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Department of Radiation Oncology

Robin Stern, Ph.D. View profile as PDF

Robin  Stern

Clinical Interests

Dr. Stern is a medical physicist with broad clinical interest in radiation oncology treatment and treatment planning. While supporting all treatment modalities, she specializes in brachy therapy, both high-dose-rate CHDRJ and low-dose-rate CLDRJ, and intra-cranial and body stereotactic treatment using both Gamma Knife and linear accelerator systems. She is particularly interested in improving patient safety through the use of quality assurance/quality control/quality improvement tools and methodologies.


Chief Clinical Physicist



Radiation Oncology

Center/Program Affiliation:


UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center
4501 X St.
Sacramento, CA 95817
Driving Directions
Phone: 800-800--362-5566


Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1987
B.A., Rice University, Houston, Texas, 1981
M.S., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1984


Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, 1987-1989
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor , Michigan, 1989-1991

Board Certifications:

American Board of Radiology, 1997

Professional Memberships:

American Association of Physicists in Medicine
American College of Radiology
American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, American Association of Physicists in Medicine

Select Honors and Awards:

Fellow, American Association of Physicists in Medicine, 2007

Who's Who in America, 2005

Sigma Pi Sigma, 1981

Phi Beta Kappa, 1981

Select Recent Publications:

Perks JR, Stanic S, Stern RL, Henk B, Nelson MS, Harse RD, Mathai M, Purdy JA, Valicenti RK, Siefkin AD, Chen AM. Failure Mode and Effect Analysis for Delivery of Lung Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2011 Dec 22. [Epub ahead of print]

Stern RL, Heaton R, Fraser MW, Goddu SM, Kirby TH, Lam KL, Molineu A, Zhu TC; AAPM Task Group 114. Verification of monitor unit calculations for non-IMRT clinical radiotherapy: report of AAPM Task Group 114. Med Phys. 2011 Jan;38(1):504-30.

Stern RL, Liu T. Dwell position inaccuracy in the Varian GammaMed HDR ring applicator. J Appl Clin Med Phys. 2010 Sep 7;11(4):3158.

Siochi RA, Balter P, Bloch CD, Bushe HS, Mayo CS, Curran BH, Feng W, Kagadis GC, Kirby TH, Stern RL. Information technology resource management in radiation oncology. J Appl Clin Med Phys. 2009 Sep 2;10(4):3116.

Berglund SR, Rocke DM, Dai J, Schwietert CW, Santana A, Stern RL, Lehmann J, Hartmann Siantar CL, Goldberg Z. Transient genome-wide transcriptional response to low-dose ionizing radiation in vivo in humans. 70(1): 229-234. 2008.

Stern RL, Perks JR, Pappas CT, Boggan JE, Chen AY. The option of linac-based radiosurgery in a Gamma Knife radiosurgery center. Clin Neurol Neurosurg, 110: 968-972. 2008.

Perks JR, Lehmann J, Chen AM, Yang CC, Stern RL, Purdy JA Comparison of peripheral dose from image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) using kV cone beam CT to intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). Radiother Oncology, 89: 304-310. 2008.

J. Lehmann, R.L. Stern, T.P. Daly, D.M. Rocke, C.W. Schwietert, G.E. Jones, M.L. Arnold, C. Hartmann Siantar, and Z. Goldberg. Dosimetry for quantitative analysis of the effects of low-dose ionizing radiation in radiation therapy patients. Radiation Research, 165(2): 240-247. 2006.

Luo, C., Yang, C.L., Narayan, S., Stern, R.L., Perks, J., Goldberg, Z., Ryu, J., Purdy, J.A, Vijayakumar, S. Use of benchmark DVHs for the selection of the optimal technique between 3D-CRT and IMRT in prostate cancer. International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics. International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics, 66(4): 1253-1262. 2006.

A.W. Lightstone, S.H. Benedict, F.J. Bova, T.D. Solberg, R.L. Stern. Intracranial Stereotactic Positioning Systems: Report of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine Radiation Therapy Committee Task Group No. 68. Med Phys, 32: 2380-2398. 2005.

Lehman, J., R.L. Stern, T. Daly, C.L. Hartmann, Siantar, and Z. Goldberg. Radiation Phantom with Humanoid Shape and Adjustable Thickness (RPHAT). Physics in Medicine and Biology, 49(9):N125 - N129, 2004.