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Hao Gao, Ph.D., DABR

Hao Gao portrait
Associate Professor, Radiation Oncology

Professional Background

Dr. Gao is an Associate Professor and Director of Physics Research in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Kansas Cancer Center. Prior to joining KU in 2021, Dr. Gao served as Assistant Professor in the Departments of Mathematics, Radiology, and Radiation Oncology at Emory University, and Professor in the School of Biomedical Engineering at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Dr. Gao’s research laboratory at KUMC is currently being funded by an NIH R37 MERIT grant, a KUCC physicist-scientist recruiting grant, and industry grants. Dr. Gao is board certified in Therapeutic Physics by the American Board of Radiology and provides clinical service at the KUCC Radiation Oncology located in the Richard and Annette Bloch Radiation Oncology Pavilion. He is dedicated to developing the next-generation imaging and radiation therapy modalities for cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Education and Training
  • PhD, Computational Mathematics, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, California
  • MS, Medical Physics, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, California
  • BS, Physics, University of Science & Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui
  • Residency, Medical Physics, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
Licensure, Accreditations & Certifications
  • Therapeutic Medical Physics, ABR
Professional Affiliations
  • American Association of Physicists in Medicine , Member, 2009 - Present

Current Research and Grants
  • Novel Optimization Methods and Treatment Planning System for Clinically-Deliverable Truly-Hybrid Proton-Photon Radiotherapy, NIH R37CA250921
  • Simultaneous dose and dose rate optimization for clinical FLASH proton radiotherapy, NIH R01CA261964