ARO Physics Team Attracts Top Talent

At ARO, providing the best care in a safe environment is a priority.

The physics team has a critical role to ensure radiation safety and protection for our patients, staff and the general public. Their responsibilities include, but are not limited to, developing new treatment techniques and commissioning the new technologies to deliver the most effect treatment to deliver the best patient experience.

Dr Rick Sims (CSci, MIPEM) has recently been promoted to Chief Physicist to lead the ARO physics team. His breadth and depth of experience include working for NHS trusts in the UK and a DHB in New Zealand. His responsibilities include managing the radiation therapy service and leading the commissioning of new equipment and treatment techniques. Rick is a state registered Clinical Scientist in Radiation Therapy and possesses Chartered Scientist status in the UK. He is also a peer reviewer for radiation therapy journals.

Our current physics team includes a Senior Physicist Deirdre Hutton (MACPSEM MIPEM) and Medical Physicist Dayan Loria. Deirdre has worked in the field of Radiation Therapy for over 20 years covering the UK, Netherlands and New Zealand. Deirdre attained Clinical Scientist status in the UK and is currently accredited by the Australasian College of Physical Scientists & Engineers in Medicine (ACPSEM). Dayan has worked with ARO since 2009 after studying Medical Physics in the Philippines and completing a fellowship in Medical Physics at Seoul National University in South Korea.

A new Physicist, Ross McGurk, has recently joined ARO after completing his PhD and Medical Physics training in Duke University and UNC Chapel Hill in North Carolina, USA. Ross was a recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship in 2007 during his undergraduate studies at University of Canterbury, NZ. We are fortunate to have Ross join the already talented and experienced ARO physics team.

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