Assistant / Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology at CUIMC
Columbia University Irving Medical Center
Location: New York, New York
Type: Career Positions
Medical Physics: Radiation Oncology
The Department of Radiation Oncology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) is seeking an Assistant/Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology at CUIMC with the opportunity to affiliate clinical medical physics practice within the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center (HICCC). HICCC, is one of 71 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers that provides cancer care services within New York City, Lawrence, and the Hudson Valley and is dedicated to an integrated, patient-focused approach to cancer research, treatment, support, prevention, education, and outreach. Qualified candidates may be appointed within the CUIMC of Columbia University at the Assistant or Associate Professor level, commensurate with their degree, clinical, and academic standing.
Technical clinical operations of the ACR-accredited Department of Radiation Oncology are currently supported by nine (9) board-certified Medical Physicists (6 Ph.D., 3 M.S.) and 4.5 board-certified Dosimetrists. Additional personnel is expected to be recruited to the group in the upcoming months. The New York City location has four (4) conventional linear accelerators: a Varian Trilogy, Varian TrueBeams (2), and Siemens Artiste with CT on rails. In addition, a Varian Ethos adaptive radiotherapy system was released for clinical use late last year for both adaptive and conventional IGRT. All platforms support IGRT via CBCT / kV or MV onboard imaging. Varian Identify systems will be installed this summer for DIBH and respiratory-gated treatments. A wide variety of technology facilitating special procedures are housed in the Department: Elekta Icon GammaKnife for intracranial radiosurgery, Zeiss IntraBeam for intraoperative radiotherapy, and Best Novoste for vascular brachytherapy. Varian solutions are used to provide routine high dose-rate (gynecological, intracavitary, and interstitial) and low dose-rate (prostate) brachytherapy treatments. The Department utilizes a GE LightSpeed and a Siemens Somatom dual-energy CT for patient simulation, the latter slated for replacement in 2023. The Department’s two (2) satellite facilities house an Accuray TomoTherapy system, an additional Varian TrueBeam linear accelerator, and on-site CT or PET/CT simulation capabilities. Treatment planning systems include Varian Eclipse, BrachyVision, EthosTPS, and VariSeed. Varian Velocity is used for deformable image registrations and RadCalc / ClearCalc for secondary dose calculations. Varian’s ARIA suite serves as the Department’s record and verification system.
Successful candidates will provide day-to-day clinical physics to support the Department’s procedural and non-procedural quality assurance and dosimetry programs related to clinical operations to provide technical expertise in safe and efficacious modern clinical radiotherapy practices. This includes evaluating and implementing new equipment and modalities, consultation with physicians, dosimetrists, and radiation therapists, treatment planning and quality assurance protocol development, coordination with university radiation safety officers, and participation in commissioning initiatives. Additionally, involvement in Medical Physics operational and development activities is expected at the local and affiliate system levels.
Candidates are expected to be actively involved in the didactic and clinical training of Radiation Oncology and Medical Physics Residents.
Qualified applicants will be eligible for a faculty appointment in a research or clinician-educator track commensurate with research experience and publication record. Predicated on the desired track of faculty appointment, candidates will be afforded resources to facilitate clinically applicable/translational research within the Department and collaborate with researchers both within the Medical School and across disciplines throughout Columbia University.
Successful candidates for this position must; (1) be ABR/ABMP board-certified (or board-eligible) in therapeutic medical physics and a Ph.D. in medical physics or strongly related physical science. A preference is for those candidates who (1) hold a degree from a CAMPEP-accredited Graduate Program in Medical Physics, (2) have work or residency experience in an academic medical center setting, and (3), if applicable, have experience providing didactic or clinical instruction.
The ideal candidate should have excellent verbal and written communications skills, strong technical skills, and a commitment to exemplary clinical practice and teaching.
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