UAB is a full-scale research university with “R1” designation by the Carnegie Foundation. This allows residents opportunities to collaborate with investigators from any number of backgrounds, including neuroscience, informatics, and radiology, to name a few. 

Did you know?

  • Since 1994, UAB has held “R1” status for “Very High Research Activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.
  • UAB is a full-scale research university, with over $600 million in funding for 2019 
  • In 2008, UAB established the Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences (CCTS) to train young investigators and support research efforts across our institution. 
  • The UAB Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research and Education (COERE) is a university-wide interdisciplinary research center across more than 30 departments, supporting the growing field of outcomes research.
  • UAB is 1 of 18 members of the international FLASH-Forward consortium, studying high dose-rate radiation delivered at ultra-high speeds (<1 second). 

Recent Research 

Residents are encouraged to participate in the development and implantation of clinical projects and manuscripts during residency. Below are some specific areas of research interests for our faculty and residents. 

  • Safety and Efficacy of state of the art stereotactic radiotherapy 
  • SRS for Essential Tremor and Parkinsonian Tremors 
  • Cardiac Radiosurgery for Arrhythmias
  • Surface Imaging guided Radiation therapy
  • Image guided Radiation Therapy
  • clinical implementation of new technologies
  • Implementation of Clinical Scripting
  • quality and safety via process analytics
  • DICOM programming
  • Advancing Equality, Diversity and inclusion 
  • Functional image-guided SBRT/radiotherapy for lung and liver 
  • Motion management
  • 3D image guided HDR brachytherapy
  • adaptive treatment planning
  • Machine and deep learning
  • Microdosimetry
  • Radiobiological modeling and biological plan evaluation 

Featured Faculty Publications

  • Stanley, D. N., Covington, E. L., Liu, H., Alexandrian, A. N., Cardan, R. A., Bridges, D. S., ... & Popple, R. A. (2021). Accuracy of dose‐volume metric calculation for small‐volume radiosurgery targets. Medical physics, 48(4), 1461-1468.
  • McConnell, K. A., Alexandrian, A., Papanikolaou, N., & Stathakis, S. (2018). Comparative performance evaluation of a new a-Si EPID that exceeds quad high-definition resolution. Journal of BU ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology, 23(1), 507-513.
  • J-G Belliveau, K Thind, R Banerjee, S Quirk, C Doll, T Phan, T Meyer, M Roumelioutis; The impact of inter-fraction changes for perineal template-based interstitial gynecologic brachytherapy implants; Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy, 11 (2), 2019; p. 122-127
  • J-G Belliveau, DR Macdonald, MM Macdonald, GS Bauman, RS Menon; Apparent transverse relaxation (R2*) as a method to differentiate treatment effect and progressive disease in pseudoprogression; Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology, 2018, 62(2); p. 224-231
  • Cardan RA, Covington EL, Popple RA. “Technical Note: An open source solution for improving TG-263 compliance. J Appl Clin Med Phys. 2019 Sep;20(9):163-165. 
  • Covington EL, Popple RA, Cardan RA. "Technical Note: Use of automation to eliminate shift errors.  J Appl Clin Med Phys. 2020 Mar;21(3):192-195.
  • Cardenas, C. E., Blinde, S. E., Mohamed, A. S., Ng, S. P., Raaijmakers, C., Philippens, M., ... & Terhaard, C. (2022). Comprehensive Quantitative Evaluation of Variability in MR-guided Delineation of Oropharyngeal Gross Tumor Volumes and High-risk Clinical Target Volumes: An R-IDEAL Stage 0 Prospective Study. International Journal of Radiation Oncology* Biology* Physics.
  • Han, E. Y., Cardenas, C. E., Nguyen, C., Hancock, D., Xiao, Y., Mumme, R., ... & Wen, Z. (2021). Clinical implementation of automated treatment planning for whole‐brain radiotherapy. Journal of applied clinical medical physics, 22(9), 94-102.
  • Covington, E.L., Moran, J.M. and Paradis, K.C. (2020), The state of gender diversity in medical physics. Med. Phys., 47: 2038-2043. doi:10.1002/mp.14035
  • Covington, E.L., Fiveash, J.B., Wu, X., Brezovich, I., Willey, C.D., Riley, K. and Popple, R.A. (2019), Optical surface guidance for submillimeter monitoring of patient position during frameless stereotactic radiotherapy. J Appl Clin Med Phys, 20: 91-98. doi:10.1002/acm2.12611
  • Harms, J., Schreibmann, E., Higgins, K. A., Lloyd, M. S., & Castillo, R. (2021). Cardiac Motion and its Impact on Target Coverage During SBRT for Refractory Ventricular Tachycardia. International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics, 111(3), S24.
  • Harms, J., Zhang, J., Kayode, O., Wolf, J., Tian, S., McCall, N., ... & Yang, X. (2021, June). Knowledge-Based Cardiac Sparing Treatment Planning for Lung Radiotherapy. In MEDICAL PHYSICS (Vol. 48, No. 6). 111 RIVER ST, HOBOKEN 07030-5774, NJ USA: WILEY.
  • Z Iqbal, D Nguyen, G Hangel, S Motyka, W Bogner, S Jiang "Super-resolution 1h magnetic resonance spectroscopic imaging utilizing deep learning" Frontiers in oncology.  9, (2019). 
  • Z Iqbal, D Luo, P Henry, S Kazemifar, T Rozario, Y Yan, K Westover, W Lu, D Nguyen, T Long, J Wang, H Choy, S Jiang "Accurate real time localization tracking in a clinical environment using Bluetooth Low Energy and deep learning" PloS one. 13(10):e0205392, (2018). 
  • ATLAS TDAQ Collaboration. (2016). The ATLAS data acquisition and high level trigger system. Journal of Instrumentation, 11(06), P06008.
  • Popple, R., Wu, X., Kraus, J., Thomas, E., & Brezovich, I. (2016). SU‐F‐T‐570: Comparison of Synthetic Diamond, Microionization Chamber, and Radiochromic Film for Absolute Dosimetry of VMAT Radiosurgery. Medical Physics, 43(6Part22), 3594-3594.
  • DNA Dosimeter Measurement of Relative Biological Effectiveness for 160 kVp and 6 MV X Rays Li X*, McConnell KA*, Che J, Ha CS, Lee SE, Kirby N, Shim EY Radiation Research 194(2):173 09 Jun 2020 *Co-first authors
  • DNA double‐strand breaks as a method of radiation measurements for therapeutic beams Obeidat M*, McConnell KA*, Li X, Bui B, Stathakis S, Papanikolaou N, Rasmussen K, Ha CS, Lee SE, Shim EY et al. Medical Physics 45(7):3460-3465 Jul 201 *Co-first authors 
  • Brown, T. A., Ayers, R. G., & Popple, R. A. (2022). Commissioning a multileaf collimator virtual cone for the stereotactic radiosurgery of trigeminal neuralgia. Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics, e13562.
  • Popple, R. A., Sullivan, R. J., Yuan, Y., Wu, X., & Covington, E. L. (2021). Evaluation of a two‐dimensional diode array for patient‐specific quality assurance of HyperArc. Journal of applied clinical medical physics, 22(12), 203-210.
  • Patel M, Colvin T, Kirkland RS, Marcrom S, Dobelbower M, Spencer SA, Boggs DH, Popple R, Shen S, Wei B, McDonald A. Reduced Margin Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy for Early Stage Non-Small Cell Lung Cancers. Cureus 2020 Jun 14;12(6): e8618. (PMID: 32676253)
  • Boggs DH, Popple R, McDonald A, Minnich D, Willey CD, Spencer S, Shen S, Dobelbower MC. Electromagnetic Transponder Based Tracking and Gating in the Radiotherapeutic Treatment of Thoracic Malignancies. Pract Radiat Oncol. 2019 Jul 5. pii: S1879-8500(19)30193-6. (PMID: 31283991)
  • Stanley DN, McConnell KA, Gutierrez AN, Kirby N, Papanikolaou N, Rasmussen K “ Comparison of Initial Patient Setup Accuracy between Surface Imaging and Three Point Localization: a Retrospective analysis” J Appl Clin Med Phys. Doi: 10.1002/acm2.12183 2017 Sept. 13 
  • Gutierrez AN and Stanley DN “Chapter 6: Commissioning and routine Quality assurance for the C-RAD Catalyst and Sentinel 4D-CT systems” Hoisak, J. (Ed.), Paxton, A. (Ed.), Waghorn, B. (Ed.), Pawlicki, T. (Ed.). (2020). Surface Guided Radiation Therapy. Boca Raton: CRC Press, https://doi.org/10.1201/9780429489402
  • Snyder, Jesse D.; Sullivan, Rodney J.; Wu, Xingen; Covington, Elizabeth L.; Popple, Richard A. “Use of a Plastic Scintillator Detector for Patient-Specific Quality Assurance of VMAT SRS,” Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics, 20(9), 143-148 (2019).
  • Southeastern American Association of Physicists in Medicine (SEAAPM) Symposium & Scientific Meeting, Presentation: “Plan Quality Assessment of Varian HyperArc and BrainLAB Multiple Metastases Elements for Intracranial Radiosurgery” R. Sullivan, Richard Popple, Haisong Liu, Evan Thomas, Jun Li, Yan Yu, David Andrews, James Markert, John Fiveash, and Wenyin Shi.
  • Wu X, Popple R, Cardan R, Shen S and Brezovich I,  The Application of Particle Swarm Optimization in Radial Dose Function Fitting for 125I I-Seed AgX100, Biomedical Journal of Science & Technical  Research,  (Sept. 23, 2019, DOI: 10.26717/BJSTR.2019.22.003741)  
  • Wu X, Nikolaev A, Bridges D, Shen S, Kim R, 2020 AAPM, Dosimetric comparison of vaginal ovoid with cylinder brachytherapy for borderline size of tumor at the vaginal cuff|