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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

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

A survey of surface imaging use in radiation oncology in the United States.
Padilla L, Havnen-Smith A, Cerviño L, Al-Hallaq HA. A survey of surface imaging use in radiation oncology in the United States. J Appl Clin Med Phys. 2019 Nov 19.
PMID: 31743588

Cured in a FLASH: Reducing Normal Tissue Toxicities Using Ultra-High-Dose Rates.
Al-Hallaq H, Cao M, Kruse J, Klein E. Cured in a FLASH: Reducing Normal Tissue Toxicities Using Ultra-High-Dose Rates. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2019 06 01; 104(2):257-260.
PMID: 31047621

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

Machine learning for automated quality assurance in radiotherapy: A proof of principle using EPID data description.
El Naqa I, Irrer J, Ritter TA, DeMarco J, Al-Hallaq H, Booth J, Kim G, Alkhatib A, Popple R, Perez M, Farrey K, Moran JM. Machine learning for automated quality assurance in radiotherapy: A proof of principle using EPID data description. Med Phys. 2019 Apr; 46(4):1914-1921.
PMID: 30734324

NCTN Assessment on Current Applications of Radiomics in Oncology.
Nie K, Al-Hallaq H, Li XA, Benedict SH, Sohn JW, Moran JM, Fan Y, Huang M, Knopp MV, Michalski JM, Monroe J, Obcemea C, Tsien CI, Solberg T, Wu J, Xia P, Xiao Y, El Naqa I. NCTN Assessment on Current Applications of Radiomics in Oncology. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2019 06 01; 104(2):302-315.
PMID: 30711529

Collision-avoiding imaging trajectories for linac mounted cone-beam CT.
Davis AM, Pearson EA, Pan X, Pelizzari CA, Al-Hallaq H. Collision-avoiding imaging trajectories for linac mounted cone-beam CT. J Xray Sci Technol. 2019; 27(1):1-16.
PMID: 30400125

Variation in algorithm implementation across radiomics software.
Foy JJ, Robinson KR, Li H, Giger ML, Al-Hallaq H, Armato SG. Variation in algorithm implementation across radiomics software. J Med Imaging (Bellingham). 2018 Oct; 5(4):044505.
PMID: 30840747

Single-institution report of setup margins of voluntary deep-inspiration breath-hold (DIBH) whole breast radiotherapy implemented with real-time surface imaging.
Xiao A, Crosby J, Malin M, Kang H, Washington M, Hasan Y, Chmura SJ, Al-Hallaq HA. Single-institution report of setup margins of voluntary deep-inspiration breath-hold (DIBH) whole breast radiotherapy implemented with real-time surface imaging. J Appl Clin Med Phys. 2018 Jul; 19(4):205-213.
PMID: 29935001

Initial experience using superflab as intravaginal packing during interstitial brachytherapy for advanced gynecologic cancer.
Kharouta M, Malin M, Son C, Al-Hallaq H, Hasan Y. Initial experience using superflab as intravaginal packing during interstitial brachytherapy for advanced gynecologic cancer. J Contemp Brachytherapy. 2018 Jun; 10(3):218-224.
PMID: 30038641

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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