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Jessica R.L. Leif, MS

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

Senior Medical Physicist, Department of Radiation Physics, Division of Radiation Oncology, UT M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

1997 East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, MS, Physics
1995 Union College, Schenectady, NY, BS, Physics

Board Certifications

2003 American Board of Radiology, Therapeutic Radiological

Experience/Service

Academic Appointments

Medical Physicist, Department of Radiation Physics, Division of Radiation Oncology, UT M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 1/2004-2/2005
Junior Medical Physicist, Department of Radiation Physics, Division of Radiation Oncology, UT M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 11/1997-1/2004
Research Assistant, Department of Biological Safety, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, 8/1996-5/1997
Research Assistant, Department of Radiation Oncology, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, 5/1996-5/1997
Intern, Department of Biology, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY, 12/1993
Intern, Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY, 12/1991-12/1992
Intern, Department of Applied Science, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY, 6/1991-8/1991

Administrative Appointments/Responsibilities

Supervisor of Dosimetry, Department of Radiation Physics, Division of Radiation Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 2/2010-present
Assistant Director, Radiological Physics Center, Department of Radiation Physics, Division of Radiation Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 12/2007-present

Other Appointments/Responsibilities

Member, AAPM Working Group on Recommendations for Radiotherapy External Beam Quality Assurance, College Park, MD, 2012-present
Member, AAPM Working Group on Radiation Dosimetry, College Park, MD, 6/2009-present
Member, AAPM Working Group on Recommendations for Radiotherapy External Beam Quality Assurance, College Park, MD, 1/2007-2009
Member, AAPM Task Group 135: QA for Robotic Radiosurgery, College Park, MD, 1/2006-2011
Member, AAPM Task Group 106: Accelerator beam data commissioning equipment and procedures, College Park, MD, 1/2005-9/2008
Member, AAPM Professional and Public Relations Committee, College Park, MD, 1/2004-1/2005

Consultantships

Consultant, Radiation Therapy Oncology Group, Philadelphia, PA, 1/2010-present
Consultant, Gynecologic Oncology Group, Philadelphia, PA, 1/1999-present

Honors and Awards

2007 A Legacy of Leadership: 100 Incredible ECU Women, The Women's Roundtable, East Carolina University
2007 Keynote Speaker, East Carolina Physics Department Graduation, East Carolina University, Department of Physics, Greenville, NC
2005 UTMDACC Department of Radiation Physics Leadership Award, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
1995-present American Physical Society, Union College
1995-present New York Academy of Sciences, Union College
1995-present Sigma Xi, Union College

Professional Memberships

American Association of Physicists in Medicine, College Park, MD
Full Member, 1/2001-present
American Association of Physicists in Medicine, College Park, MD
Junior Member, 1/1996-1/2001
American Physical Society, New York, NY
Member, 1/1995
American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, Fairfax, VA
Associate Member, 1/2003-present
New York Academy of Sciences, New York, NY
Member, 1/1995
Sigma Xi Research Society, Research Triangle Park, NC
Member, 1/1995
Society of Physics Students, Schenectady, NY
Member, 1/1991
Southwest Chapter of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, College Park, MD
Member, 1/1997

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Followill DS, Kry SF, Qin L, Lowenstein J, Molineu A, Alvarez P, Aguirre JF, Ibbott GS. The Radiological Physics Center's standard dataset for small field size output factors. J Appl Clin Med Phys 13(5):3962, 2012. e-Pub 8/8/2012. PMID: 22955664.
2. Das IJ, Cheng CW, Watts RJ, Ahnesjö A, Gibbons J, Li XA, Lowenstein J, Mitra RK, Simon WE, Zhu TC, TG-106 of the Therapy Physics Committee of the AAPM. Accelerator beam data commissioning equipment and procedures: report of the TG-106 of the Therapy Physics Committee of the AAPM. Med Phys 35(9):4186-215, 9/2008. PMID: 18841871.
3. Ibbott GS, Followill DS, Molineu HA, Lowenstein JR, Alvarez PE, Roll JE. Challenges in credentialing institutions and participants in advanced technology multi-institutional clinical trials. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 71(1):S71-S75, 2008. PMCID: PMC2409281.
4. Nag S, Cardenes H, Chang S, Das IJ, Erickson B, Ibbott GS, Lowenstein J, Roll J, Thomadsen B, Varia M. Proposed guidelines for image-based intracavitary brachytherapy for cervical carcinoma: report from Image-Guided Brachytherapy Working Group. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 60(4):1160-72, 11/15/2004. PMID: 15519788.
5. Cho SH, Lowenstein JR, Balter PA, Wells NH, Hanson WF. Comparison between TG-51 and TG-21: Calibration of photon and electron beams in water using cylindrical chambers. J Appl Clin Med Phys 1(3):108-15, 2000. PMID: 11674825.
Other Articles
1. Dieterich S, Cavedon C, Chuang CF, Cohen AB, Garrett JA, Lee CL, Lowenstein JR, d'Souza MF, Taylor DD, Wu X, Yu C. Report of AAPM TG 135: quality assurance for robotic radiosurgery. Med Phys 38(6):2914-36, 6/2011. PMID: 21815366.

Abstracts

1. Lowenstein JR, Kry SS, Molineu A, Alvarez P, Aguirre JF, Summer P, Followill D. High Energy Photon Standard Dosimetry Data: A Quality Assurance Tool. Medical Physics 39(6):3754, 2012.
2. Hollan A, Lowenstein JR, Nguyen H, Hall F, Harris I, Roll J, Followill D. The Radiological Physics Center's Credentialing Dosimetry Reviews: Their Effect on Clinical Trial Deviation Rates. Medical Physics 39(6):3749, 2012.
3. Followill, D., Lowenstein, J., Molineu A., Alvarez P., Aguirre J., Kry S., Summers P., Ibbott G. The Radiological Physics Center's Quality Audit Program: Where Can We Improve?. Medical Physics 39(6):3866, 2012.
4. Lowenstein J, Roll J, Harris I, Hall F, Hollan A, Followill, DF. Cervix Brachytherapy Dosimetry: Inconsistencies in Defining Bladder and Rectal Points. Medical Physics 38(6):3572, 2011.
5. Hollan A, Lowenstein J, Harris I, Hall F, Roll J, Followill D. Requirements for performing a Retrospective Patient Chart Review at the Radiological Physics Center (RPC) for Clinical Trials. Medical Physics 38(6):3629, 2011.
6. Dieterich S, Cavedon C, Chuang C, Chohan A, Garrett J, Lee C, Lowenstein J. QA of Radiation Delivery Systems - TG135 QA for Robotic Radiosurgery. Medical Physics 37(6):3374, 2010.
7. Lowenstein JR, Roll J, Ibbott G. Cervix Brachytherapy Dosimetry: Observed Improvement in Data Submitted to Clinical Trials. Medical Physics 36(6):2524, 2009.
8. Dieterich S, Caveden C, Chang C, Cohen A, Garrett J, Lee C. Performance-Based QA for Radiotherapy: TG-135-QA for Robotic Radiosurgery. Medical Physics 36(6):2743, 2009.
9. Molineu A, Lowenstein J, Hernandez N, Alvarez P, Followill D, Ibbott G. Has IMRT Delivery Improved in the Last 5 Years?. Medical Physics 35:2762, 2008.
10. Followill D, Molineu A, Lowenstein J, Alvarez P, Aguirre J, Ibbott G. Quality Audits of the Calibration for TG-51 Non-compliant Beams by the Radiological Physics Center. Medical Physics 35:2774, 2008.
11. Lowenstein J, Davis C, Roll J, Harris I, Followill D, Ibott G. The credentialing process for the NSABP B-39/RTOG 0413 partial breast irradiation trial. Medical Physics 33:2140, 1/2006.
12. Leif J, Roll J, Followill D, Ibbott G. The Value of Credentialing. International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics 66:S716, 1/2006.
13. Lowenstein J, Roll J, Ibbott G. Common Dosimetry Errors in Cervix Patients Treated with Brachytherapy on Clinical Trials. Medical Physics 32:2107, 2005.
14. Lowenstein J, Roll J, Davis C, Holguin P, Duong H, Followill D, Ibbott G. Credentialing Requirements for NSABP B-39 / RTOG 0413. Medical Physics 32:2020-2021, 2005.
15. Followill D, Lowenstein J, Jhingran A, Roll J, Hernandez N, Ibbott G. The Radiological Physics Center’s Anthropomorphic Quality Assurance Phantom Family: New Developments. Medical Physics 32:2129, 2005.
16. Followill D, Lowenstein J, Ibbott G. High-Energy Photon Standard Dosimetry Data: A Quality Assurance Tool. Med. Phys 31:1782, 2004.
17. Lowenstein J, Roll J, Ibbott G. To Plan or Not to Plan: Multiple High Dose Rate (HDR) Brachytherapy Insertions. Medical Physics 30:1464, 2003.
18. Lowenstein J, Roll J, Hanson W, Davis D, Lanciano R, Calkins A, Petereit D, Varia M, Ibbott G. Radiotherapy Quality Assurance of Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG) Protocol 165: A Cooperative Group Study of Carcinoma of the Cervix. Int. J. Rad. Onc. Bio., Phys 54:283, 2002.
19. Balter P, Lowenstein J, Hanson W. Electron Calibrations: Parallel Plate Chambers vs. Cylindrical Chambers Using TG-51. Medical Physics 28:1214, 2001.
20. BenComo J, Followill D, Cho S, Balter P, Tailor R, Lowenstein J, Hernandez N, Hanson W. Comparison of On-site and Off-site Evaluations of Dosimetry Data. Proceedings of the 2000 World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, IEEE, 2000. 2000.
21. Lowenstein J, Balter P, Followill D, Hanson WF. Implementation of TG-51: Practical Considerations. Proceedings of the 2000 World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, IEEE, 2000, 2000.
22. Hanson W, Cho S, Lowenstein J. AAPM TG-51 Protocol for clinical reference dosimetry of high-energy photon and electron beams. Southwest Chapter of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, 1999.
23. BenComo J, Lowenstein J, Davis D, Davis C, Hanson W. Analysis of Radiological Physics Center remote tools program data. Medical Physics 26:1161, 1999.
24. Lowenstein J, Cho S, Balter P, Hanson W. Comparison between TG-51 and TG-21: The results of TG-51 beta testing. Medical Physics 26:1154, 1999.
25. Davis D, Followill D, Tailor R, Lowenstein J, Harris I, Roll J, Hanson W. Protocol pre-approval processes for radiotherapy treatment on clinical trials: The RPC experience. Medical Physics 26:1159, 1999.

Letters to the Editor

1. Followill DS, Lowenstein JR, Ibbott G. Quality Assurance: Its Here to Stay. Newsletter American Association of Physicists in Medicine 28, 2003.
2. Lowenstein JR. Implementation of TG-51: Practical Considerations. Newsletter American Association of Physicists in Medicine 25, 9/2000.

Manuals, Teaching Aids, Other Teaching Publications

1. Lowenstein JR. Created an educational video on how to utilize the TG-51 Calibration Protocol. 2000.

Grant & Contract Support

Title: A Phase III, Open-label, Randomized, Multi-center Study of the Effects of Leukocyte Interleukin, Injection [Multikine] Plus Standard of Care (Surgery + Radiotherapy or Surgery + Concurrent Chemoradiotherapy) in Subjects with Advanced Primary Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity/Soft Palate Versus Standard of Care Only
Funding Source: PharmaNet, LLC
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 12/1/2012 - 11/30/2014
 
Title: Radiological Physics Center
Funding Source: NIH/NCI
Role: Co-Investigator
Principal Investigator: David S. Followill, Ph.D>
Duration: 1/1/2011 - 12/31/2013

Last updated: 4/10/2013