AAPM neck ties come in three different lengths (58”, 62” and 66”). Our ties are made of custom milled recycled poly twill fabric with a silk-like feel, superior print quality and product durability and minimal sheen. Each tie is cut and sewn to meet our exacting specifications. AAPM Members can proudly wear these smart-looking ties while also making a subtle statement of their affiliation with us. Fabric and internal components do not contain any animal products.
AAPM bow ties incorporate a subtle rendition of AAPM’s logo in a distinctive pattern. Each bow tie is made of custom milled recycled poly twill fabric with a silk-like feel, superior print quality and product durability and minimal sheen. Your tie is cut and sewn to our exact specifications. Choose either the standard (14”-18” neck) or Extra-long (18”+). From the classically elegant to the dapper dresser, this bow tie communicates an understated statement of your affiliation with us. Fabric and internal components do not contain any animal products.
Looking for a complement to any suit or sports jacket? The AAPM pocket square provides a dash of sophistication while quietly communicating your affiliation with AAPM with the subtle use of our distinctive logo on the facing side and a reverse of white. Each 12” x 12” pocket square has a finished pearled edge and is made of custom milled recycled poly twill fabric with a silk-like feel, superior print quality and product durability and minimal sheen. Fabric and internal components do not contain any animal products.
The AAPM infinity scarf is made from very fine, light-weight, silk-like poly chiffon. A distinctive pattern employs the signature AAPM logo against a white background. Discover the many ways to wear an infinity scarf and transform any outfit into a fashion statement piece. All scarf fabrics and internal components do not contain any animal products.
Our 24” x 72” scarf is made from very fine, light-weight silk-like poly chiffon. A distinctive pattern employs the signature AAPM logo against a white background. AAPM Members will sport a sophisticated yet jaunty classic that easily transitions from business attire to casual wear. All scarf fabrics and internal components do not contain any animal products.
Our 28” x 28” scarf is made from very fine, light-weight silk-like poly chiffon. A distinctive pattern employs the signature AAPM logo against a white background. AAPM Members will sport a sophisticated yet jaunty classic that easily transitions from business attire to casual wear. All scarf fabrics and internal components do not contain any animal products.
Corey Zankowski is currently Chief Technology Innovation Officer and SVP of Oncology Software Solutions - Varian Medical Systems, responsible agile innovation of technology and business models within a large corporation. He has held various product development positions within Varian and oversaw innovations such as Eclipse, RapidArc, RapidPlan, TrueBeam, HyperArc and Halcyon that help improve the effectiveness and efficiency of radiotherapy treatments worldwide. His current focus is the application of machine learning and artificial intelligence to different problems in oncology.
Corey joined Varian Medical Systems in 1999 as a Product Manager for the Treatment Planning Software business after working as a medical physicist in Vancouver for the British Columbia Cancer Agency. He completed his doctorate in Physics from the prestigious McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
Rick LeBlanc is President and Chief Executive Officer of NELCO Worldwide, the global leader in medical and industrial radiation shielding solutions for a safer planet. His global vision and inspirational leadership successfully expanded the company’s product and service offerings, markets, employees, and operational systems and procedures to 47 countries across 6 continents.
Rick has built his career protecting the lives of cancer patients and the doctors who treat them. With completed projects in all 50 of the best hospitals for cancer, plus over 3,500 treatment rooms and 4,800 GUARDIAN shielded door systems installed around the globe, NELCO provides safety and peace of mind to over 117,000 patients and countless professionals every day. Today, Rick and his teams are engaged in over half of all proton therapy projects worldwide with an 80% share in the radiation therapy market.
As a board member of AAPM, Rick’s mission – which coincides with his company motto: Safety for Life – is to provide innovative solutions that allow cancer centers to treat patients in as safe an environment as possible.
Outside of his responsibilities at NELCO, Rick is a multi-level entrepreneur invested in a broad portfolio of companies spanning healthcare, food and hospitality, manufacturing, and real estate development. He also serves on the boards of several prestigious business and academic organizations.
Mark Devlin is President and Chief Operating Officer of CIRS Inc., Norfolk Virginia. CIRS is a recognized leader in the manufacturer of phantoms and simulators for calibration, quality control, training and research in medical imaging and radiation therapy. He is an investor and member of the board of directors for Castleray, a diversified holding company with businesses and real estate throughout the United States. He serves as an advisor for Tax Token, a start up company using blockchain technology and artificial intelligence to modernize personal accounting. He received his BS and MBA from James Madison University. Mark resides in Virginia Beach with his wife Kerstin, a public school teacher and former adjunct professor at Old Dominion University and his two sons Shane and Liam.
Eric DeWerd is the President for Standard Imaging, responsible for the day to day operations and direction of the company. He has held various sales, marketing, and business development positions within Standard Imaging ensuring the precision QA solutions delivered help improve patient safety and success of radiation therapy treatments. Eric joined Standard Imaging in 1994 as a Sales Representative after completing his International Business degree at the University of Wisconsin Madison. He completed his Executive MBA from the University of Wisconsin Madison in 2017.
As Standard Imaging's president, Eric's focus has been to create collaborative, enthusiastic leadership that is driven by a passion for fighting cancer with precision QA instruments. He has been successful in delivering cross department strategy direction while executing on market share growth and focusing on financial viability. His ability to find value and success where people and business goals creatively intersect combines a natural curiosity in medical physics with business acumen to drive growth.
Carlos Castilleja is the Vice President of Global Order Fulfillment and Senior Vice President of Order Fulfillment for North and Central America at Elekta, a global leader in precision radiation medicine. For the past 12 years at Elekta, Carlos has been able to wake up every day knowing that he and his colleagues are revolutionizing cancer care by helping clinicians focus where it matters and empowering them to protect the moments that matter for their patients.
In his roles, Carlos and his team of dedicated employees support and fulfill customers’ orders and aim to deliver the most effective and efficient management, delivery, installation, and training for Elekta solutions. In addition, Carlos oversees the Technical Installations (Informatics, Treatment Delivery, Interfaces) and Clinical Operations Teams globally.
As a board member of AAPM, Carlos fully supports the vision and mission of AAPM and is optimistic of the collaboration efforts to innovate and push boundaries in medicine through the synergy of science, education, and the professional practice of medical physics.
Dr. Harkless obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Case Western Reserve University
in Applied Physics before obtaining a Ph.D. in Experimental Physics from the University of
Florida in 1990. His dissertation studied structural phase transitions in novel materials
such as binary polymers as observed using innovative time-resolved x-ray scattering
Dr. Harkless has over 30 years of experience in executive management, sensor
development, algorithm engineering, noise reduction, weak signal detection, and
interpretation of physical phenomena. During that time Dr. Harkless had the privilege of
developing novel signal detection and parameter estimation techniques for mission critical
applications in both the US Defense and commercial domains.
As a Department Manager for Areté Associates, Dr. Harkless led the company’s efforts to
adapt physics-based defense technology for use in commercial industries. One such
application was adaptation of simulation software developed in support of the Navy for use
in the entertainment industry. The resulting special effects software generated high
fidelity ocean, sky, and cloud animations used in several major motion pictures such as
Titanic and Waterworld.
Fingerprint identification was another adaptation of defense technology led by Dr. Harkless
that resulted in a commercial spin-off. As Vice President of Engineering with Bioscrypt, Inc.
Dr. Harkless led their image processing initiatives emphasizing noise reduction, image
enhancement, pattern recognition, and real-time computing. Dr. Harkless also drove
business development efforts culminating in the adoption of the core fingerprint
authentication technology by Apple.
After returning to Areté Associates as Executive Vice President, Dr. Harkless led a team of
almost 200 scientists and engineers investigating novel approaches to real-time video
processing, geo-registration, moving target identification, and target detection. He also
investigated signal characterization and detection in the field of fluorescence-based
biological contaminant detection.
At present, Dr. Harkless serves as President and CEO of Radcal Corporation, a premier
provider of quality assurance instruments for diagnostic x-ray imaging systems. Dr.
Harkless leads a highly skilled team in developing and delivering innovative instruments to
meet the ever changing demands of today’s x-ray imaging systems.
Dr. Ishaque received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer in 1991. Over the last twenty-five years, he has held number of technology leadership positions at GE with a track record of leading scientific teams around innovation, breakthrough research, and technology transfer to GE products. Many of the technological innovations and product solutions developed by Dr. Ishaque’s team are part of GE Healthcare’s product portfolio. He is currently the Chief Innovation Officer for GE Healthcare Imaging.
Prior to his current role, Dr. Ishaque was the Global Director for Diagnostics, Imaging and Biomedical Technologies at GE Global Research, where he led a portfolio of R&D programs with a global team of more than 500 GE scientists responsible for advanced technology development and scientific research related to GE Healthcare’s business areas. Dr. Ishaque specializes in driving industry initiatives in science and technology related to biomedical R&D, product development and clinical translation; he has been instrumental in orchestrating several academia-industry collaborations in his career.
Dr. Ishaque has broad experience and expertise in technologies ranging from diagnostic imaging and physiological monitoring to life sciences and molecular diagnostics. Earlier in his career, he also served as the General Manager of Academic and External Scientific Affairs at GE Healthcare, where he was responsible for strategic R&D relationships with academic thought leaders in medical imaging. During this period, he headed the Applied Science Lab at GE Healthcare. Still earlier in his career, Dr. Ishaque spearheaded GE's R&D initiative in molecular imaging and built a biosciences group at GE.
Dr. Ishaque has more than twenty issued patents and more than twenty invited and conference publications. He is widely recognized as an industry leader in Medical Imaging. He has served on the Scientific Advisory Board and Scientific Committee of governmental agencies and academic institutions at different times in his career.
Marc Mlyn, CMD, MBA – Mr. Mlyn is the President of RaySearch Americas, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of RaySearch Laboratories, AB. Marc began his career in medical physics research as an undergraduate student, and then worked as a Certified Medical Dosimetrist at the State University of Stony Brook in 1989 where he spent time at Brookhaven National Laboratories and Southside Hospital in Bayshore in NY. In 1997, Marc went to work for ADAC / Philips and became the Director of Customer Service for Radiation Oncology products. It was during this time period where 3D planning and IMRT were first being introduced, and Marc took an active role with both AAPM and ASTRO to help educate the field on how to implement these new technologies. In 2007 he went to CIVCO as the Vice President of Marketing, where he was involved in several inventions and developments including 6 DOF robotic systems, SBRT treatment systems (now considered a standard by many hospitals) and patient positioning in general. In 2011, Marc became the President of the newly formed RaySearch Americas in order to provide sales, service, training and support in North America for RaySearch Laboratories’ products. He currently serves on the IHE-RO planning and technical committees, as well as the ASTRO Corporate Advisory Council.
Mr. Ritt has more than 27 years' experience in the medical physics field. He is the co-founder of Radiological Imaging Technology that makes QA and QC software for therapy and diagnostic medical physicists. He has 31 patents in this area in the US, Japan, Canada, and EU and more pending. He has published 5 peer-reviewed papers in this area and has more than 35 published papers overall. He has presented more than 50 presentations to technical groups. He has taught Quality Assurance at the post-doctorate level at courses in the US and EU. He has taught over 80 courses. He is a member of AAPM and IEEE. He was a member of AAPM Task Group 69 which set the standards for film dosimetry for Medical Physicists.
Markus Yoon is currently the Senior Director of OEM and Strategic Accounts at Sun Nuclear. He joined Sun Nuclear in 2013, and has held various positions in physics, sales management, OEM business, and senior leadership. His focus at Sun Nuclear has been to work effectively across all business units with OEMs, through business development and strategic partnerships.
Prior to joining Sun Nuclear as an application physicist for the international markets, Markus served as a medical physicist in hospital systems across the Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana areas. He completed his graduate degrees in Medical Radiation Physics, at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.
Bill Tom is the Director of Sales for IBA Dosimetry America. He started his career as a Radiologic Technologist and studied at the University of California San Francisco. For over 40 years Bill has held positions in the radiation oncology industry including 20 years as clinical department director and 21 years in sales.
Approaches, principles, expectations, postures, and ways of being that allow us to be better partners to the practice
Strive for excellence in all aspects of your practice.
Be actively involved with the clinical practice.
Form opinions based on professional knowledge and experience, regardless of the topic at issue, and share them freely with the practice team: This is our real value as scientists, critical thinkers, and problem-solvers.
Engage regularly with physicians, technologists, administrators, clinical engineers, referring physicians, and others involved in the practice.
Establish a regular physical presence in the practice, and do not rely exclusively on electronic communications.
Provide clear and concise documentation of all work to everyone involved in your work. This includes ongoing QA, procedure development and modification, and technology implementation. Everyone should be clear about what was done and why.
Respect the diversity of all colleagues and members of the practice team (clinical, divisional, departmental). Recognize that everyone on the team can benefit and learn from your unique perspective and knowledge, and all offer you the same learning opportunity.
Never forget that each patient is a person and that contributing to each patient’s care is our primary purpose.
Always respect the privacy and dignity of each patient. This means knocking before entering a room, introducing yourself, explaining what you are going to do before doing it, asking if there are questions about it before you do something, ask if there is anything else before you leave. Do not talk in front of the patient to colleagues while ignoring the patient. Involve the patient in the discussion. The patient should never wonder who, what, when, where, or why when you leave a room.
Become the absolute expert in one’s area of medical physics and maintain that expertise as your field evolves.
Recognize that this does not mean you will instantly have the right answer to any question that may come up – if you don’t know, have the confidence to say so, and then go find the answer.
Strive for professional growth and development to maintain expertise in the field.
Embrace accountability by taking ownership of your work including your errors and omissions.
Place special emphasis on knowledge of dose (of whatever energy source is in use in your specialty area), risk, and patient safety.
Understand quality in a systems context, and how your specialty area ultimately contributes to the overarching goals of practice excellence and positive patient outcomes.
Be a critical thinker.
Double check your work - assume everything you do is wrong until you prove to yourself that it is correct.
Be actively engaged and actively apply critical thinking skills even when performing repetitive tasks, and avoid the tendency to do any work “on auto-pilot”
Examine and question the work of others in a respectful manner.
Also, be welcoming of critical examination of your work by others on the practice team.
Actively seek problems in the practice and offer creative solutions based on physics skills and knowledge.
Become involved with new procedures and processes – they are by definition a 'change' in the practice, and offer opportunities for physics involvement and engagement with colleagues.
Also seek opportunities to improve even long-standing processes.
Cultivate relationships and collaborations.
Within your immediate practice, this will maximize the value you bring to your clinical teams and the practices you support, and allow you to develop your standing as the technical leader and recognized expert on the clinical practice team
Beyond your immediate practice this will allow you to contribute to and remain current on recent developments in your field, further enhancing your role as technical expert and leader in the practices you support.