Department of Radiation Oncology

Stephen M. Avery

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Stephen M. Avery, Ph.D., FAAPM

Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Department: Radiation Oncology

Contact information
University of Pennsylvania
Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
3400 Civic Center Boulevard, 2-307 CMS
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-615-5631
B.S (Physics)
Millersville University, 1994.
M.S. (Experimental Nuclear Physics)
Hampton University, 1997.
Ph.D. (Experimental Nuclear Physics)
Hampton University, 2002.
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Description of Research Expertise

Global Health
Quality assurance and safety in proton therapy treatment delivery.
Medical Physics Education

Description of Clinical Expertise

Clinical Physicist for external beam at PCAM
Proton therapy planning support
Patient and Machine QA for Proton Therapy
Global Health
Hospital physicist as needed at affiliated hospitals

Description of Other Expertise

Director, Medical Physics Graduate Program
Diversity and Inclusion of under-represented groups in Medical Physics

Selected Publications

Diffenderfer ES, Verginadis II, Kim MM, Shoniyozov K, Velalopoulou A, Goia D, Putt M, Hagan S, Avery S, Teo K, Zou W, Lin A, Swisher-McClure S, Koch C, Kennedy AR, Minn A, Maity A, Busch TM, Dong L, Koumenis C, Metz J, Cengel KA: Design, Implementation, and in Vivo Validation of a Novel Proton FLASH Radiation Therapy System. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 106(2): 440-448, Feb 2020.

Wei Zou, Eric S. Diffenderfer, Keith Cengel, Michele Kim, Steve Avery, Joshua Konzer, Yongliang Cai, Paul Boisseu, Kan Ota, Lingshu Yin, Rodney Wiersma, David Carlson, Yi Fan, Theresa Busch, Costas Koumenis, Alexander Lin, James M Metz, BoonKeng K Teo, Lei Dong: Extrapolation of clinical proton PBS dose rates to FLASH using current machine delivery conditions. International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics November 2020 Notes: doi: 10.1016/j.radonc.2020.11.002.

Maughan RL, Avery S, Diffenderfer ES, Dolney D, Teo BKK : Recent developments at the University of Pennsylvania's Roberts Proton Therapy Center. Journal of Physics: Conference Series 1154(1): 012016, 2019 Notes: doi:10.1088/1742-6596/1154/1/012016.

Troost EGC, Wink KCJ, Roelofs E, Simone CB 2nd, Makocki S, Löck S, van Kollenburg P, Dechambre D, Minken AWH, van der Stoep J, Avery S, Jansen N, Solberg T, Bussink J, de Ruysscher D: Photons or protons for reirradiation in (non-)small cell lung cancer: Results of the multicentric ROCOCO in silico study. Br J Radiol 93(1107): 20190879, Mar 2020 Notes: DOI: 10.1259/bjr.20190879.

LaRiviere MJ, Avery RA, Dolan JG, Adamson PC, Zarnow DM, Xie Y, Avery SM, Kurtz GA, Hill-Kayser CE, Lustig RA, Lukens JN: Emergent radiation for leukemic optic nerve infiltration in a child receiving intrathecal methotrexate. Pract Radiat Oncol 9(4): 226-230, Jul-Aug 2019.

Olivia M Giza1, Daniel Sánchez-Parcerisa, Víctor Sánchez-Tembleque, Joaquin L Herraiz, Jorge Camacho, Stephen Avery and José Manuel Udías: Photoacoustic dose monitoring in clinical high-energy photon beams. Biomedical Physics & Engineering Express 5(3): 28, April 2019.

Wink KCJ, Roelofs E, Simone CB 2nd, Dechambre D, Santiago A, van der Stoep J, Dries W, Smits J, Avery S, Ammazzalorso F, Jansen N, Jelen U, Solberg T, de Ruysscher D, Troost EGC: Photons, protons or carbon ions for stage I non-small cell lung cancer - Results of the multicentric ROCOCO in silico study. Radiother Oncol 128(1): 139-146, Jul 2018.

D. Sanchez-Parcerisa, O. Giza, J. Camacho, V. Sanchez-Tembleque, S. Avery, J. Udias : Photo- and proto- acoustic dose monitoring in radiosurgery and proton beams. Radiotherapy and Oncology 127: S928, April 2018 Notes: DOI:10.1016/S0167-8140(18)32043-7.

Susannah Hickling, Liangzhong Xiang, Kevin C. Jones, Katia Parodi, Walter Assmann, Stephen Avery, Maritza Hobson, Issam El Naqa: Ionizing radiation-induced acoustics for radiotherapy and diagnostic radiology applications. Medical Physics 45(7): e707-e721, April 2018.

Elizabeth Tkaczynski, Abinaya Arulselvan, John Tkaczynski, Stephen Avery, Liqing Xiao, Beverly Torok-Storb, Kraig Abrams, Narayanam V Rao, Thomas P Kennedy, Gregory Johnson, Mortimer Poncz, and Michele P Lambert: 2-O, 3-O desulfated heparin mitigates murine chemo- and radiation-induced thrombocytopenia. Blood Advances 2(7): 754-761, April 2018.

E Draeger, D Mackin, S Peterson, S Avery, H Chen, S Beddar, and JC Polf: 3-Dimensional prompt gamma imaging for proton beam range verification. Phys. Med. Biol. 63(3): 035019, January 2018.

Kevin C. Jones, Wei Nie, James C. H. Chu, Julius V. Turian, Alireza Kassaee, Chandra M. Sehgal, Stephen Avery: Acoustic-Based Proton Range Verification in Heterogeneous Tissue: Simulation Studies. Phys. Med. Biol. 63(2): 025018, January 2018.

Wei Nie, Kevin C. Jones, Scott Petro, Alireza Kassaee, Chandra M. Sehgal, Stephen Avery: Proton range verification in homogeneous materials through acoustic measurements. Phys. Med. Biol. 63(2): 025036, January 2018.

Yunhe Xie, Hassan Bentefour, Guillaume Janssens, Julien Smeets, François Vander Stappen, Lucian Hotoiu, Lingshu Yin, Derek Dolney, Stephen Avery, Fionnbarr O’Grady, Damien Prieels, James McDonough, Timothy D. Solberg, Robert Lustig, Alexander Lin, Boon-Keng K. Teo : Prompt gamma imaging for in vivo range verification of pencil beam scanning proton therapy. International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics 99(1): 210-218, Sept 2017.

Ngwa W, Ngoma T, Zietman A, Mayr N, Elzawawy A, Winningham TA, Balogun O, Enwerem-Bromson N, Ntizimira C, Olopade OI, Oluwole D, Odedina F, Williams M, Flanigan J, Asana L, Ngwa K, Avery S, Pollard JM, Roland T, Funwi-gabga N, Mbarika V, Hardenbergh P, Winkfield K, Pipman Y, Stefan C, Ngoma M, Mohammed S, Katz M, Erno S, Moni J, Fitzgerald T, Tonlaar N, Efstathiou J, Gierga D, Ayo C, Knaul F, Gospodarowicz M, Makrigiorgos GM, Nguyen PL: Closing the Cancer Divide Through Ubuntu: Information and Communication Technology-Powered Models for Global Radiation Oncology. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 94(3): 440-449, Mar 2016.

Polf JC, Avery S, Mackin DS, Beddar S: Imaging of prompt gamma rays emitted during delivery of clinical proton beams with a Compton camera: feasibility studies for range verification. Phys. Med. Biol. 60(18): 7085-99, September 2015.

Stephen Avery, Ph.D., Owen Kenton, M.S., Jumaa bin Dachi, B.Sc, Jim Metz, M.D., Wilfred Ngwa, Ph.D.: Developing solutions to critical Radiation Oncology challenges in Tanzania. International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics 93(5): 961-962, December 2015.

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