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Falk Poenisch, PhD DABR

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

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

Dual/Joint/Adjunct Appointment

Adjunct Member, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Texas, Houston, TX

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

2003 University of Technology, Dresden, Germany, Doctor of Science, Experimental Physics
1997 University of Technology, Dresden, Germany, Diploma in Physics, Physics

Board Certifications

5/2010 American Board of Radiology

Professional Memberships

American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM)
Member, 2005-present
American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)
Member, 2008-present

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Zhu XR, Li Y, Mackin D, Li H, Poenisch F, Lee AK, Mahajan A, Frank SJ, Gillin MT, Sahoo N, Zhang X. Towards effective and efficient patient-specific quality assurance for spot scanning proton therapy. Cancers (Basel) 7(2):631-47, 2015. e-Pub 4/10/2015. PMID: 25867000.
2. Chang JY, Li H, Zhu XR, Liao Z, Zhao L, Liu A, Li Y, Sahoo N, Poenisch F, Gomez DR, Wu R, Gillin M, Zhang X. Clinical Implementation of Intensity Modulated Proton Therapy for Thoracic Malignancies. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 90(4):809-818, 11/15/2014. e-Pub 9/24/2014. PMCID: PMC4252731.
3. Grosshans DR, Zhu XR, Melancon A, Allen PK, Poenisch F, Palmer M, McAleer MF, McGovern SL, Gillin M, DeMonte F, Chang EL, Brown PD, Mahajan A. Spot scanning proton therapy for malignancies of the base of skull: treatment planning, acute toxicities, and preliminary clinical outcomes. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 90(3):540-6, 11/1/2014. e-Pub 9/26/2014. PMID: 25304948.
4. Shao Y, Sun X, Lou K, Zhu XR, Mirkovic D, Poenisch F, Grosshans D. In-beam PET imaging for on-line adaptive proton therapy: an initial phantom study. Phys Med Biol 59(13):3373-3388, 7/7/2014. e-Pub 5/30/2014. PMID: 24874943.
5. Zhu XR, Poenisch F, Li H, Zhang X, Sahoo N, Wu RY, Li X, Lee AK, Chang EL, Choi S, Pugh T, Frank SJ, Gillin MT, Mahajan A, Grosshans DR. A single-field integrated boost treatment planning technique for spot scanning proton therapy. Radiat Oncol 9:202, 2014. e-Pub 9/11/2014. PMCID: PMC4262206.
6. Mackin D, Li Y, Taylor MB, Kerr M, Holmes C, Sahoo N, Poenisch F, Li H, Lii J, Amos R, Wu R, Suzuki K, Gillin MT, Zhu XR, Zhang X. Improving spot-scanning proton therapy patient specific quality assurance with HPlusQA, a second-check dose calculation engine. Med Phys 40(12):121708, 12/2013. PMID: 24320494.
7. Gomez DR, Poenisch F, Pinnix CC, Sheu T, Chang JY, Memon N, Mohan R, Rozner MA, Dougherty AH. Malfunctions of implantable cardiac devices in patients receiving proton beam therapy: incidence and predictors. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 87(3):570-5, 11/2013. PMCID: PMC3931127.
8. Dhanesar S, Sahoo N, Kerr M, Taylor MB, Summers P, Zhu XR, Poenisch F, Gillin M. Quality assurance of proton beams using a multilayer ionization chamber system. Med Phys 40(9):092102, 9/2013. PMID: 24007171.
9. Zhu XR, Poenisch F, Lii M, Sawakuchi GO, Titt U, Bues M, Song X, Zhang X, Li Y, Ciangaru G, Li H, Taylor MB, Suzuki K, Mohan R, Gillin MT, Sahoo N. Commissioning dose computation models for spot scanning proton beams in water for a commercially available treatment planning system. Med Phys 40(4):041723, 4/2013. PMCID: PMC3631269.
10. Li H, Sahoo N, Poenisch F, Suzuki K, Li Y, Li X, Zhang X, Lee AK, Gillin MT, Zhu XR. Use of treatment log files in spot scanning proton therapy as part of patient-specific quality assurance. Med Phys 40(2):021703, 2/2013. PMCID: PMC3555925.
11. Sawakuchi GO, Zhu XR, Poenisch F, Suzuki K, Ciangaru G, Titt U, Anand A, Mohan R, Gillin MT, and Sahoo N. Experimental characterization of the low-dose envelope of spot scanning proton beams. Phys Med Biol 55:3467-3478, 2013.
12. Archambault L, Briere TM, Pönisch F, Beaulieu L, Kuban DA, Lee A, Beddar S. Toward a real-time in vivo dosimetry system using plastic scintillation detectors. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 78(1):280-287, 9/2010. e-Pub 3/2010. PMCID: PMC2889037.
13. 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):3467-78, 6/2010. e-Pub 5/2010. PMID: 20508318.
14. Fiedler F, Shakirin G, Skowron J, Braess H, Crespo P, Kunath D, Pawelke J, Pönisch F, Enghardt W. On the effectiveness of ion range determination from in-beam PET data. Phys Med Biol 55(7):1989-1998, 4/2010. e-Pub 3/2010. PMID: 20224157.
15. Gillin MT, Sahoo N, Bues M, Ciangaru G, Sawakuchi G, Poenisch F, Arjomandy B, Martin C, Titt U, Suzuki K, Smith AR, Zhu XR. Commissioning of the discrete spot scanning proton beam delivery system at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Proton Therapy Center, Houston. Med Phys 37(1):154-63, 1/2010. PMID: 20175477.
16. Beddar S, Archambault L, Sahoo N, Poenisch F, Chen GT, Gillin MT, Mohan R. Exploration of the potential of liquid scintillators for real-time 3D dosimetry of intensity modulated proton beams. Med Phys 36(5):1736-1743, 5/2009. PMCID: PMC2832031.
17. Pönisch F, Archambault L, Briere TM, Sahoo N, Mohan R, Beddar S, Gillin MT. Liquid scintillator for 2D dosimetry for high-energy photon beams. Med Phys 36(5):1478-1485, 5/2009. PMCID: PMC2736702.
18. Gillham C, Zips D, Pönisch F, Evers C, Enghardt W, Abolmaali N, Zöphel K, Appold S, Hölscher T, Steinbach J, Kotzerke J, Herrmann T, Baumann M. Additional PET/CT in week 5-6 of radiotherapy for patients with stage III non-small cell lung cancer as a means of dose escalation planning? Radiother Oncol 88(3):335-, 9/2008. e-Pub 5/2008. PMID: 18514339.
19. Pönisch F, Richter C, Just U, Enghardt W. Attenuation correction of four dimensional (4D) PET using phase-correlated 4D-computed tomography. Phys Med Biol 53(13):N259-68, 7/2008. e-Pub 6/2008. PMID: 18562779.
20. Fiedler F, Priegnitz M, Jülich R, Pawelke J, Crespo P, Parodi K, Pönisch F, Enghardt W. In-beam PET measurements of biological half-lives of 12C irradiation induced beta+-activity. Acta Oncol 47(6):1077-86, 2008. PMID: 18770062.
21. Kry SF, Titt U, Followill D, Pönisch F, Vassiliev ON, White RA, Stovall M, Salehpour M. A Monte Carlo model for out-of-field dose calculation from high-energy photon therapy. Med Phys 34(9):3489-99, 9/2007. PMID: 17926952.
22. Kry SF, Titt U, Pönisch F, Vassiliev ON, Salehpour M, Gillin M, Mohan R. Reduced neutron production through use of a flattening-filter-free accelerator. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 68(4):1260-4, 7/2007. PMID: 17637397.
23. Kry SF, Titt U, Pönisch F, Followill D, Vassiliev ON, White RA, Mohan R, Salehpour M. A Monte Carlo model for calculating out-of-field dose from a varian 6 MV beam. Med Phys 33(11):4405-13, 11/2006. PMID: 17153419.
24. Titt U, Vassiliev ON, Pönisch F, Kry SF, Mohan R. Monte Carlo study of backscatter in a flattening filter free clinical accelerator. Med Phys 33(9):3270-3273, 9/2006. PMID: 17022221.
25. Titt U, Vassiliev ON, Pönisch F, Dong L, Liu H, Mohan R. A flattening filter free photon treatment concept evaluation with Monte Carlo. Med Phys 33(6):1595-1602, 6/2006. PMID: 16872067.
26. Pönisch F, Titt U, Vassiliev ON, Kry SF, Mohan R. Properties of unflattened photon beams shaped by a multileaf collimator. Med Phys 33(6):1738-1746, 6/2006. PMID: 16872081.
27. Vassiliev ON, Titt U, Pönisch F, Kry SF, Mohan R, Gillin MT. Dosimetric properties of photon beams from a flattening filter free clinical accelerator. Phys Med Biol 51(7):1907-1917, 4/2006. e-Pub 3/2006. PMID: 16552113.
28. Vassiliev ON, Titt U, Kry SF, Pönisch F, Gillin MT, Mohan R. Monte Carlo study of photon fields from a flattening filter-free clinical accelerator. Med Phys 33(4):820-827, 4/2006. PMID: 16696457.
29. Pönisch F, Titt U, Kry SF, Vassiliev ON, Mohan R. MCNPX simulation of a multileaf collimator. Med Phys 33(2):402-4, 2/2006. PMID: 16532947.
30. Parodi K, Pönisch F, Enghardt W. Experimental study on the feasibility of in-beam PET for accurate monitoring of proton therapy. IEEE Trans. Med. Img 52:778-786, 2005.
31. Enghardt W, Parodi K, Crespo P, Fiedler F, Pawelke J, Pönisch F. Dose quantification from in-beam positron emission tomography. Radiother Oncol 2(73 Suppl):S96-8, 12/2004. PMID: 15971319.
32. Pönisch F, Parodi K, Hasch BG, Enghardt W. The modelling of positron emitter production and PET imaging during carbon ion therapy. Phys Med Biol 49(23):5217-5232, 12/2004. PMID: 15656273.
33. Enghardt W, Crespo P, Fiedler F, Hinz R, Parodi K, Pawelke J, Pönisch F. Charged hadron tumour therapy monitoring by means of PET. Nucl. Instr 525:284-288, 2004.
34. Pönisch F, Enghardt W, Lauckner K. Attenuation and scatter correction for in-beam positron emission tomography monitoring of tumour irradiations with heavy ions. Phys Med Biol 48(15):2419-36, 8/2003. PMID: 12953907.
35. Enghardt W, Debus J, Haberer T, Hasch BG, Hinz R, Jäkel O, Krämer M, Lauckner K, Pawelke J, and Pönisch F. Positron emission tomography for quality assurance of cancer theapy with light ion beams. Nucl. Phys A654:1047c-1050c, 1999.

Last updated: 2/16/2016