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Dershan Luo

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

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

Office Address

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Pickens Academic Tower
1400 Pressler Street
Unit Number: 1420
Houston, TX 77030
Room Number: FCT8.5010
Phone: (713) 563-2549
Fax: (713) 563-6949

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. Riegel AC, Bucci MK, Mawlawi O, Ahmad M, Luo D, Chandler A, Pan T. Defining internal target volume using positron emission tomography for radiation therapy planning of moving lung tumors. J Appl Clin Med Phys 15(1):279-289,, 1/2014.
2. Pan T, Riegel AC, Ahmad MU, Sun X, Chang JY, Luo D. New weighted maximum-intensity-projection images from cine CT for delineation of the lung tumor plus motion. Med Phys 40(6):061901, 6/2013. PMID: 23718592.
3. 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.
4. Likhacheva A, Pinnix CC, Parikh N, Allen PK, Guha-Thakurta N, McAleer M, Sulman EP, Mahajan A, Shiu A, Luo D, Chiu M, Brown PD, Prabhu SS, Chang EL. Validation of Recursive Partitioning Analysis and Diagnosis-Specific Graded Prognostic Assessment in patients treated initially with radiosurgery alone. J Neurosurg 117 Suppl:38-44, 12/2012. PMID: 23205787.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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. Med Phys 37(5):2256-63, 5/2010. PMID: 20527559.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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. J Appl Clin Med Phys 11(4):3297, 2010. e-Pub 7/2/2010. PMID: 21081890.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. 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.
16. 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.
17. 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.
18. 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.
19. 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.
20. 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.
21. Pan TS, Luo DS, Kohli V, King MA. Influence of OSEM, elliptical orbits and background activity on SPECT 3D resolution recovery. Phys Med Biol 42:2517-29, 12/1997. PMID: 9434304.
22. King MA, Pan TS, Luo DS. An Investigation of Aliasing with Gaussian Diffusion Modeling of SPECT System Spatial Resolution. IEEE Trans. Nuclear Science 44:1375-80, 6/1997.
23. 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.
24. Xia W, Glick SJ, Pan TS, Soares EJ, Luo D-S. Region of Interest Evaluation of SPECT Image Reconstruction Methods Using a Realistic Brain Phantom. IEEE Trans. Nuclear Science 44:1336-41, 6/1997.
25. Pan TS, King MA, Luo DS, Dahlberg ST, Villegas BJ. Estimation of attenuation maps from scatter and photopeak window single photon-emission computed tomographic images of technetium 99m-labeled sestamibi. J Nucl Cardiol 4:42-51, 1997. PMID: 9138839.
26. 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.
27. Pretorius PH, King MA, Glick SJ, Pan TS, Luo DS. Reducing the Effect of Non-Stationary Resolution on Activity Quantitation with the Frequency Distance Relationship in SPECT. IEEE Trans Nuclear Science 43:3335-41, 12/1996.
28. 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.
29. King MA, Luo D, Dahlberg ST, Villegas BJ, Penney BC, Morgan HT. Transmission imaging of large attenuators using a slant hole collimator on a three-headed SPECT system. Medical Physics 23:263-72, 2/1996. PMID: 8668108.
30. Case JA, Pan TS, King MA, Luo DS, Penney BC, Rabin MSZ. Reduction of Truncation Artifacts in Fan Beam Transmission Imaging Using a Spatially Varying Gamma Prior. IEEE Trans. Nuclear Science 42:2260-65, 12/1995.
31. Pan TS, King MA, Penney BC, Rajeevan N, Luo DS, Case JA. Reduction of Truncation Artifacts in Fan Beam Transmission by Using Parallel Beam Emission Data. IEEE Trans. Nuclear Science 42:1310-20, 8/1995.
32. Glick SJ, deVries DJ, Luo DS, King MA. Distance-Dependent Restoration Filtering of Dual Photopeak Window Scatter Compensated SPECT Images. IEEE Trans. Nuclear Science 41:2787-92, 12/1994.
33. 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: 10/9/2015