Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Division of Medical Physics

The mission of the Medical Physics Division, adopted from the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), is to provide the highest quality of patient care, participate in innovative research and development, and educate future leaders in the field of radiation oncology. The Medical Physics Division supports the code of ethics adopted by the AAPM.

Medical Physics supports radiation therapy programs at the Bodine Center for Cancer Treatment, Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience, Jefferson Torresdale Hospital, Jefferson Health - New Jersey, Asplundh Cancer Pavilion at Abington - Jefferson Health, Riddle Hospital and Cyberknife at Rothman Orthopedic Specialty Hospital. Medical physicists are involved in all aspects of the department's operation and growth, providing technical supervision of every patient's treatment, comprehensive quality assurance activities, research opportunities and educational support. 

Thomas Jefferson University has strong clinical and research programs in image-guided radiation therapy, intensity modulated radiotherapy/volumetric modulated arc therapy, stereotactic radiosurgery, brachytherapy, and quality/safety in healthcare delivery. The Department of Radiation Oncology at Jefferson has state-of-the-art technologies, which include Varian TrueBeam and Elekta Agility linear accelerators, 4D conebeam CT capability, robotic couch with six degrees of freedom, 4D CT, Gamma Knife, VisionRT, Eclipse, Monaco Monte Carlo, XiO and iPlan treatment planning systems, MiMvista image analysis software, dedicated HDR suite for brachytherapy of breast, gynecological, skin and prostate cancers, LDR seed implant for prostate and other select disease sites: TBI, TSET, IORT, SRS, radioactive microspheres, and department-wide RT-PACs system. The Medical Physics Division currently consists of 14 PhD and MS level physicists, seven dosimetrists, a number of residents and research assistants, and in-house IT, engineering and machine shop support.

Jefferson's physics program has a long history of educating leading medical physicists in research and clinical services. With the addition of the residency program at Christiana Care Health System (CCHS), the medical physics residency program at TJU is now one of the first "hub and spoke" accredited residency programs in the country through the Commission on Accreditation for Medical Physics Education Programs (CAMPEP). 

Jefferson now also offers an MS in Medical Physics, a 2-year, full-time program for individuals with a BS in Physics.