American Association of Physicists in Medicine Awards Ceremony
July 25, 2005
Washington State Convention & Trade Center
The American Association of Physicists in Medicine was founded in 1958 to promote the application of physics to medicine and biology, to encourage interest and training in medical physics and related fields and to prepare and disseminate technical information in medical physics and related fields.
Welcome and Presentation of Awards
Howard I. Amols, Ph.D.
Moment of silence honoring deceased AAPM Members
Jack Fowler Junior Investigator’s Award
Andrei B. Pugachev, Ph.D.
AAPM Medical Physics Travel Grant
Warren D. D’Souza, Ph.D.
AAPM-IPEM Medical Physics Travel Grant
Stanley H. Benedict, Ph.D.
Farrington Daniel Award
(There are two papers being given this award this year)
Brian C. Lentle, M.D.
Recognition of AAPM Service
G. Donald Frey, Ph.D.
Jerry D. Allison, Ph.D.
William D. Coolidge Award
Reception immediately following in Room 6A of the Washington State Convention and Trade Center.
William D. Coolidge Award
The AAPM's highest honor is presented to a member who has exhibited a distinguished career in medical physics, and who has exerted a significant impact on the practice of medical physics.
William D. Coolidge Award Recipients
|1972||William D. Coolidge||1989||William R. Hendee|
|1973||Robert J. Shalek||1990||Peter R. Almond|
|1974||John S. Laughlin||1991||Moses A. Greenfield|
|1975||Marvin M.D. Williams||1992||Nagalingam Suntharalingam|
|1976||Harold E. Johns||1993||Colin G. Orton|
|1977||Edith E. Quimby||1994||F. H. Attix|
|1978||Lawrence H. Lanzl||1995||Robert Loevinger|
|1979||Herbert M. Parker||1996||Leonard Stanton|
|1980||John R. Cameron||1997||James A. Purdy|
|1981||James G. Kereiakes||1998||Bengt E. Bjarngard|
|1982||Gail D. Adams||1999||Faiz M. Khan|
|1983||Edward W. Webster||2000||Lowell L. Anderson|
|1984||Robley D. Evans||2001||Ravinder Nath|
|1985||Jack S. Krohmer||2002||Bhudatt R. Paliwal|
|1986||Warren K. Sinclair||2003||Kenneth R. Hogstrom|
|1987||Gordon L. Brownell||2004||C. Clifton Ling|
|1988||John R. Cunningham||2005||Gary T. Barnes|
Award for Achievement in Medical Physics
The Achievement Award denotes outstanding career achievement in medical physics practice, education, or organizational affairs and professional activities.
The category of Fellow honors members who have distinguished themselves by their contributions in research, education, and leadership in the medical physics community.
Gary T. Barnes received his undergraduate education at Case Institute of Technology (now Case-Western Reserve University) (B.S., Physics, 1964) and his graduate education at Wayne State University (Ph.D., Physics, 1970). During 1971-72 he received medical physics postdoctoral training at the University of Wisconsin and in 1972 joined the Department of Radiology and Medical School Faculty at UAB. From 1976 to 1987 he was chief of the Physics Section and from 1987 to 2002. Dr. Barnes was Director of the Physics and Engineering Division of the Department of Radiology at UAB and became Professor Emeritus in 2002. He continues to be involved part-time at UAB Chairing the Radiation Safety Committee and teaching radiology and surgery residents and also works at X-Ray Imaging Innovations, a company he founded in 1998.
Dr. Barnes has been active on committees of the AAPM, Southeastern Chapter of the AAPM (SEAAPM), ACR, RSNA, ABR and is a past president of the AAPM (1988) and SEAAPM (1979). He is a Fellow of the AAPM and ACR and is a Diplomate of the ABR (Radiological Physics). Dr. Barnes' research efforts have been in diagnostic x-ray imaging and include work on scatter control, screen-film systems, digital radiography, mammography and clinical medical physics. He is the author or co-author of 10 patents and 100+ scientific papers.
New AAPM Fellows
Ivan Brezovich received his PhD from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1977, and entered the medical physics field through a postdoctoral position in diagnostic radiology with Dr. Gary Barnes at the same institution. He later transferred to the department of radiation oncology, and became Full Professor in 1988 and is currently director of the physics division. During his academic career, he was adviser for two PhD and 5 MS students, taught residents, and served on the FDA Radiological Devices Panel. He published more than 50 articles in refereed journals, 90 abstracts and 6 book chapters. His service to medical physics societies included presidency of the Southeastern AAPM chapter, and chairmanship or membership in numerous AAPM and ACMP committees. He is a fellow of ACMP and is active in promoting recognition of the medical physics profession.
Brenda Clark received her PhD degree in 1976 in London, England for research in Fourier optics. After moving to Canada, she joined the McGill University medical physics group in 1986, where she completed a clinical training program under the supervision of Ervin Podgorsak. Dr Clark is now an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia, Canada and a Senior Medical Physicist at the BC Cancer Agency. She is board certified by the Canadian College of Physicists in Medicine, is also a Fellow of the CCPM, has published 36 peer-reviewed articles and made over 100 presentations at national and international conferences. In terms of service to the Canadian and US medical physics community, she has served on the Board of the CCPM since 1998 and is currently their 10th president, the first female to be appointed to this position. She is also Chair and President of CAMPEP and an active member of CAMPEP’s Graduate Program Review Committee.
Dr. Ian Cunningham obtained a BSc in Engineering Physics at Queen's University, an MSc in Nuclear Physics at McMaster University, and a PhD in Medical Biophysics at the University of Toronto. He is a Scientist at the Imaging Research Laboratories of the Robarts Research Institute and Medical Physicist at the London Health Sciences Centre in London Ontario. He is also currently Professor of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, with cross appointments in Medical Biophysics and the Biomedical Engineering Program at the University of Western Ontario, and is a Fellow of the Canadian Organization of Medical Physicists. His research interests include the scientific basis for maximizing the DQE of digital detectors and is developing a method of tissue-composition imaging using the diffraction of x rays. He has published over 50 papers, 7 book chapters, and is currently writing a book on the principles of image quality in radiology (www.imaging.robarts.ca/~icunning/draft).
After graduating in physics from the U. of Maryland in 1973, Lee Goldman trained in medical physics at George Washington University as assistant to Theodore Villafana. Lee moved to the BRH (now CDRH) in1975, where he worked with medical physicists and local hospitals to develop and evaluate radiology QA programs. Lee completed his M.S. at George Washington in Medical Engineering in 1978, concentrating on imaging and communications theory. From 1982 to1985, Lee worked in CT scanner R&D for Elscint Corp. Since 1985, he has served as diagnostic physicist at Hartford Hospital. He has been professionally active in the local chapter and on the Continuing Professional Development Committee, serving as summer school committee chair from 1998 to 2002. Lee was director of two summer schools and directed RSNA categorical physics courses on CT technology from 2000 to 2004.
Charlie Ma received his PhD in medical physics from University of London in 1992. After completing a two-year fellowship he joined National Research Council, Canada in 1993. He joined Stanford University in 1996, and is currently professor and director of Radiation Physics at Fox Chase Cancer Center. Dr. Ma is currently a member of several AAPM committees and task groups, and serves as an Associate Editor of Medical Physics and a Member of International Advisory Board for Phys Med Biol. He has actively participated in medical physics research with funding from federal agencies, non-profit organizations and industry. He has served on several scientific review panels. Dr. Ma has published over 130 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and conference proceedings.
Wlad T. Sobol received his Ph.D. degree Magna Cum Laude from the Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland in 1978. In 1983 he left Poland for Canada where he completed a post-doctoral fellowship in NMR physics. In 1986, Dr. Sobol immigrated to the United States and joined the Department of Radiology at Bowman Gray School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC. Three years later, Dr. Sobol moved to the Department of Radiology at University of Alabama in Birmingham, where he is now a Professor of Radiology. Dr. Sobol has served in several capacities in the AAPM, including as a President of the Southeastern Chapter of AAPM and as an Associate Editor of Medical Physics. Dr. Sobol published over 50 papers in peer-reviewed journals and received several awards for outstanding scientific quality of his publications.
Jerry Thomas. M.S. is currently at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD, where he is an Assistant Professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences. In June 2001, he retired from the Navy after 33 years of active service. During his Naval career, he chaired multiple technical working groups charged with developing specifications from procurement of high-end imaging equipment to include CT, MRI and PACS and other high-end imaging equipment used in DoD MTFs. During the first Gulf War he was the technical consultant to the Navy Fleet Hospital for battlefield imaging. His current research interests include digital image display systems, digital detector design, advanced applications in mammography imaging – specifically tomosynthesis, and EPR retrospective dosimetry using teeth.
John Seth Laughlin, Ph.D.
John Seth Laughlin, Ph.D., charter member and Past President of the AAPM [1964-65] passed away on December 11, 2004. John Laughlin was born in Canton, Missouri on January 26, 1918. He received an A.B. from Willamette University , an M.S. from Haverford College  and his Ph.D., from the University of Illinois in 1947. While at the University of Illinois, he carried out nuclear research on the cyclotron with Professor P.G. Kruger and as well as several research projects with Dr. Donald Kerst, inventor of the betatron, and Dr. Henry Quastler, a radiologist at the Carle Clinic. He played a major role in the first therapeutic applications of high-energy x-rays. In 1950, while at the University of Illinois, Laughlin and Dr. Roger A. Harvey, chairman of radiology, initiated the first therapeutic use of high-energy electrons. He also carried out the initial development of the calorimetric method to measure intensity of high-energy x-rays as well as measuring the energy locally deposited with both x rays and electrons at a point in a large medium. In 1952, he became Chairman of the Department of Medical Physics at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. While at Memorial, he pioneered developments in treatment planning including the initial application of automatic computer methodology, the development and design of small ionization chambers for bone marrow and soft tissue dose measurement in the diagnostic x-ray range. He was one of the first investigators to install a cyclotron within a medical research center for the production of short-lived radionuclides. Dr. Laughlin’s innovative research, training and clinical service resulted in 273 publications, plus a number of books and 95 chapters in books.
He taught many hundreds of residents, graduate students and radiological physicists. Many of the current leaders in medical physics received their training in the “Memorial Program” that John created. Laughlin was elected President of the Radiation Research Society [1970-71], the International Organization of Medical Physics [1969-72], the Health Physics Society [1960-61] and Vice-President of the Radiological Society of North America . Among his many honors were the William D. Coolidge Award of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine , the gold medal of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology , the Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award of the Health Physics Society , the Aebersold Award of the Society of Nuclear Medicine , the gold medal of the American College of Radiology  and the Marvin M.D. Williams award of the American College of Medical Physics .
John is predeceased by his wife, Barbara Jean Kester, and is survived by three daughters: Dr. Catherine Laughlin, Frances Tucker and Janet Laughlin. He has five grandchildren. He married Eunice Chapin Smith in 1979 and has stepchildren, Paul Beyersdorf and Susan Maes. and three step grandchildren. Both Eunice and John were well-known and admired by their many friends and colleagues in the AAPM. We all will miss his warm stewardship, his personal integrity and his dry sense of humor.
- Jean M. St. Germain, M.S.
John Roderick Cameron, Ph.D.
Medical physics lost one of its most esteemed founders on March 16, 2005. John was born in northern Wisconsin in 1922. After serving in the Army signal core during World War II, John obtained a B.S. in mathematics from the University of Chicago in 1947 and his Ph.D. in nuclear physics from University of Wisconsin in 1952 under the supervision of Raymond Herb, one of the worlds great accelerator physicists. His thesis, ``Elastic Scattering of Alpha Particles by Oxygen’’, generated data still used today by the ion implantation industry! John then joined the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil for two years and later the University of Pittsburgh, before returning to Wisconsin as an Assistant Professor of Physics. His almost seminal urge to translate physics to help society led John to the Department of Radiology and a revolution now called Medical Physics. The small physics section of Radiology that John Cameron fostered led to the nations first academic department of medical physics, for which John served as the Chair until his retirement in 1985. John was a founding member of the AAPM, served as its tenth president and was awarded its most prestigious prize, the Coolidge Award, in 1980. In 1995 John was awarded the Roentgen Centennial Award by the RSNA, the only physicist so honored. Finally in 2000 John was awarded the Madam Curie award by the IOMP for his activities in developing countries. Beyond these contributions, John was deeply responsible for several major areas of scientific investigation. These include bone densitometry for which John is regarded one of the prime creators, the widespread use of TLD for dosimetry especially LiF, and the now pervasive use of quality assurance in diagnostic radiology. These activities have resulted in creation of several commercial enterprises. His impact on medical physics is truly international and he is without doubt the most recognized name in medical physics due to these outstanding contributions. However, John’s first love was his students. The program he started has now trained over 180 Ph.D.s and 150 M.S. students and a large number of postdoctoral fellows. This output is a significant fraction of the AAPM membership – in large part due to John R. Cameron. Following his “retirement” nearly 20 years ago, John continued his influential role as a teacher, researcher, mentor, and most of all as a friend. His words of encouragement were inspiring and assuring, and he remained always ready to offer an opinion or help out with any task. Before leaving Wisconsin for his winter home last fall he made his usual reminder to “be sure to let me know if there is anything I can do for you.”
-Paul M. DeLuca Jr., Ph.D., James A. Zagzebski, Ph.D.
Brian Lentle, M.D.
Dr. Lentle was born in Cardiff, Wales. He graduated MB, BCh and then MD from the Welsh School of Medicine. He was educated in radiology in the UK and Canada (U. of Alberta) and in nuclear medicine at McGill University.
Dr. Lentle moved to the Vancouver in 1986 and was subsequently appointed as Professor and Head of the Department of Radiology there and at Vancouver Hospital. He now works at the Women's Hospital of BC and is an Emeritus Professor of Radiology at the University of British Columbia. He served on the Editorial Board of the Annals of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Dr. Lentle was Chair of the Programme Committee for the International Congress of Radiology held in June 2004.
He was given teaching awards in both radiology and nuclear medicine at UBC, and made a Fellow of the American College of Radiology. In 2004 he was awarded the Gold Medal of the Canadian Association of Radiologists and made an Honorary Member of the Italian Society of Radiology and, In 2005, of the European Association of Radiology.
For six years Dr. Lentle served as Chair of the Advisory Committee on Radiological Protection to the Atomic Energy Control Board of Canada.
Dr. Lentle has published over 140 scientific articles, jointly edited three books and has written many book chapters.
In 1998 Dr. Lentle was elected to the Board of Directors of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). Currently he is Past-President of RSNA and serves on the Board of Trustees of its Research and Education Foundation.
The Farrington Daniels Award for the best paper on Radiation Dosimetry published in Medical Physics in 2004 is presented to:
for their paper entitled "Dose properties of a laser accelerated electron beam and prospects for clinical application," Medical Physics 31, 2053 (2004).
for their paper entitled "Ionization chamber-based reference dosimetry of intensity modulated radiation beams," Medical Physics 31, 2454 (2004).
The Sylvia Sorkin Greenfield Award for two of the best papers (other than Radiation Dosimetry) published in Medical Physics for 2004 is presented to:
ffor their paper entitled, “Flourescence-enhanced optical imaging of large phantoms using single and simultaneous dual point illumination geometries,” Medical Physics 31, 183 (2004).
Congratulations to all of the Award Winners!