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The American Association of Physicists has elected Dr. Charles D. Bloch, a medical physicist in the UW Department of Radiation Oncology, as a Fellow of the Association. The category of Fellow honors members who have distinguished themselves by their contributions in research, education, or leadership in the medical physics community.

The award was presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine in Nashville, TN on July 30, 2018.

Charles Bloch received his PhD in physics from Michigan State University in 1987 before joining Indiana University. There, Dr. Bloch developed the proton therapy system which treated their first patient in 1993 and he continued to support treatments there through the year 2000. Dr. Bloch has held faculty positions at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Baylor College of Medicine, and Washington University in St. Louis. He has been active in graduate education and continued research and development in proton therapy.

Currently, Dr. Bloch is an Associate Professor at UW supporting the Seattle proton therapy center. From 2012 through 2017 Dr. Bloch was Chair of the AAPM Online Learning Services Subcommittee as well as other positions under the Education Council, on which he continues to serve. He received his board certification from the ABMP in 2004 and the ABR in 2015. He has more than 50 peer-reviewed publications and numerous invited presentations at national and international meetings.