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Benedick Fraass, PhD

Director, Medical Physics

Professor, Radiation Oncology

Vice Chair, Research in the Department of Radiation Oncology

Email:

benedick.fraass@cshs.org

Research Office:

Phone:

310-423-6133

Fax:

310-423-6161

Benedick Fraass, PhD

Director, Medical Physics

Professor, Radiation Oncology

Vice Chair, Research in the Department of Radiation Oncology

The goal of Benedick Fraass, PhD, is clinically oriented translational research. He is developing and testing new capabilities to address clinical needs and performing clinical trials to test new strategies. Next-generation treatment machines enable new delivery techniques, improving quality, efficiency and safety with automation and integrated imaging. Adaptive and IGRT treatment will enable more precision, less irradiation of normal tissue and improved outcomes. Individualizing each patient's treatment will be enabled by studies correlating pre-therapy, during-therapy and post-therapy imaging data with pre-clinical and clinical response data. Assimilating new imaging and other biomarkers into treatment planning should further improve normal tissue sparing and tumor control. Improving patient safety and radiotherapy workflow will help remove efficiency and safety issues that limit clinical application of more sophisticated treatments.

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  • Undergraduate: Stanford University, 1974
  • Master's: University of Illinois, 1975
  • Doctorate: University of Illinois, 1980

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  • Hideo Dale Kubo Memorial Lecture, University of California, Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center Department of Radiation Oncology, 2015
  • William D. Coolidge Award, American Association of Physicists in Medicine, 2013
  • Allen S. Lichter Professor of Radiation Oncology, University of Michigan, 2009-11
  • Fellow, American College of Radiology, 2009
  • George TY Chen Visiting Professor of Medical Physics, Department of Radiation Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston MA, December, 2009
  • The James A. Purdy Medical Physics Lectureship, Washington University St. Louis Department of Radiation Oncology, 2006
  • Fellow, American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, 2006
  • PTW Award of Excellence for the Best Radiation Measurements Article for "Surface buildup dose dependence on photon field delivery technique for IMRT." SK Yokoyama, PL Roberson, DW Litzenberg, JM Moran, BA Fraass. JACMP. 2004;5:71-81., 2005
  • Fellow, American Association of Physicists in Medicine, 1996

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Click here for a list of peer-reviewed publications.

  • Yang W, Fraass BA, Reznik R, Nissen N, Lo S, Jamil LH, Gupta K, Sandler H, Tuli R. Adequacy of inhale/exhale breathhold CT based ITV margins and image-guided registration for free-breathing pancreas and liver SBRT. Radiat Oncol. 2014 Jan 9;9:11.
  • Fraass BA, Marks LB, Pawlicki T. Safety Considerations in Contemporary Radiation Oncology: Introduction to a Series of ASTRO Safety White Papers. Prac Rad Onc. 2011;1:188-189.
  • Thomadsen BR, Erickson BA, Eifel PJ, Hsu IC, Patel RR, Petereit DG, Fraass BA, Rivard MJ. A review of safety, quality management, and practice guidelines for high-dose-rate brachytherapy: executive summary. Pract Radiat Oncol. 2014 Mar-Apr;4(2):65-70.
  • Wilkie JR, Matuszak MM, Feng M, Moran JM, Fraass BA. Use of plan quality degradation to evaluate tradeoffs in delivery efficiency and clinical plan metrics arising from IMRT optimizer and sequencer compromises. Med Phys. 2013;40:071708-1 – 071708-10.
  • Marks LB, Adams RD, Pawlicki T, Blumberg AL, Hoopes D, Brundage MD, Fraass BA. Enhancing the Role of Case-Oriented Peer Review to Improve Quality and Safety in Radiation Oncology: Executive Summary. Prac Rad Onc. 2013;3:149-156.
  • Fraass BA, Steers JM, Matuszak MM, McShan DF. Inverse-optimized 3-D conformal planning: minimizing complexity while achieving equivalence with beamlet IMRT in multiple sites. Med Phys. 2012;39:3361-3374.

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