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Peter A. Balter, M.S., Ph.D., DABR

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
Associate Director, MD Anderson Accredited Dosimetry Calibration Laboratory, Division of Radiation Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, MD Anderson Accredited Dosimetry Calibration Laboratory, Houston, TX

Dual/Joint/Adjunct Appointment

Adjunct Faculty, Medical Dosimetry Program, Division of Radiation Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

2003 University of Texas Houston Graduate School of Biomedical Science, Houston, TX, PHD, Medical Physics
1995 University of Texas Houston Graduate School of Biomedical Science, Houston, TX, MS, Medical Physics
1992 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, BS, Mathematics and Physics

Board Certifications

5/1999 American Board of Radiology (ABR), Therapeutic Radiological Physics

Experience/Service

Academic Appointments

Associate Member, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Texas Health Science Center, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Houston, TX, 12/2004-present
Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Physics, Division of Radiation Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 9/2003-8/2009
Medical Physicist, Department of Radiation Physics, Division of Radiation Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 10/2000-1/2001
Jr. Medical Physicist, Department of Radiation Physics, Division of Radiation Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 9/1996-10/2000

Administrative Appointments/Responsibilities

Service Chief, Thoracic Service, Radiation Physics, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 2004-present

Institutional Committee Activities

Senator, Radiation Physics Department Representative, Faculty Senate Committee, 2008-present

Honors and Awards

2013 Department of Radiation Physics Outstanding Achievement Award, UT MD Anderson - Radiation Physics
2011 2011 Outstanding Educator Award, UT MD Anderson - School of Health Professions
2008 Department of Radiation Physics Outstanding Achievement Award, UT MD Anderson - Radiation Physics
2007 Chairman's Award for Meritorious Service to the Department, the Division, and the Institution and for Innovation and Creativity, UT MD Anderson - Radiation Physics
1992 Kappa MU Epsilon

Professional Memberships

American Association of Physicists in Medicine
Member, 1994-present
American Association of Physicists in Medicine Southwest Chapter, TX
President, 1/2009-12/2009
Member, 1994-present
American Board of Radiology, Louisville, KY
Examiner, 6/2007-present

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Jiang ZQ, Yang K, Komaki R, Wei X, Tucker SL, Zhuang Y, Martel MK, Vedam S, Balter P, Zhu G, Gomez D, Lu C, Mohan R, Cox JD, Liao Z. Long-Term Clinical Outcome of Intensity-Modulated Radiotherapy for Inoperable Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer: The MD Anderson Experience. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 83(1):332-9, 5/1/2012. e-Pub 11/11/2011. PMID: 22079735.
2. Sutton J, Kabiru D, Neu M, Turner L, Balter P, Palmer M. Define baseline levels of segments per beam for intensity-modulated radiation therapy delivery for brain, head and neck, thoracic, abdominal, and prostate applications. Med Dosim 37(1):15-9, 2012. e-Pub 9/1/2011. PMID: 21889327.
3. Welsh J, Thomas J, Shah D, Allen PK, Wei X, Mitchell K, Gao S, Balter P, Komaki R, Chang JY. Obesity Increases the Risk of Chest Wall Pain from Thoracic Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 81(1):91-6, 9/2011. e-Pub 6/2010. PMID: 20542388.
4. Peng Y, Vedam S, Chang JY, Gao S, Sadagopan R, Bues M, Balter P. Implementation of Feedback-Guided Voluntary Breath-Hold Gating for Cone Beam CT-Based Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 80(3):909-17, 7/1/2011. e-Pub 4/4/2011. PMID: 21470784.
5. Ikushima H, Balter P, Komaki R, Hunjun S, Bucci MK, Liao Z, McAleer MF, Yu ZH, Zhang Y, Chang JY, Dong L. Daily alignment results of in-room computed tomography-guided stereotactic body radiation therapy for lung cancer. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 79(2):473-80, 2/2011. e-Pub 4/2010. PMID: 20399032.
6. Starkschall G, Balter P, Britton K, McAleer MF, Cox JD, Mohan R. Interfractional reproducibility of lung tumor location using various methods of respiratory motion mitigation. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 79(2):596-601, 2/2011. e-Pub 7/2010. PMID: 20638189.
7. Siochi RA, Balter P, Bloch CD, Santanam L, Blodgett K, Curran BH, Engelsman M, Feng W, Mechalakos J, Pavord D, Simon T, Sutlieff S, Zhu XR. A rapid communication from the AAPM Task Group 201: recommendations for the QA of external beam radiotherapy data transfer. AAPM TG 201: quality assurance of external beam radiotherapy data transfer. J Appl Clin Med Phys 12(1):3479, 2011. e-Pub 12/2010. PMID: 21330992.
8. Kelly P, Balter PA, Rebueno N, Sharp HJ, Liao Z, Komaki R, Chang JY. Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy for Patients with Lung Cancer Previously Treated with Thoracic Radiation. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 78(5):1387-93, 12/2010. e-Pub 4/2010. PMID: 20381271.
9. Tsunashima Y, Vedam S, Dong L, Umezawa M, Balter P, Mohan R. The precision of respiratory-gated delivery of synchrotron-based pulsed beam proton therapy. Phys Med Biol 55(24):7633-47, 12/2010. e-Pub 11/2010. PMID: 21113089.
10. Zamora DA, Riegel AC, Sun X, Balter P, Starkschall G, Mawlawi O, Pan T. Thoracic target volume delineation using various maximum-intensity projection computed tomography image sets for radiotherapy treatment planning. Med Phys 37(11):5811-20, 11/2010. PMID: 21158293.
11. Buyyounouski MK, Balter P, Lewis B, D'Ambrosio DJ, Dilling TJ, Miller RC, Schefter T, Tomé W, Harris EE, Price RA, Konski AA, Wallner PE. Stereotactic body radiotherapy for early-stage non-small-cell lung cancer: report of the ASTRO Emerging Technology Committee. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 78(1):3-10, 9/2010. e-Pub 7/2010. PMID: 20643514.
12. Nelson C, Balter P, Morice RC, Bucci K, Dong L, Tucker S, Vedam S, Chang JY, Starkschall G. Evaluation of Tumor Position and PTV Margins Using Image Guidance and Respiratory Gating. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 76(5):1578-85, 4/2010. e-Pub 2/2010. PMID: 20137865.
13. Hunjan S, Starkschall G, Prado K, Dong L, Balter P. Lack of Correlation Between External Fiducial Positions and Internal Tumor Positions During Breath-Hold CT. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 76(5):1586-91, 4/2010. e-Pub 2/2010. PMID: 20133074.
14. 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.
15. 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.
16. Briere TM, Beddar S, Balter P, Murthy R, Gupta S, Nelson C, Starkschall G, Gillin MT, Krishnan S. Respiratory gating with EPID-based verification: the MDACC experience. Phys Med Biol 54(11):3379-91, 6/2009. e-Pub 5/2009. PMID: 19436104.
17. Sadagopan R, Bencomo JA, Martin RL, Nilsson G, Matzen T, Balter PA. Characterization and clinical evaluation of a novel IMRT quality assurance system. J Appl Clin Med Phys 10(2):2928, 2009. e-Pub 5/2009. PMID: 19458595.
18. Ezhil M, Vedam S, Balter P, Choi B, Mirkovic D, Starkschall G, Chang JY. Determination of patient-specific internal gross tumor volumes for lung cancer using four-dimensional computer tomography. Radiat Oncol 4(4):4, 2009. PMCID: PMC2645420.
19. Giebeler A, Fontenot J, Balter P, Ciangaru G, Zhu R, Newhauser W. Dose perturbations from implanted helical gold markers in proton therapy of prostate cancer. J Appl Clin Med Phys 10(1):2875, 2009. PMID: 19223836.
20. Siochi RA, Balter P, Bloch CD, Bushe HS, Mayo CS, Curran BH, Feng W, Kagadis GC, Kirby TH, Stern RL. Information technology resource management in radiation oncology. J Appl Clin Med Phys 10(4):3116, 2009. PMID: 19918239.
21. Vassiliev ON, Kry SF, Chang JY, Balter PA, Titt U, Mohan R. Stereotactic radiotherapy for lung cancer using a flattening filter free Clinac. J Appl Clin Med Phys 10(1):2880, 2009. PMID: 19223837.
22. Khan F, Bell G, Antony J, Palmer M, Balter P, Bucci K, Chapman MJ. The use of 4DCT to reduce lung dose: a dosimetric analysis. Med Dosim 34(4):273-8, 2009. e-Pub 1/2009. PMID: 19854385.
23. Chang JY, Balter PA, Dong L, Yang Q, Liao Z, Jeter M, Bucci MK, McAleer MF, Mehran RJ, Roth JA, Komaki R. Stereotactic body radiation therapy in centrally and superiorly located stage I or isolated recurrent non-small-cell lung cancer. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 72(4):967-71, 11/15/2008. PMID: 18954709.
24. Beddar AS, Briere TM, Balter P, Pan T, Tolani N, Ng C, Szklaruk J, Krishnan S. 4D-CT imaging with synchronized intravenous contrast injection to improve delineation of liver tumors for treatment planning. Radiother Oncol 87(3):445-8, 6/2008. e-Pub 1/14/2008. PMID: 18194819.
25. Ezhil M, Choi B, Starkschall G, Bucci MK, Vedam S, Balter P. Comparison of rigid and adaptive methods of propagating gross tumor volume through respiratory phases of four-dimensional computed tomography image data set. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 71(1):290-6, 5/2008. PMID: 18406893.
26. Tsunashima Y, Vedam S, Dong L, Umezawa M, Sakae T, Bues M, Balter P, Smith A, Mohan R. Efficiency of respiratory-gated delivery of synchrotron-based pulsed proton irradiation. Phys Med Biol 53(7):1947-59, 4/2008. e-Pub 3/2008. PMID: 18364549.
27. Zeng R, Fessler JA, Balter JM, Balter PA. Iterative sorting for four-dimensional CT images based on internal anatomy motion. Med Phys 35(3):917-26, 3/2008. PMID: 18404928.
28. Chang JY, Dong L, Liu H, Starkschall G, Balter P, Mohan R, Liao Z, Cox JD, Komaki R. Image-guided radiation therapy for non-small cell lung cancer. J Thorac Oncol 3(2):177-86, 2/2008. PMID: 18303441.
29. Yaremko BP, Guerrero TM, McAleer MF, Bucci MK, Noyola-Martinez J, Nguyen LT, Balter PA, Guerra R, Komaki R, Liao Z. Determination of respiratory motion for distal esophagus cancer using four-dimensional computed tomography. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 70(1):145-53, 1/2008. e-Pub 9/2007. PMID: 17855008.
30. Hunjan S, Starkschall G, Rosen I, Prado K, Tolani N, Balter P. Comparison of breath-hold and free-breathing positions of an external fiducial by analysis of respiratory traces. J Appl Clin Med Phys 9(3):2768, 2008. PMID: 18716589.
31. Klopp AH, Chang JY, Tucker SL, Sulman EP, Balter PA, Liu HH, Bucci MK, Macapinlac HA, Komaki R, Cox JD. Intrathoracic patterns of failure for non-small-cell lung cancer with positron-emission tomography/computed tomography-defined target delineation. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 69(5):1409-16, 12/1/2007. e-Pub 9/27/2007. PMID: 17904303.
32. Krishnan S, Briere TM, Dong L, Murthy R, Ng C, Balter P, Mohan R, Gillin MT, Beddar AS. Daily targeting of liver tumors: screening patients with a mock treatment and using a combination of internal and external fiducials for image-guided respiratory-gated radiotherapy. Med Phys 34(12):4591-3, 12/2007. PMID: 18196785.
33. Lu J, Guerrero TM, Munro P, Jeung A, Chi PC, Balter P, Zhu XR, Mohan R, Pan T. Four-dimensional cone beam CT with adaptive gantry rotation and adaptive data sampling. Med Phys 34(9):3520-9, 9/2007. PMID: 17926955.
34. Yaremko BP, Guerrero TM, Noyola-Martinez J, Guerra R, Lege DG, Nguyen LT, Balter PA, Cox JD, Komaki R. Reduction of normal lung irradiation in locally advanced non-small-cell lung cancer patients, using ventilation images for functional avoidance. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 68(2):562-571, 6/1/2007. e-Pub 3/29/2007. PMID: 17398028.
35. Liu HH, Balter P, Tutt T, Choi B, Zhang J, Wang C, Chi M, Luo D, Pan T, Hunjan S, Starkschall G, Rosen I, Prado K, Liao Z, Chang J, Komaki R, Cox JD, Mohan R, Dong L. Assessing respiration-induced tumor motion and internal target volume using four-dimensional computed tomography for radiotherapy of lung cancer. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 68(2):531-40, 6/2007. e-Pub 3/2007. PMID: 17398035.
36. Chi PC, Mawlawi O, Nehmeh SA, Erdi YE, Balter PA, Luo D, Mohan R, Pan T. Design of respiration averaged CT for attenuation correction of the PET data from PET/CT. Med Phys 34(6):2039-2047, 6/2007. PMID: 17654907.
37. Kang Y, Zhang X, Chang JY, Wang H, Wei X, Liao Z, Komaki R, Cox JD, Balter PA, Liu H, Zhu XR, Mohan R, Dong L. 4D Proton treatment planning strategy for mobile lung tumors. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 67(3):906-914, 3/1/2007. PMID: 17293240.
38. Nelson C, Starkschall G, Balter P, Morice RC, Stevens CW, Chang JY. Assessment of lung tumor motion and setup uncertainties using implanted fiducials. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 67(3):915-23, 3/1/2007. PMID: 17293241.
39. Starkschall G, Desai N, Balter P, Prado K, Luo D, Cody D, Pan T. Quantitative assessment of four-dimensional computed tomography image acquisition quality. J Appl Clin Med Phys 8(3)(3):2362, 2007. PMID: 17712299.
40. Molineu A, Followill DS, Balter PA, Hanson WF, Gillin MT, Huq MS, Eisbruch A, Ibbott GS. Design and implementation of an anthropomorphic quality assurance phantom for intensity-modulated radiation therapy for the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 63(2):577-583, 10/2005. PMID: 16168849.
41. Fitzpatrick MJ, Starkschall G, Balter P, Antolak JA, Guerrero T, Nelson C, Keall P, Mohan R. A novel platform simulating irregular motion to enhance assessment of respiration-correlated radiation therapy procedures. J Appl Clin Med Phys 6(1):13-21, 2005. PMID: 15770194.
42. Nelson C, Starkschall G, Balter P, Fitzpatrick MJ, Antolak JA, Tolani N, Prado K. Respiration-correlated treatment delivery using feedback-guided breath hold: a technical study. Med Phys 32(1):175-181, 2005. PMID: 15719968.
43. 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):108-115, 2000.
44. Henschke CI, Saint-Louis LA, Balter P, Whalen JP. Optimizing radiologic costs in the DRG environment. Invest Radiol 25(2):194-9, 1990.

Abstracts

1. Chi PC, Balter P, Luo D, Mohan R, Pan T. Relation of external surface to internal tumor motion studied with cine CT. Med Phys 33(9):3116-3123, 2006. PMID: 17022203.

Grant & Contract Support

Title: Flat-panel based cone beam CT for 3D chest imaging
Funding Source: NIH/NCI
Role: Co-Investigator
Principal Investigator: Chao-Jen Lai
Duration: 9/1/2012 - 8/31/2014
 
Title: Advanced volumetric imaging and adaptive radiotherapy for detecting and correcting for inter-fractional changes
Funding Source: Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT)
Role: Principal Investigator-MDACC
Duration: 7/1/2011 - 6/30/2016
 
Title: Research in 4-DCT Simulation and CT Perfusion
Funding Source: Philips Medical System
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 3/1/2011 - 2/28/2013
 
Title: Optimizing Proton Radiation Therapy
Funding Source: NIH/NCI
Role: Co-Investigator
Principal Investigator: Thomas DeLaney
Duration: 9/25/2008 - 7/31/2013
 
Title: International Randomized Study to Compare Cyberknife Stereotactic Radiosurgery with Surgical Resection in Stage 1 NSCLC
Funding Source: Accuray
Role: Physics PI
Principal Investigator: Jack Roth
Duration: 2008 - 2013
 
Title: Northern Illinois Proton Treatment and Research Center
Funding Source: Department of Defense (DOD)
Role: Collaborator
Principal Investigator: Wayne D. Newhauser
Duration: 2008 - 2009
 
Title: Research in 4-D Radiation Therapy
Funding Source: Phillips
Role: Collaborator
Principal Investigator: Radhe Mohan
Duration: 4/2/2004 - 3/10/2010

Last updated: 7/30/2014