Program Director’s Welcome Message
Welcome to the webpage of the Medical Physics Graduate program.
Two of the pioneers in Medical Physics in the country and our state started our program more than 50 years ago: Drs Larry Fitzgerald and Walter Mauderli. Their tradition of excellence continues to this day, as we are proud to have graduates at both the MS and PhD levels going into top clinical residencies, as well as academic and industry jobs. This is the result of tremendous effort and dedication from our faculty and staff; in fact, a good number of us are actually graduates from this program. I believe that this creates a sense of loyalty and responsibility rarely found in other graduate programs.
This past year, we accomplished a milestone by transferring the program from its previous home in the Biomedical Engineering Department to its new and proud home in the Graduate Education Division of the College of Medicine. Our students now will have better access to the various facilities in the UF Health Medical Center and its three hospitals, in addition to our prestigious McKnight Brain Institute and the Davis Cancer Center. The support from the Chairs in these departments is at its highest ever and we look forward to great possibilities of expanding the program. Our collaboration with BME continues strong, especially in the areas of Dosimetry and Montecarlo modeling.
Our students not only have the opportunity to become specialized in either Diagnostic, Therapy or Nuclear medicine physics under the direction of top clinical and academic physicists, but they do so while working with top clinicians in these areas.
Some of the best radiologists, radiation oncologists, neurosurgeons and cardiologists in the country are at UF and many of them actively participate in the research projects of our PhD students. All of this happens in a state-of-the-art technological environment, with access to the latest and most sophisticated imaging and therapy systems.
These are exciting times for us and we are sure they can only get better. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
Manuel Arreola, PhD DABR
Vice-Chair for Medical Physics, Department of Radiology
Director, Medical Physics Graduate Program
Assistant Professor of Radiology
Affiliate Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Affiliate Professor, Maxillofacial Sciences
University of Florida
UN-IAEA Diagnostic Medical Physics Expert – USA and Mexico
Affiliate Professor National Polytechnic Institute – Mexico
Phone: (352) 265-0291
Fax: (352) 265-0279