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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

AAPM task group report 302: Surface-guided radiotherapy.
Al-Hallaq HA, Cerviño L, Gutierrez AN, Havnen-Smith A, Higgins SA, Kügele M, Padilla L, Pawlicki T, Remmes N, Smith K, Tang X, Tomé WA. AAPM task group report 302: Surface-guided radiotherapy. Med Phys. 2022 Apr; 49(4):e82-e112.
PMID: 35179229

Intra-Operative Radiation Therapy and Surgical Excision for Locally Recurrent Gastrointestinal Cancers: Initial Results of a Single-Institution Registry.
Arshad M, Al-Hallaq HA, Polite BN, Hyman N, Liauw S. Intra-Operative Radiation Therapy and Surgical Excision for Locally Recurrent Gastrointestinal Cancers: Initial Results of a Single-Institution Registry. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2021 Nov 01; 111(3S):e28-e29.
PMID: 34701081

A framework for automated and streamlined kV cone beam computed tomography image quality assurance: a multi-institutional study.
Ayan AS, Kim G, Whitaker M, Al-Hallaq H, Hsu SH, Woollard J, Roberts DA, Shtraus N, Gao S, Gupta N, Moran JM. A framework for automated and streamlined kV cone beam computed tomography image quality assurance: a multi-institutional study. Biomed Phys Eng Express. 2021 10 05; 7(6).
PMID: 34544065

Evaluation of Dose Distribution to Organs-at-Risk in a Prospective Phase 1 Trial of Pembrolizumab and Multisite Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT).
Xiao A, Luke JJ, Partouche J, Karrison T, Chmura SJ, Al-Hallaq HA. Evaluation of Dose Distribution to Organs-at-Risk in a Prospective Phase 1 Trial of Pembrolizumab and Multisite Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT). Pract Radiat Oncol. 2022 Jan-Feb; 12(1):68-77.
PMID: 34607037

A Phase 1 Trial of Concurrent or Sequential Ipilimumab, Nivolumab, and Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy in Patients With Stage IV NSCLC Study.
Bestvina CM, Pointer KB, Karrison T, Al-Hallaq H, Hoffman PC, Jelinek MJ, Juloori A, Melotek JM, Murgu S, Partouche J, Vokes EE, Weichselbaum RR, Pitroda SP, Patel JD, Chmura SJ. A Phase 1 Trial of Concurrent or Sequential Ipilimumab, Nivolumab, and Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy in Patients With Stage IV NSCLC Study. J Thorac Oncol. 2022 01; 17(1):130-140.
PMID: 34500113

The role of surface-guided radiation therapy for improving patient safety.
Al-Hallaq H, Batista V, Kügele M, Ford E, Viscariello N, Meyer J. The role of surface-guided radiation therapy for improving patient safety. Radiother Oncol. 2021 10; 163:229-236.
PMID: 34453955

Development of a neonate X-ray phantom for 2D imaging applications using single-tone inkjet printing.
Cruz-Bastida JP, Marshall EL, Reiser N, George J, Pearson EA, Feinstein KA, Al-Hallaq HA, Burton CS, Beaulieu D, MacDougall RD, Reiser I. Development of a neonate X-ray phantom for 2D imaging applications using single-tone inkjet printing. Med Phys. 2021 Sep; 48(9):4944-4954.
PMID: 34255871

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 06 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

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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