Colin Orton, Ph.D.

Colin Orton, Ph.D.

Colin Orton, Ph.D.


4201 St. Antoine
Detroit, MI 48201


I am an Emeritus Professor in the department at WSU. I was the Chief of Physics and Director of the Medical Physics Graduate Program at the department for over 20 years, and am still active within the program and within the AAPM. I regularly teach a seminar course on writing good journal articles and serve as a judge for the annual Graduate Student Research Award.

Research Interests

 lthough retired from active research mentoring, I do enjoy assisting in an advisory role on topics that interest me.

My current Research Interests include, but are not limited to:

  • High dose rate brachytherapy
  • Hypofractionation
  • Flattening Filter Free radiotherapy with very high dose rates
  • Radiobiological aspects of treatment
  • Normal tissue complication modeling

Research Projects / Interests / Career Highlights

  • In lieu of active research, I now present lectures and courses in radiobiology and physics at conferences.
  • I have delivered over 500 presentations worldwide, and over 70 in the past seven years.
  • I directed the Wayne State University Medical Physics Graduate Program for over 20 years which, at that time, was one of the top two programs in North America for graduating new entrants into the profession.
  • I developed and promoted the use of high dose rate brachytherapy with fractionation schemes to make it safe and effective.
  • While in London, England, I assisted in the development of the first high-energy linear accelerator in the UK to be moved into clinical use.
  • In Detroit, I was part of the team that developed the world’s first superconducting cyclotron for use in neutron therapy.
  • I have written or edited 15 books and over 50 book chapters.