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Wayne State University

Aim Higher

School of Medicine

Distinguished Alumni Awardees

Each year a distinguished alumna or alumnus is given an award at the WSU Alumni Gathering during the annual AAPM conference. The award is voted on by current and former faculty and is both an expression of gratitude for all that the alum has done for WSU, and an acknowledgement of their contribution to the field of Medical Physics overall.
 
2016 Distinguished Alumnus

Donald Peck

Career Highlights

Donald Peck received his MS in Radiological Physics from Wayne State University in 1992.  After obtaining his ABR certification in Diagnostic Radiological Physics in 1995 he returned to Oakland University and completed his PhD under Joe Windham in 1999.  He worked at Henry Ford Health System in the Department of Radiology since 1989 where he was the Division Head of Physics and the Vice Chair of Research and Physics.  He was a faculty member for the WSU Medical Physics Graduate Program for over 20 years.  Dr Peck has served as a member or chair for many committees within the AAPM, on exam committees in Radiography and Mammography for the ARRT and on the Radiology Residents Diagnostic Radiology Physics exam committee for the ABR.  He has been elected Fellow of both the ACR and AAPM. 

To paraphrase Richard Feynman; to really understand something you must be able to explain it to an audience that cannot follow the detailed mathematics or science.  I've always tried to make this my goal and my experience with both the faculty and students at Wayne State University has allowed me to meet this goal.
   
2014 Distinguished Alumnus

Richard Maughan

Career Highlights

Richard Maughan received his doctoral degree from the University of Birmingham in England.  He has held appointments at the Gray Laboratory in England, Wayne State University and the University of Pennsylvania where he is currently Professor, Vice Chair, and Director of Medical Physics.  Dr. Maughan served as a faculty member for WSU for nearly 20 years and led the development and implementation of fast neutron therapy at WSU.  He would then go on to lead the implementation of proton therapy at the University of Pennsylvania.  He has also been very active within the AAPM and CAMPEP and has been elected a Fellow of the AAPM.

If you have an important point to make, don't try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time - a tremendous whack.
   
2013 Distinguished Alumnus

Gary Ezzell

Career Highlights

A PhD graduate in Medical Physics from Wayne State University and former faculty member and director of clinical physics here for over 15 years, Dr. Ezzell currently serves as the Chief of the Physics Division at Mayo Clinic in Pheonix, Arizona. He was involved in the early development and clinical implementation of HDR brachytherapy.  He has actively served in numerous capacities within the AAPM since 1996 including Secretary, President, and Chairman of the Board of the AAPM, and has been elected Fellow of the AAPM.

I really enjoyed teaching the radiation therapy physics classes at WSU - the students were highly motivated because this was to be their profession, and being a part of their development was a highlight of my career.
   
2012 Distinguished Alumnus

Colin Orton

Career Highlights

A PhD graduate in Radiation Physics from the University of London, England, Dr. Orton has held academic appointments at New York University School of Medicine, Brown University and, of course, Wayne State University where he is currently Professor Emeritus in the School of Medicine. Dr. Orton led the physics division and graduate program for over 20 years.  In addition, he has served as President of the AAPM, the ACMP, the IOMP, the ABS and the IUPESM. He has published 15 books and over 200 papers and chapters and served as the Editor of Medical Physics for 8 years.  He has been elected Fellow of the AAPM and ACMP and has been awarded both the Marvin M.D. Williams Award and the William D. Coolidge Award by the AAPM.

I done wrestled with an alligator, I done tussled with a whale; handcuffed lightning, thrown thunder in jail; only last week, I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalised a brick; I'm so mean I make medicine sick.