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Team Member Spotlight: Yixiang Liao, Ph.D.

Please meet Rush Radiosurgery team member Yixiang Liao, Medical Physicist.

Yixiang Liao, Ph.D. is a medical physicist with Rush Radiosurgery and an Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the Medical Physics Residency Program at Rush University Medical Center.

She has worked in the healthcare industry for over 13 years and joined the Rush Radiosurgery team in 2012.

Dr. Liao received her Ph.D. in atmospheric physics from the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois, and her Master of Science in medical physics from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.

As a member of the medical physicist team, Dr. Liao’s daily job touches almost every aspect of the patient treatment.  From patient simulation, treatment planning to patient-specific treatment quality assurance, to the chart checking that make sure the treatment is safe for the patient and accurate as the physician intended, she is an integral member of the direct patient care team.  She also checks the machine performance periodically to ensure consistent beam quality and works closely with our physicians, dosimetrists, and therapists to provide consults from a physicist perspective.  Outside of her clinical duties, she enjoys teaching medical physics courses to radiation oncology residents and mentoring medical physics residents.  Research and innovation are what keeps her thriving in the medical physics field and she is enthusiastic to apply the knowledge and advanced technology to provide safe and high-quality patient care.

Dr. Liao enjoys many aspects of her role as a medical physicist, but what she loves most is the impact her work has on her patient’s quality of life and health.  Providing high-quality treatment plans and ensuring safe treatment to the patient is always her goal and her patient’s smile is her best reward.

In her spare time, Dr. Liao enjoys family hikes in the forest preserves and visiting museums and zoos.