Research Interests:

  • Dosimetric evaluations and comparisons between different radiation delivery technologies and evaluations of newly developed treatment techniques and TPS models
  • Evaluation new treatment device and techniques and explore new QA method for some QA applications such as large field size or small field size patient QA; QA verification for new image devices and using CBCT for prediction of patient treatment re-planning and MR image based plan QA method, etc.
  • Special Treatment procedure such as spatially fractionated radiation (GRID) using helical tomotherapy and VMAT linear accelerator, TBI treatment using helical tomotherapy and TomoDirect

Clinic Focus:

  • Treatment planning system: Varian Eclipse, Research Raystation, Helical Tomotherapy, Gamma Knife Perfexion and Oncentral HDR planning
  • New treatment Machine and treatment planning system acceptance and commissioning (Truebeam STx, Tomotherapy HDA, TPS (Eclipse,, RayStation, Helical Tomotherapy); patient and machine QAs including annual, monthly QA for TureBeam STx, Helical Tomotherapy, Gamma Knife, Nucletron HDR QA and patient QAs.
  • Developing new treatment and planning procedures including: Special treatment procedure such as GRID treatment, TBI; Newly developed clinical application procedures: Fallback planning using RayStation, 3D-CRT planning using MCO optimization for hippocampal avoidance whole brain radiotherapy; robust optimization lung treatment plans.

Education/Training :

  • Medical Physics Resident, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Nuclear and Radiology Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Diplomat of the American Board of Radiology

Publications:

  • Zhang, J. Penagaricano, N.Ganesh, P. Corry, T. Liu, M. Sanjay, N. paudel and S. Morrill Helical Tomotherapy to LINAC plan conversion utilizing RayStation Fallback Planning. Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics, Vol.18, No.1, 2017, p178-185. DOI: 10.1002/acm2.12032
  • Zhang, J. Penagaricano, N.Ganesh, R.J.Griffin, M. Sanjay, N. Paudel, P. Corry and S. Morrill. Three-dimensional conformal planning using low-segment multi-criteria optimization for hippocampal avoidance whole brain radiotherapy. J Radiat Oncol, DOI 10.1007/s13566-016-0263-6, july 2016.
  • Zhang, J. Penagaricano,Y. Yan, X. Liang, S. Morrill, R. Griffin, P. Corry, V. Ratanatharathorn Spatially fractionated radiotherapy (GRID) using helical tomotherapy. Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics, Vol. 17, No. 1, 2016, p396-407
  • Zhang, J. Penagaricano, E.Y.Han, S. Morrill, M. Hardee, X. Liang, S.K. Gupta, V. Ratanatharathom. Dosimetric Comparison of Craniospinal Irradiation using Different Tomotherapy Techniques. Technol Can Res Treat  [Epub ahead of print] November 14, 2014, doi: 10.1177/1533034614556932
  • Zhang, J. Penagaricano, Y. Yan, S. Sharma, R. J. Griffin, M. Hardee, E.Y.Han, V. Ratanatharathom. Application of spatially fractionated radiation (GRID) to helical tomotherapy using a novel TOMOGRID template. Technol Can Res Treat Express 2013; 1 (1): 89-98