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Marco Schwarz, PhD


Education and Training

College: University of Torino (IT)

Graduate School: University of Amsterdam (NL)

Published Works (out of a total of 70 )

F Fracchiolla, F Dionisi, R Righetto, L Widesott, I Giacomelli, G Cartechini, P Farace, M Bertolini, M Amichetti, M Schwarz, Clinical implementation of pencil beam scanning proton therapy for liver cancer with forced deep expiration breath hold, Radiotherapy and Oncology 154 (2021) 137–144. PMID: 32976870.

BS Sørensen, J Pawelke, J Bauer, NG Burnet, A Dasu, M Høyer, CP Karger, M Krause, M Schwarz, TSA Underwood, D Wagenaar, GA Whitfield, A Lühr, Does the uncertainty in relative biological effectiveness affect patient treatment in proton therapy?, Radiother Oncol, Vol 163, October 2021, p. 177-184. PMID: 34480959.

T Rancati, M Schwarz, AM Allen, F Feng, A Popovtzer, B Mittal, A Eisbruch, Radiation dose-volume effects in the larynx and pharynx, Int. J. Radiat. Oncol. Biol. Phys., Vol. 76, N. 3 Supplement, S64-S69, 2010. PMID: 20171520.

M Engelsman, M Schwarz, L Dong, Physics controversies in proton therapy, Seminars in Radiation Oncology, Vol. 23, No.2, 88-96, 2013. PMID: 23473685

F Fracchiolla, S Lorentini, L Widesott and M Schwarz, Characterization and validation of a Monte Carlo code for independent dose calculation in proton therapy treatments with pencil beam scanning, Phys. Med. Biol. 60(2015) 8601-8619. PMID: 26501569

A Eisbruch, Marco Schwarz, C Rasch, K Vineberg, E Damen, CJ Van As, R Marsh, FA Pameijer, AJM Balm, Dysphagia and aspiration after chemoradiotherapy for head-and-neck cancer: which anatomic structures are affected and can they be spared by IMRT? Int. J. Radiation Oncology Biol. Phys., Vol. 60, No. 5, pp. 1425–1439, 2004. PMID: 15590174

M Schwarz, M Alber, JV Lebesque, BJ Mijnheer, EMF Damen, Dose heterogeneity in the target volume and IMRT to escalate the dose in the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer, Int. J. Radiation Oncol. Biol. Phys., Vol. 62, pp.561–570, 2005. PMID: 15890601.

Ben Heijmen and Marco Schwarz, Radiobiological models in (automated) treatment planning, in “Modelling Radiotherapy Side Effects” (1st edition, editors: T Rancati e C Fiorino), pp.441-451, ISBN 9781138198098, CRC Press 2019.

G Palma, A Taffelli, F Fellin, V D’Avino, D Scartoni, F Tommasino, E Scifoni, M Durante, M Amichetti, Marco Schwarz, D Amelio, L Cella, Modeling the risk of radiation induced alopecia in brain tumor patients treated with scanned proton beams, Radiother. Oncol., 144, 127-134, 2020. PMID: 31805517.

M Schwarz, GM Cattaneo, L Marrazzo, Geometrical and dosimetrical uncertainties in hypofractionated radiotherapy of the lung: a review, Physica Medica (2017), 36:126-139. PMID: 28238577

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Research Interests

  • Translational research in proton therapy
  • Application of radiobiological models to treatment planning
  • Outcome analysis

Clinical Interests

  • Development of new proton treatment techniques
  • Automation in treatment planning

Educational Involvement

  • Faculty member of the ESTRO school
  • Co-chair of the “Education and training” package of the European Particle Therapy Network

Professional Involvement

  • Member of the Physics Scientific Advisory Group for the ESTRO Congress
  • Member of the working group to revise the ESTRO Core Curriculum for Physicists in Radiation Oncology