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Professor, Director, and Vice-Chair - Medical Physics

Education and Training

College: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston, MA

Graduate School: Columbia University, New York, NY

Selected Publications from a Total of 147:

Ford, E., Primer on Radiation Oncology Physics: Video Tutorials with Textbook and Problems, London, UK: CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group; May 2020.

Dieterich, S., Ford, E., Pavord, D. and Zeng, J Practical Radiation Oncology Physics: A Companion to Gunderson & Tepper’s Clinical Radiation Oncology, 1st ed. Atlanta, GA: Elsevier; August 2015. 

Ford, E., et al. Strategies for Effective Physics Plan and Chart Review in Radiation Therapy: Report of AAPM Task Group 275, Med Phys, 47(6), e236-272, 2020,

Ford, E., Evans, S. Incident learning in radiation oncology: A review. Med Phys, 2018; 45(5), e100-e119.

Ford, E., Emery, R., Huff, D., Narayanan, M., Schwartz, J., Cao, N., Meyer, J., Rengan, R., Zeng, J., Sandison, G., Laramore, G., Mayr, N., An image-guided precision proton radiation platform for preclinical in vivo research. Phys Med Biol, 2017; 62, 43-58. [ROBERTS PRIZE. Best paper of the year in Phys Med Biol].

Gopan, O., Zeng, J., Novak, A., Nyflot, M., Ford, E., The effectiveness of pretreatment physics plan review for detecting errors in radiation therapy, Med Phys, 2016; 43(9), 5181-5187.

Ford, E.C., Fong de los Santos, L., Pawlicki, T., Sutlief, S., Dunscombe, P., Consensus recommendation for incident learning database structures in radiation oncology, Med Phys, 2012; 39(12), 7272-7290.

Ford, E.C., Terezakis, S., Souranis, A., Harris, K., Gay, H., Mutic, S., Quality Control Quantification (QCQ): A Tool to Measure the Value of Quality Control Checks in Radiation Oncology, Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys, 2012; 84(3), e262-269.

Ford E.C., Gaudette R., Myers L., Vanderver B., Engineer L., Zellars R., Song D., Wong J., DeWeese T.L., Evaluation of Safety in a Radiation Oncology Setting Using Failure Mode and Effects Analysis, Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2009; 74(3), 852-858.

Yovino, S., Grossman, S., Kleinberg, L. Narayanan, M., Redmond, K., Ford, E., The Etiology of Treatment-Related Lymphopenia in Patients with Malignant Gliomas: Modeling Radiation Dose to Circulating Lymphocytes Explains Clinical Observations and Suggests Methods of Modifying the Impact of Radiation on Immune Cells, Cancer Investigation, 2013; 31:140-144.

Ford, E., Achanta, P., Purger, D., Armour, M., Reyes, J., Fong, J., Kleinberg, L., Redmond, K., Wong, J., Jang, M.H., Jun, H., Song, H.J., Quinones-Hinojosa, A., Localized CT-guided irradiation inhibits neurogenesis in specific regions of the adult  mouse brain, Rad Res, 2011; 175, 744-783.

Ford, EC, Mageras, G, Yorke, E, Ling, CC. Respiration-correlated spiral CT: a method of measuring respiratory-induced anatomic motion for radiation treatment planning. Medical Physics. 2003; 30(1): 88-97.

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Research Interests

  • Patient Safety and Quality Improvement
  • Technology and Techniques for Basic Radiobiology
  • Global Radiation Oncology

Clinical interests

  • Automation and quality
  • Administrative service. Director of Medical Physics

Education Involvement

  • Primary faculty teacher for the year-long resident physics class
  • Author of textbook “Primer on Radiation Oncology Physics” (outgrowth of residency physics class)
  • Mentor of safety and quality rotation
  • Residency steering committee
  • Five-time awardee, “teacher of the year”

Professional Involvement

  • Chair, AAPM Task Group 275, Plan and Chart Review
  • Chair, AAPM Science Council Mentorship Program
  • ASTRO Board of directors