August 18, 2017

Residency Administration

  • Medical Physics Residency Program Director:                                          Dean Walton, MS, DABR

Dean earned his graduate degree at University of Toledo and has been practicing Medical Physics in the south west Michigan and Ohio area for nearly 30 years. He was the head Medical Physicist of a multiple site Radiation Oncology program in Toledo that commissioned over 6 linear accelerators in that time that include Elekta, Varian, and Siemens machines. His teaching capabilities and passion for the field, and also the patients were instrumental in training and developing young physicists that worked under him.  Dean took the lead role in training our very first residents on the daunting task of performing commissioning and acceptance of a Elekta Versa Hd accelerator and Pinnacle treatment planning system with 160 MLC,EPID, 3D, IMRT, SRS/SBRT.  These type of unique experience and close learning opportunities help make Dean a valued member of our program.

  • Medical Physics Residency Faculty:                                                              Dr. Peter Sandwall Ph.D. DABR

Dr. Sandwall earned his doctorate from the University of Cincinnati in 2014. His area of interest was in the development of a Novel Flourometric Dosimetry System.  He has numerous publications including

Radio-Fluorogenic Gel Dosimetry with Coumarin

Real-Tme Visualization of a High Dose Rate Brachytherapy Source for the Prevention of Error

Gel Dosimetry with Radio-Fluorogenic Coumarin

Measuring the photon depth dose distribution produced by a medical linear accelerator in a water-equivalent radio-fluorogenic gel

Spatial Dosimetry with Violet Diode Laser-Induced Fluorescence of Water-Equivalent Radio-Fluorogenic Gels

  • Resident Faculty:                                                                                                     Dr. Stephen Lutz MD.                                                                                          
  •  Dr. Lutz is a radiation oncologist in Findlay, Ohio and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Blanchard Valley Hospital and Dayton Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He received his medical degree from University of Michigan Medical School and has been in practice for more than 20 years.
  • Assistant Professor:                                                                                          Pat Diltz Ph.D. Chief Physicist at Mercy St. Rita’s                                            
  • Assistant Professor:                                                                                          Dr. Andrew Schneier Ph. D., DABR (R,T), CMD, CRE (R,T,M), AMP, CSD 

Dr. Schneider graduated from the Medical College of Ohio in 1985 with a Ph.D. in Radiological Sciences.  His dissertation was titled: Transcient Dose Determination at an Interface Due to Electron Beam Irradiation. He has worked for the past 35 years in Radiation Oncology Physics accepting and commissioning 16 linear accelerators including CGR, AECL, Electa, Siemens and Varian equipment: MLC and EPID acceptance, commissioning and implementation:12 RTP systems commissioned including brachytherapy and external beam systems,  5 IMRT programs established and implemented, accelerator shielding design (20 facilities), R&V systems installed and configured, brachytherapy including IVBT, UGPI, GYN, interstitial and plaque, radiopharmaceutical therapy, NRC, state and local licensing, radiation therapy QA: neutron and photon radiation surveys. IMRT, IGRT, respiratory gating,, SRS, LDR and HDR experience. Pinnacle, Eclipse, Brachyvision, Variseed, IMPAC, ARIA experience. He also has extensive experience in Diagnostic Medical Physics and Nuclear Medicine Physics.