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Paola E. Alvarez, M.S.

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

Assistant Instructor, Department of Physics, Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires – Ciudad Universitaria, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Junior Medical Physicist, Department of Radiation Physics, Division of Radiation Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

1997 Universidad de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina, BA/MA, Science

Postgraduate Training

11/2004 Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy: Principles and Practices, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, M. Salehpour, Ph.D. and R. Zhu, Ph.D.
5/2000 Introduction to Radiotherapy Physics: Principles and Calibration, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, William Hanson, Ph.D.
4/2000 External Beam Dosimetry: Basic Methods and Calculations, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, Richard Lane, Ph.D.
1/2000-7/2000 Quality Assurance Program in Radiotherapy and Diagnostic Radiology, Radiological Physics Center, Department of Radiation Physics, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, J. Francisco Aguirre
11/1998 Regional Course of Dosimetry and Treatment Planning in Radiotherapy, International Atomic Energy Agency / Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares Mexico / Atomic Energy Agency / Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares Mexico / Instituto Nacional de Cancerología,, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Victor Tovar, Ph.D.
8/1997 Physics in Radiotherapy, Comisión Nacional de Energia Atómica Argentina, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Diane Feld, M.S.
5/1997 Dosimetry in Radiotherapy, Comisión Nacional de Energia Atómica Argentina, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Diana Feld, M.S.
1/1997 Internship/Residency in Dosimetry and Physics in Radiotherapy, Hospital de Oncologia Maria Curie CNEA, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Diana Feld, M.S.

Experience/Service

Academic Appointments

Physicist, Department of Physics, Universidad Nacional de General San Martín, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 3/1997-8/2002

Other Appointments/Responsibilities

Member, TG-191 AAPM Recommendations on the Clinical Use of Luminescent Dosimeters, College Park, MD, 9/2009-present
Member, TG-178 Gamma Stereotactic Radiosurgery Dosimetry and Qulaity Assurance, College Park, MD, 8/2008-present

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 8/2012. PMID: 22955664.
2. 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):5000-6, 11/2009. PMID: 19994509.
3. Vinogradskiy YY, Balter P, Followill DS, Alvarez PE, White RA, Starkschall G. Verification of four-dimensional photon dose calculations. Med Phys 36(8):3438-47, 8/2009. PMID: 19746777.
4. 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.

Abstracts

1. Alvarez P, Molineu A, Hernandez N, Hall F, Followill D, Ibbott G. A comparison of heterogeneity correction algorithms. Medical Physics 35(6):2888, 2008.
2. Molineu A, Lowenstein J, Hernandez N, Alvarez P, Followill D, Ibbott G. Has IMRT delivery Improved in the last 5 years?. Medical Physics 35(6):2762, 2008.
3. Followill D, Molineu A, Lowenstein J, Alvarez P, Aguirre F. Quality audits of the calibration of TG-51 non-compliant beams by the Radiological Physics Center. Medical Physics 35(6):2774, 2008.
4. Alvarez P, Molineu A, Hernandez N, Followill D, Ibbott G. A comparison of heterogeneity correction algorithms within a lung PTV. Medical Physics 34(6):2521, 7/2007.
5. Alvarez P, Molineu A, Hernandez N, Followill D, Ibbott G. Analysis of multiple irradiations of an anthropomorphic thorax phantom containing lung heterogeneities. ASTRO, 4/2006.
6. Alvarez P, Hernandez N, Followill D, Tailor R, Ibbott G. Characterization of EBT versus MD55 Gafchromic films for relative dosimetry measurements. Medical Physics 33:2217, 2006.
7. Alvarez P, Molineu A, Hernandez N, Followill D, Ibbott G. Evaluation of heterogeneity corrections algorithms through the irradiation of a lung phantom. Medical Physics 33:2214, 2006.
8. Followill D, Molineu A, Alvarez P, Ibbott G. The state of radiotherapy physics through the eyes of a quality auditor. Medical Physics 33:2283, 2006.
9. Alvarez P, Molineu A, Hernandez N, Followill D, Ibbott G. Evaluation of Doses Delivered by SBRT to the Lung of An Anthropomorphic Thorax Phantom. Medical Physics 32:2043, 2005.
10. Molineu A, Hernandez N, Alvarez P, Followill D, Ibbott G. IMRT Head and Neck Phantom Irradiations: Correlation of Results with Institution Size. Medical Physics 32:1983-1984, 2005.
11. Alvarez P, Molineu A, Hernandez N, Followill D, Balter P, Hanson W, Ibbott G. Anthropomorphic Phantoms for Quality Assurance in Radiation Therapy. Medical Physics 31:1732, 2004.
12. Molineu A, Alvarez P, Hernandez N, Followill D, Ibbott G. Evaluation of 60 IMRT Irradiations of an Anthropomorphic H&N Phantom. Medical Physics 31:1822, 2004.

Grant & Contract Support

Title: The Aids Malignancy Clinical Trials Consortium (AMC) Protocol #081: Pilot Study of Safety, Toxicity and Compliance of Concomitant Chemoradiotherapy for HIV-Associated Locally-Advanced Cervical Cancer
Funding Source: NIH/NCI
Role: Co-Investigator
Principal Investigator: David S. Followill, Ph.D.
Duration: 7/17/2012 - 8/31/2015
 
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
 
Title: Radiological Physics Center
Funding Source: NIH/NCI
Role: Co-Investigator
Principal Investigator: Geoffrey Ibbott, Ph.D.
Duration: 1/1/2005 - 12/31/2010

Last updated: 12/20/2013