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Ann Lawyer

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

Section Chief Brachytherapy & External Beam GYN Service Groups, Section Chief Brachytherapy & External Beam GYN Services Group, Division of Radiation Oncology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

1983 Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, MS, Health Physics
1981 Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, BS, Biology

Postgraduate Training

1/1994 Brachytherapy Physics, American Association of Physicists in Medicine, San Diego, CA
1/1992 Dosimetry of High Energy Electron and X-Ray, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
1/1992 Advanced Radiation Therapy Physics Rotation,, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
1/1992 Introductory Radiation Therapy Physics Rotation, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
1/1988 External Beam Interstitial and Intracavitary Dosimetry – Manual and Computer Methods of Calculation, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
1/1987 Anatomy and Oncology for Medical Physicists, University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Houston, TX
1/1987 External Beam Dosimetry:Principles and Calibrations, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Experience/Service

Administrative Appointments/Responsibilities

Medical Physicist, Department of Radiation Physics, U.T.M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 1/1994

Other Appointments/Responsibilities

Section Chief Brachytherapy & External Beam GYN Services Group, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 1/2002-present

Institutional Committee Activities

Member, Institution Safety Committee, 1/1997-present
Member, Institution Radiation Committee,, 1/1996-present

Honors and Awards

2008-2009 Department of Radiation Physics Leadership Award - 2008, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center - Radiation Physics

Professional Memberships

American Association of Physicists in Medicine, College Park, MD
Member, 9/1990-present
American College of Medical Physics, Herndon, VA
Member, 9/1990-present
American Physical Society, College Park, MD
Member, 9/1989-present

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Price MJ, Gifford KA, Horton J, Eifel P, Gillin M, Lawyer A, Mourtada F. Monte Carlo model for a prototype CT-compatible, anatomically adaptive, shielded intracavitary brachytherapy applicator for the treatment of cervical cancer. Medical Physics 36(9):4147-4155, 2009.
2. Mourtada F, Gifford K, Berner P, Horton J, Price M, Lawyer A, Eifel P. Retrospective dosimetric comparison of low-dose-rate and pulsed-dose-rate intracavitary brachytherapy using a tandem and mini-ovoids. Medical Dosimetry 32(3):181-187, 2007.
3. Price MJ, Gifford KA, Horton J, Lawyer A, Eifel P, Mourtada F. Comparison of dose distributions around the pulsed-dose-rate Fletcher-Williamson and the low-dose-rate Fletcher-Suit-Delclos ovoids: a Monte Carlo study. Phys Med Biol 51(16):4083-94, 8/2006. PMID: 16885626.
4. Price MJ, Horton JL, Gifford KA, Eifel PJ, Jhingran A, Lawyer AA, Berner PA, Mourtada F. Dosimetric evaluation of the Fletcher-Williamson ovoid for pulsed-dose-rate brachytherapy: a Monte Carlo study. Phys Med Biol 50(21):5075-87, 11/2005. PMID: 16237242.
5. Gifford KA, Mourtada F, Cho SH, Lawyer A, Horton JL, Jr. Monte Carlo calculations of the dose distribution around a commercial gynecologic tandem applicator. Radiother Oncol 77(2):210-5, 11/2005. PMID: 16216363.
6. Gifford KA, Horton JL, Jr, Jackson EF, Steger TR, 3rd, Heard MP, Mourtada F, Lawyer AA, Ibbott GS. Comparison of Monte Carlo calculations around a Fletcher Suit Delclos ovoid with radiochromic film and normoxic polymer gel dosimetry. Med Phys 32(7):2288-94, 7/2005. PMID: 16121584.
7. Janjan, NA, Waugh, KA, Skibber, JM, Curley, SA, Carrasco, CH, Lawrence, D, Richli, WR, Thomas, J, Berner, P, Lawyer, A, Horton, J. Control of Unresectable Recurrent Ano-Rectal Cancer with Au-198 Seed Implantation. Journal of Brachytherapy International, 1999.
8. Williams BV, Horton J, Lawyer A, Chapman J. Loading technique comparison in permanent 125I prostate implants. Med Dosim 24(4):273-7, 1999. PMID: 10643736.
9. Pearlstone DB, Janjan NA, Feig BW, Yasko AW, Hunt KK, Pollock RE, Lawyer A, Horton J, Pisters PW. Re-resection with brachytherapy for locally recurrent soft tissue sarcoma arising in a previously radiated field. Cancer J Sci Am 5(1):26-33, 1999. PMID: 10188058.
10. Rutten RR, Lawyer AA, Berner P. Dose variation due to differences in applicator placement used for intracavitary brachytherapy of cervical cancer. Med Dosim 23(1):57-63, 1998. PMID: 9586723.

Book Chapters

1. Horton, J, Lawyer, A, Mourtada F. Continuous Low Dose Rate and Pulsed Dose Rate Remote Afterloader Units. In: AAPM/ABS Joint 2005 Summer School, Seattle, Washington, American Association of Physicists in Medicine, Medical Physics Monograph No. 31. Medical Physics Publishing, 2005.
2. Horton, J, Lawyer, A, Berner, PA, Cunningham, M, Mourtada, F. Intracavitary Brachytherapy Applicators and U.T.M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Intracavitary Brachytherapy Techniques. In: AAPM/ABS Joint 2005 Summer School, Seattle, Washington, American Association of Physicists in Medicine, Medical Physics Monograph No. 31. Medical Physics Publishing, 815-827, 2005.

Last updated: 12/13/2013