Following his Ph.D. in experimental particle physics, Dr. Sutlief was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Washington with research in intensity modulated radiation therapy. Before coming to UCSD, he was Chief Medical Physicist at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System in Seattle and an affiliate faculty member in the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Sutlief has worked to advance radiation therapy within the Department of Veterans Affairs, including an agency-wide purchase of radiotherapy equipment, radiotherapy device interconnectivity, consultation for the VA National Health Physics Program, participation in several investigations, and development of qualification standards for therapeutic medical physicists.
Dr. Sutlief has coauthored more than 45 articles and book chapters related to therapeutic medical physics. He actively participates in the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, where he has served on many committees and on several task group reports. He served as Northwest AAPM chapter president and as chapter representative to the AAPM Board of Directors. Dr. Sutlief developed and taught the physics curriculum for the Bellevue College Medical Dosimetry program. He served as a consultant to the International Atomic Energy Agency and as a member of the Radiation Oncology planning group for the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE). Dr. Sutlief was a Co-organizer for the AAPM Summer School on Quality and Safety in Radiation Therapy and was a faculty member for the Veterans Health Administration Biennial Conference on Radiation Oncology. He is currently a council member of the National Council for Radiation Protection and Measurement.
Outside of the hospital, Dr. Sutlief enjoys time with his family, playing guitar and piano, folk dance, and reading.