Russell J. Hamilton, PhD, DABMP

Associate Professor and Head of Physics Section

UMC 0405

P.O. Box: 245081

Tucson, AZ 85724-5081

(520) 626-6002
Email Address:

Fax: (520) 626-9328

  • Stanford University, 1990 (Ph.D.)
  • University of Illinois, 1990-93 and University of Chicago 1993-95 (Postdoctoral Training)
Honors & Awards: 
  • University of Illinois Bronze Tablet: graduated summa cum laude (1984)
  • Ernest M. Lyman Award: Outstanding Undergraduate in Physics (1984)
  • American Astrophysical Society Solar Physics Division Studentship Award (1986)
  • National Institutes of Health National Research Service Award (1993-94)
  • Kurt Rossmann Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Chicago (1999)
  • USA Triathlon Age Group All American
  • Ironman World Championships Qualifier/Finisher (2004)
Major Areas of Research Interest: 
  • Radiotherapy Physics.
  • Target localization in IMRT, SRS and SRT.
  • Advanced imaging methods for evaluating therapeutic response to radiation therapy, including diffusion weighted MRI, and PET.
  • Development of anatomically realistic radiographic respiration phantom for spine and lung cancer radiotherapy investigation.
Selected Publications: 

Armbruster B. Hamilton RJ. Kuehl AK. Spectrum reconstruction from dose measurements as a linear inverse problem. Physics in Medicine & Biology. 49(22):5087-99, 2004.

Levin-Plotnik D. Hamilton RJ. Optimization of tumour control probability for heterogeneous tumours in fractionated radiotherapy treatment protocols. Physics in Medicine & Biology. 49(3):407-24, 2004.

Kao J. Turian J. Meyers A. Hamilton RJ. Smith B. Vijayakumar S. Jani AB. Sparing of the penile bulb and proximal penile structures with intensity-modulated radiation therapy for prostate cancer. British Journal of Radiology. 77(914):129-36, 2004.

Jani AB. Pelizzari CA. Chen GT. Roeske J. Hamilton RJ. Macdonald RL. Bova F. Hoffmann KR. Sweeney PA. Volume rendering quantification algorithm for reconstruction of CT volume-rendered structures: Part I. Cerebral arteriovenous malformations. IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging. 19(1):12-24, 2000

Student Opportunities Through Research: 

Working with the Physics Section in Radiation Oncology will provide students the unique opportunities to leam what some physical scientists do as part of a medical team. In particular, students will leam computer applications, radiotherapy treatment planning, image processing, image registration, quantitative use of MR, CT, and PET imaging data for patient care.

NIH High School Student Research Program: 

-Brian Ko, Desert Vista High School (Phoenix, AZ), 2006

Last Updated: 
November 18, 2015