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James N. Yang, Ph.D.

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

Associate Professor, Department of Radiation Physics - Patient Care, Division of Radiation Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Section Chief, CNS/PEDI Services, Department of Radiation Physics, Division of Radiation Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Resident Program Deputy Director, 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
1400 Pressler St.
Unit Number: 1420
Houston, TX 77030-3722
Room Number: FCT8.5016
Phone: 713-563-0164
Fax: 713-563-1521

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

1997 University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, PHD, Medical Physics
1990 University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, MS, Medical Physics

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Wang X, Yang JN, Li X, Tailor R, Vassilliev O, Brown P, Rhines L, Chang E. Effect of spine hardware on small spinal stereotactic radiosurgery dosimetry. Phys Med Biol 58(19):6733-6747, 10/7/2013. e-Pub 9/9/2013. PMID: 24018829.
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):847-853, 11/1/2012. e-Pub 3/22/2012. PMID: 22445000.
3. Wei RL, Nguyen ST, Yang JN, Wolff J, Mahajan A. Salvage craniospinal irradiation with an intensity modulated radiotherapy technique for patients with disseminated neuraxis disease. Pract Radiat Oncol 2(4):69-75, Oct-Dec, 10/2012. e-Pub 2/16/2012. PMID: 24674188.
4. Wang XS, Rhines LD, Shiu AS, Yang JN, Selek U, Gning I, Liu P, Allen PK, Azeem SS, Brown PD, Sharp HJ, Weksberg DC, Cleeland CS, Chang EL. Stereotactic body radiation therapy for management of spinal metastases in patients without spinal cord compression: A phase 1-2 trial. Lancet Oncol 13(4):395-402, 4/2012. e-Pub 1/27/2012. PMCID: PMC3605896.
5. Garg AK, Shiu AS, Yang J, Wang X, Allen P, Munsell M, Grossman P, Frija EK, McAleer MF, Azeem S, Brown PD, Rhines LD, Chang EL. Phase 1/2 Trial of Single Session Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy for Previously Un-irradiated Spinal or Paraspinal Metastases. Cancer, 2012.
6. Li H, Dong L, Zhang L, Yang JN, Gillin MT, Zhu XR. Toward a better understanding of the gamma index: Investigation of parameters with a surface-based distance method. Med Phys 38(12):6730-41, 12/2011. PMCID: PMC3298565.
7. Garg AK, Wang X, Shiu AS, Allen P, Yang J, McAleer MF, Azeem S, Rhines L, Chang EL. Prospective Evaluation of Spinal Re-irradiation Using Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy: The M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Experience. Cancer 117(15):3509-3516, 8/2011.
8. 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 Linear Accelerator. Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics 11(4):15-26, 11/2010.
9. Yang JN, Ding X, Du W, Pino R. Model-based calculations of off-axis ratio of conic beams for a dedicated 6-MV radiosurgery unit. Med Phys 37(10):5442-5447, 10/2010.
10. 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):2256-2263, 5/2010. PMID: 20527559.
11. Du W, Yang J. A robust Hough transform algorithm for determiningthe radiation centers of circular and rectangular fields with subpixel accuracy. Phys Med Biol 54(3):555-567, 2/2009. e-Pub 1/2009. PMID: 19124954.
12. Yang JN, Pino R. Analytical calculation of central-axis dosimetric data for a dedicated 6-MV radiosurgery linear accelerator. Med Phys 35(10):4333-41, 10/2008. PMID: 18975679.
13. Ciangaru G, Yang JN, Oliver PJ, Bues M, Zhu M, Nakagawa F, Chiba H, Nakamura S, Yoshino H, Umezawa M, Smith AR. Verification procedure for isocentric alignment of proton beams. J Appl Clin Med Phys 8(4):65-75, 2007. PMID: 18449154.
14. Yang JN, Mackie TR, Reckwerdt P, Deasy JO, Thomadsen BR. An investigation of tomotherapy beam delivery. Med Phys 24(3):425-36, 1997. PMID: 9089594.
15. Mackie TR, Holmes TW, Reckwerdt PJ, Yang J. Tomotherapy: optimized planning and delivery of radiation therapy. Int’l J of Imag Sys and Tech 6(1):43-55, 1995.
16. Mackie TR, Reckwerdt PJ, Wells CM, Yang JN, Deasy JO, Podgorsak M, Holmes MA, Rodgers DWO, Ding GX, Faddegon BA, Ma C, Bielajew AF, Cygler J. The OMEGA project: comparison among EGS4 electron beam simulations, 3-D fermi-eyges calculations, and dose measurements. Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on the use of Computers in Radiotherapy:152-153, 1994.
17. Mackie TR, Holmes TW, Reckwerdt PJ, Yang JN, Swerdloff S, Deasy JO, Deluca Jr PM, Paliwal B, Kinsella TJ. Tomotherapy: A proposal for a dedicated computer-controlled delivery and verification system for conformal radiotherapy . Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on the use of Computers in Radiotherapy:176-177, 1994.
18. Mackie TR, Holmes T, Swerdloff S, Reckwerdt P, Deasy JO, Yang J, Paliwal B, Kinsella T. Tomotherapy: a new concept for the delivery of dynamic conformal radiotherapy. Med Phys 20(6):1709-19, 11/1993. PMID: 8309444.
19. Yang JN, Murphy AD, Madsen EL, Zagzebski JA, Gilchrist KW, Frank GR, Macdonald MC, Millard CA, Faraggi A, Jaramillo CA. A method for in vitro mapping of ultrasonic speed and density in breast tissue. Ultrason Imaging 13(1):91-109, 1/1991. PMID: 1998250.

Last updated: 10/9/2015