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Prof. B. Heijmen, PhD


After obtaining MSc and PhD degrees in experimental molecular and laser physics at the Catholic University of Nijmegen, Ben Heijmen started in 1988 with a residency in medical physics for radiotherapy at the former Daniel den Hoed Cancer Center (currently integrated in the Erasmus MC Cancer Institute). In 1992 he joined the medical physics faculty of the department of Radiation Oncology. In 2005 he was appointed as full professor in Radiation Oncology Physics.

Ben Heijmen has been active in many research topics in physics applied to radiotherapy, including automated treatment plan generation, computer optimization of (non-coplanar) beam angles, image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT), adaptive radiotherapy (ART), stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) with a Cyberknife robotic treatment unit, proton therapy, and development of procedures and software for enhancement of patient safety, including electronic portal imaging (EPID) based in-vivo dosimetry. His main (but not only) current interest is in development of automated treatment planning, and the use of automated planning for bias-free comparison of treatment strategies and for development of novel treatment approaches. He is member of the Physics Committee and the board of the Education Council of ESTRO, Director of the ESTRO course ‘Physics for Modern Radiotherapy’ and the ESTRO ‘Research Masterclass in Radiotherapy Physics’. He is also member of the Editorial Board of “Radiotherapy and Oncology” (Green Journal), associate editor of Medical Physics, and member of the Research Steering Group of the Holland Particle Therapy Center (Holland PTC).