Richard Nelson, Phd.

Medical Physicist

Medical physicists have extensive training and have passed a national board examination in radiological physics and are experts in the calculation, measurement, and delivery of radiation for medical purposes. The physicist is responsible for the safety and accuracy of the machines that deliver radiation and the computer system used to plan the treatments. He regularly takes measurements of the radiation beams and performs other tests. He checks the treatment record of each patient each week to ensure the proper dose is being delivered.

Dr. Nelson obtained his B.S. from Iowa State and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. He is board certified by the American Board of Radiology in Therapeutic Radiological Physics and Diagnostic Radiological Physics and by the American Board of Medical Physics in Radiation Oncology Physics. He started his medical physics career at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and has worked at Tripler Army Medical Center, Carle, and Presence and has been at Christie for the last 11 years.

Richard is married and has two grown boys and two grandchildren.  He lives in Champaign within biking distance and generally rides to work.

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