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Willis-Knighton Medical Physics Residency Program Gains National Accreditation

8/27/2012

Willlis-Knighton Cancer Center’s medical physics residency program, established by the medical physicists and radiation oncologists at the Willis-Knighton Cancer Center, has received a five-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs (CAMPEP).The report from CAMPEP indicated the program should be a model for centers seeking accreditation.

“Willis-Knighton has increased its presence nationally in radiation physics by participating in a CAMPEP approved physics residency program,” said Lane Rosen, M.D., medical director of radiation oncology at the cancer center.
This is the third accreditation related to the cancer center’s radiation program, which is also accredited by the American College of Radiology and the American College of Radiation Oncology. The entire cancer center is also accredited by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.

The Willis-Knighton physics residency program is an affiliate of the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center Medical Physics Residency Program in Baton Rouge. The program is the first one in Louisiana, and with its affiliates, is the largest in the nation. “We are very proud to have Willis-Knighton among our affiliates in this new venture to train residents and help improve outcomes for patients,” said John Gibbons, Ph.D., residency program director and chief of clinical physics, Mary Bird Perkins.

Radiation oncologists at Willis-Knighton Cancer Center have developed a reputation for advanced radiation therapy cancer treatment, beginning in 2004 when the center became the first site in Louisiana and only the fourth in the nation to offer TomoTherapy® Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT). The national and worldwide recognition attained by the radiation oncology department at the cancer center is due, in large measure, to the radiation physicists who are directed by its chief physicist, Terry Wu, Ph.D. Medical physicists at the cancer center work closely with radiation oncologists to ensure precision delivery of radiation to tumors while protecting healthy tissue. Rosen noted that the physicists at Willis-Knighton consult with physicians multiple times to assure that each patient’s treatment plan is optimized.

The addition of a proton therapy center now under construction at the Willis-Knighton Cancer Center will utilize the expertise of the physicists at the center as radiation oncologists begin the next era of guided radiation, delivering pencil-beam scanning and Intensity Modulated Proton Therapy (IMPT) technology to tumors. The proton therapy system at Willis-Knighton will be the first of its kind in the world.

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