Jennifer Pursley, PhD

Medical Physicist, Photon Treatment Planning Physics Lead
Assistant Professor
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Address: Office: Lunder LL242
Twitter: @jenpursley_phd
Phone: (617) 643-8273


2018-present: Physics lead of photon treatment planning

2016-present: Treatment planning mentor in the Harvard Medical Physics Residency program

2015-present: clinical photon medical physicist at MGH including brachytherapy

2014-2019: adjunct Radiation Physics faculty at Suffolk University

2013-2015: clinical medical physicist at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, an MGH-affiliated department

2010-2013: Harvard Medical Physics Residency Program

2007-2010: Postdoctoral research associate at University of Wisconsin-Madison in particle physics


Certified by the ABR in Therapeutic Medical Physics, May 2014

Education and Degrees

B.S.: Gonzaga University, 2002, Physics

M.A.: Johns Hopkins University, 2005, Physics

Ph.D.: Johns Hopkins University, 2008, Experimental Particle Physics

Professional Affiliations

American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), New England chapter (NEAAPM)

  2015: Served as NEAAPM Board-Member-at-Large

  2020-2021: Served as NEAAPM Secretary

  2021-2023: Served as Vice Chair of the Women's Professional Sub-Committee

  2022-2024: Served as AAPM Newsletter Editor and Chair of the Newsletter Editorial Board

American Physical Society (APS)

  2019-2021: Served as APS-GMED (Topical Group on Medical Physics) Member-at-Large

  2021-2022: Served as APS-GMED Vice Chair

American Society of Therapeutic Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)

  2019-2020: Liver Tumor Clinical Practice Guideline Task Force

Selected Publications

S. Kamran, D.M. McClatchy III, J. Pursley, A.V. Trofimov, K. Remillard, A. Saraf, A. Ghosh, A. Thabet, P. Surphin, D.T. Miyamoto, J.A. Efstathiou. Characterization of an Iodinated Rectal Spacer for Prostate Photon and Proton Radiotherapy. Pract Radiat Oncol. Online ahead of print, doi: 10.1016/j.prro.2021.09.009.

S. Apisarnthanarax, A. Barry, M. Cao, B. Czito, R. DeMatteo, M. Drinane, C.L. Hallemeier, E.J. Koay, F. Lasley, J. Meyer, D. Owen, J. Pursley, S.K. Schaub, G. Smith, N.K. Venepalli, G. Zibari, H. Cardenes. External Beam Radiation Therapy for Primary Liver Cancers: An ASTRO Clinical Practice Guideline. Pract Radiat Oncol. Online ahead of print: doi: 10.1016/j.prro.2021.09.004

J. Pursley, I. El Naqa, N. N. Sanford, B. Noe, J. Y. Wo, C. E. Eyler, M. Hwang, K. K. Brock, B. Y. Yeap, J. A. Wolfgang, T. S. Hong, C. Grassberger. Dosimetric analysis and normal tissue complication probability modeling of Child-Pugh score and Albumin-Bilirubin grade increase after hepatic irradiation. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 107(5):986-995 (2020).

N. N. Sanford, J. Pursley, B. Noe, B. Y. Yeap, L. Goyal, J. W. Clark, J. N. Allen, L. S. Blaszkowsky, D. P. Ryan, C. R. Ferrone, K. K. Tanabe, M. Qadan, C. H. Crane, E. J. Koay, C. Eyler, T. F. Delaney, A. X. Zhu, J. Y. Wo, C. Grassberger, T. S. Hong. Protons vs Photons for Unresectable Hepatocellular Carcinoma: Liver Decompensation and Overall Survival Proton Radiotherapy for Hepatocellular Carcinoma. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 105(1):64-72 (2019).

J. Pursley, A. L. Damato, M. A. Czerminska, D. N. Margalit, D. J. Sher, and R. B. Tishler. A comparative study of standard IMRT and RapidArc planning techniques for ipsilateral and bilateral head and neck irradiation. Med. Dosim. 42(1), 31-36 (2017).

J. Pursley, P. Risholm, A. Fedorov, K. Tuncali, F. Fennessy, W. Wells, C.M. Tempany, and R.A. Cormack, “A Bayesian nonrigid registration method to enhance intraoperative target definition in image-guided prostate procedures through uncertainty characterization,” Med. Phys. 39 (11), 6858-6867 (2012).

CDF Collaboration, “Measurement of the W+W- Production Cross Section and Search for Anomalous WWγ and WWZ Couplings in pp Collisions at √s = 1.96 TeV,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 201801 (2010). (second author)

CDF Collaboration, “Inclusive Search for Standard Model Higgs Boson Production in the WW Decay Channel,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 061803 (2010). (contributing author)

CDF Collaboration, “Measurement of Resonance Parameters of Orbitally Excited Narrow B0 Mesons,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 102003 (2009). (first author)

CDF Collaboration, “First Observation of Heavy Baryons Σb and Σb*,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 202001 (2007). (first author)

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