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Columbia University Associate/Full Professor of Radiation Oncology at CUIMC and Chief of Clinical Medical Physics in New York, New York

The Department of Radiation Oncology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) is seeking an Associate/Full Professor of Radiation Oncology at CUIMC and Chief of Clinical Medical Physics, 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 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, Associate or Full Professor level, commensurate with their degree, clinical and/or academic standing.

Department Description

Technical clinical operations of the ACR-accredited Department of Radiation Oncology are currently supported by seven (7) board-certified Medical Physicists (4 Ph.D.; 3 M.S.) and 4.5 board-certified Dosimetrists. Additional personnel are expected to be recruited to the group in the upcoming months. The New York City location is equipped with four (4) linear accelerators: a Varian Trilogy, Varian TrueBeam, Siemens Artiste (soon to be replaced with a second Varian TrueBeam) and Siemens Artiste with CT on rails. In addition, a Varian Ethos adaptive radiotherapy system will be installed within the Department, Summer 2021. All systems support IGRT via CBCT / kV and/or MV on-board imaging. Varian Optical Surface Monitoring and RPM/RGSC systems are utilized for DIBH and respiratory gated treatments, respectively. A wide variety of technology facilitating special procedures are housed in the Department: Elekta Icon GammaKnife for intracranial radiosurgery, Zeiss IntraBeam for intraoperative radiotherapy, Best Novoste for vascular brachytherapy. Varian solutions are used to provide routine high dose-rate (gynecological, intracavitary and interstitial) as well as low dose-rate (prostate) brachytherapy treatments. The Department utilizes a GE LightSpeed and a Siemens Somatom dual-energy CT for patient simulation. The Department’s two (2) satellites 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 and Varian BrachyVision / VariSeed. Varian Velocity is used for deformable image registrations and RadCalc for secondary dose calculations. Varian’s ARIA suite serves as the Department’s record and verify system.

Specific Duties

  • Clinical Management

Successful candidates will oversee day-to-day clinical physics and dosimetry activities related to the clinical operations of the Department, providing technical expertise in the safe and efficacious modern clinical practices. This includes the evaluation and implementation of new equipment and modalities, consultation with physicians, treatment planning and quality assurance protocol development, coordination with university radiation safety officers, as well as leading equipment commissioning initiatives. Routine clinical medical physics services (e.g., chart checking, machine calibrations, on-going quality assurance) shall be provided as needed. Under the supervision of the Vice Chairman for Physics, the Chief of Clinical Medical Physics will be responsible for clinical staff evaluation, assist in operational and capital budget development, and supporting accreditation / re-accreditation activities. Additionally, participation in Medical Physics operational and development activities, both at the local- and system-level with affiliate sites, is required.

  • Education

Candidates are expected to be actively involved in the didactic and clinical training of Radiation Oncology and Medical Physics Residents.

  • Research

Qualified applicants will be eligible for faculty appointment in a research or clinician educator track at a level 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 as well as in collaboration with researchers both within the Medical School and across disciplines throughout Columbia University.

Minimum Qualifications

Successful candidates for this position must; (1) be ABR/ABMP board certified in therapeutic medical physics; (2) have a minimum of 5 years of post-graduate clinical experience; and (3) either a Ph.D. and/or M.S. 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 clinical leadership experience and (3) have participated in Medical Physics clinical training programs.

Preferred Skill/Competency

The ideal candidate should have excellent verbal and written communications skills, strong technical skills, and a commitment to exemplary clinical practice and teaching.

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran

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