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Kazumichi Suzuki, Ph.D.

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

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

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

1974 University of Washington, Seattle, WA, Postdoctoral Fellow, Theme: Study on Acoustical Holography Imaging, Physics
1973 Osaka University, Osaka, Japan, Ph.D, Dissertation: "Nuclear Structure Studies of Yttrium Isotopes with (d,a) Reactions", Physics
1966 Osaka University, Osaka, Japan, MA, Thesis: "The Beam Measurement in the Osaka University 44-inch Variable Energy Cyclotron", Physics
1963 Chiba University, Chiba, Japan, BA, Thesis: "Excited States of a Particle in One-dimensional Well Type Potential", Physics

Board Certifications

1983 The 1st Class (Senior) Radiation Protection Supervisor / The Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, and Science and Technology


Academic Appointments

Adjunct Professor, Department of Engineering, Utsunomiya University, Tochigi, Japan, 2000-2001
Assistant, Physics, National Defense Academy of Japan, Kanagawa, Japan, 1963-1964

Administrative Appointments/Responsibilities

Board Member, AccSys Technology Inc., Pleasanton, CA, 2006-2007

Other Appointments/Responsibilities

Project Director, Hitachi America, Limited, Houston, TX, 2003-2007
Chief Engineer, Hitachi Limited Power & Industrial Systems, Ibaraki, Japan, 2000-2003
Chief Engineer & Department Manager, Hitachi Limited Power & Industrial Systems, Ibaraki, Japan, 1995-1999
Chief Researcher, Hitachi Limited Energy Research Laboratory, Ibaraki, Japan, 1987-1995
Senior Researcher, Hitachi Limited Energy Research Laboratory, Ibaraki, Japan, 1982-1987
Researcher, Senior Researcher, Hitachi Limited Atomic Energy Research Laboratory, Kanagawa, Japan & Energy Research Laboratory, Ibaraki, Japan, 1971-1982
Researcher, Hitachi Limited Central Research Laboratory, Kanagawa, Japan, 1970-1971

Honors and Awards

1987 Digital Acoustical Holography Equipment, Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation in 1987
1980 Development of Automated Non-Destructive Testing Equipment for Nuclear Power Plants, Hitachi President's Award

Professional Memberships

American Association of Physicists in Medicine, Baltimore, MD
Member, 7/2008-present
Korea Institute of Radiological & Medical Science (KIRAMS), Seoul, Korea, Republic of
International Advisory Committee for the Korea Heavy-ion Medical Accelerator Project, 2014
The Atomic Energy Society of Japan, Tokyo, Japan
Member, 12/1974-present
The Japan Society of Applied Physics, Tokyo, Japan
Member, 10/1974-12/2001
The Physical Society of Japan, Tokyo, Japan
Member, 6/1963-present

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Anand A, Sahoo N, Zhu XR, Sawakuchi GO, Poenisch F, Amos RA, Ciangaru G, Titt U, Suzuki K, Mohan R, Gillin MT. A Procedure to Determine the Planar Integral Spot Dose Values of Proton Pencil Beam Spots. Med Phys 39(2):891-900, 2/2012. PMCID: PMC3277608.
2. Suzuki K, Gillin MT, Sahoo N, Zhu XR, Lee AK, Lippy D. Quantitative analysis of beam delivery parameters and treatment process time for proton beam therapy. Med Phys 38(7):4329-4337, 7/2011. PMID: 21859034.
3. Sawakuchi GO, Mirkovic D, Perles LA, Sahoo N, Zhu XR, Ciangaru G, Suzuki K, Gillin MT, Mohan R, Titt U. An MCNPX Monte Carlo model of a discrete spot scanning proton beam therapy nozzle. Med Phys 37(9):4960, 9/2010. PMCID: PMC2941520.
4. Sawakuchi GO, Zhu XR, Poenisch F, Suzuki K, Ciangaru G, Titt U, Anand A, Mohan R, Gillin MT, Sahoo N. Experimental characterization of the low-dose envelope of spot scanning proton beams. Phys Med Biol 55(12):3467-3478, 6/21/2010. e-Pub 5/28/2010. PMID: 20508318.
5. Smith A, Gillin M, Bues M, Zhu XR, Suzuki K, Mohan R, Woo S, Lee A, Komaki R, Cox J, Hiramoto K, Akiyama H, Ishida T, Sasaki T, Matsuda K. The M.D. Anderson proton therapy system. Med Phys 36(9):4068-83, 9/2009. PMID: 19810479.
6. Matsui T, Tsuda S, Tsuchida K, Suzuki K. Electric Field Distribution in Plasma During ion Extraction by a Radio Frequency Resonance Method. Phys Plasma 4:3527-3532, 1997.
7. Matsui T, Tsuchida K, Tsuda S, Suzuki K. Ion Extraction Characteristics from Photoionized Plasma by Radio-Frequency Resonance Method. j Nucl Sci Technol 34:923-929, 1997.
8. Matsui T, Tsuchida K, Tsuda S, Suzuki K, Shoji T. Particle Simulation of Ion Extraction from Plasma by a Radio Frequency Resonance Method. Phys Plasma 4:3518-3526, 1997.
9. Tooma M, Suzuki K, Asano T. Experimental Verifications of the Transfer of Internal Energy to Translational Energy in Gadolinium Atoms Produced by Electron Beam Bombardment. Rarefied Gas Dynamics 20 20:693-698, 1996.
10. Matsui T, Tsuchida K, Tsuda S, Suzuki K, Shoji T. Ion Extraction from Plasma by Using a Radio Frequency Resonant Electric Field. Phys Plasma 3:4367-4375, 1996.
11. Tooma M, Ueno M, Kobayashi K, Tsuchida K, Suzuki K. Reduction of Charge Transfer Loss in Atomic Laser Isotope Separation by Production of Excited ions through Autoionization Levels. J Nucl Sci Technol 33:582-591, 1996.
12. Nishio R, Yamada K, Suzuki K, Wakabayashi M. Ion Transport from Laser Induced Metal Plasma to ion Extraction Electrodes. J Nucl Sci Technol 32:180-190, 1995.
13. Nishio R, Suzuki K. Propagation Behavior of Uranium Plasma from an Electron Beam Metal Evaporator. J Nucl Sci Technol 31:572-581, 1994.
14. Suzuki K, Tooma M, Asano T, Tsuchida K. Velocity Distribution of Ground and Metastable Atoms in Heavy Metal Vapor Produced by Electron Beam Bombardment. Rarefield Gas Dynamics 19 19:585-591, 1994.
15. Nishio R, Suzuki K. Behavior of a Continuous Uranium Plasma Stream Expanding Across a Weak Magnetic Field. Phys Fluids B Plasma Physics 5:2036-2042, 1993.
16. Nishio R, Suzuki K. Plasma Removal by Box Type Electrode from Electron Beam Generated Uranium Vapor. Rev Sci Instr 64:3278-3284, 1993.
17. Tohma M, Nishio R, Tsuchida K, Suzuki K. Population Ration of Uranium Metastable Atoms Evaporated by Electron Beam. J Atomic Energy Soc Japan 35:438-443, 1993.
18. Matsui T, Kitamori T, Fujimori H, Suzuki K, Sakagami M. In-Line Uranium Monitoring in Reprocessing Waste Solution by Time-Resolved Laser-Induced Fluorometry. J Nucl Sci Technol 29:664-670, 1992.
19. Asano T, Uetake N, Suzuki K. Mean Atomic Velocities of Uranium, Titanium and Cooper During Electron Beam Evaporation. J Nucl Sci Technol 29:1194-1200, 1992.
20. Nishio R, Tsuchida K, Tooma M, Suzuki K. Origins of Charged Particles in Vapor Generated by Electron-Beam Evaporation. J Appl Phys 72:4548-4555, 1992.
21. Matsui T, Suzuki K, Sakagami M, Kitamori T. A Correction Method for Fluorescence Reduction Using time-Resolved Fluorometry and Spectrophotometry. Appl Spectroscopy 45:32-35, 1991.
22. Uetake N, Asano T, Suzuki K. Measurement of Vaporized Atom Flux and Velocity in a Vacuum Using a Microbalance. Rev Sci Instr 62:1942-1946, 1991.
23. Shigenaka N, Nishimura E, Hashimoto T, Suzuki K. Development of Multi-Specimen Holder for ion Irradiation Experiments. Nucl Instr Meth B51:301-304, 1990.
24. Nishio R, Tsuchida K, Tohma M, Suzuki K. Sensitivity Determination of Quadrupole Mass Spectrometer for Ion Density Measurement. Sitsuryobunseki (Japanese) 38:175-181, 1990.
25. Fujimori H, Asakura Y, Suzuki K, Uchida S. Chemical State and Deposition Rate of Nickel ion Deposit Produced on Heated Surface in High Pressure Boiling Water. J. Nucl. Sci. Technol 25:464-471, 1988.
26. Matsui T, Fujimori H, Suzuki K. Effects of Coexisting ions Upon UO22+ Fluorescence in Fuel Reprocessing Solutions. J Nucl Sci Technol 25:868-874, 1988.
27. Fujimori H, Asakura Y, Suzuki K, Uchida S. In situ Thickness Measurement of Nickel ion Deposits on Heated Surface in Water by Thermal Wave Method. J Nucl Sci Technol 25:158-164, 1988.
28. Kitamori T, Yokose K, Suzuki K, Sawada T, Harada A, Gohshi Y. Laser Breakdown Acoustic Effect of Ultra Fine Particle in Liquids and its Application to Particle Counting. Jpn J Appl Phys 27:L983-L985, 1988.
29. Suzuki K, Sigenaka N, Hashimoto T, Nishimura E. Development of a Dualion Beam Accelerator Connected with a TEM for in situ Observation of Radiation-induced Defects. Nucl. Instr. Meth B24:591-593, 1987.
30. Fujimori H, Asakura Y, Suzuki K, Uchida S. Noncontact Measurement of Film Thickness by the Photothermal Deflection Method. Jpn. J Appl. Phys 26:1759-1764, 1987.
31. Kitamori T, Suzuki K, Sawada T, Gohshi Y. Photoacoustic Immunoassay Using Sensitivity Size Dependency for Determination of Turbid Solutions. Anal. Chem 59:2519-2522, 1987.
32. Kitamori T, Suzuki K, Sawada T, Gohshi Y, Motojima K. Determination of sub-part-per-trillion Amounts of Cobalt by Extraction and Photoacoustic Spectroscopy. Anal. Chem 58:2275-2278, 1986.
33. Suzuki K, Nishimura E, Hashimoto T. Development of a Dual ion Beam System with Single Accelerator for Material Studies. Nucl. Instr. Meth A249:491-495, 1986.
34. Fujimori H, Matsui T, Suzuki K. Fluorometry of UO22+ ion in nitric acid Solutions. J. Nucl Sci. Technol 23:1069-1074, 1986.
35. Kitamori T, Suzuki K, Sawada T, Gohshi Y. Size Measurement of Microparticles in Liquids using Photoacoustic Spectroscopy. J. Spectrosc. Soc. Japan 35:478-482, 1986.
36. Suzuki K, Sakagami M, Nishimura E, Watanabe K. Bias Annealing of Radiation and Bias Induced Positive Charges in n- and p-type MOS Capacitors. IEEE Trans. Nucl. Sci NS-32:3911-3915, 1985.
37. Kanamori T, Suzuki K, Nanai I, Suzuki M. Development of the Automatic Testing System with A Percentage Indicator of Flaw Area. Hihakaikensa 29:724-730, 1980.
38. Takahashi F, Suzuki K. Development on the System of the Digital Acoustical Holography and its Practical Application. Hihakaikensa 29:2-10, 1980.
39. Takahashi F, Suzuki K, Kanamori T. Digital Signal Processing in Acoustical Focused Image Holography. Acoustical Imaging 8:685-697, 1979.
40. Ikeda O, Sato T, Suzuki K. Super-Resolution Imaging system using Waves with a Limited Frequency Bandwidth. J. Acoust. Soc. Am 65:75-81, 1979.
41. Suzuki K, Takahashi F, Michiguchi Y. Application of Shear Wave Focused Image Holography to Nondestructive Testing. Acoustical Holography 7:583-598, 1977.
42. Suzuki K, Takahashi F, Michiguchi Y. Correction Method of Flaw Image Spread in Acoustical Image Holography. Hihakaikensa 26:709-714, 1977.
43. Hildebrand BP, Suzuki K. Acoustical Holographic Interferometry. Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 14:805-813, 1975.
44. Suzuki K, Hildebrand BP. Correction of Image Distortion in Acoustical Holography. Oyobutsuri 44:625-628, 1975.
45. Suzuki K, Hildebrand BP. Holographic Interferometry with Acoustic Waves. Acoustical Holography 6:577-595, 1975.
46. Suzuki K, Tabuchi H, Ishimatsu K. Nuclear Battery with Silicon p-n Junctions. Radioisotopes 23:283-287, 1974.
47. Sumida I, Suzuki K, Tabuchi H, Sakai T. Preliminary Test of Thermionic Converter/Heat Pipe Assembly. J. Nucl. Sci. Technol 11:308-310, 1974.
48. Suzuki K, Kawa J, Okada K. Study of (d, a) reactions on 94Zr and 96Zr. Nucl. Physics A228:513-523, 1974.
49. Suzuki K, Takahashi N, Itahashi T, Wakatsuki T. Study of (d, a) reactions on 40Ca and 40Ar. J. Phys. Soc. Japan 30:1523-1534, 1971.
50. Yagi K, Suzuki K, Sato K. The Energy Gap Between Two Major Proton Shells in the Z=82 Region. J. Phys. Soc. Japan 30:1500, 1971.
51. Wakatsuki T, Takahashi N, Suzuki K, Itahashi T, Hirao Y. Excited States in 40 Ar from Inelastic Alpha-Particle Scattering. J. Phys. Soc. Japan 28:1107-1115, 1970.
52. Wakatsuki T, Takahashi N, Suzuki K, Itahashi T. The High Excited Levels of 27 Al. J. Phys. Soc. Japan 29:815-826, 1970.


1. Sawakuchi G, Titt U, Mirkovic D, Zhu XR, Sahoo N, Bues M, Ciangaru G, Suzuki K, Poenisch F, Arjomandy B, Gillin M, Mohan R. Validation of an MCNPX Monte Carlo model of the discrete-spot scanning beam nozzle at PTCH and evaluation of the lateral envelope low doses. AAPM 51st Annual Meeting, 2009.
2. Smith A, Bues M, Ciangaru G, Giragosian D, Oliver P, Gillin M, Cox J, Matsuda K, Nakagawa F, Akiyama H, Sasaki T, Suzuki K. Acceptance Tests for the M.D. Anderson Proton Scanning System. PTCOG 47, Jacksonville, FL:94 Abstract Book, May 19-24, 2008.
3. Umezawa M, Yoshida A, Nakagawa F, Otsuka H, Koyama H, Chiba D, Sakurabata H, Hiramoto K, Nishimura N, Suzuki K, Smith A, Gillin M, Bues M, Zhu R, Sahoo N, Oliver P, Yang J, Ciangaru G, Polf J, Mohan R, Cox J. Present Status of Accelerator and Beam Transport System for the M.D. Anderson Proton Therapy Center. PTCOG 45, Houston, TX:42 Program and Abstracts, October 7-11, 2006.
4. Nishimura N, Nakajima J, Itami H, Hiramoto K, Suzuki K, Pera E, Yoshida A, Smith A, Bues M, Latinkic M, Cox J, Styles J, Hay A, Brown A, Barrett R, McMaken B. Proton Therapy System Construction Project for the M.D. Anderson Proton Therapy Center. PTCOG 45, Houston, TX:71 Program and Abstracts, October 7-11, 2006.
5. Smith A, Cox J, Latinkic M, Mohan R, Gillin M, Bues M, McMaken B, Styles J, Hay A, Nishimura N, Suzuki K, Hiramoto K, Akiyama H, Ishida T, Sasaki T. The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Proton Therapy Center. PTCOG 42 , Tokyo, Japan(46):67 Scientific Program, June 8-10, 2005.
6. Smith A, Newhauser W, Bues M, Ciangaru G, Latinkic M, Hay A, Cox J, McMaken B, Styles J, Nishimura N, Suzuki K, Hiramoto K, Akiyama H. Status of the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Proton Therapy Center. PTCOG 40 Meeting, Paris:134 Programme and Abstracts, June 16-18, 2004.
7. Smith A, Newhauser W, Bues M, Hay A, Latinkic M, Cox J, McMaken B, Styles J., Nishimura N, Suzuki K, Hiramoto K, Akiyama H. Progress on the M.D. Anderson Proton Therapy Center and Technical Update. PTCOG 39 Meeting, San Francisco, CA(G6):27 Program and Abstracts, October 26-29, 2003.
8. Smith A, Newhauser W, Latinkic M, McMaken M, Styles J, Cox J, Hiramoto K, Suzuki K, Nishimura N. The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Proton Therapy Facility. PTCOG 38 Meeting, Chester, England:7 Program and Abstracts, May 14-16, 2003.

Last updated: 10/13/2015