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George Starkschall, PhD, FACMP, FAAPM, FACR

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

Research Professor, Department of Imaging Physics, Division of Diagnostic Imaging, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Research Interests

Respiratory-correlated radiation therapy; radiation treatment planning

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

1972 Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, PHD, Chemical Physics
1968 Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, MA, Chemistry
1967 Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, BS, Chemical Physics

Postgraduate Training

9/1972-8/1974 Postdoctoral Fellowship, The James Franck Institute, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, John C. Light, Ph.D.

Board Certifications

11/1990 American Board of Medical Physics, Radiation Oncology Physics
12/1977 American Board of Radiology, Therapeutic Radiological Physics

Experience/Service

Institutional Committee Activities

Deputy Director, Medical Physics Graduate Program, 2004-2010

Honors and Awards

2008 Citation Prize, Physics in Medicine and Biology
2005 LAP Award for Excellence "for the best radiation oncology physics paper published during 2005 in the Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics", American College of Medical Physics
2004 "Highlights of 2004", Physics in Medicine and Biology
2002 LAP Award for Excellence "for the best radiation oncology physics paper published during 2002 in the Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics", American College of Medical Physics

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Starkschall G, Balter P, Britton K, McAleer MF, Cox JD, Mohan R. Interfractional reproducibility of lung tumor location using various methods of respiratory motion mitigation. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 79(2):596-601, 2/1/2011. e-Pub 7/16/2010. PMID: 20638189.
2. Bouchard M, McAleer MF, Starkschall G. Impact of gastric filling on radiation dose delivered to gastroesophageal junction tumors. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 77(1):292-300, 5/1/2010. e-Pub 1/21/2010. PMID: 20092963.
3. Nelson C, Balter P, Morice RC, Bucci K, Dong L, Tucker S, Vedam S, Chang JY, Starkschall G. Evaluation of tumor positionand PTV margins using image guidance and respiratory gating. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 76(5):1578-1585, 4/2010. e-Pub 2/4/2010. PMID: 20137865.
4. Vinogradskiy YY, Balter P, Followill DS, Alvarez PE, White RA, Starkschall G. Comparing the accuracy of four-dimensional photon dose calculations with three-dimensional calculations using moving and deforming phantoms. Med Phys 36(11):5000-5006, 11/2009. PMID: 19994509.
5. Vinogradskiy YY, Balter P, Followill DS, Alvarez PE, White RA, Starkschall G. Verification of four-dimensional dose calculations. Medical Physics 36(8):3438-3447, 8/2009.
6. Briere TM, Beddar S, Balter P, Murthy R, Gupta S, Nelson C, Starkschall G, Gillin MT, Krishnan S. Respiratory garing with EPID-based verification: the MDACC experience. Physics in Medicine and Biology 54(11):3379-3392, 6/2009.
7. Starkschall G, Britton K, McAleer MF, Jeter MD, Kaus MR, Bzdusek K, Mohan R, Cox JD. Potential dosimetric benefits of four-dimensional radiation treatment planning. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 73(5):1560-1565, 4/1/2009. e-Pub 2/21/2009. PMID: 19231098.
8. Britton KR, Starkschall G, Liu H, Chang JY, Bilton S, Ezhil M, John-Baptiste S, Kantor M, Cox JD, Komaki R, Mohan R. Consequences of anatomic changes and respiratory motion on radiation dose distributions in conformal radiotherapy for locally advanced non-small-cell lung cancer. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 73(1):94-102, 1/1/2009. e-Pub 10/17/2008. PMID: 18929448.
9. Ezhil M, Vedam S, Balter P, Choi B, Mirkovic D, Starkschall G, Chang JY. Determination of patient-specific internal gross tumor volumes for lung cancer using four-dimensional computed tomography. Radiat Oncol 4(1):4, http://www.ro-journal.com/content/4/1/4, 2009. e-Pub 1/27/2009. PMCID: PMC2645420.

Invited Articles

1. Starkschall G, Gibbons JP, Orton CG. Point/Counterpoint: To ensure that target volumes are not underirradiated when respiratory motion may affect the dose distribution, 4D dose calculations should be performed. Med Phys 36(1):1-3, 1/2009. PMID: 19235366.
2. Kagadis GC, Nagy P, Langer S, Flynn M, Starkschall G. Anniversary paper: roles of medical physicists and health care applications of informatics. Medical Physics 35(1):119-27, 1/2008. PMID: 18293569.

Editorials

1. Starkschall G. Editorial. Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics 9(1), http://www.jacmp.org/index.php/jacmp/article/view/2823/1389, 2008.
2. Starkschall G. A professional doctorate degree in medical physics. Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics 9(2), http://www.jacmp.org/index.php/jacmp/article/view/2876/1413, 5/2008.
3. Starkschall G. Taking advantage of the JACMP website. Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics 9(3), http://www.jacmp.org/index.php/jacmp/article/view/2916/1434, 8/2008.
4. Starkschall G. One volume down, more to come. Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics 9(4):1-2, http://www.jacmp.org/index.php/jacmp/article/view/2964/1470, 11/2008.
5. Starkschall G. International certification of medical physicists. Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics 10(1):1-2, http://www.jacmp.org/index.php/jacmp/article/view/3006/1529, 2/2009.
6. Starkschall G. Writing a manuscript for the JACMP. Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics 10(2):1-2, http://www.jacmp.org/index.php/jacmp/article/view/3083/1583, 5/2009.

Abstracts

1. Hendee W, Giger M, Starkschall G, Molloy J, Peroni C, Seibert J, Dobbins J, Smilovitz J, Hogstrom K, Montemayor V, Jackson E. Becoming a better teacher. Medical Physics 36(6):2719, 6/2009.
2. Giebeler A, Zhu X, Starkschall G, Balter P, Titt U, Tucker S, Newhauser W. Estimation of uncertainty for the patient and compenstor scatter correction factor in proton therapy D/MU calculations. Medical Physics 36(6):2668-2669, 6/2009.
3. Vinogradskiy Y, Balter P, Followill D, Alvarez P, White A, Starkschall G. Evaluating the accuracy of four-dimensional photon dose calculations with phantom measurements. Medical Physics 36(6):2724, 6/2009.
4. Kantor M, Starkschall G. Incorporation of setup uncertainties through Gaussian convolution of the dose distribution. Medical Physics 36(6):2643-2644, 6/2009.
5. Balter P, Starkschall G, Britton K, McAleer M. Interfractional reproducibility of lung tumor position using breath-hold. Medical Physics 36(6):2493-2494, 6/2009.
6. Starkschall G. Peer instruction in the teaching of an introductory medical physics course. Medical Physics 36(6):2696, 6/2009.
7. Weinberg R, Antolak JA, Hogstrom KR, Starkschall G, Kudchadker RJ, White RA, Oh JL. Electron Intensity Modulation with Multileaf Collimation for Mixed-beam Partial Breast Irradiation. International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics 72(1):S527, 9/2008.
8. Wang H, Vedam S, Balter P, Starkschall G, Zhang L, Cox J, Mohan R, Dong L. Phase-by-phase Reproducibility of Thoracic Anatomy Based on 4D-CT Imaging and Effects on Resultant Internal Target Volumes (ITV). International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics 72(1):S616-S617, 9/2008.
9. Kantor M, Choi B, Balter P, Starkschall G. Automatic analysis and presentation of DVH data based on custom constraints - a treatment planning report card. Medical Physics 35(6):2816, 6/2008.
10. Kantor M, Balter P, Choi B, Baker J, Starkschall G. Collection and development of relational organization of radiation treatment plan data from a commercial radiation treatment planning system. Medical Physics 35(6):2814-2815, 6/2008.
11. Mikell J, Starkschall G. Comparing deformable composite planning with conventional composite planning. Medical Physics 35(6):2936, 6/2008.
12. Vinogradskiy Y, Starkschall G, Balter P, Followill D. Deformable lung phantom for verification of 4D dose calculations. Medical Physics 35(6):2791, 6/2008.
13. Weinberg R, Antolak J, Starkschall G, Kudchadker R, Hogstrom K. Electron intensity modulation for mixed-beam radiation therapy with an x-ray multileaf collimator. Medical Physics 35(6):2985, 6/2008.
14. Starkschall G, Britton K, McAleer M, Jeter M, Kaus M, Bzdusek K, Mohan R, Cox J. Potential dosimetric benefits of four-dimensional radiation treatment planning. Medical Physics 35(6):2833, 6/2008.
15. Briere TM, Krishnan S, Balter P, Nelson C, Starkschall G, Gillin MT, Beddar AS. Respiratory-gated radiation therapy for the liver: a 5-patient study. Medical Physics 35(6):2718, 6/2008.

Book Chapters

1. Starkschall G. Towards a new paradigm for radiation treatment planning. In: Biomedical Mathematics: Promising Directions in Imaging, Therapy Planning and Inverse Problems. Ed(s) Censor Y, Jiang M, Wang G. Medical Physics Publishing: Madison WI, 441-455, 2010.

Grant & Contract Support

Title: Research in 4D Radiation Therapy
Funding Source: Philips Medical Systems
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 2007 - 2010

Last updated: 11/13/2013