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February 21, 2017
BATON ROUGE –LSU Department of Physics & Astronomy Associate Professor Kenneth “Kip” Matthews II, has been named a Fellow of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine.
A distinct honor among the medical physics profession, an AAPM Fellow honors members who have made significant contributions through service, the advancement of medical physics knowledge based upon independent original research or development, medical physics educational activities, especially in regard to the education and training of medical physicists, medical students, medical residents and allied health personnel, and leadership in the practice of medical physics.
“Please join me in congratulating Dr. Kip Matthews on his election as a Fellow of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine,” said Wayne Newhauser, Director of LSU Medical and Health Physics. “It is gratifying and fitting that Dr. Matthews will be recognized in this prestigious way for his many contributions to our program and the medical physics profession.”
Matthews earned a B.A. degree in 1990, majoring in chemistry and physics, from Austin College, in Sherman, TX, and his Ph.D. in medical physics from The University of Chicago. From 1997 through July 2001, he served as a clinical and research physicist at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago. Matthews received his clinical certification in medical nuclear physics from the American Board of Radiology in June 2001, and joined the faculty of the Department of Physics & Astronomy at LSU in August 2001. He currently serves as deputy director for the LSU Medical and Health Physics program, and holds an appointment as adjunct clinical associate professor in Radiology at the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans.
His research principally deals with detector systems for radioisotope imaging, using the gamma-ray emissions of internally-distributed radiopharmaceuticals to visualize in vivo physiology, pathophysiology and metabolic processes. Because of LSU’s extensive involvement with radiation therapy physics, he is also involved with medical imaging techniques applied to radiation therapy. Matthews also collaborates on imaging-related projects with LSU faculty in chemistry, biological engineering, and veterinary medicine. In addition, Matthews has served the LSU Department of Physics & Astronomy since 2010 as the director of its NSF-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates program.
The mission of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine is to advance the science, education and professional practice of Medical Physics; a broad-based scientific and professional discipline which encompasses physical principles with applications in biology and medicine. With 8500 members in 93 countries, AAPM supports the Medical Physics community with a focus on advancing patient care through education, improving safety and efficacy of radiation oncology and medical imaging procedures through research, and the maintenance of professional standards.
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