Colin Orton

Colin Orton

Professor Emeritus

Colin Orton


4201 St. Antoine
Detroit, MI 48201


I am an Emeritus Professor in the Radiation Oncology Department at WSU. I was the Chief of Physics and Director of the Medical Physics Graduate Program 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.

Education Training

Ph.D. Radiation Physics, 1961-1965, University of London
M.Sc. Radiation Physics, 1959-1961, University of London
B.Sc. (Hons.) Physics, 1956-1959, University of Bristol

Honors and Awards

  •  William D. Coolidge Award, American Association of Physicists in Medicine
  • Ulrich Henschke Award, American Brachytherapy Society
  • Marvin M.D. Williams Professional Achievement Award, American College of Medical Physics
  • Award of Merit, International Union of Physical and Engineering Sciences in Medicine
  • Marie Sklodowska-Curie Award, International Organization for Medical Physics

Research Interests

Although 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

Career Highlights

  • In lieu of active research, I now present lectures and courses in radiobiology and physics at conferences.
  • I have delivered about 600 presentations worldwide, and over 60 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, and guided the MS and PhD programs through their first CAMPEP accreditation.
  • 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 over 20 books and over 50 book chapters.
  • I was the Editor of Medical Physics for nine years.
  • I was President of many societies including the AAPM, ACMP, IOMP, IUPESM, and the ABS, and am the current President of the International Medical Physics Certification Board.


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Division of Radiation Oncology