Faiz Khan

Faiz M. Khan

President at The American Association of Physicists in Medicine

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Hospital Physicist  - Mayo Clinic


MS degree  - physics , 

PhD  - 


Professor Emeritus  - University of Minnesota

Member  - Indiana State Medical Association

Member  - American Academy of Family Physicians

Member  - American Medical Association

Board Member  - International Organization for Medical Physics

Professor Emeritus  - University of Maryland Medical System Foundation

Professor Emeritus  - U of M

Chair, Physics Written Test Committee for Therapeutic Radiology  - American Board of Radiology

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Faiz M. Khan, PhD, 1989

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Faiz M. Khan, 1989

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Faiz M. Khan
AAPM History and Heritage - Faiz Mohammad Khan Faiz Mohammad Khan FAIZ MOHAMMAD KHAN After receiving his MS degree in physics, Dr. Khan got his first job in 1960 as Hospital Physicist at Mayo Hospital, Lahore. He soon realized that he was the first medical physicist in Pakistan and that he needed to go abroad to further his education and training in medical physics. Opportunity arrived in 1963 when he got selected for a US Fulbright Scholarship. He got admission to the University of Minnesota PhD program in Biophysics with Dr. Merle Loken (a nuclear medicine physician and a board certified radiological physicist) as his academic advisor. He received his doctorate degree in 1969. When he was a graduate student, Dr. Khan worked in the department of Therapeutic Radiology with Dr. Vaughn Moore who was then the Chief Physicist. In 1968, Dr. Khan received a faculty appointment as Instructor. He progressed through the ranks to become Associate Professor and Director of Radiation Physics in 1974. He was promoted to a full professorship position in 1979. He held the position of Professor and Director until he retired in 2001. After his retirement, he maintained his association with the Radiation Oncology department at the U of M as Professor Emeritus and continued his participation in teaching of residents and graduate students. As an academic medical physicist, Dr. Khan had three major responsibilities: clinical service, research, and education. Administrative responsibilities (as Director of Radiation Physics) were added in 1973. Throughout his tenure of service at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Khan's highest priority was clinical service , to provide the best possible care for patients and a high level of physics support to the clinic. In pursuing these goals, research and education became part and parcel of his endeavor. Dr. Khan directed the educational programs in radiation oncology physics at the University of Minnesota from 1973 to 2001. He participated in teaching and training of medical and physics residents, graduate students, and therapists for over 40 years. He advised graduate students in medical physics, leading to 5 completing PhD and 4 MS degrees. He was instrumental in creating the first medical physics residency program in the country. Besides teaching formal courses at the U, Dr. Khan had keen interest in teaching medical physics in other educational settings. Over the years, he participated as faculty in a number of AAPM Summer Schools, and numerous lectures, refresher courses, and symposia , nationally and internationally. He was faculty at the AAPM/IOMP sponsored international workshops held in 13 countries from 1991 to 2007. Dr. Khan published his first paper in 1968 on irregular surface compensators, and his last paper in 2001 on electron beam dosimetry. His major research interests were in radiation dosimetry, treatment planning, treatment techniques, and radiation biology. In the span of 33 years, he published over 80 papers in peer-reviewed journals. Writing books has been a passion with Dr. Khan throughout his career as well as in retirement. He is the author of the textbook: "The Physics of Radiation Therapy" (3rd ed., 2003), editor of "The Treatment Planning in Radiation Oncology" (2nd ed., 2007), and co-editor of "Technological Basis of Radiation Therapy" (3rd ed., 1999). Dr. Khan became a member of the AAPM in 1968. Since then, he has been actively involved with the scientific and educational activities of the AAPM. He chaired Task Group 25 on electron beam dosimetry and was Chair of Radiation Therapy Committee from 1984 to 1987. He was elected President of the AAPM in 1989. His most noteworthy accomplishment as AAPM president was the establishment of Presidential Ad Hoc Committee on medical physics residency programs. This committee produced a residency document (AAPM Report 36) that became the basis of medical physics residency programs in the US and Canada. Dr. Khan served on the American Board of Radiology (ABR) Physics Advisory Committee from 1990 to 1993. He chaired the ABR "Physics Written Test Committee" for therapeutic radiology from 1979 to 1993. He was Guest Examiner for the ABR oral exams in Therapeutic Radiological Physics from 1983 to 1993. From 1992 to 1999, Dr. Khan examined on the American Board of Medical Physics (ABMP). He was Chairman of ABMP from 1996 to 1999.

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