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Tarun Podder, PhD, DABR

Associate Professor, Director of Medical Physics Residency Program, Director of Clinical Brachytherapy Program, Depts. of Radiation Oncology and Biomedical Engineering 216.844.2580 (o)

Case Western Reserve University
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
11100 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106

Research Interests

  • IGRT, SBRT, NTCP, TCP, adaptive radiation therapy, image-guided 3D brachytherapy
  • Image-guided robotic systems for radiation therapy and surgery
  • Respiratory and cardiac motion induced motion management for radiation therapy
  • Design, development, and control of medical robotic systems and devices
  • Soft tissue modeling and image-guided percutaneous intervention

  • PhD, Robotics and Automation, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, 2000
  • ME, Robotics (Mechanical Engineering), Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, 1990
  • BE, Mechanical Engineering, University of Calcutta, Calcutta, 1988
  • Chairman of the AAPM Working Group on Robotic Brachytherapy, 2015-present
  • Member of the AAPM Brachytherapy Subcommittee, 2015-present
  • Member of the AAPM Task Group 236 on Recommendation for 3D Image-based HDR, 2012-present
  1. “Robotics in Brachytherapy”, in the book entitled Emerging Technologies in Brachytherapy, edited by William Song, Kari Tanderup, and Bradley Pieters, ISBN 978-1-4987-3652-7, CRC Press, Book Chapter 12, June  2017
  2. Outcomes and toxicities in patients treated with definitive focal therapy for primary prostate cancer: systematic review. Future Oncology, Vol. 13, No. 7, pp. 649-663, 2017.
  3. Radiomics based targeted radiotherapy planning (Rad-TRaP): a computational framework for prostate cancer treatment planning with MRI. Radiation Oncology, Vol. 11, No. 1, pp. 148-154, 2016.
  4. Comparison of ray tracing and monte carlo calculation algorithms for thoracic spine lesions treated with CyberKnife-based stereotactic body radiation therapy. Technology in Cancer Research & Treatment, Vol. 15, No. 1, pp. 196-202, 2016.
  5. Real-time in vivo dosimetry for SBRT prostate treatment using plastic scintillating dosimeter embedded in a rectal balloon: a case study. Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics, Vol. 17, No. 6, ISSN 15269914, 2016.
  6. Control of shape memory alloy actuated flexible needle using multimodal sensory feedbacks. Journal of Automation and Control Engineering, Vol. 3, No. 5, pp. 428-434, 2015.
  7. X-ray diffraction investigations of shape memory NiTi. Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance, Vol. 24, No. 8, pp. 3038-3048, 2015.
  8. Chest wall and rib irradiation and toxicities of early-stage lung cancer patients treated with CyberKnife stereotactic body radiotherapy. Future Oncology, Vol. 10, No. 15, pp. 2311–2317, 2014.
  9. AAPM and GEC-ESTRO guidelines for image-guided robotic brachytherapy: Report of Task Group 192. Medical Physics, Vol. 41, No. 10, pp. 101501- 1-27, 2014.