Center News Magazine: Joseph Deasy Named Chair of Medical Physics

Saturday, January 1, 2011
Joseph O. Deasy Joseph O. Deasy

Joseph O. Deasy has joined Memorial Sloan Kettering as an attending physicist and Chair of the Department of Medical Physics, succeeding Jean M. St. Germain, who has served as Acting Chair since 2007. Dr. Deasy has also been appointed a Member in Memorial Sloan Kettering and incumbent of the Enid A. Haupt Chair in Medical Physics.

Prior to joining Memorial Sloan Kettering, Dr. Deasy spent more than ten years at Washington University School of Medicine, in St. Louis, where since 2005 he had been Director of the Division of Bioinformatics and Outcomes Research in the Department of Radiation Oncology.

Dr. Deasy is a widely published author in medical physics who has written on image segmentation, proton beam treatment planning and optimization, intensity-modulated radiotherapy treatment planning, predictive modeling of tumor and normal tissue response based on multi-institutional datasets, Monte Carlo dose calculation methods, open-source research software development, and the identification of biomarkers to predict treatment response.

After receiving his PhD degree in physics in 1992 from the University of Kentucky, Dr. Deasy spent three years as a National Cancer Institute Research Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For the next four years, he served as an instructor in radiation oncology at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center, University of Louisville, before joining Washington University in 1999. He is a member of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, and the Radiation Research Society.