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Assistant Professor, Applied Health Sciences

Faculty photo for Hyejoo Kang

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


Education
  • PhD, Rutgers University, Busch Campus

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 six months of 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 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 can also help people who are in need.

What's it like to teach at Parkinson?

In 2021, I began teaching the medical physics graduate program in the Department of Applied Health Science. This is very exciting since we began a new program where we 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.

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)