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J. Daniel Bourland, PhD

J. Daniel Bourland, PhD

J. Daniel Bourland, PhD, head of Radiation Physics and Dosimetry Core at Wake Forest, works with industry and the government to assess therapeutic and medical device products for their ability to treat or protect from radiation skin injuries.

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J. Daniel Bourland, PhD, head of Radiation Physics and Dosimetry Core

J. Daniel Bourland, PhD, medical physicist, specializes in radiation physics, including dosimetry, gamma radiosurgery and imaging applications in radiation oncology. He works with industry and government to assess therapeutic and medical device products for their ability to treat or protect from radiation skin injuries, including those from beta particles, gamma rays, X-rays and whole body radiation. He is professor of radiation oncology, physics and biomedical engineering at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and head of the Radiation Physics and Dosimetry Core. He specializes in dosimetry, gamma radiosurgery and imaging applications, devising irradiation techniques and procedures for animal studies and human clinical trials. He partners with companies and the government on BARDA and other sponsored studies to develop medical counter-measures to radiological events.

Bourland earned both his master of science in public health degree and his doctoral degree in health and medical physics from the University of North Carolina. After completing his postdoctoral work, he worked as radiation oncology faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Mayo Clinic. He joined the faculty at Wake Forest School of Medicine in 1995.

J. Daniel Bourland’s interests in medical physics include small field dosimetry and dose calculations, gamma radiosurgery, imaging applications and medical countermeasures for radiological terrorism. He helped found Wake Forest Baptist’s department of radiation oncology in 1995 and advanced radiation treatment technologies, such as the Gamma Knife program and radiation oncology simulation.

Bourland’s work includes writing research protocols and devising irradiation techniques and procedures for animal studies and human clinical trials. He develops novel beta radiation sources to study radiation skin injuries and treatments for those injuries. He also studies the effects of whole-body radiation, including the effectiveness of radiation on cognitive function and its implications for long-term space travel.

As head of the Radiation Physics and Dosimetry Core at Wake Forest Baptist, Bourland offers scientific and technical expertise and resources for imaging and irradiation research. The core supports physics and biological research through consulting on the use of imaging and irradiation modalities, electron and photon irradiations, as well as radiation dose computation, measurement and assessment. He also directs the Wake Forest graduate program in medical physics.

Bourland participates in Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) studies that prepare for large-scale response to radiological events. He works with industry partners to determine if existing products can be re-tasked for use during radiological events. These projects include assessing therapeutic and medical device products for their ability to treat radiation skin injuries from beta particles, gamma rays, X-rays and whole body radiation and to detect biological changes in blood due to radiation in order to develop methods to assess radiation doses.

Bourland frequently partners with companies on BARDA studies and other research projects. He collaborates with a variety of multidisciplinary investigators, including biologists, neuroscientists, radiation oncologists, veterinarians and biomedical engineers, in his research. He collaborates with industry in areas such as research and clinical consulting, dose assessment, model development, radiation protocols and imaging and radiation devices.

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J. Daniel Bourland, PhD, is a medical physicist with over 25 years of experience in:

  • Dosimetry for small radiation fields
  • Gamma radiosurgery
  • Oncology imaging
  • Radiologic terrorism
  • Medical physics
  • Beta sources

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