Susu Yan, PhD

Medical Physicist
Graduation Phote
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Training

Resident, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, 2014-2017 expected

  • Harvard Medical Physics Residency Program 

 

Education

Doctor of Philosophy, Duke University, Durham, NC, 2014

  • CAMPEP Accredited Medical Physics Graduate Program
  • Advisor: Fang-Fang Yin, Ph.D., James Bowsher, Ph.D. 
  • Dissertation: On-board Robotic Multi-pinhole SPECT System for Region-of-interest (ROI) Imaging

Bachelor of Arts, Mount Holyoke College (MHC), South Hadley, MA, 2010

  • Major in Physics, Magna Cum Laude
  • Minor in Mathematics
  • Advisor: Janice Hudgings, Ph.D.
  • Senior honor thesis: Thermal Management and Characterization of Light-Emitting Diodes

University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), Heifei, China, 2006-2008

  • Department of Physics

 

Board Certification 

ABR Therapeutic Medical Physics Exam Part I, Passed

 

Research Experience

PhD researcher, Duke University, Durham, NC, 2010-2014

  • Mentored by Fang-Fang Yin, Ph.D. and James Bowsher, Ph.D.
  • Investigated the feasibility of on-board robotic SPECT system
  • Designed the novel 49-pinhole collimated SPECT system attached to a robotic arm using computer-aided design software
  • Developed a line-source alignment method for aligning on-board robotic SPECT system to CBCT/LINAC coordinate using a single pinhole projection
  • Evaluated 49-pinhole SPECT system imaging of breast tumor for patient in prone position, and axillary lymph nodes
  • Investigated the respiratory-gated region-of-interest (ROI) SPECT imaging technique for lung tumor to reduce the motion artifact and noise

Undergraduate researcher, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA, 2008-2010

  • Mentored by Janice Hudgings, Ph.D.
  • Investigated the thermal distribution inside the operating Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs)
  • Applied the novel 2-Dimensional thermal mapping technique via thermoreflectance microscopy to obtain the first high resolution lateral temperature maps of the operating LED

 

Publications

S. Yan, H. Lu, PhD, J. Flanz, J. Adams, A. Trofimov, T. Bortfeld, “Reassessment of the necessity of the proton gantry: analysis of beam orientations from 4332 treatments at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) proton center over the past 10 years”, International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics, Sept. 2015

S. Yan, J.E. Bowsher, M. Tough, L. Cheng, F.-F. Yin, “A Hardware Investigation of Robotic SPECT for Functional and Molecular Imaging Onboard Radiation Therapy Systems”, Medical Physics, 41(112504), 2014.

S. Yan, J.E. Bowsher, F.-F. Yin, "A Line-Source Method for Aligning On-board and other Pinhole SPECT Systems," Medical Physics, 40(12), 2013.

J.E. Bowsher, S. Yan, J.R. Roper, W.M. Giles, F.-F. Yin, "Onboard Functional and Molecular Imaging: A Design Investigation for Robotic Multi-Pinhole SPECT," Medical physic, 41(1), 2014.

 

Conference Records

K. Al-hemyari, S. Yan, J.A. Summers, and J.A. Hudgings, "Spatially Resolved Thermal Analysis of High Power LEDs Using Thermoreflectance Imaging," In Conference Record of CLEO: Applications and Technology. Optical Society of America, Page: AWA3, Baltimore, MD, 2011.

J.E. Bowsher, J.R. Roper, S. Yan, W.M. Giles, F.-F. Yin: Regional SPECT Imaging Using Sampling Principles and Multiple Pinholes. In Conference Record of the 2010 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference, 2010:2071-2076, Knoxville, TN, 2010.

 

Presentations and selected abstracts

S. Yan, H. Lu, J. Flanz, N. Depauw, J. Adams, B.L. Gorissen, Y. Wang, J. Daartz, T. Bortfeld: Are Proton Gantries Needed? An Analysis of 4332 Patient Proton Gantry Treatment Plans From the Past 10 Years, Poster presentation at the 57th AAPM Annual Meeting, Anaheim, CA, July 12-16, 2015.

S. Yan, J.E. Bowsher, M. Tough, L. Cheng, F.-F. Yin: A Hardware Implementation and Evaluation of Robotic SPECT: Toward Molecular Imaging Onboard Radiation Therapy Machines, Oral presentation at the 56th AAPM Annual Meeting, Austin, TX, July 20-24, 2014.

S. Yan, H. Song, Q. Wu: Simultaneously Determination of Radiation Isocentricity of Gantry, Collimator and Couch Using a Commercial Three-Dimensional Dosimetry QA Apparatus, Poster presentation at the 56th AAPM Annual Meeting, Austin, TX, July 20-24, 2014.

L. Cheng, J. Bowsher, S. Yan, F. Yin: Computer Simulation Studies for On-Board Functional and Molecular Imaging of the Prostate Using a Robotic Multi-Pinhole SPECT System, Oral presentation at the 56th AAPM Annual Meeting, Austin, TX, July 20-24, 2014.

M. Touch, J. Bowsher, S. Yan, F. Yin: Effect of Number of Pinholes in Onboard Robotic Multi-Pinhole SPECT System, Poster presentation at the 56th AAPM Annual Meeting, Austin, TX, July 20-24, 2014.

Y. Cui, J. Bowsher, S. Yan, J. Cai, S. Das, F. Yin: The Impact of CT Image Used for Attenuation Correction in 4D-PET, Oral presentation at the 56th AAPM Annual Meeting, Austin, TX, July 20-24, 2014.

S. Yan, J.E. Bowsher, F.-F. Yin: A Simulation Study of Treatment Verification Using On-board Multi-pinhole SPECT, Poster presentation at the 55th ASTRO Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, September 22 - 25, 2013.

H. Li, J.E. Bowsher, Y. Jiang, T. Pang, Q. Wu, S. Yan, B. Czito, C. Willett, F.-F. Yin: Effects of PET Reconstruction Parameters on Region-of-Interest Contouring by SUV Threshold, Poster presentation at the 55th ASTRO Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, September 22 - 25, 2013.

S. Yan, J.E. Bowsher, F.-F. Yin: On-Board Robotic Multi-Pinhole SPECT System for Prone Breast Imaging, Oral presentation at the 55th AAPM Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, IN, August 4-8, 2013.

S. Yan, J.E. Bowsher, F.-F. Yin: Respiratory Sorted Imaging Using Region-Of-Interest Robotic Multi-Pinhole SPECT System, Oral presentation at the 55th AAPM Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, IN, August 4-8, 2013.

J.E. Bowsher, S. Yan, F.-F. Yin:  Robotic Multi‐Pinhole Scenarios for SPECT Molecular and Functional Imaging Onboard and in Other Applications, Oral presentation at the 55th AAPM Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, IN, August 4-8, 2013.

S. Yan, J.E. Bowsher, F.-F. Yin: Functional and Molecular Imaging of the Axilla as the Patient Is in Position for Radiation Therapy Using a Robotic Multi-Pinhole SPECT System, Poster presentation at the 54th ASTRO Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, October 28-31, 2012.

S. Yan, J.E. Bowsher, Will Giles, F.-F. Yin: A Line-Source Method for Aligning Onboard-Robotic-Pinhole and other SPECT-Pinhole Systems. Oral presentation at the 54th AAPM Annual Meeting, Charlotte, NC, July 29-August 2, 2012.

J.E. Bowsher, S. Yan, J.R. Roper, W. Giles, F.-F. Yin: Robotic Multi-Pinhole SPECT System for Onboard and Other Region-of-Interest Imaging. Oral presentation at the 54th AAPM  Annual Meeting, Charlotte, NC, July 29-August 2, 2012.

S. Yan, J.E. Bowsher, F.-F. Yin: Design of Robotic Multi-Pinhole SPECT for Use Onboard Radiation Therapy Systems. Oral presentation at the World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, Beijing, China, May 26-31, 2012.

J.E. Bowsher, S. Yan, J.R. Roper, W.M. Giles, F.-F. Yin: SPECT Imaging Onboard Radiation Therapy Machines. Invited Talk at the SPIE Optics and Photonics: Optical Engineering and Applications: Medical Applications of Radiation Detectors, San Diego, CA, August 21-25, 2011. 

 

Honors, Fellowships and Scholarships

Medical Physics Fellowship, Duke University, Durham, NC, 2010-2011

Dr. Mary P. Dole Medical Fellowship, MHC, South Hadley, MA, 2010-2011

Mary Lyon Scholar, MHC, South Hadley, MA, 2010

NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates Grant, Summer 2009

Top 10 Award Electromagnetism Research Paper, USTC, Hefei, China, 2007

Outstanding Student Scholarship, USTC, Hefei, China, 2007

 

Leadership Activities

Mentorship Coordinator of Medical Physics, Duke University, 2013-2014

Student Advisory Board of Medical Physics, Duke University, 2013-2014

 

Teaching Experience 

Duke University, Durham, NC

  • Graduate-level Radiation Protection (MEDPHY 710), Fall 2011
  • Graduate-level Nuclear Medicine Physics (MEDPHY 541), Spring 2012

Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA

Organic Chemistry (CHEM 202) tutor, Fall 2009

Analytical Mechanics (PHYS 315) tutor, Spring 2010

 

Skills

Laboratory Skills

  • Operating Kuka robot and Digirad SPECT detector
  • Optical technique: End-Fire coupling; Rapid thermal annealing, Thermoreflectance imaging; Lock-in; Forward bias

Computer

  • Program (MATLAB; C in MS Visual C++); Data Analysis (Origin; SPSS; R); Monte Carlo software (MCNP); LINUX; LabVIEW; CAD software (SolidWorks)

 

Language

  • Fluent in English and Chinese

 

Memberships

American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), Student Member, 2010-present

The Southeastern Chapter of the AAPM, Student Member, 2013-present

Sigma Xi, Associate Member, 2010-present

Society of Physics Students (SPS), Member, 2010-present

Sigma Pi Sigma Society, 2010

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