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Dershan Luo

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Physics, Division of Radiation Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

1991 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, PHD, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
1985 National Tsing-Hua University, Hsin-Chu, Taiwan, MS, Electrical Engineering
1983 National Tsing-Hua University, Hsin-Chu, Taiwan, BS, Electrical Engineering

Postgraduate Training

12/1991-12/1994 Postdoctoral Fellowship, Nuclear Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Worcester, MA, Dr. Michael A. King

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Likhacheva A, Pinnix CC, Parikh NR, Allen PK, McAleer MF, Chiu MS, Sulman EP, Mahajan A, Guha-Thakurta N, Prabhu SS, Cahill DP, Luo D, Shiu AS, Brown PD, Chang EL. Predictors of Survival in Contemporary Practice After Initial Radiosurgery for Brain Metastases. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 85(3):656-61, 3/1/2013. e-Pub 8/14/2012. PMID: 22898384.
2. Weksberg DC, Palmer MB, Vu KN, Rebueno NC, Sharp HJ, Luo D, Yang JN, Shiu AS, Rhines LD, McAleer MF, Brown PD, Chang EL. Generalizable Class Solutions for Treatment Planning of Spinal Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 84(3):847-53, 11/1/2012. e-Pub 3/22/2012. PMID: 22445000.
3. Pulliam KB, Howell RM, Followill D, Luo D, White RA, Kry SF. The clinical impact of the couch top and rails on IMRT and arc therapy. Phys Med Biol 56(23):7435-47, 12/2011. e-Pub 11/2011. PMID: 22056949.
4. Du W, Yang JN, Chang EL, Luo D, McAleer MF, Shiu A, Martel MK. A Quality Assurance Procedure to Evaluate Cone-beam CT Image Center Congruence with the Radiation Isocenter of a Linear Accelerator. Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics 11(4):3297, 7/2010. PMID: 21081890.
5. Du W, Yang J, Luo D, Martel M. A simple method to quantify the coincidence between portal image graticules and radiation field centers or radiation isocenter. Medical Physics 37(5):2256-63, 5/2010. PMID: 20527559.
6. Riegel AC, Bucci MK, Mawlawi O, Johnson V, Ahmad M, Sun X, Luo D, Chandler A, Pan T. Target definition of moving lung tumors in positron emission tomography: Correlation of optimal activity concentration thresholds with object size, motion extent, and source-to-background ratio. Medical Physics 37(4):1742-52, 4/2010. PMID: 20443495.
7. McCurdy M, McAleer MF, Wei W, Ezhil M, Johnson V, Khan M, Baker J, Luo D, Ajani J, Guerrero T. Induction and Concurrent Taxanes Enhance both the Pulmonary Metabolic Radiation Response and the Radiation Pneumonitis Response in Patients with Esophagus Cancer. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 76(3):816-823, 3/2010. e-Pub 6/2009. PMID: 19525073.
8. Chi PC, Mawlawi O, Luo D, Liao Z, Macapinlac HA, Pan T. Effects of respiration-averaged computed tomography on positron emission tomography/computed tomography quantification and its potential impact on gross tumor volume delineation. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 71(3):890-9, 7/2008. PMID: 18514781.
9. Hart JP, McCurdy MR, Ezhil M, Wei W, Khan M, Luo D, Munden RF, Johnson VE, Guerrero TM. Radiation pneumonitis: correlation of toxicity with pulmonary metabolic radiation response. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 71(4):967-71, 7/2008. e-Pub 5/2008. PMID: 18495373.
10. Pan T, Sun X, Luo D. Improvement of the cine-CT based 4D-CT imaging. Med Phys 34(11):4499-503, 11/2007. PMID: 18072515.
11. Guerrero T, Johnson V, Hart J, Pan T, Khan M, Luo D, Liao Z, Ajani J, Stevens C, Komaki R. Radiation pneumonitis: local dose versus [18F]-fluorodeoxyglucose uptake response in irradiated lung. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 68(4):1030-5, 7/2007. e-Pub 3/2007. PMID: 17398033.
12. Liu HH, Balter P, Tutt T, Choi B, Zhang J, Wang C, Chi M, Luo D, Pan T, Hunjan S, Starkschall G, Rosen I, Prado K, Liao Z, Chang J, Komaki R, Cox JD, Mohan R, Dong L. Assessing Respiration-Induced Tumor Motion and Internal Target Volume Using Four-Dimensional Computed Tomography for Radiotherapy of Lung Cancer. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 68(2):531-540, 6/2007. e-Pub 3/2007. PMID: 17398035.
13. Chi PC, Mawlawi O, Nehmeh SA, Erdi YE, Balter PA, Luo D, Mohan R, Pan T. Design of respiration averaged CT for attenuation correction of the PET data from PET/CT. Med Phys 34(6):2039-2047, 6/2007. PMID: 17654907.
14. Starkschall G, Desai N, Balter P, Prado K, Luo D, Cody D, Pan T. Quantitative assessment of four-dimensional computed tomography image acquisition quality. J Appl Clin Med Phys 8(3):2362, 2007. PMID: 17712299.
15. Pan T, Mawlawi O, Luo D, Liu HH, Chi PC, Mar MV, Gladish G, Truong M, Erasmus J, Jr, Liao Z, Macapinlac HA. Attenuation correction of PET cardiac data with low-dose average CT in PET/CT. Med Phys 33(10):3931-3938, 10/2006. PMID: 17089855.
16. Chi PC, Balter P, Luo D, Mohan R, Pan T. Relation of external surface to internal tumor motion studied with cine CT. Med Phys 33(9):3116-3123, 9/2006. PMID: 17022203.
17. Pan T, Mawlawi O, Nehmeh SA, Erdi YE, Luo D, Liu HH, Castillo R, Mohan R, Liao Z, Macapinlac HA. Attenuation correction of PET images with respiration-averaged CT images in PET/CT. J Nucl Med 46(9):1481-1487, 9/2005. PMID: 16157531.
18. Luo D-S, King MA, Morgan HT, Pan T-S, Xia W, Pretorius PH, Case JA. Investigations into Possible Causes of Hot Inferior Wall Artifacts in Attenuation Corrected Cardiac Perfusion Images. IEEE Trans. Nuclear Science 44:1146-53, 6/1997.
19. Luo DS, King MA, Pan T-S, Xia W. Evaluation of the Effects of Patient Arm Attenuation in SPECT Cardiac Perfusion Imaging. IEEE Trans. Nuclear Science 43:3291-99, 12/1996.
20. Luo DS, Yagle AE. A Kalman Filtering Approach to Stochastic Global and Region-of-Interest Tomography. IEEE Trans. Image Proc. 5:471-9, 3/1996.
21. Luo DS, King MA, Glick SJ. Local Geometry Variable Conductance Diffusion for Post-reconstruction Filtering. IEEE Trans. Nuclear Science 41:2800-6, 12/1994.
Other Articles
1. Granfors PR, Albagli D, Tkaczyk EJ, Aufrichtig R, Netel H, Brunst G, Boudry JM, Luo DS. Performance of a Flat-Panel Cardiac Detector. Proc. of SPIE Medical Imaging, Physics of Medical Imaging 4320:77-86, 2001.


1. Luo D, Mawlawi O, Vicic M, Balter PA, Martel MK, Pan T. A New Clinical Utility for Tumor Delineation using SUV of PET images in Treatment Planning. ITART June 21-22, 2010:PO-QI-5, 6/2010.

Grant & Contract Support

Title: A Phase ll Study to Test Correlation of a Radiation Pneumonitis Imaging Biomarker with Clinical Endpoints
Funding Source: NIH/NCI
Role: Co-Investigator
Principal Investigator: Thomas Guerrero
Duration: 6/2/2009 - 6/30/2011

Last updated: 7/28/2014