Radiation biology workforce in the United States

Jacqueline P. Williams*, Mitchell S. Anscher, Marcelo Vazquez, Amy Kronenberg, Jeffrey S. Willey, Theodore Lawrence, Gayle E. Woloschak, Brian Marples, Rosemary Wong, Roger W. Howell

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In recent decades, the principal goals of participants in the field of radiation biologists have included defining dose thresholds for cancer and non-cancer endpoints to be used by regulators, clinicians and industry, as well as informing on best practice radiation utilization and protection applications. Importantly, much of this work has required an intimate relationship between “bench” radiation biology scientists and their target audiences (such as physicists, medical practitioners and epidemiologists) in order to ensure that the requisite gaps in knowledge are adequately addressed. However, despite the growing risk for public exposure to higher-than-background levels of radiation, e.g. from long-distance travel, the increasing use of ionizing radiation during medical procedures, the threat from geopolitical instability, and so forth, there has been a dramatic decline in the number of qualified radiation biologists in the U.S. Contributing factors are thought to include the loss of applicable training programs, loss of jobs, and declining opportunities for advancement. This report was undertaken in order to begin addressing this situation since inaction may threaten the viability of radiation biology as a scientific discipline.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere13743
JournalJournal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
Issue numberS1
StatePublished - Dec 2022


  • radiation biology
  • workforce

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Instrumentation
  • Radiation
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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