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Department of Radiation Oncology

Sonja Dieterich, Ph.D. View profile as PDF

Sonja  Dieterich

Clinical Interests

I specialize in the medical physics of complex treatments and small-field dosimetry, with vast experience in frameless stereotactic radiosurgery and stereotactic body radiotherapy and an interest in image-guided high-dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy.

My clinical research interests include improving image- guidance in HDR brachytherapy and in-vivo dosimetry to validate new dose calculation algorithms. As a medical physicist, I collaborate closely with physicians to determine the best use of advanced technology for each individual situation and contribute my technical expertise to support our patients' fight against cancer.


Title:

Associate Professor
Medical Physicist

Specialty:

Cancer, Medical Physics, Radiation Oncology

Department:

Division:

Radiation Oncology

Center/Program Affiliation:

Other Languages:

German

Education:

Ph.D., Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Piscataway NJ 2002
M.S., Technical University Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany 1998

Fellowships:

Radiation Medicine, Georgetown University, Washington D.C. 2002
Radiation Oncology, Georgetown University Hospital, Washington D.C. 2002-2003

Board Certifications:

American Board of Radiology, Therapeutic Radiological Physics, 2006

Professional Memberships:

American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM)
American Physical Society (APS)
American Society of Therapeutic Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)

Select Honors and Awards:

Fellow of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, 2015

Select Recent Publications:

Dieterich S, Zwingenberger A, Hansen K, Pfeiffer I, Théon A, Kent MS. INTER-AND INTRAFRACTION MOTION FOR STEREOTACTIC RADIOSURGERY IN DOGS AND CATS USING A MODIFIED BRAINLAB FRAMELESS STEREOTACTIC MASK SYSTEM. Vet Radiol Ultrasound. 2015 Sep-Oct;56(5):563-9.

Mayadev J, Dieterich S, Harse R, Lentz S, Mathai M, Boddu S, Kern M, Courquin J, Stern RL. A failure modes and effects analysis study for gynecologic high-dose-rate brachytherapy. Brachytherapy. 2015 Nov-Dec;14(6):866-75.

L. Wang, K. N. Kielar, E. Mok, A. Hsu, S. Dieterich and L. Xing, "An end-to-end examination of geometric accuracy of IGRT using a new digital accelerator equipped with onboard imaging system," Phys Med Biol. 2012;57, 757-769.

Malinowski KT, McAvoy TJ, George R, Dieterich S, D'Souza WD. Mitigating errors in external respiratory surrogate-based models of tumor position. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2012 Apr 1;82(5):e709-16.

Gardner EA, Sumanaweera TS, Blanck O, Iwamura AK, Steel JP, Dieterich S, Maguire P. In vivo dose measurement using TLDs and MOSFET dosimeters for cardiac radiosurgery. J Appl Clin Med Phys. 2012 May 10;13(3):3745.

A. Schlaefer and S. Dieterich, "Feasibility of case-based beam generation for robotic radiosurgery," Artif Intell Med. 2011; 52(2):67-75.

S. Dieterich, C. Cavedon, C. F. Chuang, A. B. Cohen, J. A. Garrett, C. L. Lee, J. R. Lowenstein, M. F. d'Souza, D. D. Taylor, Jr., X. Wu and C. Yu, "Report of AAPM TG 135: quality assurance for robotic radiosurgery," Med Phys. 2011; 38, 2914-2936.

Dieterich S, Sherouse GW. Experimental comparison of seven commercial dosimetry diodes for measurement of stereotactic radiosurgery cone factors. Med Phys. 2011 Jul;38(7):4166-73.

S. Dieterich and G. W. Sherouse, "Experimental comparison of seven commercial dosimetry diodes for measurement of stereotactic radiosurgery cone factors," Med Phys 38, 4166-4173 (2011). A. Sawant, S. Dieterich, M. Svatos and P. Keall, "Failure mode and effect analysis-based quality assurance for dynamic MLC tracking systems." Med Phys. 2010; 37, 6466-6479.

J Burmeister, PhD, Z Chen, PhD, Indrin J. Chetty, PhD, S Dieterich, PhD, A Doemer, MS, M M. Dominello, DO, R M. Howell, PhD, P McDermott, PhD, A Nalichowski, MS, J Prisciandaro, PhD, T Ritter, PhD, C Smith, PhD, E Schreiber, PhD, T Shafman, MD, S Sutlief, PhD, Y Xiao, PhD. The American Society for Radiation Oncology’s 2015 Core Physics Curriculum for Radiation Oncology Residents. Intern J of Rad Onc. Biology, Physics. 2016

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