Jay Burmeister, Ph.D.

Jay Burmeister, Ph.D.

Professor, Chief of Physics for Karmanos Cancer Center, Director (Medical Physics Graduate Programs)


Jay Burmeister, Ph.D.


Karmanos Cancer Center
Gershenson ROC 4100 John R GE00RO
Detroit, MI 48201
Office Location: SE Corner of the GROC Physics Area

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I have been a faculty member with the WSU School of Medicine since 1999. In addition to directing the Medical Physics Graduate Program, I also teach the "Introduction to Radiological Physics", "Radiation Dosimetry", and "Seminar" courses.

Education Training

  • Ph.D. Medical Physics, July 1999, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI.
  • M.S. Physics August 1995, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.
  • B.S. Physics (Hons.) May 1992, Alma College, Alma MI.

Honors and Awards

2018 - WSU Medical Physics Distinguished Faculty / Alumnus Award
2017 - ARRO Radiation Oncology Residency Program Teacher of the Year
2015 - Wayne State University School of Medicine – College Teaching Award
2014 - American Board of Radiology - Volunteer Service Award
2013 - AAPM Best Radiation Measurement Article
2011 - Fellow of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine
2009 - ARRO Radiation Oncology Residency Program Teacher of the Year


Research Interests

My research projects are all within the domain of radiation oncology physics, although some lean slightly toward radiobiology. The vast majority are clinically oriented.

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

  • IMRT Delivery/Optimization/QA
  • Image guidance techniques
  • Charged Particle Radiotherapy
  • High LET Radiotherapy and RBE Evaluation
  • Microdosimetry
  • Safety and QA in Radiotherapy 

The projects I oversee often involve evaluating the latest clinical technology and its implementation and utility for particular applications. These projects usually give students some hands on clinical experience while engaging in a potentially publishable research project.

Ph.D. thesis advisor/co-advisor (last 5 years):

  • Mr. Mubin Shaikh (in progress) – “Improving Quality and Accuracy in Radiotherapy Treatment Planning and Delivery”
  • Mr. Shahbaz Ahmed (in progress) – “Treatment Planning Considerations for Total Body and Total Marrow Irradiation"
  • Ms. Kathryn Masi (in-progress) – “Are We There Yet? Creating the Optimum Radiotherapy Treatment Plan”
  • Mr. Cory Knill, (in progress) – “An Investigation of Uncertainties in Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy”
  • Dr. Ina Sala - "High Frequency Percussive Ventilation for Tumor Motion Immobilization"
  • Dr. Nicholas Myziuk – “Quantification of Respiratory Induced Pulmonary Blood Flow from 4DCT”
  • Dr. Jatinder Saini – “Commissioning and Validation of Analytical and MC based Dose Calculation Algorithms for Proton Spot Scanning”
  • Dr. Adrian Nalichowski – “Clinical Applications of Advanced Rotational Radiation Therapy”

Ph.D. committee member (last 5 years):

  • Ms. Maryam Basij (in progress) – “Design and Development of a Miniaturized Phased-Array Ultrasound and Photoacoustic System for Real-time Gynecologic Imaging”
  • Mr. Eric Carver (in progress) – “Using deep machine learning algorithm to characterize GBM disease and identify biomarkers to predict tumor progression and survival”
  • Mr. Carl Stanhope (in progress) – “Planning and Delivery QA Using Log Files”
  • Mr. Eric Morris (in progress) – “Applying Novel MR-based Technologies to Cervical Cancer”
  • Ms. Rebecca Meerschaert (in progress) – “Adaptive Planning for Cervical Cancer”
  • Dr. Brian Loughery - “Kilovoltage-Energy IMRT for Contrast Enhanced Treatment of Glioblastoma Multiforme”
  • Dr. Evan Silverstein – “Quantification of Patient Motion Utilizing Microsoft Kinect Sensor”
  • Mr. Viatcheslav Zakjevski (in progress) – “Development of An End-to-End Accuracy Test for TrueBeam”
  • Dr. Mikhail Chetvertkov – “Principal Component Analysis-Based Anatomical Motion Models for use in Adaptive Radiation Therapy of Head and Neck Cancer Patients”
  • Dr. Ryan Price – “Toward Magnetic Resonance Only Treatment Planning: Distortion Mitigation and Image-Guided Radiation Therapy Validation”

M.S. thesis advisor / co-advisor (last 5 years):

  • Mr. Erik Courter – “Comparison of RapidArc to Static Field IMRT Planning for Head and Neck Cancer”
  • Mr. Geoffrey Baran – “IGRT for Lung SBRT: MVCT vs kV CBCT for Targets Subject to Respiratory Motion”



  • Burmeister, J., Buatti, J., Jimenez, R., Marcrom, S., Olivier, K., Price, M., Wallner, P. Exam Preparation and Performance Reporting Changes for the American Board of Radiology Radiation Oncology Physics Examination: Results from the ASTRO Workgroup. Int. J. Radiat. Oncol. Biol., (In Press).
  • Burmeister, J., Dominello, M. Radiation Oncology Resident Didactic Education in Medical Physics: Evaluating Residents, Educators, and the Process. Int. J. Radiat. Oncol. Biol., (In Press).
  • Shaikh, M., Nalichowski, A., Joiner, M., Burmeister, J. Dosimetric evaluation of the INTRABEAM® system for breast intraoperative radiotherapy: A single institution experience. Med. Dos., (In press).
  • Howell, K., Matuszak, M., Maitz, C., Eisaman, S., Padilla, L., Brown, S., Joiner, M., Dominello, M., Burmeister, J. In the future, at least 20% of NIH funding for radiotherapy research should be allocated to non-oncologic applications. J Applied Clin Med Phys., (In Press).
  • Blakely, E., Faddegon, B., Tinkle, C., Bloch, C., Dominello, M., Griffin, R., Joiner, M., Burmeister, J. The United States needs at least one carbon ion facility. J Applied Clin Med Phys., (In Press).
  • Grassberger, C., Huber, K., Jacob, N., Green, M., Mahler, P., Prisciandaro, J., Dominello, M., Joiner, M., Burmeister, J. The single most important factor in determining the future of SBRT is immune response. J Applied Clin Med Phys., (In Press).
  • Baran, G., Burmeister, J., Paximadis, P., Bossenberger, T., Halford, R., Masi, K., Nalichowski, A., Miller, S., Vaishampayan, N., Zaki, M., Iannotti, K., Komajda, M., Mathews, K., Qasim, E., Sullivan, S., Beydoun, H., Dominello, M. Imaging as Part of a Quality Assurance Program: Predictors of Inter-observer Variability for Pretreatment Image Registration for Lung SBRT. Tech. in Cancer Res. and Treat. 18, 1-9 (2019).
  • *Basij, M., Helmi, H., Alshahrani, S., Burton, T., Burmeister, J., Yan, Y., Mehrmohammadi, M., Dominello, M., Winer, I. Miniaturized Phased-Array Ultrasound and Photoacoustic Endoscopic Imaging System. Photoacoustics, 15, 1-8 (2019).
  • Kim, L., Markovina, S., Van Nest, S., Eisaman, S., Santanam, L., Sullivan, J., Dominello, M., Joiner, M., Burmeister, J. Equipment development is stifling innovation in radiation oncology. J Applied Clin Med Phys., 209, 6-11 (2019).
  • Carrier, F., Liao, Y., Mendenhall, N., Guerrieri, P., Todor, D., Ahmad, A., Dominello, M., Joiner, M., Burmeister, J. I Would Treat Prostate Cancer with Proton Therapy. J Applied Clin Med Phys., 207, 7-14 (2019).
  • Soisson, E., Guerrieri, P., Balasubramanian, S., Ahamad, A., Moran, J.M., Joiner, M. C., Dominello, M., Burmeister, J. All head and neck cancer patients with intact tumors/nodes should have scheduled adaptive replanning performed at least once during the course of radiotherapy. J Applied Clin Med Phys., 205, 7-11 (2019).
  • Mohindra, P., Sawant, A., Griffin, R. J., Lamicchane, N., Vlashi, E., Xu-Welliver, M., Dominello, M., Joiner, M. C., Burmeister, J. I Would Treat All Early-Stage NSCLC Patients With SBRT. J Applied Clin Med Phys., 203, 7-13 (2019).
  • Braunstein, S., Wang, L., Newhauser, W. Tenenholz, T., Rong, Y., van der Kogel, A., Dominello, M., Joiner, M., Burmeister, J. The United States Should Build Additional Proton Therapy Facilities. J Applied Clin Med Phys., 202, 7-12 (2019).
  • Burmeister J, Robinette N, Dominello M. Interactions of Radiation and Tissue (2019). RSNA/AAPM Online Physics Modules. 2nd Edition. http://www.rsna.org/Physics-Modules/ or http://www.aapm.org/education/webbasedmodules.asp. Released January 9, 2019.
  • Burmeister, J., Tracey, M., Kacin, S., Dominello, M., Joiner, M. The Synergy between Radiation Oncology, Biology, and Physics: In reply to Malicki. Int. J. Radiat. Oncol. Biol., 102, 1592-1593 (2018).
  • Burmeister, J., Tracey, M., Kacin, S., Dominello, M., Joiner, M. Improving Research in Radiation Oncology through Interdisciplinary Collaboration. Rad. Res., 190, 1-3 (2018).
  • Tracey, M., Kacin, S., Joiner, M., Burmeister, J. A Collaborative Educational Intervention Integrating Biology and Physics in Radiation Oncology: A Design Research Case Study. Contemp. Educ. Tech., 9(2), 186-205 (2018).
  • Burmeister, J., Nalichowski, A., Snyder, M., Halford, R., *Baran, G., *Loughery, B., Hammoud, A., Rakowski, J., Bossenberger, T. Commissioning of a Dedicated Commercial Co-60 Total Body Irradiation Unit. J Applied Clin Med Phys., 19, 131-141 (2018).
  • Burmeister, J., Tracey, M., Kacin, S., Dominello, M., Joiner, M. …Of Radiation Oncology, Biology, and Physics. Int. J. Radiat. Oncol. Biol., 100, 1289-1290 (2018).
  • *Loughery, B., Starkschall, G., Prisciandaro, J., Hendrickson, K., Clark, B., Fullerton, G., Ibbott, Jackson, E., G., Burmeister, J. Navigating the Medical Physics Education and Training Landscape. J Applied Clin Med Phys., 18, 275-287 (2017).
  • Hendrickson, K., Juang, T., Rodrigues, A., Burmeister, J. Ethical Violations and Discriminatory Behavior in the MedPhys Match. J Applied Clin Med Phys., 18, 336-350 (2017).
  • Joiner, M, Tracey, M., Kacin, S., Burmeister, J. IBPRO – A Novel Short-Duration Teaching Course in Advanced Physics and Biology Underlying Cancer Radiotherapy. Rad. Res., 187, 637-640 (2017).
  • *Nalichowski, A., *Kaufman, I., *Gallo, J., Bossenberger, T., Solberg, T., Ramirez, E., Yan, Y., Fredrick, J., Bichay, T., Mayville, A., Burmeister, J. Single Fraction Radiosurgery/Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) for Spine Metastasis: A Dosimetric Comparison of Multiple Delivery Platforms. J. Applied Clin. Med. Phys., 18, 164-169 (2017).
  • *Meerschaert, R., Nalichowski, A., Burmeister, J., Paul, A., Miller, S., Zhuang, L. A Comprehensive Evaluation of Adaptive Daily Planning for Cervical Cancer HDR Brachytherapy. J. Applied Clin. Med. Phys., 17, 323-333 (2016).
  • Rakowski, J., Tucker, M., Snyder, M., Makar, S., Yudelev, M., Burmeister, J., and Joiner, M. Extrapolation Ionization Chamber Dosimetry of Fluorescent X-ray Energies from 4.5 to 19.6 keV. Rad. Res., 186, 283-291 (2016).
  • *Nalichowski, A., Burmeister, J. Dosimetric Evaluation of Total Marrow Irradiation Using Two Different Planning Systems. Med. Dos., 41, 230-235 (2016).
  • Burmeister, J., Chen, Z., Chetty, I., Dieterich, S., Doemer, A., Dominello, M., Howell, R., McDermott, P., Nalichowski, A., Prisciandaro, J., Ritter, T., Smith, C., Schreiber, E., Shafman, T., Sutlief, S., Xiao, Y. The American Society for Radiation Oncology’s 2015 Core Physics Curriculum for Radiation Oncology Residents. Int. J. Radiat. Oncol. Biol. Phys. 95, 1298-1303 (2016).
  • Snyder, M., Halford, R., Knill, C., Adams, J., Bossenberger, T., Nalichowski, A., Hammoud, A., Burmeister, J. Modeling the Agility MLC in the Monaco Treatment Planning System. J. Applied Clin. Med. Phys. 17, 190-202 (2016).
  • *Knill, C., Snyder, M., Rakowski, J., Zhuang, L., Matuszak, M., Burmeister, J. Investigating Ion Recombination Effects in a Liquid-Filled Ionization Chamber Array used for IMRT QA Measurements. Med. Phys. 43, 2476-2484 (2016).
  • Dominello, M., Paximadis, P., Zaki, M., Hammoud, A., Campbell, S., Komajda, M., Dyson, G., Bossenberger, T., and Burmeister, J. Ten-Year Trends in Safe Radiotherapy Delivery & Results of a Radiation Therapy Quality Assurance Intervention. Practical Rad. Onc. 5, e665-e671 (2015).
  • *Laub, S., Snyder, M., Burmeister, J. Technical Evaluation of TomoTherapy Automatic Roll Correction. J. Applied Clin. Med. Phys. 16, 80-89 (2015).
  • *Gallo, J., Kaufman, I., Bossenberger, T., Powell, R., Ramirez, E., Reynolds, R., Solberg, T., and Burmeister, J. Single fraction spine SBRT end-to-end testing on TomoTherapy, Vero, TrueBeam, and CyberKnife treatment platforms using a novel anthropomorphic phantom. J. Applied Clin. Med. Phys. 16, 170-182 (2015).
  • Prisciandaro, J., Willis, C., Burmeister, J., Clarke, G., Das, R., Esthappan, J., Harkness, B., Patton, J., Peck, D., Pizzutiello, R., Sandison, G., White, S., Wichman, B, Ibbott, G., and Both, S. Essentials and Guidelines for Clinical Medical Physics Residency Training Programs: Executive summary of AAPM Report Number 249. J. Applied Clin. Med. Phys. 15, 4-13 (2014).
  • Burmeister, J., McSpadden, E., Rakowski, J., Nalichowski, A., Yudelev, M., and Snyder, M. Correlation of Admissions Statistics to Graduate Success in Medical Physics. J. Applied Clin. Med. Phys. 15, 375-385 (2014)

* represents the student author

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