The academic staff teaching the Sydney Medical Physics Program come from a diverse range of research-focused backgrounds.
Core staff include:
- A/Prof Zdenka Kuncic (Course coordinator)
- Prof. Clive Baldock
- Prof. David Thwaites
- Prof. Dale Bailey
- Prof. Cris dos Remedios
- Dr Lois Holloway
- Dr Philip Vial
- Dr Damian Holsinger
- Dr Kym Nitschke
- Dr Mark Reinhard
- Dr Jeremy Booth
A/Prof Zdenka Kuncic
Zdenka Kuncic is Director of the Institute of Medical Physics and Associate Professor in Physics at the School of Physics. She is Coordinator of the Postgraduate Coursework Program in Medical Physics and teaches in the units PHYS5012 Radiation Physics and Dosimetry and PHYS5020 Computation and Image Processing.
Zdenka has a PhD in Theoretical Astrophysics from the University of Cambridge, UK, and a BSc (Hons. I) from the University of Sydney. Her research interests include theoretical & computational physics and radiation physics, with applications in radiation therapy, radiation biophysics, and biomedical imaging.
David Thwaites recently joined the Institute of Medical Physics as Professor of Medical Physics. He comes most recently from being Head of the Department of Medical Physics and Engineering in Leeds University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in the UK, one of the largest such departments in Europe, and Professor of Oncology Physics in the University of Leeds. He retains honorary appointments in those two institutions. He has held previous appointments, clinical and academic, in Dundee University, Edinburgh University, Lothian Health Board, the Edinburgh Cancer Centre and the Yorkshire Cancer Centre. He has a long track record of bridging clinical and academic research in radiation oncology physics and practice and in medical imaging and is developing such programs with major Sydney hospitals: e.g. Royal Prince Alfred (RPA), Royal North Shore (RNS), Westmead and Liverpool Hospitals. He is the editor and significant author of 4 books, one of which is a recognized leading teaching textbook on Radiotherapy Physics. In the Sydney Medical Physics program, David teaches the unit PHYS5005 Radiotherapy Physics.
Dale Bailey is Professor in Medical Radiation Sciences at the University of Sydney and Principal Physicist in the Department of Nuclear Medicine, Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney. He also holds honorary appointments as Clinical Professor in the Sydney Medical School and is an Honorary Associate of the School of Physics. His has held previous appointments at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital, London, the Medical Research Council of Great Britain, and Harvard Medical School. He has published a number of books on functional imaging with PET. Dale has also run training courses for both the Australian Government and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Nuclear Medicine and physics in a number of different countries. Dale’s expertise lies in the development of quantitative techniques using imaging of in vivo radionuclide tracers. He has extensive experience in both single photon tomography (SPECT) and positron emission tomography (PET). He served as an international advisor to the Australian Federal Government’s Tender for the Provision of Positron Emission Tomography Services in 2001. In the Sydney Medical Physics program, Dale teaches in the unit PHYS5029 Nuclear Medicine Physics.
Cris dos Remedios is Professor of Anatomy and Biophysics at the Department of Anatomy & Histology, University of Sydney. He is also Secretary General of the International Union of Pure and Applied Biophysics and former President of the Australian Society for Biophysics. In the Sydney Medical Physics program, David teaches in the unit PHYS5002 Anatomy and Biology Essentials for Physicists.