hanne Kooy, and Stefan Both. "Proton Treatment Planning." In Target Volume Delineation and Treatment Planning for Particle Therapy, pp. 45-105. Springer, Cham, 2018.
  • Vitali Moiseenko, PhD, Jonn Wu, M.D., Allan Hovan, M.D.D., Ziad Saleh, PhDAditya Apte, PhD, Joseph O. Deasy, PhD, Stephen Harrow, M.D., Carman Rabuka, M.D.D., Adam Muggli, D.D.S., and Anna Thompson, M.D. Treatment planning constraints to avoid xerostomia in head and neck radiotherapy: an independent test of QUANTEC criteria using a prospectively collected dataset. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2012 Mar 1;82(3):1108-14.
  • Shackleford J.A., Shusharina N., Verberg J., Warmerdam G., Winey B., Neuner M., Steininger P., Arbisser A., Golland P., Lou Y., Paganelli C., Peroni M., Riboldi M., Baroni G., Zaffino P., Spadea M.F., Apte A., Saleh Z., Deasy J.O., Mori S., Kandasamy N., Sharp G.C. Plastimatch 1.6 - Current Capabilities and Future Directions. Int Conf Med Image Comput Comput Assist Interv. 2012 Oct;15(WS). Workshop on Image-Guidance and Multimodal Dose Planning in Radiation Therapy.
  • Saleh ZH, Apte AP, Sharp GC, Shusharina NP, Wang Y, Veeraraghavan H, Thor M, Muren LP, Rao SS, Lee NY, Deasy JO, The distance discordance metric-a novel approach to quantifying spatial uncertainties in intra- and inter-patient deformable image registration. Phys Med Biol. 2014 Feb 7;59(3):733-46
  • Rao SD, Saleh ZH* (equal co-authorship), Setton J, Tam M, McBride SM, Riaz N, Deasy JO, Lee NY, Dose-volume factors correlating with trismus following chemoradiation for head and neck cancer. Acta Oncol. 2015 Apr 29: 1-6.
  • Saleh, Z., Thor, M., Apte, A.P., Sharp, G., Tang, X., Veeraraghavan, H., Muren, L. and Deasy, J., 2016. A multiple-image-based method to evaluate the performance of deformable image registration in the pelvis. Physics in Medicine and Biology, 61(16), p.6172.
  • Belanger, M., Saleh, Z., Volpe, T., Margiasso, R., Li, X., Chan, M., Zhu, X. and Tang, X., 2016. Validation of the Calypso Surface Beacon Transponder.Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics, 17(4).
  • Thor, M., Tyagi, N., Hatzoglou, V., Apte, A., Saleh, Z., Riaz, N., ... & Deasy, J. O. (2017). A magnetic resonance imaging-based approach to quantify radiation-induced normal tissue injuries applied to trismus in head and neck cancer. Physics and Imaging in Radiation Oncology, 1, 34-40.
  • Saleh, Z. H., Jeong, J., Quinn, B., Mechalakos, J., St Germain, J., & Dauer, L. T. (2017). Results of a 10 year survey of workload for 10 treatment vaults at a high throughput comprehensive cancer center. Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics, 18(3), 207-214
  • Liu, Y., Saleh, Z., Song, Y., Chan, M., Li, X., Shi, C., ... & Tang, X. (2017). Novel Wavelet-Based Segmentation of Prostate CBCT Images with Implanted Calypso transponders.  International Journal of Medical Physics, Clinical Engineering and Radiation Oncology, 6(03), 336.
Michelle Schwer, MSc, DABR
Associate Medical Physicist, Rhode Island Hospital

Phone: 401-444-4321
Email: mschwer@lifespan.org

Mailing address:
Department of Radiation Oncology
Rhode Island Hospital
593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI  02903

Biography

2018-Present: Associate Medical Physicist, Rhode Island Hospital
2016-2018: Clinical Assistant Professor, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
2013-2016: Consulting Medical Physicist, HannLeb Physics, Inc., Gastonia, NC
2010-2012: Consulting Medical Physicist, RadPhys Oncology, LLC, Knoxville, TN|
2008-2009: Radiation Safety Compliance Officer, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

Research Interests

Radiation Dosimetry
Physics Support of Clinical Trial Research
Standardization and Automation in Radiation Oncology

Education

2010: MSc, Medical Physics, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
2008: BSc, Physics, Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, TN

Yun Yang, PhD, DABR
Associate Medical Physicist, Rhode Island Hospital

Phone: 444-6270
Email: yyang@lifespan.org

Mailing address:
Department of Radiation Oncology
Rhode Island Hospital
593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI  02903

Biography

2019-present: Associate Medical Physicist, Rhode Island Hospital
2015-2019: Medical Physicist, Duke University Medical Center, NC
2014-2015: Instructor/Physicist, Varian Medical Systems, NV

Research Interests

Brachytherapy

Education

2010: PhD, Medical Physics, University of Massachusetts at Lowell
2008: MSc, Radiological Sciences and Protection, University of Massachusetts at Lowell
2006: BE, Electronic Science and Technology, Tianjin University, China

Additional Details: 

Selected Publications:

  • Y Yang, M J Rivard. Phantoms in brachytherapy. in: The Phantoms in Medical and Health Physics. edited by LA DeWerd, MW Kissick, (Taylor & Francis Books, Inc., New York, 2014) Chap. 5, pp. 77- 87.
  • M Susko, O Craciunescu, S Meltsner, Y Yang, B Steffey, J Cai, J Chino, “Vaginal dose is associated with toxicity in image guided tandem ring or ovoid based brachytherapy,” Intl. J. Radiat. Oncol., Biol., Phys. 94, 1099–1105 (2016).
  • Y Yang, T Li, L Yuan, Y Ge, F Yin, W R Lee, J Wu, “Quantitative comparison of knowledge-guided automatic IMRT treatment planning to expert planning for prostate cancer,” J. Appl. Clin. Med. Phys. 16, 241–250 (2015).
  • T Li, Q Wu, Y Yang, F-F Yin, Q Wu, “Quality assurance for online adapted treatment plans: Benchmarking and delivery monitoring simulation,” Med. Phys. 42, 381–390 (2014).
  • J Adamson, Y Yang, T Zhuang, L Rankine, J Adamovics, F-F Yin, M Oldham, “On the feasibility of polyurethane based 3D dosimeters with optical CT for dosimetric verification of low energy photon brachytherapy seeds,” Med. Phys. 41, 71705:1–9 (2014).