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Assistant Professor

Medical Physics

Parkinson ,Applied Health Sciences

Hyejoo Kang
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  • Dr. Kang received PhD from Rutgers University in high energy experimental physics. She completed her research fellowship in medical physics at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in 2010. Prior to that, she was a post-doctoral researcher working on a neutrino oscillation search experiment (MINOS) at Stanford University. She is an assistant professor of in the department of Radiation Oncology at Loyola University, and the assistant director of the physics residency program.


    Education
    • Rutgers University, Busch Campus, Ph.D.               

    What prompted you to pursue your field?

    I was a postdoctoral researcher in high energy physics at Stanford University working on an experiment at Fermi National Laboratory when one of my colleagues was diagnosed with leukemia (blood cancer). Unfortunately, my colleague passed away within 6 months after his diagnosis. From that point, I became very interested in medical physics since it was an area that my scientific knowledge and skills could be applied to help cancer patients. I felt that medical physics could be a long term career which could be both challenging and fulfilling. It is a field that I can still consider myself as a physicist but also can help people who are in need.

    What's it like to teach at Parkinson?

    I am going to start to teach for the medical physics graduate program in the Department of Applied Health Science in 2021. This is very exciting since we are starting a new program where we will educate and guide bright and enthusiastic students on pursuing their career in medical physics. Additionally, this is a great chance to build a program that can teach modern ideas and development in medical physics.

    What does your department's focus mean to you?

    To me, public health advocates awareness of potential health issues, and plays a major role in providing information and resources to the public. public health ensures the public is aware of health hazards through educational programs, general training programs, and campaigns. Finally, public health helps detect health issues including cancer, heart disease, and dementia as early as possible and respond properly to prevent further developments of disease.

    What would you tell a student about why your field is exciting/important/the potential impact s/he could make?

    Medical physics is a physics field in which both scientific and medical backgrounds can be applied for patient care and advance in health care through research, education,and clinical practice. Our ultimate goal is to provide better patient care through developing advanced tools, processes, technologies, and teams. We constantly adopt new ideas and technologies, and a new generation has been playing an important role in the changes. In summary, medical physics is very interesting and rewarding at the same time since we solve challenging problems on a daily basis and our work directly impacts patient lives.

    Publications

    • Computed tomography versus magnetic resonance imaging in high-dose-rate prostate brachytherapy planning: The impact on patient-reported health-related quality of life. Harris, AA; Wu, M; Deirmenjian, JM; Shea, SM; Kang, H; Patel, R; Fielder, D; Mysz, ML; Harkenrider, MM; Solanki, AA Brachytherapy 2020
    • Efficient quality assurance method with automated data acquisition of a single phantom setup to determine radiation and imaging isocenter congruence. Kang, H; Patel, R; Roeske, JC Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics 2019 ;20(10)
    • Transitioning From a Low-Dose-Rate to a High-Dose-Rate Prostate Brachytherapy Program: Comparing Initial Dosimetry and Improving Workflow Efficiency Through Targeted Interventions. Solanki, AA; Mysz, ML; Patel, R; Surucu, M; Kang, H; Plypoo, A; Bajaj, A; Korpics, M; Martin, B; Hentz, C; Gupta, G; Farooq, A; Baldea, KG; Pawlowski, J; Roeske, J; Flanigan, R; Small, W; Harkenrider, MM Advances in radiation oncology 2018 ;4(1)
    • Single-institution report of setup margins of voluntary deep-inspiration breath-hold (DIBH) whole breast radiotherapy implemented with real-time surface imaging. Xiao, A; Crosby, J; Malin, M; Kang, H; Washington, M; Hasan, Y; Chmura, SJ; Al-Hallaq, HA Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics 2018 ;19(4)
    • Automated calculation of point A coordinates for CT-based high-dose-rate brachytherapy of cervical cancer. Kang, H; Padilla, L; Hasan, Y; Al-Hallaq, H Journal of contemporary brachytherapy 2017 ;9(4)