Todd Pawlicki, PhD FAAPM

Todd Pawlicki, PhD, FAAPM

Professor and Vice-Chair of Medical Physics
Division Director
Department of Radiation Medicine and Applied Sciences
University of California, San Diego

Contact Information

Department of Radiation Medicine and Applied Sciences
Moores Cancer Center
3855 Health Sciences Drive, #0843
La Jolla, CA 92093-0843




Todd Pawlicki is Professor and Vice-Chair for Medical Physics in the Department of Radiation Medicine and Applied Sciences at the University of California, San Diego. He also serves as Director of the Medical Physics and Technology Division. Dr. Pawlicki earned a Ph.D. in Medical Sciences from Medical College of Ohio, Toledo in 1998 and then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Radiation Oncology at Stanford University. He was a faculty member in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Stanford from 2000–2006. In October 2006, Dr. Pawlicki was recruited to join the faculty at the University of California, San Diego. Since 2004, he has focused on translating quality improvement techniques from industrial and systems engineering to radiation oncology. He has also completed formal training on the Lean Six Sigma methodology. Dr. Pawlicki has published over 70 journal articles and book chapters and has presented his research on quality and safety at national and international meetings. Dr. Pawlicki is on the editorial board of Medical Physics, the Executive Editor for Physics of Practical Radiation Oncology, and is an editor of the 2011 textbook Quality and Safety in Radiotherapy. He is currently the chair of the Clinical Affairs and Quality Committee for the American Society for Radiology Oncology (ASTRO) and immediate past chair of the ASTRO Multidisciplinary Quality Assurance (QA) Subcommittee. For the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), he is a member of Task Group 218 (Tolerance Levels and Methodologies for IMRT Verification QA) and a member of the Ad Hoc Committee for Review of Task Group 100 (Application of Risk Analysis Methods to Radiation Therapy Quality Management). He also serves as the Secretary of the AAPM. His passions outside of work include his family, skiing, and contributing as a founding partner to TreatSafely, LLC; an organization created to improve quality and safety in radiation medicine through training, education, and peer-to-peer dissemination of best practices (www.treatsafely.org and i.treatsafely.org).