Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine
Posted: February 20, 2018
Location: Boston, MA
Board Certification: Therapeutic Medical Physics, ABR or ABMP
Required Education: Doctorate
Job Description: The Department of Radiation Oncology at Boston Medical Center (BMC) and Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) is seeking a clinical medical physicist to fill the position of Chief Physicist.
The Chief Physicist will lead and supervise the physics group to provide radiotherapy physics services for the department, including assuring the highest quality and safety in the design and delivery of radiation therapy treatment plans; and performing or supervising all required plan QA checks, regular equipment calibrations, and additional QA tasks in compliance with radiation therapy safety and QA standards consistent with the requirements by the state and the national ACR/ASTRO accreditation programs. He/she will lead the physics support of the department’s participation in local and national cooperative group clinical trials, and provide technical input and vision to the department’s evolving technology upgrades. The Chief Physicist is expected to initiate and foster clinical physics research collaboration and education, including teaching and training for the staff, radiation oncology residents, and medical students.
Academic appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor with BU School of Medicine may be approved, commensurate with the candidate's qualification and experience.
Facility and Equipment: The Department of Radiation Oncology at BMC is located in Boston’s Historic South End. The department offers a wide range of high-quality radiotherapy services in a setting of multidisciplinary cancer care, supported by a strong collaborative team with well-established expertise in 3DCRT, image-guided IMRT and VMAT, DIBH, robotic SRS/SBRT and HDR brachytherapy. The department actively participates in multi-center clinical trials and has implemented – and will continue to implement – new protocols for state-of-the-art SRS/SBRT treatments across disease sites, including CNS/spine, prostate, lung, and liver. The department is also active in clinical research, training and mentored research for radiation oncology residents and medical students, and outreach efforts to pre-med undergraduate students. The department’s oncology and medical physics staff includes 4 faculty radiation oncologists, 3 full-time clinical physicists (including the Chief Physicist) and 3 full-time dosimetrists.
Our equipment includes 2 Varian linacs (Trilogy and TrueBeam), both with on-board kV imaging and cone-beam CT, a CyberKnife G4 system with Iris variable aperture collimator and clinically commissioned Monte Carlo algorithm for lung SBRT, and a VariSource iX HDR afterloader system. In addition, the department has a Philips Brilliance large-bore CT-Simulator with 4D-CT acquisition capabilities, Varian Eclipse and BrachVision TPS, Accuray Multiplan TPS, MIM imaging and contouring software, and ARIA as the record and verify system. We also have a close relationship with our diagnostic radiology department, allowing for direct access to 64-slice fast CT scanner for CyberKnife-based lung SBRT with synchronized tumor tracking, as well PET-CT and MRI imaging to aid in treatment planning.
Requirements: Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree in medical physics or a related field in physical science or engineering, and must be certified in therapeutic medical physics from either the American Board of Radiology (ABR) or the American Board of Medical Physics (ABMP).
Qualified candidates must be proficient in clinical physics support work for all radiotherapy treatment techniques, including 3D conformal radiotherapy of photon and electron beams, IMRT, IGRT, SRS/SBRT, and HDR brachytherapy. In-depth knowledge of and experience with linear accelerator acceptance testing and commissioning, current technologies, using Varian/Eclipse/ARIA systems, MIMvista image analysis software, and CyberKnife Multiplan TPS and image-guided SRS/SBRT delivery platform are preferred. Given the moderate physics staff size and the diverse needs of the department, the Chief of Physics must be mission focused and hands-on, and must lead by example in all physics work.
The ideal candidates should have strong technical and interpersonal communication skills, along with a track record of initiative-taking, problem-solving, and leadership in clinical services, research, and teaching. A minimum of 10 years of clinical physics experience with at least 3 or more years in a leadership and management position is preferred, but candidates with less experience will be considered, particularly if they have demonstrated leadership skills in patient care, research, and education.
Additional Salary Information: Based on experience
Internal Number: 12018
About Boston Medical Center
Boston Medical Center is a private, not-for-profit, 496-bed, academic medical center located in Boston’s Historic South End. The hospital is the primary teaching affiliate for Boston University School of Medicine. Boston Medical Center emphasizes community-based care, with its mission to provide consistently accessible health services to all. The largest safety net hospital in New England, Boston Medical Center provides a full spectrum of pediatric and adult care services, from primary to family medicine to advance specialty care. BMC is the largest and busiest provider of trauma and emergency services in New England. The Emergency Department had 128,231 visits last year.Boston Medical Center (BMC) is more than a hospital. It’s a network of support and care that touches the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in need each year. The hospital is also the primary teaching affiliate of the nationally ranked Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM). We are also a founding partner of Boston HealthNet – an integrated health care delivery system that includes 15 community health centers. And in order to continue building on our success, we know we need the best and brightest Profes...sionals to join us. We offer stimulating career opportunities with competitive compensation for highly motivated individuals. Come to a workplace that provides professional development as well as personal reward and recognition for a job well done. With a job here will have you working with an extraordinary community of health care providers devoted to the proposition that every person, regardless of his or her social or economic circumstances, deserves the best health care. If this sounds like the perfect opportunity for you, join our team today.