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Hania A. Al-Hallaq, PhD

Dr. Hania Al-Hallaq is an Associate Professor at the University of Chicago in the Department of Radiation & Cellular Oncology. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago Medical Physics program in 1994 after studying the oxygenation status of tumors using BOLD MRI in Greg Karczmar’s laboratory. Hania was also the first resident in Therapeutic Physics at The University of Chicago graduating in 2002.



After a couple of years as a clinical physicist at a large hospital system in the Chicago suburbs, she returned as faculty in Radiation Oncology at the University of Chicago in 2004. She is currently Associate Director of the Graduate Program in Medical Physics and Director of the Medical Physics Certificate Program. Her research focuses on the use of medical imaging to guide treatment positioning and assess treatment response following radiotherapy. She has developed expertise in both x-ray and 3D surface imaging modalities for breast cancer treatments and is chair of TG-302: Surface image-guided radiotherapy. She has published on the use of CT radiomics to predict which patients might later develop RT-induced pneumonitis.



Currently, she serves as Physics PI for several national protocols studying the safety and efficacy of SBRT for metastatic disease (NRG-BR001, NRG-BR002, ALLIANCE-A091505). She is an associate physics editor for the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics. She is chair of AAPM Medical Physics Residency Training and Promotion Subcommittee and a vice-chair of AAPM Education and Training Committee (ETC).

American Board of Radiology
Tuscon, AZ
- Therapeutic Physics Certification
2003

The University of Chicago
Chicago, IL
- Therapeutic Physics Residency
2002

The University of Chicago
Chicago, IL
Ph.D. - Medical Physics
2000

Bryn Mawr College
Bryn Mawr, PA
A.B. - Physics
1994

Evaluation of Safety of Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy for the Treatment of Patients With Multiple Metastases: Findings From the NRG-BR001 Phase 1 Trial.
Chmura S, Winter KA, Robinson C, Pisansky TM, Borges V, Al-Hallaq H, Matuszak M, Park SS, Yi S, Hasan Y, Bazan J, Wong P, Yoon HA, Horton J, Gan G, Milano MT, Sigurdson ER, Moughan J, Salama JK, White J. Evaluation of Safety of Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy for the Treatment of Patients With Multiple Metastases: Findings From the NRG-BR001 Phase 1 Trial. JAMA Oncol. 2021 Jun 01; 7(6):845-852.
PMID: 33885704

AAPM medical physics practice guideline 3.b.: Levels of supervision for medical physicists in clinical training.
Pfeiffer D, Al-Hallaq H, Halvorsen P, Hendrickson K, Lu ZF, Martin MC, Schueler B, Shuman J, E Zoberi J. AAPM medical physics practice guideline 3.b.: Levels of supervision for medical physicists in clinical training. J Appl Clin Med Phys. 2021 Jun; 22(6):11-15.
PMID: 34018313

A study of the dosimetric impact of daily setup variations measured with cone-beam CT on three-dimensional conformal radiotherapy for early-stage breast cancer delivered in the prone position.
Xiao A, Jutzy J, Hubert G, Edens M, Washington M, Hasan Y, Chmura SJ, Al-Hallaq HA. A study of the dosimetric impact of daily setup variations measured with cone-beam CT on three-dimensional conformal radiotherapy for early-stage breast cancer delivered in the prone position. J Appl Clin Med Phys. 2020 Dec; 21(12):146-154.
PMID: 33124774

Harmonization of radiomic feature variability resulting from differences in CT image acquisition and reconstruction: assessment in a cadaveric liver.
Foy JJ, Al-Hallaq HA, Grekoski V, Tran T, Guruvadoo K, Armato Iii SG, Sensakovic WF. Harmonization of radiomic feature variability resulting from differences in CT image acquisition and reconstruction: assessment in a cadaveric liver. Phys Med Biol. 2020 10 16; 65(20):205008.
PMID: 33063693

Physician review of image registration and normal structure delineation.
Turchan WT, Arya R, Hight R, Al-Hallaq H, Dominello M, Joyce D, McCabe BP, McCall AR, Perevalova E, Stepaniak C, Yenice K, Burmeister J, Golden DW. Physician review of image registration and normal structure delineation. J Appl Clin Med Phys. 2020 Nov; 21(11):80-87.
PMID: 32986307

Clinical paradigms and challenges in surface guided radiation therapy: Where do we go from here?
Batista V, Meyer J, Kügele M, Al-Hallaq H. Clinical paradigms and challenges in surface guided radiation therapy: Where do we go from here? Radiother Oncol. 2020 12; 153:34-42.
PMID: 32987044

Effects of variability in radiomics software packages on classifying patients with radiation pneumonitis.
Foy JJ, Armato SG, Al-Hallaq HA. Effects of variability in radiomics software packages on classifying patients with radiation pneumonitis. J Med Imaging (Bellingham). 2020 Jan; 7(1):014504.
PMID: 32118090

Interstitial High-Dose-Rate Gynecologic Brachytherapy: Clinical Workflow Experience From Three Academic Institutions.
Prisciandaro JI, Zhao X, Dieterich S, Hasan Y, Jolly S, Al-Hallaq HA. Interstitial High-Dose-Rate Gynecologic Brachytherapy: Clinical Workflow Experience From Three Academic Institutions. Semin Radiat Oncol. 2020 01; 30(1):29-38.
PMID: 31727297

Clinical and Dosimetric Implications of Intrafractional Cylinder Movement During Vaginal Cuff Brachytherapy.
Onderdonk BE, Wu T, Al-Hallaq H, Son CH, Waller J, Hasan Y. Clinical and Dosimetric Implications of Intrafractional Cylinder Movement During Vaginal Cuff Brachytherapy. Cureus. 2019 Nov 15; 11(11):e6165.
PMID: 31890373

Heart V5 predicts cardiac events in unresectable lung cancer patients undergoing chemoradiation.
Ni L, Koshy M, Connell P, Pitroda S, Golden DW, Al-Hallaq H, Hubert G, Kauffman G, McCall A, Malik R. Heart V5 predicts cardiac events in unresectable lung cancer patients undergoing chemoradiation. J Thorac Dis. 2019 Jun; 11(6):2229-2239.
PMID: 31372260

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Franca Kuchnir Award for Excellence in Physics Residency Teaching
The University of Chicago
2020

Fellow
American Association of Physicists in Medicine
2020

NRG Oncology Outstanding Manuscript
NRG Oncology Clinical Trials
2017

Kurt Rossmann Award for Excellence in Medical Physics Graduate Teaching
The University of Chicago
2017

Franca Kuchnir Award for Excellence in Physics Residency Teaching
The University of Chicago
2009

Kurt Rossmann Award for Excellence in Medical Physics Graduate Teaching
The University of Chicago
2006