WK Cancer Treatement Center

Medical Physics Program

Welcome Message from Chief

Dr WuMost people do not realize that a team of physicists at Willis-Knighton Cancer Center are involved in treatment of cancer patients. Patients often ask who these medical physicists are and what their responsibility is for patient care. Medical physicists are professionals with either Master’s or PhD level training in physics or nuclear engineering. They provide clinical care by verifying that the radiation given to the patient is exactly what the physician has ordered. The radiation plan is delivered to a special piece of equipment called a phantom which simulates the human body. This allows the physicists to validate that the equipment is working as expected. The mission of the medical physicists is to provide the most advanced technologies in radiation therapy treatment through clinical care, education and research.

Willis-Knighton currently employs five Ph.D. medical physicists, three dosimetrists, two medical physics residents and one proton therapy fellow. The Medical Physics Division is organized into three main activities: clinical service, education and research. The clinical activities include a variety of specific services such as treatment planning, imaging, patient setup localization, stereotactic, proton therapy, brachytherapy, radiation safety and quality assurance. All staff physicists participate in education and training. The medical physics residency training program is part of the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center (MBPCC) Physics Residency Training Program.

We have committed to provide one medical physics residency position per year and one proton therapy fellow every three years. Besides the physics residents obtaining an excellent hands-on experience, we also recognize that physics residents provide a valuable service for our clinic and serve as potential candidates for future staffing.

The consortium program received CAMPEP accreditation in 2011 and has grown to become the largest medical physicist training program in the US. The Willis-Knighton medical physics resident training program offers a superb opportunity with all clinical treatment modalities available. Our site is a nationally recognized as 1 of 5 fellowship training programs for the American Brachytherapy Society, a TomoTherapy Center of Excellence and the world’s first compact pencil-beam scanning proton therapy system, ProteusONE.

If you would like more information about these programs, please contact :

Terry Wu, Ph.D., ABR,ABMP
Chief Physicist/ Director of Medical Physics Residency Training Program
Willis-Knighton Cancer Center
2600 Kings Highway
Shreveport, LA 71103
Phone: (318) 212-4639
Email: twu@wkhs.com