Sonja Dieterich, Ph.D.

Sonja Dieterich, Ph.D.

Specialties

Cancer

Medical Physics

Radiation Oncology

Department

Radiation Oncology

Title

  • Associate Professor
  • Medical Physicist
To see if Sonja Dieterich is accepting new patients, or for assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).

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.

Division

Radiation Oncology

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center

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)

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