Tanya Kairn

Tanya Kairn

A/Prof Tanya Kairn is the Principal Physicist in Cancer Care Services at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. A/Prof Kairn’s clinical background has centred on the management of stereotactic radiosurgery physics services; developing systems for tracking and continuous quality improvement of stereotactic radiosurgery physics tasks, providing training in small field dosimetry techniques, managing interdisciplinary projects covering extra-cranial stereotactic treatment techniques, and commissioning Queensland’s first Novalis/Truebeam STx system.

Despite a formidable clinical workload, A/Prof Kairn has held an adjunct Associate Professorship in Medical Physics at the Queensland University of Technology since 2012, has supervised 12 Medical Physics Masters students and 4 PhD students to completion, published more than 100 papers and given numerous conference presentations.

A/Prof Kairn’s research covers a broad range of topics including the development of methods to improve the accuracy and reliability of measurements made using gel and film dosimetry, as well as the use of diodes for stereotactic and small field dosimetry, but her most important recent work has been focused on the valuable clinical information that can be gained by investigating trends in large radiotherapy treatment planning and quality assurance data sets.

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