Proton Therapy - abstract

Vahagn Nazaryan, Proton Therapy Center, Hampton University

Friday, September 8, 2017

701 W Grace (Laurel St. Entrance), Room 2310

Title: Brief introduction to proton therapy technology, its advances and Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute.


Abstract: Robert R. Wilson, a professor of physics at Harvard and designer of Harvard's cyclotron, first proposed using protons for the treatment of cancer in 1946. First patient was treated with protons at Berkeley Radiation Laboratory in 1954. Since then, more than 150,000 patients have been treated with proton therapy, worldwide. We will discuss some of the most notable developments in proton therapy technology, its clinical applications and Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute.


Bio: Vahagn Nazaryan serves as the Executive Director of the Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute. He brings to the team over 10 years experience in research, technology and operations of proton therapy centers. Dr. Nazaryan oversees all clinical and operational aspects of the institute, including physics, dosimetry, radiation therapy, clinic services, HUPTI technology service and maintenance, and research at the institute. Previously, Dr. Nazaryan has been a key physicist in the successful opening and operation of the institute, a medical physics research supervisor and assistant professor at HU. He has also served four years in administration for ProTom International, a cutting edge proton therapy delivery system manufacturer, most recently the senior vice president of physics and technology. Dr. Nazaryan received a Ph.D. in Particle Physics from The College of William and Mary, and an M.S. in Physics from Yerevan State University in Armenia.