Robert Rodgers is a multi-board certified medical physicist specializing in radiation therapy, diagnostic imaging, nuclear medicine and radiation protection. He earned graduate degrees from the U. Alabama-Huntsville (physics), Georgia Tech (health physics) and the U. Texas Health Science Center-Houston (medical physics) while conducting nuclear medicine and radiation therapy physics research at Emory University Hospital and M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, respectively; he also completed an imaging physics fellowship with the Air Force Institute of Technology.
Robert retired as Lieutenant Colonel from the U.S. Air Force in 2016 after serving 20 years in various health and medical physics positions. He was honored to serve in numerous Air Force Medical Service leadership, management and supervisory roles, including: Chief Military Consultant (medical physics) to two Air Force Surgeons General; Air Staff Division Deputy Director (health physics); executive staff representative (Biomedical Sciences Corps) at the Air Force’s flagship medical center, Radiology Department Deputy Commander, Cancer Center Deputy Director, and Chief Medical Physicist.
Robert began his career in academia during 2016 as faculty at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University (Radiation Oncology Department) and the U. Rhode Island (Physics; Natural Sciences and Mathematics Departments) while serving as Associate Chief Medical Physicist at Lifespan Cancer Institute’s Providence campus. In 2018, he joined the radiation oncology faculty at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and serves as Director of Clinical Medical Physics at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center’s Nashville campus. Robert has served as director or deputy director for three medical physics residency programs and assistant director for two graduate medical physics programs.
His clinical research interests include radiosurgery, medical imaging applications for radiotherapy, radiation safety and lean processes. Robert is associate editor for Medical Dosimetry, and is a member of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine’s Board of Directors, Health Physics Society and the American Legion.