San Antonio (April 6, 2004) – Louis B. Levy, a prominent medical physicist who earned his Ph.D. in biophysics from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 1974, will receive the Gold Medal Award at the Texas Radiological Society’s annual scientific meeting April 16 in Dallas.
Dr. Levy, who helped establish the radiation therapy service at Brooke Army Medical Center during a 24-year military career, was one of the first graduates of the Health Science Center’s Ph.D. program in radiological sciences and was the first black medical physicist to gain board certification from the American Board of Radiology. He is a fellow of the American College of Radiology and the American Association of Physicists in Medicine. “Dr. Levy served on the staff of the Cancer Therapy and Research Center (CTRC) for many years and taught in the graduate program in radiological sciences at the Health Science Center. He had several Ph.D. graduates under his mentorship,” said his colleague, James Hevezi, Ph.D., chief of physics at the CTRC and professor of radiology and radiation oncology at the Health Science Center.
Dr. Levy founded Radiological Physics Associates, L.L.P., in San Antonio in 1982 and is senior medical physicist with the firm. In March 1998, Gov. George W. Bush appointed Dr. Levy to the Texas Board of Licensure for Professional Medical Physicists and he served as chair on the board until his term expired in 2003.
Medical physicists apply concepts of physics to the diagnosis and treatment of human disease, including cancer.