Wheeling Hospital’s Dr. Butler Named Radiation Safety Officer
December 27, 2018
WHEELING – Dr. Wayne Butler, Ph.D., who has been Chief Medical Physicist at Wheeling Hospital since 1989, has just been approved by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) as Radiation Safety Officer for the hospital.
“Dr. Butler’s contribution to not only our department but the national medical physics community is second to none. He has been instrumental in ensuring that all NRC guidelines are met at the highest level and has been intimately involved in the clinical implementation of multiple new technologies at our institution during his tenure. We are fortunate to have him as a member of our family,” said Dr. Gregory Merrick, director of the Schiffler Cancer Center at Wheeling Hospital.
Merrick and Butler have trained more than 400 physicians and physicists at courses throughout the country. They, along with their colleagues at the Schiffler Cancer Center, have published over 300 peer-reviewed articles concerning their research on prostate cancer including brachytherapy implant techniques and quality, long-term outcomes and patient quality of life.
Butler’s undergraduate degree is from Union College in Schenectady, NY, and his Ph.D. from Brown University in Providence, RI. He is certified in Therapeutic Radiological Physics by the American Board of Radiology and is a long-time member of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society and the American Brachytherapy Society (ABS).
Earlier this year, the ABS honored Butler by naming him as one of the 24 fellows of the society. Butler is also an associate editor of the research journal Brachytherapy, and he has also served as scientific manuscript reviewer/editor for Medical Physics and the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology and Physics.
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