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Faculty

As residents progress through their clinical rotations, they will be mentored one-on-one by board-certified clinical medical physicists and dosimetrists. Within our radiation oncology network, we employ 22 physics faculty and professional support staff and 17 dosimetrists. The Residency Program Director is Michael Tassotto, PhD.
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Cameron Arndt, MS, DABR

Medical Physicist

Work Phone: (724) 671-1440

Location: Butler Cancer Center, Clarion Hospital

Biography

Mr. Arndt has been a Physicist at Allegheny Health Network since 2015. His main interests are in commissioning and SBRT. Mr. Arndt started his career in industry working for a consulting Physics company in Buffalo, NY. He is member of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine local Penn-Ohio chapter and national chapter.

Education

Mr. Arndt received his MS from the State University of New York at Buffalo and received clinical training at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. He is board-certified in Therapeutic Radiological Physics by the American Board of Radiology (DABR).

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David Campos, PhD

Medical Physicist

Work Phone: (724) 671-1740
Location: Hempfield Radiation Oncology

Biography

Dr. Campos joined Allegheny Health Network as a medical physicist in September of 2019. His main interests are in surface imaging guided radiation therapy, and cellular metabolic dynamics in response to megavoltage irradiation. He is a member of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine both National and Northern California Chapters.

Education

Dr. Campos holds a BS degree in physics from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, a MS degree in Nuclear Engineering from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, and MS and PhD degrees in Medical Physics from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Mikhail A. Chetvertkov, PhD, DABR

Medical Physicist

Work Phone: (412) 359-3400
Location: Allegheny General Hospital & West Penn Hospital

Biography

Dr. Mikhail Chetvertkov joined Allegheny Health Network as a medical physicist in 2018. His main interests are in SRS/SRT/SBRT, brachytherapy, imaging and radiomics. Prior to joining AHN, Dr. Chetvertkov completed a CAMPEP-accredited medical physics residency at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. He is an active member of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, serving as a current member of the Working Group on Student and Trainee Research (WGSTR), and a Member of Students and Trainees Subcommittee (SPASC) as Liaison of WGSTR.

Education

Dr. Chetvertkov received his M.S. in Physics from the Lomonosov Moscow State University in Moscow, Russia, and a Ph.D in Medical Physics from Wayne State University.

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Bryan Coopey, MS, DABR

Interim Outreach Program Director

Instructor of Radiation Oncology, Drexel University College of Medicine

Work Phone: (878) 332-4049

Location: Wexford Health & Wellness, Beaver Radiation Oncology

Biography

Mr. Coopey has been a senior medical physicist within the Allegheny Health Network since 2007. His main interests are in brachytherapy and SBRT. Mr. Coopey started his career in industry working for a leading stereotactic software/hardware company. He is an active lecturer for radiation oncology residents and several nursing lectures throughout the health system. He is an active member of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, serving as the current Secretary-elect to the Penn-Ohio chapter of AAPM.

Education

Mr. Coopey received his MS from the University of Massachusetts. His clinical training was performed while working in a junior position at Maine Medical Center in Portland, ME. He is board-certified in Therapeutic Radiological Physics by the American Board of Radiology (DABR).

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William Gordon, MS, DABR

Medical Physicist

Work Phone: (724) 671-1740

Location: Hempfield Radiation Oncology

Biography

Mr. Gordon began at Allegheny Health Network in December 2018, coming from University Hospitals of Cleveland. His Medical Physics career spans over 30 years and he is a member of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine.

Education

Mr. Gordon received an MS in Mathematics at the University of Indiana Pennsylvania. He is certified by the American Board of Radiology in Therapeutic Radiological Physics.

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Matt Goss, MS, DABR

Senior Medical Physicist

Work Phone: (412) 359-3400
Location: Allegheny General Hospital

Biography

Prior to joining Allegheny Health Network in 2018 as senior medical physicist, Mr. Goss gained valuable experience by working for RadAmerica, LLC for four years and at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for seven years. His main interests beside radiation treatment planning relate to volunteering with Radiating Hope, playing rugby, home-brewing, and everything outdoors.

Education

Mr. Goss received his MS from Duke University. His clinical training was completed at both Duke University and Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Dana Farber Cancer Institute. He is board-certified in Therapeutic Radiological Physics by the American Board of Radiology (DABR) and holds a NY State license for Medical Therapeutic Physics.

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Mark Johnson, MS, DABR

Senior Medical Physicist

Assistant (Adjunct) Professor, Drexel University College of Medicine, Department of Radiation Oncology

Work Phone: (412) 325-5237

Location: Forbes Regional Hospital

Biography

Mr. Johnson has been a Physicist at Allegheny Health Network since 1990. His main interests are in IMRT QA, Brachytherapy and SBRT. Mr. Johnson started his career working for a consulting Physics group in Pittsburgh, PA. He is an active lecturer for the Radiation Oncology residents. He is a member of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine local Penn-Ohio chapter and national chapter.

Education

Mr. Johnson received his MS in Physics from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and received clinical training at Allegheny General Hospital. He is board-certified in Therapeutic Radiological Physics by the American Board of Radiology (DABR).

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Brian King, PhD, DABR

Medical Physicist

Work Phone:  (814) 452-5400

Location: St Vincent Hospital Cancer Center, Erie, PA

Biography

Dr. King joined Allegheny Health Network as a medical physicist in 2019. Prior to this, he held a medical physicist position at the Regional Cancer Center in Erie, PA. His interests include EPIDs, process improvement and automation. He is a member of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine and the Canadian Organization of Medical Physicists.

Education

Dr. King received his Master’s degree in Physics from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and his Ph.D. in Medical Physics from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. After a post-doctoral research position with the University of Newcastle, Australia, he completed a CAMPEP accredited medical physics residency at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. He is certified by the American Board of Radiology in Therapeutic Medical Physics.

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Danny Lee, PhD

Medical Physicist

Work Phone: (412) 359-3400

Location: Allegheny General Hospital

Biography

Dr. Lee joined Allegheny Health Network as a medical physicist in 2019 and currently works in Allegheny General Hospital. His interests are in 4D-MRI, Functional MRI, MR guided radiotherapy, motion management, and Machine (Deep) Learning.

Education

Dr. Lee received his Ph.D. in Medical Physics from University of Sydney, Australia, in 2016. He worked as a post-doc research fellow in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond between 2016 and 2017, and also worked as a Cancer Institute Early Career Fellow in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Calvary Mater Newcastle, Australia between 2018 and 2019.

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Hannah J. Lee, PhD

Medical Physicist

Work Phone: (412) 359-3400

Location: Allegheny General Hospital

Biography

Dr. Hannah Lee joined Allegheny Health Network as a medical physicist in 2019. Her main interests are in SRS/SRT, imaging, dosimetry, and radiomics. Prior to joining AHN, Dr. Lee was a research scientist specializing on the Elekta MR-Linac at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX. She is an active member of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, serving as a member of Task Group No. 334 – A Guidance document to using Radiotherapy Immobilization Devices and Accessories in an MR Environment.

Education

Dr. Hannah Lee received her Ph.D. in Medical Physics from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

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Soyoung Lee, PhD, DABR

Medical Physicist

Work Phone: (878) 332-4049

Location: Wexford Health & Wellness Pavilion

Biography

Dr. Soyoung Lee is a medical physicist and researcher in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Allegheny Health Network (2018-present). Her main interests include motion management using image guidance for high-precision radiation therapy and development of imaging applications for radiation treatment. Her work focuses on clinical research to implement new technologies into clinical workflows.

Education

Dr. Soyoung Lee holds a MS in Radiological Sciences from Yonsei University, South Korea (2010) and a PhD in Medical Physics from the University of Florida (2015). She completed her CAMPEP-accredited medical physics residency at Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals, in Cleveland (2017).

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William J Lehman, MS, DABR, CRE

Senior Medical Physicist

Assistant (Adjunct) Professor, Drexel University College of Medicine, Department of Radiation Oncology

Work Phone: (412) 267-6900
Location: Jefferson Regional Medical Center

Biography

Mr. Lehman has been part of the medical physics team at Allegheny Health Network since 2015. He is recognized by NRC agreement states as an authorized medical physicist (AMP) for high dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy procedures. In addition, he is an Ohio Department of Health Certified Radiation Expert in both the diagnostic and therapeutic use of x-rays. He is a full member of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) and the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO). While in graduate school, he participated in research in deformable image registration and image guided radiation therapy (IGRT). His treatment interests include IMRT, IGRT, VMAT and SBRT. Mr. Lehman enjoys traveling, hiking, and spending time at home with his friends and family.

Education

Mr. Lehman received his B.S. in Honors Physics, Cum Laude, from the University of Pittsburgh in 2008 and his M.S. in Medical Physics from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2010. He is certified by the American Board of Radiology (ABR) in Therapeutic Medical Physics.

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Yun Liang, PhD, DABR

Senior Medical Physicist

Work Phone: (412) 359-3400

Location: Allegheny General Hospital

Biography

Dr. Liang joined Allegheny General Hospital as a medical physicist in 2011. She has been board-certified in Therapeutic Radiological Physics by the American Board of Radiology since 2013. Her main interests are in brain stereotactic radiosurgery/ radiotherapy, functional image guided radiotherapy, deformable image registration, in vivo patient monitoring, and radiomics.

Education

Dr. Liang received her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University, Durham, NC in 2008. She worked as a post-doc research fellow at the Dept. of Radiation Oncology in University of California, San Diego between 2008 and 2011.

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Seungjong Oh, PhD

Medical Physicist

Work Phone: (412) 359-3400

Location: Allegheny General Hospital

Biography

Dr. Oh has been a clinical medical physicist within the Allegheny Health Network (AHN) since 2018 and currently works in Allegheny General Hospital. He joined AHN after graduating from the Medical Physics Residency Program at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). 

Education

Dr. Oh received his MS and PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Catholic University of Korea. After completing his Doctorate, he worked at Princess Margaret Cancer Center, Ontario, Canada and VCU, Richmond, VA as a postdoc. He completed his medical physics residency training from the department of Radiation Oncology at the VCU.

Research interest

his post-doctoral training, Dr. Oh was involved clinical and academic research. Among several research interests, his main academic research topic is developing a deformable image registration (DIR) algorithm based on finite element methods (FEM) and also pioneering applications of DIR, such as a prediction model of target shape and position during the radiation treatment based on cohort data.  

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James MacKenzie, PhD, DABR

Senior Medical Physicist

Work Phone: (724) 671-1440

Location: Butler Cancer Center, Allegheny Valley Hospital, Allegheny General Hospital

Biography

Dr. MacKenzie has been a clinical Medical Physicist within the Allegheny Health Network since 2003 and currently is the Northern Regional Medical Physics Leader. James joined Allegheny Health Network after completing his Doctorate and clinical training at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo NY. He is an active member of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) and the Penn-Ohio Chapter of the AAPM.

Education

Dr. MacKenzie obtained an MS in Biophysics and a Ph.D. in Medical Physics from the University of Buffalo with his Medical Physics clinical training at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. He is board-certified in Therapeutic Radiological Physics by the American Board of Radiology (DABR).

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Cathy McElroy

Administrative Secretary

Work Phone: (412) 359-6673

Location: Allegheny General Hospital, Radiation Oncology, Floor 02

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Dan Pavord, MS, DABR

Clinical Director

Work Phone: (412) 359-3400

Location: Allegheny General Hospital & West Penn Hospital

Biography

Dan Pavord joined Allegheny Health Network as a medical physicist in 2018. His main interests are in SRS/SRT/SBT, treatment planning, process improvement, and automation of QA. Prior to joining AHN, Mr. Pavord served as the AVP for Oncology Services and Chief Medical Physicist for Health Quest in Poughkeepsie NY. He is an active member of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, serving as the current Chair of Professional Council. He is Board Certified in Therapeutic Medical Physics, Diagnostic Medical Physics, and Nuclear Medicine Physics by the ABR.

Education

Mr. Pavord received his M.S. in Radiation Health from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Neal Smarra, MS, DABR

Medical Physicist

Work Phone: (412) 325-5236

Location: Forbes Regional Hospital

Biography

Mr. Smarra has been a physicist at AHN since 2017. He began his career at The Western Pennsylvania Hospital, moving on to Shadyside Hospital for the University of Pittsburgh for a time. For many years after that he was an independent contractor at Iron City Medical Physics, providing medical physics services to remote and rural areas as well as supplementing services at larger facilities. After retiring six years ago, he came back part time to supplement services at AHN.

Education

Mr. Smarra holds a BS in physics from Carnegie-Mellon University as well as an MS from The University of Pittsburgh.

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Jason W. Sohn, PhD, DABR, FAAPM

Chief of Physics

Professor, Drexel University College of Medicine, Department of Radiation Oncology

Work Phone: (412) 359-3400

Location: Allegheny General Hospital

Biography

As Chief of Physics at Allegheny Health Network since fall of 2017, Dr. Sohn has been providing leadership and system-wide oversight during AHN’s expansion from 11 cancer care facilities and 12 physicists to 15 facilities with 22 physicists. Prior to joining AHN, he held faculty positions at both Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH, and Washington University in St. Louis, MO.

Dr. Sohn is an active member and Fellow of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, a member of the American Society for Radiation Oncology, the Korean Society of Medical Physicists, and an executive member of the Korean Association of Medical Physicists in North America. He has served in various capacities on several committees for the NRG, ABR, ASTRO, and AAPM.

Dr. Sohn has authored and co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and conference abstracts and holds three patents. He has mentored undergraduates, graduates, postdoctoral fellows, and medical students.

Education

Dr. Sohn holds a MS in Medical Physics from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and a PhD in Radiation Oncology Physics from the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo. He is board-certified in Therapeutic Radiological Physics by the American Board of Radiology (DABR).

Awards

Dr. Sohn received three NIH and AHRQ federal research grants and a Susan Komen Breast Foundation grant. He was awarded Fellowship from the American Association of Physicists in Medicine in 2016 and received a Distinguished Service Award from the ABR in 2010.

Publications

ResearchGate

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Andrew J. Soldner, MMP, DABR

Medical Physicist

Work Phone: (724) 226-7380

Location: Allegheny Valley Hospital/ Forbes Regional Hospital

Biography

Mr. Soldner joined Allegheny Health Network as a medical physicist in August 2018. His main interests are in deformable image registration, implementation of SNC SunCHECK QA platform, and machine commissioning. He is a member of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine both national and Penn-Ohio chapters.

Education

Mr. Soldner received his BS in physics from Pennsylvania State University in 2014. He went on to receive his MMP from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016. Following graduation, he completed a CAMPEP-accredited residency at Christiana Care Health System / Thomas Jefferson University in 2018.

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Johnny Tang, MS, DABR

Medical Physicist

Work Phone: (740) 264-8700

Location: Trinity Medical Center

Biography

Mr. Tang has been a Physicist at Allegheny Health Network since 2004. Mr. Tang started his physicist career as a junior physicist for a consulting physics group in Northeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He is a member of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, both local Penn-Ohio chapter and national chapter.

Education

Mr. Tang received his MS in Physics from the University of Quebec and received training at Medical Physics Unit of McGill University. He is board-certified in Therapeutic Radiological Physics by the American Board of Radiology (DABR).

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Michael Tassotto, PhD, MCCPM

Residency Program Director

Work Phone: (412) 578-1923

Location: West Penn Hospital and Allegheny General Hospital

Biography

Dr. Tassotto has been a senior medical physicist within the Allegheny Health Network since 2011 and is the director of the Medical Physics Residency Program. His main interests revolve around brachytherapy, machine performance, process improvement, workflow automation, and education of junior radiation oncology professionals. He was a recipient of the 2013 Educator of the Year Award given by the Association of Residents in Radiation Oncology. He enjoys volunteer work with Radiating Hope. Dr. Tassotto is an active member of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, the Canadian Organization of Medical Physicists, the American Society for Radiation Oncology, and the Society of Directors of Academic Medical Physics Programs. Outside of medical physics, he enjoys volleyball, camping, and travelling.

Education

Dr. Tassotto received his MS and PhD in physics from Oregon State University. He completed his medical physics residency training in the Radiation Oncology department at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Center in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Dr. Tassotto is certified by the Canadian College of Physicists in Medicine.

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