The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health invites applications and nominations for the position of chair of the Department of Medical Physics.
The Department of Medical Physics (DMP) is a leader in conducting groundbreaking basic and translational research and education leading to new applications of physics in medicine and biology. The department’s mission is to visualize solutions for accurate diagnosis and treatment by focusing on medical imaging, radiotherapy, biomagnetism, and radiation metrology yields, tools, and methods. In doing so, DMP benefits patients in our community and worldwide.
DMP has the largest medical physics graduate program in North America. More than 30 years ago, it was the first to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs (CAMPEP). It also offers a 24-month residency in medical physics. Through training and collaboration with clinicians in fields including radiation oncology, radiology, cardiology, and neurosurgery, members of the department assure excellent patient care with advanced diagnostic and therapeutic equipment and techniques.
A key and distinguishing feature of DMP is its institutional setting within a top-tier research institution and the nation’s first School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH). With longstanding, close collaborations with departments across SMPH and the College of Engineering, as well as with industry collaborators, DMP is at the forefront of building partnerships to advance education, research, and patient outcomes.
The department is resource-rich and features state-of-the-art imaging systems in all clinical imaging modalities that are devoted to research. Research themes are strongly aligned with improving treatment precision using localized and minimally invasive therapies that will improve personal patient outcomes. The department’s research portfolio includes investigations in nearly every major area of the application of physics to biological processes, as well as diagnosis and treatment of disease.
The department is home to the most recipients at any institiution of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) William D. Coolidge Award, the organization’s highest honor. It is also home to multiple AAPM Edith H. Quimby Lifetime Achievement awardees.
The chair of this department will be an innovative leader in the field of medical physics and will espouse outstanding qualities of strategic management and leadership. S/he will also oversee a commitment to diversity and inclusion. As leaders in medical physics, department members feel a responsibility to take action against racism and intolerance and to cultivate an inclusive and welcoming environment for all those it employs, teaches, and serves. Current programs in this include the department’s Women in Medical Physics program and Recognizing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Medical Physics program (REDI-MP).
The successful candidate will maintain DMP’s premier status by advancing its mission to educate and train future generations of medical physicists who will conduct innovative multidisciplinary research, translate novel devices and systems to products, provide professional physics services, and teach in healthcare facilities, laboratories, and training centers throughout Wisconsin and the world.
“The University of Wisconsin–Madison is distinctive in its scale and breadth, the premium we place on our relevance to society, and our commitment to inclusivity in the broadest sense.” — Rebecca M. Blank, Chancellor
Since 1848, this campus has been a catalyst for the extraordinary. As a public land-grant university and one of the most prolific research institutions in the world, UW–Madison is home to those who are driven by a desire to both explore new worlds and to apply new ideas to real-world problems.
With a total annual budget of over $3.1 billion including more than $1 billion in annual research expenditures, UW–Madison has been in the top 10 in national research spending every year since 1972. The campus is home to more than 22,000 faculty and staff and 42,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree students. Members of the student body represent all 50 states and 127 countries. The university is ranked 26th worldwide by the Center for World University Rankings.
The Wisconsin Idea—the principle that the university should improve people’s lives beyond the classroom— has been guiding the efforts of UW–Madison Badgers for more than a century. The university has been dedicated to studying poverty and social inequity for 50 years, is ranked #1 among large schools for producing Peace Corps volunteers, and boasts 19 Nobel Prize winners among its faculty and alumni.
School of Medicine and Public Health
The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) is recognized as an international, national, and statewide leader in education, research, and service. Founded in 1907, it transformed into the nation’s first School of Medicine and Public Health in 2005 to integrate the principles and power of interwoven medical and public health approaches in all of its missions.
Powered by more than 4,500 employees including over 1,800 faculty, the school’s engagement spans the entire state of Wisconsin and includes a deep commitment to improvement of the health of the population. This commitment manifests itself in innovative models that serve as paradigms for the rest of the country.
Members of the school rapidly translate discovery into application and continually foster synergies between clinical care, education, and research. Consistently ranked among the nation’s top medical schools, SMPH has established high-performance academic programs that are intentionally distributed across the entire spectrum of academic medicine. Its faculty members hold appointments in 27 departments—17 in the clinical sciences and 10 in the basic sciences. The faculty is composed of some of the nation’s leading researchers, educators, and clinicians. This includes several National Medal of Science recipients and National Academy of Science honorees.
Mission and values
UW SMPH strives to carry out its mission of advancing health and health equity through remarkable service to patients and communities, outstanding education, and innovative research. It upholds the values of integrity and accountability, compassion, diversity, equity and inclusivity, and excellence.
Fostering a diverse and inclusive community is important both as an end in itself and also as a valuable driver of eliminating health disparities. The school is comprised of a diverse, inclusive academic community committed to excellence and equity in health; wellness through teaching and learning, clinical service, and advocacy; and research in all forms of biological science, population health science, and health care.
SMPH is dedicated to creating an inclusive, collaborative, respectful, and welcoming environment in which all faculty, students, and staff will thrive. This effort is referred to as Building Community, and includes a call to action for every SMPH member to examine not only our intent, but our impact—“Every Person. Every Action. Every Time.”
UW Health is the integrated health system of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, serving more than 600,000 patients each year in the Upper Midwest and beyond with 1,750 physicians and 21,000 staff at seven hospitals and more than 80 outpatient sites. UW Health is governed by the UW Hospitals and Clinics Authority and partners with UW School of Medicine and Public Health to fulfill patient care, research, education and community service missions. UW Health Hospitals, which includes both University Hospital on the UW–Madison campus and UW Health at The American Center on the east side of Madison, has been ranked #1 in Wisconsin for nine years in a row by U.S. News and World Report. University Hospital is one of only 25 U.S. hospitals named to Newsweek’s “Top 100 Global” list, which includes hospitals in 11 countries around the world. American Family Children’s Hospital is also nationally ranked as a top children’s hospital. UW Health has been designated by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation as a Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality in the Healthcare Equality Index.
Department Medical Physics
The Department of Medical Physics (DMP) began as a program housed in the Department of Radiology in 1958 but has been its own academic department since 1981. It is recognized throughout the field as a leading department in research, education and training, and medical physics services.
DMP houses 31 outstanding faculty:
- 26 tenture-track and 5 clinical health science (CHS)/clinician-teacher (CT) track
- Plus 10 active emeriti and 22 affiliate faculty
The department is a pioneer and leading example in didactic instruction and research training in medical physics. The department serves as a model for modern medical physics education and training programs. The MS program generally has about five students, and the PhD program has 80-100 students. Program features include:
- PhD in Medical Physics (CAMPEP-accredited program or an “opt-out” option)
- Home to an NCI T32 UW Radiological Sciences Training Program currently in 41st year with funding anticipated through at least 2024
- Imaging Physics Residency Program, a 24-month clinical training program for individuals with MS or PhD degrees in Medical Physics
- MS degree in Medical Physics with a (CAMPEP-accredited) General Medical Physics or Health Physics emphasis
Research in the department is supported by approximately $8 million annually in extramural grants and contracts and revenue-producing accounts. Approximately $6 million comes from the NIH, DOD, and DOE. The department has ongoing research in nearly every major area of the application of physics to detection, monitoring, and treatment of disease. This broad research base provides flexibility to promote and accommodate the rapid influx of new physics discoveries and technological developments.
The department is committed to increasing mentorship opportunities and improving diversity and inclusion efforts for students, staff, and faculty.
- The Women in Medical Physics program sponsors visiting female research faculty and industry leaders to provide seminars and informal discussions.
- The Recognizing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Medical Physics program (REDI-MP) is a new program that reaches underserved communities through mentorship and outreach. The program is run by the graduate students with oversight and assistance from department leadership.
A Medical Physics Board of Visitors was established in 2018 to facilitate philanthropic relationships and lead to gifts that support the department’s strategic priorities. In addition, the board serves as a resource for recruiting high-caliber learners, aiding career and internship networking and placement, and serving as a sounding board for major departmental initiatives.
The department has a strong history of longstanding collaborations involving joint appointments and/or affiliate faculty with other departments including Radiology, Human Oncology, Psychiatry, Medicine, and Biomedical Engineering.
Department members also collaborate closely with clinicians in UW Health and with multiple professional organizations. It hosts the accredited Radiation Calibration Laboratory — the only non-government research program in the nation dedicated to radiation metrology — to improve patient care and safety nationally and internationally.
Many faculty members have successfully patented and licensed inventions such as Digita subtraction angiography (DSA), TRICKS high speed MR angiography, Pinnacle radiation treatment planning software, Tomotherapy radiation therapy system, and the Lunar bone mineral densitometry system. Resources to move innovations to the marketplace include the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), which is the technology transfer office for UW–Madison.
Qualifications and attributes of leadership
The successful candidate will have a compelling vision for the future of medical physics in a leading research- intensive public academic institution and medical center. The Chair will possess proven leadership and management skills as well as an outstanding academic background. The Chair will provide strategic, academic, and administrative leadership of the highest quality to this distinguished department in its research, teaching, and service missions.
Applicants must have substantial academic accomplishments that merit a tenured appointment at the rank of Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A Ph.D. or equivalent degree(s) are required.
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Please send nominations to:
Sanjay Asthana, M.D. and Christina Kendziorski, Ph.D.
Co-chairs of the Department of Medical Physics Chair Search Committee
c/o Benjamin Schultz-Burkel, DMA
4299C HSLC, 750 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI, 53705-2111,
To apply, please visit the UW-Madison jobs website, using the "apply now" button below. Applicants will be asked to upload a CV and personal statement/cover letter.
The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health has a deep and profound commitment to diversity both as an end in itself but also as a valuable means for eliminating health disparities. As such, we strongly encourage applications from candidates who foster and promote the values of diversity and inclusion.
Applications from Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) individuals, women, and LGBTQ+ and non- binary identities are strongly encouraged.
To receive full consideration, please apply by November 29, 2020.
Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, information regarding applicants must be released upon request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality. The University of Wisconsin is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.