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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

ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3544-6638

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 interests focus on the following areas:

- 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.

- 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.

- Mathematical formalisms used in radiation dosimetry.

Brief Biography

I received a Ph.D. in physics, with a specialization in medical physics, from Carleton University after studying chemistry and physics at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario. I later joined The Ottawa Hospital, first as a medical physics resident, and later as a staff medical physicist in the Radiation Medicine Program.

Selected Publications

  • J. Sutherland, J. Belec, A. Sheikh, L. Chepelev, W. Althobaity, B. J. W. Chow, D. Mitsouras, A. Christensen, F. Rybicki, D. J. La Russa, Applying modern virtual and augmented reality technologies to medical images and models, Journal of Digital Imaging, Published online Sep, 2018.
  • J. Sutherland, D. La Russa, Virtual reality: 3D Printing in Medicine, Ed. F. J. Rybicki, G. T. Grant, Springer International Publishing, 2017
  • 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

Diseases, conditions and populations of interest