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Institutional History

AbstractPast PresidentsImportant DatesPlacesSubjectsCitations

Relationships

PeopleInstitutions

Resources

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American Association of Physicists in Medicine

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Dates

November 17, 1958 – present

Authorized Form of Name

American Association of Physicists in Medicine

Additional Forms of Names

A.A.P.M.

AAPM

Institutional History

Abstract

The American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) is a not-for-profit membership organizational whose purpose is to promote the application of physics to medicine and biology, to encourage interest and training in medical physics and related fields, and to prepare and to disseminate technical information in medical physics and related fields.

Past Presidents

Gail D. Adams, 1958-60.

Warren K. Sinclair, 1961.

John Hale, 1962.

Marvin M. D. Williams, 1963.

Edward W. Webster, 1964.

John S. Laughlin, 1965.

Robert J. Shalek, 1966.

Lawrence H. Lanzl, 1967.

John R. Cameron, 1968.

Robert O. Gorson, 1969.

James G. Kereiakes, 1970.

Peter R. Almond, 1971.

Fearghus O'Foghludha, 1972.

C. J. Karzmark, 1973.

Raymond L. Tanner, 1974.

Jack S. Krohmer, 1975.

Jacques Ovadia, 1976.

William R. Hendee, 1977.

Peter Wootton, 1978.

Bengt E. Bjarngard, 1979.

Robert G. Waggener, 1980.

Colin G. Orton, 1981.

Ann E. Wright, 1982.

Nagalingam Suntharalingam, 1983.

Edward S. Sternick, 1984.

James A. Purdy, 1985.

Edwin C. McCullough, 1986.

Paul L. Carson, 1987.

Gary T. Barnes, 1988.

Faiz M. Kahn, 1989.

Alfred R. Smith, 1990.

Gary D. Fullerton, 1991.

Robert L. Dixon, 1992.

Richard L. Morin, 1993.

Ravinder Nath, 1994.

Guy H. Simmons, 1995.

Buhdatt R. Paliwal, 1996.

Stephen R. Thomas, 1997.

Lawrence N. Rothenberg, 1998.

Geoffrey S. Ibbott, 1999.

Kenneth R. Hogstrom, 2000.

Charles W. Coffey, 2001.

Robert G. Gould, 2002.

Martin S. Weinhous, 2003.

G. Donald Frey, 2004.

Howard Ira Amols, 2005.

E. Russell Ritenour, 2006.

Mary K. Martel, 2007.

Gerald A. White, 2008.

Maryellen L. Giger, 2009.

Michael G. Herman, 2010.

J. Anthony Seibert, 2011.

Gary A. Ezell, 2012.

John D. Hazle, 2013.

John E. Bayouth, 2014.

John M. Boone, 2015.

Important Dates

November 17, 1958American Association of Physicists in Medicine was founded by physicists prior to the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), Chicago (Ill.).

1962Established an affiliation with the United States National Committee on Medical Physics, under the auspices of the National Academy of Sciences.

1963Scientific Committee on Radiation Dosimetry created.

1964"Physics in Medicine and Biology" became the official journal created jointly with the Hospital Physicists Association (HPA).

1965The society was incorporated.

1966Became an affiliated society of the American Institute of Physics (AIP).

1967"Quarterly Bulletin" was created as the newsletter of the society.

August 4, 1969 – August 9, 1969First sponsored Summer School on radiation dosimetry in Burlington, Vermont.

July 13, 1970 – July 15, 1970First independent annual meeting, Washington (D.C.).

1972Coolidge Award established for meritorious work in medical physics.

March 1972First joint scientific symposium with the American Physical Society (APS), Atlantic City (N.J.).

1973Became a Member Society of the American Institute of Physics (AIP).

1973 – 1974Education and Professional Councils were proposed and adopted.

1974Publications Committee established.

1974"Medical Physics" launched as the sole journal of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM).

1976Executive Office created.

1976"Newsletter" replaced "Quarterly Bulletin" and issued six issues a year.

1980Headquarter operations were moved to the American Institute of Physics (AIP) offices, New York (N.Y.).

1983Twenty-fifth anniversary of the society, New York (N.Y.).

1984First Inter-American Meeting of Medical Physics.

1987Membership category of Fellows introduced.

1989Marvin M. D. Williams Professional Achievement Award established for an eminent career in medical physics with an emphasis on clinical medical physics.

1989Scholarship program for medical physics trainees established.

1994"Medical Physics" began being published on a monthly schedule.

1994Board of Trustees of the American Board of Radiology (ABR) voted to make the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) a full sponsor.

1994Moved their headquarters along with the American Institute of Physics (AIP) to the American Center for Physics (ACP), College Park (Md.).

1996Edith H. Quimby Lifetime Achievement Award established for members whose careers have been notable based on their outstanding achievements.

1997Board of Directors changed to a 15-member board.

2000Purchased the "Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics" from the American College of Medical Physics (ACMP).

2008Fiftieth anniversary of the society.

2015Moved to their headquarters to their current location, Alexandria (Va.).

Places

Formation

Chicago (Ill.)

Meeting

Washington (D.C.)

Atlantic City (N.J.)

New York (N.Y.)

Headquarters

New York (N.Y.)

College Park (Md.)

Alexandria (Va.)

Subjects

Biophysics.

Medical physics.

Physics -- Publishing.

Physics -- Societies, etc.

Citations

From the History of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, 1958-2008, found on AAPM's website.

Relationships

People

Employees & Officers

Adams, Gail Dayton, 1918-

President.

Almond, Peter Richard

President.

Amols, Howard I.

President.

Baily, Norman

Editor, Medical Physics.

Barnes, Gary T., 1942-

President.

Bayouth, John E.

President.

Bjärngard, Bengt E.

President.

Boone, John M.

President.

Cameron, J. R. (John Roderick), 1922-

President.

Carson, Paul L. (Paul Langford)

President.

Coffey, Charles W.

President.

Dixon, Robert L. (Robert Leland), 1940-

President.

Ezzell, Gary A.

President.

Frey, G. Donald

President.

Fullerton, Gary D.

President.

Giger, Maryellen Lissak, 1956-

President.

Gorson, Robert O.

President.

Gould, Robert G.

President.

Hale, John, 1921-2006

President.

Hazle, John D.

President.

Hendee, William R.

President.

Herman, Michael G.

President.

Hogstrom, Kenneth R.

President.

Ibbott, Geoffrey S.

President.

Karzmark, C. J.

President.

Kereiakes, James G., 1924-

President.

Khan, Faiz M.

President.

Krohmer, Jack Stewart, 1921-

President.

Lanzl, Lawrence H. (Lawrence Herman), 1921-2001

President.

Laughlin, John S. (John Seth), 1918-2004

President.

Martel, Mary K.

President.

McCullough, Edwin C.

President.

Morin, Richard L., 1949-

President.

Nath, R. (Ravindra), 1932-

President.

O'Foghludha, Fearghus

President.

Orton, Colin G.

President.

Ovadia, Jacques

President.

Paliwal, Bhudatt

President.

Purdy, James A.

President.

Ritenour, E. Russell, 1953-

President.

Rothenberg, Lawrence N.

President.

Seibert, J. Anthony

President.

Shalek, Robert J.

President.

Simmons, Guy H.

President.

Sinclair, Warren K.

President.

Smith, Alfred R.

President.

Sternick, Edward S.

President.

Suntharalingam, Nagalingam

President.

Tanner, Raymond L.

President.

Thomas, Stephen R.

President.

Waggener, Robert G.

President.

Webster, Edward W.

President.

Weinhous, Martin S.

President.

White, Gerald A.

President.

Williams, Marvin M. D. (Marvin Martin Dixon)

President.

Wootton, Peter

President.

Wright, Ann E.

President.

Associates & Members

Cohen, Bernard Leonard, 1924-

Ford, Kenneth William, 1926-

Khoury, Bernard

Koch, Herman William, 1920-

Slack, L. (Lewis), 1924-

Institutions

Collaborators

American Board of Radiology

Sponsored organization.

American Institute of Physics

Member Society.

American Physical Society

Held joint scientific symposia.

Hospital Physicists' Association

Worked on the joint journal "Physics in Medicine and Biology."

Associates

American Board of Medical Physics

American College of Medical Physics

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)

Radiological Society of North America

Resources

Archival Resources

Author

AAPM awards ceremonies and Coolidge Award presentations [videorecording], as recorded by the American Association of Physicists in Medicine History Committee, 1985-2001.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

AAPM correspondence on the history of the Wisconsin area chapter, 1970-1978.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

AAPM History Committe physicists of note interviews, 2005-2009.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

AAPM interviews with physicists in medicine [videorecordings], 1990-2004.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

American Association of Physicists in Medicine minutes from executive committee, annual business meetings, and board meetings, 1971-1999.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

American Association of Physicists in Medicine miscellaneous publications, 1962-2011.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

American Association of Physicists in Medicine records, 1896-2007 (bulk 1950s-1990s).

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Gail Dayton Adams' response to American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) survey, circa 1998.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Symposium in honor of D. W. Kerst [sound recording] : high energy radiation therapy: past, present and future / Sponsored by the University of Wisconsin, North Central Chapter of AAPM, and the Midwest Chapter of AAPM, 1978 June 2.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Subject

AIP Office of the Director records of H. William Koch and Kenneth W. Ford, 1966-1992.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

AIP Office of the Director records of H. William Koch, 1932-1988 (bulk 1966-1987).

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

AIP Office of the Secretary addition to records, 1931-2007.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

AIP Office of the Secretary records, 1931-1994.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

AIP Physics Programs Division records of Lewis Slack, 1968-1988.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

American Board of Medical Physics beginnings and early history, 1984-1992.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

American Center for Physics Board of Directors records of Bernard Khoury, 1990-2005.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Norman A. Baily papers, 1947-1992.

Mandeville Special Collections Library

University of California, San Diego

9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093, USA

Published Resources

Author

AAPM newsletter [online for members only]

Acceptance testing of radiological imaging equipment

Advances in radiation oncology physics : dosimetry, treatment planning, and brachytherapy

Advances in radiation therapy treatment planning

Biological risks of medical irradiations

Biological, physical and chemical aspects of hyperthermia, 1988.

Computers in medical physics

Critical issues in two-year college physics and astronomy--1990 and beyond

Electronic imaging in medicine

Expanding the role of medical physics in nuclear medicine

Imaging hardware and software for nuclear medicine

Intensity-modulated radiation therapy : the state of the art : American Association of Physicists in Medicine 2003 Summer School Proceedings, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado, June 22-26, 2003

Medical physics

Medical physics of CT and ultrasound : tissue imaging and characterization

Multiple regression analysis : applications in the health sciences

NMR in medicine : the instrumentation and clinical applications

Physics of diagnostic radiology; proceedings of a summer school held at Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, July 12-17, 1971

Physics of nuclear medicine : recent advances

Proceedings of a Symposium on Quality Assurance of Radiotherapy Equipment / presented by Missouri River Valley Chapter, AAPM, the University of Kansas, College of Health Sciences and Hospital, Department of Radiation Therapy, and Division of Health Care Outreach and Continuing Education, Kansas City, Missouri, June 4-5, 1982

Quality assurance in diagnostic radiology : proceedings of the "Higher level quality assurance in diagnostic radiology," symposium on July 30, 1977, in Cincinnati, Ohio

Radiation oncology physics, 1986

Radiological physicists

Recent advances in brachytherapy physics : proceedings of the "Recent Advances in Brachytherapy Physics" Workshop held on October 5 and 6, 1979, in Sturbridge, Massachusetts

Recent developments in digital imaging

Specification, acceptance testing, and quality control of diagnostic x-ray imaging equipment

Teletherapy : present and future

The Physics of medical imaging : recording system measurements and techniques

The Physics of MRI : 1992 AAPM summer school proceedings