2022 Emerging Leaders Poster Presentation Winners!

Emerging Leaders of Academic Medical Physics

August 21-23, 2024

Applications open NOW through March 29

Interested Applicants – This event is ideal for early investigators defined as last year of doctoral work, postdoctoral trainee, research scientist or assistant professors within the first three years of independence. Qualifying applicants should submit an academic CV, statement of research, goals, and leadership experiences.



This symposium and workshop brings scholarly-focused, early-career, diverse scientists together with visionary leaders and mentors, who are interested in shaping the future of academic medical physics. The event includes a public science symposium of presentations and discussion panels, followed by task specific workshops to support early career participants for mentoring and networking sessions, themed around the future of the field.


Participants will advance a national network of junior and senior investigators who are shaping academic medical physics, providing intentional support for those who have a bold, inclusive vision of the future inventions and discoveries in this field. Applicants to participate will be chosen and are funded to attend and leave with 1) individual introduction to leadership in the science of medical physics, 2) a broader self-determined mentor network, 3) increased potential to find and shape their own academic agenda. Successes of participants will be highlighted and the discussions are intended to lead to a white paper, with ongoing evolution for future of advancing the science of the field.

Invited Participants

Early career applicants may apply for acceptance and funding to participate, which will support domestic travel, accommodation and food. Eligibility requirement is for early investigators – being from (i) last year of doctoral work, (ii) post doctoral trainee, (iii) research scientist or assistant professors within the first 3 years of independence.

Supportive Network

All participants will be interacting with the invited speakers, extended faculty, researchers and students of the University of Wisconsin Department of Medical Physics, as well as the Department of Medical Physics Board of Visitors.

Carolyn Anderson, PhD
Director, MIZZOU Molecular Imaging & Theranostics Center
“NextGen Theranostics”

Sha Chang, PhD
Professor, Radiation Oncology, University of North Carolina
Founder, EmpowerRT, LLC
“You Can’t Connect the Dots Looking Forward”

Georges El Fakhri, PhD
Director, Yale PET Research Center
Yale School of Medicine
“Building a Molecular Imaging Program”

Thomas Foo, PhD
Chief Scientist, Biology & Applied Physics, GE Global Research
“Advanced MRI Systems”

Ron Kikinis, MD
Professor, Radiology, Harvard Medical School
“Open Science & How to Get There”

Beth Meyerand, PhD
Vice Provost for Faculty & Staff Affairs
University of Wisconsin
“Academic Leadership and Medical Physics”

Julianne Pollard-Larkin, PhD
Physics Section Chief of Thoracic Service
MD Anderson Cancer Center
“Building Pysch Safety Critical Mass:
Leadership & Team Dynamics”

Charles Thomas, MD
Chair, Radiation Oncology
Dartmouth Health
“Action Guide for Leaders in Academic Medical Physics”

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2022 Emerging Leaders Symposium Recap

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Download the symposium program (PDF)

Check out the American Association of Physicists in Medicine newsletter article for more information on this event.

Invited Speakers