Stephen M. Avery, Ph.D.

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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

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), January 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), 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), January 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.

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.

Krista C.J. Wink, Erik Roelofs, Charles B. Simone, David Dechambre, Alina Santiago, Judith van der Stoep, Wim Dries, Julia Smits, Stephen Avery, Nicolas Jansen, Urszula Jelen, Timothy Solberg, Dirk de Ruysscher, Esther G.C. Troost: Photons, protons or carbon ions for stage I non-small cell lung cancer - Results of the multicentric ROCOCO in silico study. Radiotherapy and Oncology March 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.

Jerimy C Polf, Stephen Avery, Dennis S Mackin and Sam Beddar: Imaging of prompt gamma rays emitted during delivery of clinical proton beams with a Compton camera: feasibility studies for range verification. Phys. Med. Biol. December 2016.

Wilfred Ngwa, PhD, Twalib Ngoma, MD, Anthony Zietman, MD PHD, Nina Mayr, MD, Ahmed Elzawawy, MD, Thomas A. Winningham, PhD, Onyinye Balogun, MD, Nelly Enwerem-Bromson, MA, Christian Ntizimira, PhD, Olufunmilayo I. Olopade, MD, Doyin Oluwole, MD, Folakemi Odedina, PhD, Makeda Williams, PhD, John Flanigan, MD, Lydia Asana, MA, Kenneth Ngwa, PhD, Stephen Avery, PhD, Julianne M. Pollard, PhD, Teboh Roland, PhD, Neba Funwi-gabga, Victor Mbarika, PhD, Patricia Hardenbergh, MD, Karen Winkfield, MD PhD, Yakov Pipman, PhD, Christina Stefan, MD PhD, Mamsau Ngoma, MD, Sulma Mohammed, PhD, Matthew Katz, MD, Sajo Erno, PhD, Janaki Moni, MD, Thomas Fitzgerald, MD, Nathan Tonlaar, MD, Jason Efstathiou, MD PhD, David Gierga, PhD, Charles Ayo, PhD, Felicia Knaul, PhD, Mary Gospodarowicz, MD, G Mike Makrigiorgos, PhD, Paul L. Nguyen, MD: Closing the Cancer Divide through Ubuntu: Information and Communication Technology powered models for global radiation oncology. International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics 94(3): 440-449, March 2016.

Kevin C. Jones , François Vander Stappen , Chandra M. Sehgal , Stephen Avery: Accuracy of Acoustic-Based Proton Range Verification in Water. Medical Physics 43(9), August 2016.

Jones, Kevin; Sehgal, Chandra; Avery, Stephen: How proton pulse characteristics influence protoacoustic determination of proton-beam range: Simulation studies. Phys. Med. Biol. 61(6): 2213-2242, February 2016.

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.

Jennifer B. Smilowitz, Stephen Avery, Paul Gueye, George Sandison: Report on the American Association of Medical Physics Undergraduate Fellowship Programs. Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics 14(1): 289-298, September 2012.

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