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Contact Information

Daniel La Russa, PhD, FCCPM
613-737-7700 ext75427

Department of Medical Physics
Radiation Medicine Program
The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre
501 Smyth Road, Box 927, Rm C2376
Ottawa, ON, K1H 8L6

Daniel La Russa

Clinician Investigator, Cancer Therapeutics Program
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine
University of Ottawa
Medical Physicist, Radiation Medicine Program
The Ottawa Hosptial

Research Interests

My current research focuses on the following areas:

- Quality management of radiation therapy treatment planning and delivery processes, with an emphasis on plan evaluation methods and statistical modeling of radiotherapy outcomes. This work includes the development of software for automated evaluation of radiation dose and dose-volume metrics using basic treatment plan information, as well as machine learning methods for the prediction of treatment outcomes. Classic radiobiological evaluation methods and are also being explored.

- Virtual and augmented reality in medicine using consumer-level hardware. Work in this area also focuses on using the novel positional tracking systems associated with these technologies in the radiotherapy setting.

- Mathematical formalisms used in radiation dosimetry.

Brief Biography

Originally from Thunder Bay, Ontario. I received a Ph.D. in physics, with a specialization in medical physics, from Carleton University in 2009. Prior to that I studied chemistry and physics at Lakehead University, graduating with H.B.Sc. in 2004.
I started at the Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre (TOHCC) in 2009 as a medical physics resident, and joined the physics staff in 2011.

Selected Publications

  • R. K. Ujaimi, N. Isfahanian, D. J. La Russa, R. Samant, C. Bredeson, P. Genest, Pulmonary toxicity following total body irradiation for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia: The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre (TOHCC) experience, J. Radiotherapy in Practice, 15 (1), 54 - 60, 2016 
  • J. Belec, N. Ploquin, D. J. La Russa, B. R. Clark, Position-probability-sampled Monte Carlo calculation of VMAT, 3DCRT, step-and-shoot IMRT, and helical tomotherapy dose distributions using BEAMnrc/DOSXTZnrc, Med. Phys., 38 (2), 948 - 960, 2011
  • D. J. La Russa, D. W. O. Rogers, Accuracy of Spencer-Attix cavity theory and calculations of fluence correction factors for the air kerma formalism, Med. Phys., 36 (9), 4173 - 4183, 2009
  • D. J. La Russa, D. W. O. Rogers, Accuracy of EGSnrc calculations at 60Co energies for the response of ion chambers configured with various wall materials and cavity dimensions, Med. Phys., 35 (12), 5629 - 5640, 2008
  • D. J. La Russa, M. McEwen, D. W. O. Rogers, An experimental and computational investigation of the standard temperature-pressure correction factor for ion chambers in kilovoltage x rays, Med. Phys., 34 (12), 4690 - 4699, 2007
  • D. J. La Russa, D. W. O. Rogers, An EGSnrc investigation of the PTP correction factor for ion chambers in kilovoltage x rays, Med. Phys., 33 (12), 4590 - 4599, 2006

Diseases, conditions and populations of interest

Lung cancer