The Department of Radiation Oncology at Boston Medical Center (BMC) and Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) is seeking a board certified, experienced clinical medical physicist to fill the position of Clinical Chief Medical Physicist. The successful candidate will provide leadership to our department’s Physics section, which consists of a Chief Physicist, two additional physicists, and three dosimetrists. The Clinical Chief Medical Physicist will oversee all of the clinical medical physics operations and services that are provided at our center in a manner that is consistent with the mission and goals of the center. This person will oversee all aspects of the radiation therapy physics including clinical medical physics support, equipment calibration and commissioning, maintaining appropriate quality assurance for equipment and treatment delivery, as well as compliance with radiation safety, licensing, and any other pertinent regulatory requirements.
He/she will lead the medical physics support of the department’s participation in local and national cooperative group clinical trials, and will provide technical input and vision to the department’s evolving technology upgrades. The Clinical Chief Medical Physicist is expected to initiate and foster clinical medical physics research collaboration and education, including teaching and training for the staff, the radiation oncology residents, and the medical students at BUSM.
An academic appointment at the rank of Assistant, Associate, or full Professor with BUSM may be approved, commensurate with the candidate's qualifications and experience.
Responsibilities: The Clinical Chief Medical Physicist will oversee the operations of all clinical medical physics and dosimetry. This includes assuring the highest quality and safety in the design and delivery of radiation therapy treatment plans; performing or supervising all required plan QA checks; overseeing equipment usage, selection, and replacement; managing physics and dosimetry staff requirements and recruitment; supervising program operation and continuing review of program policies and procedures; and assisting with budget preparation. He/she will be responsible for maintaining a comprehensive quality assurance program in compliance with all aspects of Radiation Safety, NRC and State rules and regulations, as well as responsible for adhering to national and appropriate AAPM Task Group Guidelines. Responsibilities also include overseeing the development and documentation of performance specifications, procedures, tolerances, testing, and frequency of testing for all therapy equipment. He/she will oversee systematic measurement, documentation, and assurance of the physical aspects of all radiation sources/devices used in BMC Radiation Oncology as well as oversee acceptance testing and commissioning of all treatment-related equipment including calibration of all radiation producing sources and maintenance of all information for their appropriate use. The Clinical Chief Medical Physicist is also expected to collaborate with our institution’s Information Technology Systems, Radiation Safety, and departmental and administrative leadership on all aspects pertaining to the clinical medical physics program in the Department of Radiation Oncology.
Academic and research responsibilities include participating and leading in clinical research efforts in collaboration with other BUSM faculty, maintaining QA requirements for credentialing of equipment and for treatment planning for NCI sponsored clinical trials, as well as mentoring of faculty, residents, and students.
The candidate will conduct all aspects of the position in a manner that is consistent with the mission and goals of the institution and the department, including promoting values of diversity and inclusion of all staff and patients.
Facility and Equipment:
Boston Medical Center (BMC) is a private, not-for-profit, 514-bed, academic medical center located in Boston’s Historic South End and is the primary teaching affiliate for Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM). BMC is the largest safety net hospital in New England.
The Department of Radiation Oncology offers a wide range of high-quality radiotherapy services in the setting of a multi-disciplinary cancer care, supported by a strong collaborative team with well-established expertise in 3DCRT, IMRT and VMAT, DIBH, robotic SRS/SBRT, linac-based SBRT, and HDR brachytherapy. The department actively participates in NRG Oncology and NCI-sponsored multi-center clinical trials and has implemented – and will continue to implement – new protocols for state-of-the-art SRS/SBRT treatments across disease sites including CNS/spine, prostate, lung, and liver. The department is also active in clinical research, in training and mentoring for radiation oncology residents and medical students in both a clinical and research capacity, and in outreach efforts to pre-med undergraduate students.
The department’s oncology and medical physics staff includes 4 faculty radiation oncologists, 3 full-time clinical physicists (including the Clinical Chief Medical Physicist) and 3 full-time dosimetrists. Our equipment includes 2 Varian linacs (a Trilogy and TrueBeam), both with on-board kV imaging and cone-beam CT; a CyberKnife G4 system with Iris variable aperture collimator and a clinically commissioned Monte Carlo algorithm for lung SBRT; and a VariSource iX HDR afterloader system. In addition, the department has a Philips Brilliance large-bore CT-Simulator with 4D-CT acquisition capabilities, Varian Eclipse and BrachVision TPS, Accuray Multiplan TPS, MIMvista imaging and contouring software, and ARIA as the record and verify system. We also have a close relationship with our diagnostic radiology department, allowing for direct access to 64-slice fast CT scanner for CyberKnife-based lung SBRT with synchronized tumor tracking, as well PET-CT and MRI imaging to aid in treatment planning.
Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree in medical physics or a related field in physical science or engineering, and must be certified in therapeutic medical physics from either
the American Board of Radiology (ABR) or the American Board of Medical Physics (ABMP).
Qualified candidates must be proficient in clinical medical physics support work for all radiotherapy treatment techniques, including 3D conformal radiotherapy of photon and electron beams, IMRT, IGRT, SRS/SBRT, and HDR brachytherapy. In-depth knowledge of and experience with linear accelerator acceptance testing and commissioning, current technologies,Varian/Eclipse/ARIA systems, MIMvista image analysis software, and CyberKnife Multiplan TPS and image-guided SRS/SBRT delivery platform is preferred. Given the moderate physics staff size and the diverse needs of the department, the Clinical Chief Medical Physicist must be mission focused, provide administrative oversight, and be well versed in all clinical medical physics needs in the department.
The ideal candidate should have strong technical and interpersonal communication skills, along with a track record of management and leadership experience in clinical services, research, and teaching. A minimum of 10 years of clinical physics experience with at least 3 or more years in a leadership and management position is preferred, but candidates with less experience will be considered, particularly if they have demonstrated leadership skills in patient care, research, and education. The department is committed to recruiting, supporting, and advancing a diverse faculty and staff.
Internal Number: 12018
About Boston Medical Center
Boston Medical Center is a private, not-for-profit, 496-bed, academic medical center located in Boston’s Historic South End. The hospital is the primary teaching affiliate for Boston University School of Medicine. Boston Medical Center emphasizes community-based care, with its mission to provide consistently accessible health services to all. The largest safety net hospital in New England, Boston Medical Center provides a full spectrum of pediatric and adult care services, from primary to family medicine to advance specialty care. BMC is the largest and busiest provider of trauma and emergency services in New England. The Emergency Department had 128,231 visits last year.Boston Medical Center (BMC) is more than a hospital. It’s a network of support and care that touches the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in need each year. The hospital is also the primary teaching affiliate of the nationally ranked Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM). We are also a founding partner of Boston HealthNet – an integrated health care delivery system that includes 15 community health centers. And in order to continue building on our success, we know we need the best and brightest Profes...sionals to join us. We offer stimulating career opportunities with competitive compensation for highly motivated individuals. Come to a workplace that provides professional development as well as personal reward and recognition for a job well done. With a job here will have you working with an extraordinary community of health care providers devoted to the proposition that every person, regardless of his or her social or economic circumstances, deserves the best health care. If this sounds like the perfect opportunity for you, join our team today.