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Kent A. Gifford, Ph.D.

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Physics, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

2004 University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston, Houston, TX, PHD, Medical Physics
2001 University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston, Houston, TX, MS, Biomedical Sciences
1997 Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH, BS, Magne Cum-Laude, Physics

Board Certifications

6/2007 American Board of Radiology

Honors and Awards

2004 Aaron Blanchard award for best dissertation
2003 Outstanding Graduate Student Award, ACMP
2002 LAP Best Radiation Oncology Physics Paper, Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
1997 Graduated Magna Cum-Laude, Xavier University

Professional Memberships

American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM)
Member, 1998-present
American College of Medical Physics (ACMP)
Member, 2006-present
American College of Medical Physics - Continuing Education Committee
Member, 2006-present
RTOG-NRG Oncology Medical Physics Subcommittee
Liason to Modality/Technology Working Group-IGBT, 9/2013-present

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Iqbal K, Gifford KA, Ibbott G, Grant RL, Buzdar S. Comparison of an anthropomorphic PRESAGE® dosimeter and radiochromic film with a commercial radiation treatment planning system for breast IMRT: a feasibility study. J Appl Clin Med Phys 15(1):4531, 2014. e-Pub 1/6/2014. PMID: 24423854.
2. Iqbal K, Gillin M, Summers PA, Dhanesar S, Gifford KA, Buzdar SA. Quality assurance evaluation of spot scanning beam proton therapy with an anthropomorphic prostate phantom. Br J Radiol 86(1031):20130390, 11/2013. e-Pub 9/18/2013. PMCID: PMC3830437.
3. Gifford KA, Pacha O, Hebert AA, Nelson CL, Kirsner SM, Ballo MT, Bloom ES. A new paradigm for calculating skin dose. Brachytherapy 12(2):114-9, Mar-Apr, 3/2013. e-Pub 8/9/2012. PMID: 22884255.
4. Iqbal K, Isa M, Buzdar S, Gifford KA, Afzal Muhammad. Treatment planning evaluation of sliding window and multiple static segments technique in intensity modulated radiotherapy. Reports of Practical Oncology and Radiotherapy 18(2). e-Pub 3/2013.
5. Gifford KA, Nelson, CL, Kirsner SM, Kisling KD, Ballo MT, Bloom ES. On the feasibility of treating to a 1.5 cm PTV with a commercial single-entry hybrid applicator in APBI breast brachytherapy. J Contemp Brachyther 4(1):29-33, 3/2012. e-Pub 3/2012.
6. Bloom ES, Kirsner S, Mason BE, Nelson CL, Hunt KK, Baumann DP, Gifford KA. Accelerated partial breast irradiation using the strut-adjusted volume implant single-entry hybrid catheter in brachytherapy for breast cancer in the setting of breast augmentation. Brachytherapy 10(3):178-83, May-Jun, 5/2011. e-Pub 8/17/2010. PMID: 20719576.
7. Price MJ, Jackson EF, Gifford KA, Eifel PJ, Mourtada F. Development of prototype shielded cervical intracavitary brachytherapy applicators compatible with CT and MR imaging. Med Phys 36(12):5515-24, 12/2009. PMID: 20095264.
8. Price MJ, Gifford KA, Horton JL, Eifel PJ, Gillin MT, Lawyer AA, Mourtada F. Monte Carlo Model for a Prototype CT-compatible, Anatomically Adaptive, Shielded Intracavitary Brachytherapy Applicator for the Treatment of Cervical Cancer. Med Phys 36(9):4147-55, 9/2009. PMID: 19810488.
9. Gifford KA, Wareing T, Failla G, Horton J, Eifel P, Mourtada F. Comparison of a 3-D Multi-Group SN Particle Transport Code with Monte Carlo for Intracavitary Brachytherapy of the Cervix Uteri. J Appl Clin Med Phys 11(1):3103, 2009. PMID: 20160682.
10. Vassiliev ON, Wareing TA, Davis IM, McGhee J, Barnett D, Horton JL, Gifford K, Failla G, Titt U, Mourtada F. Feasibility of a multigroup deterministic solution method for three-dimensional radiotherapy dose calculations. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 72(1):220-7, 9/2008. PMCID: PMC2597668.
11. Gifford KA, Price MJ, Horton JL, Wareing TA, Mourtada F. Optimization of deterministic transport parameters for the calculation of the dose distribution around a high dose-rate 192Ir brachytherapy source. Med Phys 35(6):2279-85, 6/2008. PMID: 18649459.
12. Mourtada F, Gifford KA, Berner PA, Horton JL, Price MJ, Lawyer AA, Eifel PJ. Retrospective dosimetric comparison of low-dose-rate and pulsed-dose-rate intracavitary brachytherapy using a tandem and mini-ovoids. Med Dosim 32(3):181-7, 2007. PMID: 17707197.
13. Kendall RL, Gifford KA, Kirsner SM. The impact of peak-kilovoltage settings on heterogeneity-corrected photon-beam treatment plans. Radiother Oncol 81(2):206-8, 11/2006. PMID: 17069913.
14. Price MJ, Gifford KA, Horton J, Lawyer A, Eifel P, Mourtada F. Comparison of dose distributions around the pulsed-dose-rate Fletcher-Williamson and the low-dose-rate Fletcher-Suit-Delclos ovoids: a Monte Carlo study. Phys Med Biol 51(16):4083-94, 8/2006. PMID: 16885626.
15. Gifford KA, Horton JL, Wareing TA, Failla G, Mourtada F. Comparison of a finite-element multigroup discrete-ordinates code with Monte Carlo for radiotherapy calculations. Phys Med Biol 51(9):2253-65, 5/2006. PMID: 16625040.
16. Price MJ, Horton JL, Gifford KA, Eifel PJ, Jhingran A, Lawyer AA, Berner PA, Mourtada F. Dosimetric evaluation of the Fletcher-Williamson ovoid for pulsed-dose-rate brachytherapy: a Monte Carlo study. Phys Med Biol 50(21):5075-87, 11/2005. PMID: 16237242.
17. Gifford KA, Mourtada F, Cho SH, Lawyer A, Horton JL. Monte Carlo calculations of the dose distribution around a commercial gynecologic tandem applicator. Radiother Oncol 77(2):210-5, 11/2005. PMID: 16216363.
18. Gifford KA, Horton JL, Pelloski CE, Jhingran A, Court LE, Mourtada F, Eifel PJ. A three-dimensional computed tomography-assisted Monte Carlo evaluation of ovoid shielding on the dose to the bladder and rectum in intracavitary radiotherapy for cervical cancer. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 63(2):615-21, 10/2005. PMID: 16168853.
19. Gifford KA, Horton JL, Jackson EF, Steger TR, Heard MP, Mourtada F, Lawyer AA, Ibbott GS. Comparison of Monte Carlo calculations around a Fletcher Suit Delclos ovoid with radiochromic film and normoxic polymer gel dosimetry. Med Phys 32(7):2288-94, 7/2005. PMID: 16121584.
20. Gifford KA, Horton JL, Steger TR, Heard MP, Jackson EF and Ibbott GS. Verification of Monte Carlo Calculations Around a Fletcher Suit Delclos Ovoid with Normoxic Polymer Gel Dosimetry. J Phys 3:217-220, 2004.
21. Gifford KA, Followill DS, Liu HH, Starkschall G. Verification of the accuracy of a photon dose-calculation algorithm. J Appl Clin Med Phys 3(1):26-45, 2002. PMID: 11818002.

Abstracts

1. Loupot S, Han T, Salehpour M, Gifford KA. APBI Brachytherapy Treatment Planning: The Impact of Heterogeneous Dose Calculations. Med. Phys. 41. e-Pub 2014.
2. Han T, Salehpour MR, Gifford KA. Dosimetric Comparison Between a Commercial Collapsed Cone Algorithm and the TG-43 Method for Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation Brachytherapy. Brachytherapy 13(S1):S50-51, 2014.
3. Gifford KA, Han T, Mourtada F, Eifel PJ. Dosimetric Evaluation of a Novel CT/MR Compatible Fletcher Applicator for Intracavitary Brachytherapy of the Cervix Uteri. Med. Phys. 41. e-Pub 2014.
4. Han T, Smith B, Salehpour M, Gifford KA. Verification of 3D Surface Registration Between Stereograms and CT images. Med. Phys. 41. e-Pub 2014.
5. Iqbal K, Gifford KA, Grant RL, Buzdar SA, Ibbott GS. Dosimetric Verification of a Commercial Brachytherapy Treatment Planning System for a Single Entry APBI Hybrid Catheter Device by PRESAGE® and Radiochromic Film. Brachytherapy 12:S21, 3/2013.
6. Iqbal K, Gifford KA, Ibbott GS, Buzdar SA. Investigation of the accuracy of an anthropomorphic PRESAGE® dosimeter in the dosimetric evaluation of breast IMRT. Medical physics International Journal 1(2):485, 2013.
7. Kemp J, Price MJ, Gifford KA, Parker BC, Mason B, Rechner L, Neck D, Ferachi K, Gibbons J, Matthews K. Facilitating 3D Image Guided Treatment Planning of Shielded Tandem and Ovoid-based, Gynecological Brachytherapy Utilizing MVCT. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 84(3):s868-9, 11/2012.
8. Nelson CL, Gifford KA, Shah S, Kirsner SM, Bloom ES, Arzu IY. Chest Wall Reproducibility during Breath Hold Treatment for Left Sided Breast Cancers Measured using CINE Images, 3/2012.
9. Nelson CL, Gifford KA, Balter P, Kisling K, Kirsner SM. A Technique for Treating Patients Outside the Mosaiq R&V System for TrueBeam Users (or 4DTC). Med. Phys. 39:3752, 2012.
10. Nelson CL, Gifford KA, Kisling K, Bloom ES, Kirsner SM. An Automated Quality Assurance Tool for HDR Treatment Planning. Med. Phys. 39:3745, 2012.
11. Bloom ES, Whitsell T, Kirsner SM, Nelson CL, Mason B, Gifford KA. Can PTV eval be used as surrogate for normal breast tissue in the determination of v150 and v200?. Radiother Oncol 103:S50, 2012.
12. Bloom ES, Gifford KA, Kirsner SM, Kisling K, Nelson CL. The importance of multidisciplinary collaboration between surgeon and radiation oncologists for optimal placement of single-entry brachytherapy catheters for accelerated partial breast irradiation. The American Society of Breast Surgeons Meeting, 2012.
13. Vredevoogd K, Ibbott GS, Gillin MT, Sahoo N, Kry S, Gifford KA, Maryanski M. Three-Dimensional Measurements of Dose and LET from a Proton Beam via Polymer Gel Dosimetry. Med. Phys. 39:3726, 2012.
14. Gifford KA, Bloom ES, Kirsner SM, Nelson CL, Mason BE, Hebert AA. Estimation and Application of a Consensus Breast Epidermal Thickness for Radiation Treatment Planning. Advances in Oncology- Clinical Science to Clinical Practice, 11/2011.
15. Nelson CL, Gifford KA, Kirsner SM, Shah S, Bloom ES, Mason BE, Arzu IY. Analysis of Intra‐Fraction Chest Wall Motion during Breath Hold Treatment for Left Sided Breast Cancer. Med Phys 38:3476, 7/2011.
16. Gifford KA, Hunter L, Ballo MT, Kirsner SM, Mason BE, Nelson CL. Verification of the Accuracy of a Commercial Pre‐Treatment IMRT QA Software. Med Phys 38:3586, 7/2011.
17. Gifford KA, Nelson CL, Kirsner SM, Bloom ES. On the Feasibility of Treating to a 1.5 cm PTV for Accelerated Partial Breast Brachytherapy With a Commercial Single Entry Hybrid Applicator. Brachytherapy 10:S43, 5/2011.
18. Pollard JM, Kirsner SM, Mason BE, Nelson CL, Bloom ES, Gifford KA. Evaluation of Two Brachytherapy Planning Methods for Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation using MammoSite. Int. J. Rad. Onc. Biol. Phys. 78(3):Page S840, 1 November 2010, 11/2010. e-Pub 11/2010.
19. Mourtada F, Pung N, Gifford KA, Lawyer AA, Wendt R, White A, Eifel PJ. A Conversion Method of Low Dose Rate to Pulsed Dose Rate Intracavitary Brachytherapy Prescription for the Treatment of Cervical Carcinoma. Med Phys 36:2424, 2009.
20. Nelson CL, Kirsner SM, Gifford KA. On the Dosimetric Differences Between Single Dwell and Multiple-Dwell Accelerated Partial Breast Brachytherapy Plans Delivered with a Single Catheter Spherical Balloon. Med Phys 36:2535, 2009.
21. Mourtada F, Price M, Gifford K, Horton J, Lawyer A, Jhingran A and Eifel P. A conversion method of low-dose-rate tandem and ovoid prescription to pulsed-dose-rate for the Plato treatment planning system, 9/2007.
22. Gifford KA. Attila: A Determininstic Transport Code Applied to Radiotherapy Calculations. European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology 84, Supplement 1, 9/2007.
23. Gifford KA, Kirsner S, Horton J, Wareing T and Mourtada F. Calculation of the dose distribution around commercially available 125I brachytherapy source via multi-group discrete ordinates methods. Med Phys 34(7):2550, 2007.
24. Gifford KA, Price MJ, Failla G, Wareing TA, Horton JL and Mourtada F. Calculation of the Dose Distribution Around a High Dose Rate Ir-192 Brachytherapy Source via a Multi-group Discrete Ordinates Method. Med Phys 33(7):2237, 2006.
25. Price MJ, Gifford KA, Horton JH, Eifel PJ and Mourtada. Capabilities of a CT-Suitable, Patient-Adaptive HDR/PDR Intracavitary Brachytherapy Applicator for the Treatment of Cervical Cancer. Med Phys 33:2205, 2006.
26. Price MJ, Mourtada F, Gifford KA, Horton JL and Eifel PJ. CT Protocol for Artifact-free Imaging of a Novel Intracavitary Brachytherapy Cervical Applicator. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 63(3):S701, 2006, 2006.
27. Gifford KA, Horton JL, Failla G, Barnett D, McGhee J, Wareing TA, Eifel PJ, Mourtada F. Comparison of a 3D Multi-group Sn Particle Transport Code with Monte Carlo for Intracavitary Brachytherapy of the Cervix Uteri. Med. Phys. 32(6):1949, 2005.
28. Price MJ, Gifford KA, Horton JL, Eifel PJ, Lawyer AA, Jhingran A, Mourtada F. Comparison of LDR to PDR dose distributions: A Monte Carlo Study. Med. Phys. 32(6):2098, 2005.
29. Mourtada F, Wareing T, Horton J , McGhee J, Barnett A, Gifford KA, Failla G, Mohan R. A Deterministic Dose Calculation Method Applied to the Dosimetry of Shielded Intracavitary Brachytherapy Applicators. Med. Phys. 31(6):1807, 2004.
30. Gifford KA, Horton JL, Steger TR, Heard MP, Jackson EF, Ibbott GS. Verification of Monte Carlo calculations around a Fletcher Suite Delclos ovoid with Normoxic Polymer Gel Dosimetry. J Phys Conf Ser 3:217 (#Third International Conference on Gel Dosimetry), 2004.
31. Gifford KA, Horton JL, Jackson EF, Steger TR, Heard MP, Mourtada F, Lawyer A, Ibbott GS. Verification of Monte Carlo Calculations around a Fletcher Suite Delclos Ovoid with Radiochromic Film and Normoxic Polymer Gel Dosimetry. Med Phys 31(6):1808, 2004.
32. Gifford KA, Lawyer AA, Jhingran A, Eifel PJ, Horton JL. Monte Carlo calculations around a Commercial Gynecological Applicator. Med. Phys. 30(8):470, 2003.
33. Gifford KA, Starkschall G, Liu HH. Verification of a Commercial Photon-Dose-Calculation algorithm. Med. Phys. 28:1193, 2001.

Grant & Contract Support

Title: Deterministic Radiotherapy Dose Calculation Method
Funding Source: SBIR with Transpire, Inc.
Role: Co-Investigator
Principal Investigator: Firas Mourtada, Ph.D.
Duration: 7/2007 - 6/2009
 
Title: Dosimetric Evaluation of Pulsed Dose-rate Brachytherapy for Gynecological Cancer Treatment: A Monte Carlo Study
Funding Source: SRA from Nucletron
Role: Co-Investigator
Principal Investigator: Firas Mourtada, Ph.D.
Duration: 4/1/2004 - 8/31/2005

Last updated: 7/28/2014