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Prominent Cedars-Sinai medical physicist receives highest honor from distinguished association
Date:7/31/2013

LOS ANGELES (July 31, 2013) Benedick Fraass, PhD, FAAPM, FASTRO, FACR, received the highest honor from the American Association of Physicists in Medicine the William D. Coolidge Award for his distinguished career achievements in medical physics, including his pioneering work in radiation oncology.

The William D. Coolidge Award is the most prestigious award of the association and has been given to important medical physicists such as William Coolidge, the inventor of the modern X-ray tube, and Harold Johns, who led the development and clinical use of the first Cobalt machines for radiotherapy.

"The William D. Coolidge Award credits those whose innovation and creativity have revolutionized the field of medical physics an award only suited for a prestigious leader like Dr. Fraass," said Steven Piantadosi, MD, PhD, director of the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute and the Phase ONE Foundation Distinguished Chair. "Dr. Fraass has dedicated both his mind and talent to radiation oncology providing more efficient treatment to thousands of patients across the world."

Fraass, vice chair for Research and professor and director of Medical Physics in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Cedars-Sinai's Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute, is a renowned medical physicist specializing in radiation oncology, imaging-based treatment planning, computer-controlled treatment delivery and clinical studies of radiation oncology treatment for cancer.

Fraass was instrumental in the creation of 3D treatment planning in the 1980s and early 1990s and helped pioneer the development of 3D conformal therapy, a technique in which beams of radiation are shaped to match a tumor during treatment, sparing nearby normal tissue.

Additionally, Fraass led the team that implemented the first routine clinical use of 3D treatment planning, a now-commonplace software tool used to design and implement more accurate radiation the
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Contact: Cara Lasala
cara.lasala@cshs.org
310-423-7798
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
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