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Todd Atwood

Title(s)Associate Clinical Professor, Radiation Medicine and Applied Science
SchoolHealth Sciences
Address9500 Gilman Drive #0865
La Jolla CA 92093
Phone858-822-4842
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    Stanford University, Stanford, CAResidency06/2010Medical Physics
    Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NCPh.D.06/2008Medical Physics
    Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NCM.S.07/2005Medical Imaging
    University of North Carolina, Chapel HillB.S.05/2001Applied Science

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    Dr. Todd Atwood is an Associate Professor and Senior Associate Division Director of Transformational Clinical Physics. He is also the Technology Section Chief for the Benign service, which includes our evolving program in noninvasive cardiac radioablation. Dr. Atwood's clinical focus is on external beam radiation therapy workflow development, stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) techniques, and respiratory motion management.

    In addition to his clinical responsibilities, Dr. Atwood is spearheading our program to transform the role of the Clinical Medical Physicist. An important component of this program is the Physics Direct Patient Care Initiative (PDPCI), whereby medical physicists establish independent professional relationships with patients to facilitate more impactful innovations and initiate new clinical collaborations with radiation oncologists. He is the Principal Investigator (PI) of a Phase II and a Phase III randomized clinical trial evaluating the impact of physics direct patient care on patient experience and operational efficiency.

    Dr. Atwood is also dedicated to service and education on both the national and international level. He is the Chair of the Smart Practice Subcommittee of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Medical Physics 3.0 Committee. He is also the Vice-Chair of the AAPM Ad Hoc Committee on External Communications and Social Media. In addition, Dr. Atwood is the co-creator of the Varian Advanced Radiotherapy Clinical School, the UC San Diego Patient Communication for Medical Physicists Workshop, and the animated web series “Radiation Oncology IS Physics”.

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    1. A review of patient questions from physicist-patient consults. J Appl Clin Med Phys. 2020 Jun 09. Atwood TF, Brown DW, Juang T, Moore KL, McConnell KA, Steers JM, Murphy JD, Mundt AJ, Pawlicki T. PMID: 32519450.
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    2. Noninferiority Study of Automated Knowledge-Based Planning Versus Human-Driven Optimization Across Multiple Disease Sites. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2020 02 01; 106(2):430-439. Cornell M, Kaderka R, Hild SJ, Ray XJ, Murphy JD, Atwood TF, Moore KL. PMID: 31678227.
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    3. Clinical safety assessment of the Halcyon system. Med Phys. 2019 Oct; 46(10):4340-4345. Pawlicki T, Atwood T, McConnell K, Kim GY. PMID: 31350914.
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    4. A program to train medical physicists for direct patient care responsibilities. J Appl Clin Med Phys. 2018 Nov; 19(6):332-335. Brown DW, Atwood TF, Moore KL, MacAulay R, Murphy JD, Mundt AJ, Pawlicki T. PMID: 30328675.
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    5. Geometric and dosimetric evaluation of atlas based auto-segmentation of cardiac structures in breast cancer patients. Radiother Oncol. 2019 02; 131:215-220. Kaderka R, Gillespie EF, Mundt RC, Bryant AK, Sanudo-Thomas CB, Harrison AL, Wouters EL, Moiseenko V, Moore KL, Atwood TF, Murphy JD. PMID: 30107948.
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    6. Establishing a New Clinical Role for Medical Physicists: A Prospective Phase II Trial. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2018 11 01; 102(3):635-641. Atwood TF, Brown DW, Murphy JD, Moore KL, Mundt AJ, Pawlicki T. PMID: 30244881.
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    7. TG-51 reference dosimetry for the Halcyon™: A clinical experience. J Appl Clin Med Phys. 2018 Jul; 19(4):98-102. Lloyd SAM, Lim TY, Fave X, Flores-Martinez E, Atwood TF, Moiseenko V. PMID: 29785729.
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    8. Automatic patient positioning and gating window settings in respiratory-gated stereotactic body radiation therapy for pancreatic cancer using fluoroscopic imaging. J Appl Clin Med Phys. 2018 Mar; 19(2):74-82. Pettersson N, Simpson D, Atwood T, Hattangadi-Gluth J, Murphy J, Cerviño L. PMID: 29377561.
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    9. Care for Patients, Not for Charts: A Future for Clinical Medical Physics. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2018 01 01; 100(1):21-22. Atwood TF, Brown DW, Murphy JD, Moore KL, Mundt AJ, Pawlicki T. PMID: 29254774.
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    10. Bullet fragment fiducials in stereotactic body radiotherapy as a bridge to transplant for hepatocellular carcinoma. Acta Oncol. 2017 10; 56(10):1324-1327. Takayesu JSK, Tringale KR, Marshall DC, Burkeen J, Valasek MA, Hemming A, Atwood T, Simpson D, Hattangadi-Gluth J. PMID: 28497999.
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    11. Medical Device Recalls in Radiation Oncology: Analysis of US Food and Drug Administration Data, 2002-2015. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2017 06 01; 98(2):438-446. Connor MJ, Tringale K, Moiseenko V, Marshall DC, Moore K, Cervino L, Atwood T, Brown D, Mundt AJ, Pawlicki T, Recht A, Hattangadi-Gluth JA. PMID: 28463163.
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    12. Correlation of liver and pancreas tumor motion with normal anatomical structures determined with deformable image registration. Biomed. Phys. Eng. Express. 2017; 3(1):017001. View Publication.
    13. Adverse Events Involving Radiation Oncology Medical Devices: Comprehensive Analysis of US Food and Drug Administration Data, 1991 to 2015. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2017 01 01; 97(1):18-26. Connor MJ, Marshall DC, Moiseenko V, Moore K, Cervino L, Atwood T, Sanghvi P, Mundt AJ, Pawlicki T, Recht A, Hattangadi-Gluth JA. PMID: 27979446.
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    14. Lung stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT): a single institution’s outcomes and methodology in the context of a literature review. Transl Cancer Res. 2015; 4(4):372-80. View Publication.
    15. Trajectory Modulated Arc Therapy: A Fully Dynamic Delivery With Synchronized Couch and Gantry Motion Significantly Improves Dosimetric Indices Correlated With Poor Cosmesis in Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2015 Aug 01; 92(5):1148-1156. Liang J, Atwood T, von Eyben R, Fahimian B, Chin E, Horst K, Otto K, Hristov D. PMID: 26050608.
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    16. Lung volume reduction after stereotactic ablative radiation therapy of lung tumors: potential application to emphysema. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2014 Sep 01; 90(1):216-23. Binkley MS, Shrager JB, Leung AN, Popat R, Trakul N, Atwood TF, Chaudhuri A, Maxim PG, Diehn M, Loo BW. PMID: 25015205.
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    17. PHD inhibition mitigates and protects against radiation-induced gastrointestinal toxicity via HIF2. Sci Transl Med. 2014 May 14; 6(236):236ra64. Taniguchi CM, Miao YR, Diep AN, Wu C, Rankin EB, Atwood TF, Xing L, Giaccia AJ. PMID: 24828078.
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    18. Dosimetric analysis of organs at risk during expiratory gating in stereotactic body radiation therapy for pancreatic cancer. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2013 Mar 15; 85(4):1090-5. Taniguchi CM, Murphy JD, Eclov N, Atwood TF, Kielar KN, Christman-Skieller C, Mok E, Xing L, Koong AC, Chang DT. PMID: 23273994.
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    19. Volumetric modulated arc therapy planning method for supine craniospinal irradiation. J Radiat Oncol. 2012; 1(3):291-97. View Publication.
    20. Radiotherapy dose perturbation of esophageal stents examined in an experimental model. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2012 Apr 01; 82(5):1659-64. Atwood TF, Hsu A, Ogara MM, Luba DG, Tamler BJ, Disario JA, Maxim PG. PMID: 21514064.
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    21. Gamma knife radiosurgery treatment planning for small animals using high-resolution 7T micro-magnetic resonance imaging. Radiat Res. 2009 Nov; 172(5):625-31. Wiant D, Atwood TF, Olson J, Papagikos M, Forbes ME, Riddle DR, Bourland JD. PMID: 19883231.
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    22. Quantitative in vivo proton MR spectroscopic evaluation of the irradiated rat brain. J Magn Reson Imaging. 2007 Dec; 26(6):1590-5. Atwood T, Robbins ME, Zhu JM. PMID: 17968883.
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    23. Quantitative magnetic resonance spectroscopy reveals a potential relationship between radiation-induced changes in rat brain metabolites and cognitive impairment. Radiat Res. 2007 Nov; 168(5):574-81. Atwood T, Payne VS, Zhao W, Brown WR, Wheeler KT, Zhu JM, Robbins ME. PMID: 17973545.
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