Zhe (Jay) Chen PhD, FAAPM

Professor of Therapeutic Radiology; Director of Medical Physics Residency Program

Biographical Info

Dr. Zhe (Jay) Chen received his B.S. degree in theoretical physics from Fudan University in Shanghai, China in 1982. In the same year, he was selected by Nobel Laureate T.D. Lee's China-US Physics Scholarship program to pursue graduate study in physics in the United States. After receiving a Ph.D. degree in theoretical condensed matter physics from the City University of New York in 1989, he continued postdoctoral research in physics at Brown University from 1989 to 1992. Driven by the desire to put his training in theoretical physics to more practical applications, he joined the Department of Radiation Oncology of the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook in 1992. He found the application of radiation physics and radiobiology in radiation therapy not only helpful to cancer patients but also intellectually stimulating and satisfying to a physicist. He became a clinical medical physicist and an assistant professor of research in the Health Science Center and SUNY School of Medicine at Stony Brook. In 1995, he joined the Department of Therapeutic Radiology at Yale-New Haven Hospital and Yale University School of Medicine and has stayed there since. In addition to providing clinical medical physics support in daily patient care, he has actively involved in teaching physics of radiation therapy to radiation oncology residents and in conducting original research towards better understanding and effective use of physics in radiation therapy. He has authored and/or coauthored over 70 peer-reviewed research articles, 6 book chapters and reviews, and over 110 published research abstracts. He has been a research investigator on 4 federal government supported research grants. Currently, he is the principal investigator of a NIH R01 research grant investigating the effects of prostate edema on the treatment of early-stage prostate cancer using permanent interstitial brachytherapy.

Education & Training

Fudan University (1982)
City University of New York (1985)
City University of New York (1989)
Postdoctoral fellow
Brown University

Honors & Recognition

  • President (Service Award)
    Connecticut Area Medical Physics Society (2002)
  • Master of Arts (Honorary)
    Yale University (2012)
  • Fellow
    American Association of Physicists in Medicine (2012)
  • NIH R01 Research Grant Award
    National Cancer Institute (2008)
  • Distinguished Service Award, Board of Directors
    American Association of Physicists in Medicine (2008)

Professional Service

  • American Board of Radiology (ABR), Oral Examiner (5/1/2010 - 5/30/2014)
  • Research Grant Mail Reviewer, US Army, Department of Defense (2009)
  • Board of Directors, American Association of Physicists in Medicine (2006 - 2008)
  • Associate Senior Editor, International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics (10/01/2011 - 12/31/2013)
  • Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Cognitive Exam Committee Member, American Board of Radiology (ABR) (07/01/2008 - 12/31/2012)
  • Radiation Oncology Medical Physics Education SC, American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) (04/07/2011 - 12/31/2014)
  • Working Group on Brachytherapy Clinical Applications, American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) (01/01/2013 - 12/13/2014)
  • Radiation Physics Committee, American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) (01/01/2009 - 12/31/2013)
  • Research Grant Reviewer, Italian Ministry of Health, Department of Research (01/01/2009 - 01/01/2012)
  • Imaging for Treatment Assessment Working Group, American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) (01/01/2008 - 12/31/2014)
  • Integrating Healthcare Enterprise – Radiation Oncology (IHE-RO) Initiative, American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) (01/01/2007 - 01/01/2011)
  • Member of Task Group #137: AAPM Recommendations on dose prescription & reporting methods for permanent interstitial brachytherapy for prostate cancer, American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) (01/01/2006 - 01/01/2010)
  • Guest Associate Editor, Reviewer, Medical Physics (01/01/2005 - 12/31/2013)
  • President, Connecticut Area Medical Physics Society (01/01/2000 - 01/01/2001)
  • Task Group #8: Tissue Response Models in Radiation Oncology, American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) (01/01/1999 - 12/31/2005)
  • President-elect, Connecticut Area Medical Physics Society (01/01/1999 - 01/01/2000)
  • Reviewer, Brachytherapy
  • Reviewer, IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
  • Reviewer, Journal of Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine
  • Reviewer, Medical Dosimetry
  • Reviewer, Radiation Protection Dosimetry

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