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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

Intra-operative Radiation Therapy for Colorectal or Anal Cancer at Risk for Margin-Positive Resection: Initial Results of a Single-Institution Registry.
Arshad M, Al-Hallaq H, Polite BN, Shogan BD, Hyman N, Liauw SL. Intra-operative Radiation Therapy for Colorectal or Anal Cancer at Risk for Margin-Positive Resection: Initial Results of a Single-Institution Registry. Ann Surg Oncol. 2022 Oct 18.
PMID: 36255512

ASO Visual Abstract: Intraoperative Radiation Therapy for Colorectal or Anal Cancer at Risk for Margin-Positive Resection: Initial Results of a Single-Institution Registry.
Arshad M, Al-Hallaq H, Polite BN, Shogan BD, Hyman N, Liauw SL. ASO Visual Abstract: Intraoperative Radiation Therapy for Colorectal or Anal Cancer at Risk for Margin-Positive Resection: Initial Results of a Single-Institution Registry. Ann Surg Oncol. 2022 Oct 12.
PMID: 36224512

Multicriteria Optimization in Brachytherapy.
Beaulieu L, Al-Hallaq H, Rosen BS, Carlson DJ. Multicriteria Optimization in Brachytherapy. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2022 10 01; 114(2):177-180.
PMID: 36055313

Toward understanding deep learning classification of anatomic sites: lessons from the development of a CBCT projection classifier.
Cruz-Bastida JP, Pearson E, Al-Hallaq H. Toward understanding deep learning classification of anatomic sites: lessons from the development of a CBCT projection classifier. J Med Imaging (Bellingham). 2022 Jul; 9(4):045002.
PMID: 35903414

Interviewing for residency positions while completing a graduate degree: Considerations for graduate students, mentors, and program directors.
Newhauser W, Pitcher G, Swanson C, Armato SG, Al-Hallaq H. Interviewing for residency positions while completing a graduate degree: Considerations for graduate students, mentors, and program directors. J Appl Clin Med Phys. 2022 08; 23(8):e13700.
PMID: 35699204

Surface guided radiation therapy: An international survey on current clinical practice.
Batista V, Gober M, Moura F, Webster A, Oellers M, Ramtohul M, Kügele M, Freislederer P, Buschmann M, Anastasi G, Steiner E, Al-Hallaq H, Lehmann J. Surface guided radiation therapy: An international survey on current clinical practice. Tech Innov Patient Support Radiat Oncol. 2022 Jun; 22:1-8.
PMID: 35402740

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

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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