Jarron Syh has been announced as the first graduate of the Willis-Knighton Cancer Center’s medical physics residency program. Syh came to Willis-Knighton with an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, a master of science degree in nuclear engineering and engineering physics from University of Wisconsin in Madison, and a master of science degree in medical physics from East Carolina University. He is currently one of seven physicists on staff at the Willis-Knighton Cancer Center.
The residency program was established in 2012 by the medical physicists and radiation oncologists at Willis-Knighton to properly train medical physicists in radiation therapy. The Willis-Knighton Physics residency program is an affiliate of the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center Medical Physics Residency Program in Baton Rouge and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs (CAMPEP).
Medical physicists at Willis-Knighton Cancer Center work closely with radiation oncologists to ensure that each patient’s treatment plan is optimized. With the upcoming addition of the proton therapy center at Willis-Knighton Cancer Center, physicists will use their expertise to work with the center’s radiation oncologists in delivering the latest forms of guided radiation, pencil-beam scanning and Intensity Modulated Proton Therapy (IMPT) technology to tumors. The proton therapy center, scheduled for operation in late 2014, will be the first of its kind in the world.