Sylvia Fedoruk Prize


During her 35 years of service, Dr. Fedoruk brought honour to her country, her home province, the medical physics community, all the while maintaining a "down to earthness" which distinguishes her as a "people person". These qualities contributed to her receiving awards such as Saskatoon's Woman of the Year, The Order of Canada, and Saskatchewan's Award of Merit, all in 1986. That same year, she was elected Chancellor of the University of Saskatchewan, and in 1995 she completed a 5-1/2 year term as Saskatchewan's Lieutenant Governor. Dr. Fedoruk was inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame in 2008.

In 1986, the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency established the Sylvia Fedoruk Prize in Medical Physics to honour Dr. Fedoruk for her 35 years of dedicated and distinguished service to Saskatchewan's cancer program. The prize was first awarded in 1988. Selection is made by an anonymous panel of judges appointed jointly by the Canadian College of Physicists in Medicine and the Canadian Organization of Medical Physics.

The prestigious Sylvia Fedoruk Prize is presented for the best paper on a subject falling within the field of medical physics, relating to work carried out wholly or mainly within a Canadian institution and published during the past calendar year. The Sylvia Fedoruk Prize selection process is a multi-stage complex procedure conducted by a panel of anonymous nominators and judges to ensure that the best work is chosen.

In the past, all Canadian manuscripts published in the journals of Medical Physics and Physics in Medicine and Biology were considered for the award. Additionally, other medical physics papers published in other journals could be nominated. As of 2018, the Sylvia Fedoruk Prize selection process is  solely based on COMP member nominations.

Any COMP member can nominate a single Canadian medical physics paper, including one of their own. Nominations for the SFP of a given year are to be made between the beginning of January and the end of February of the following year. Each nomination will have to be accompanied with a maximum one-page justification letter describing each of the Sylvia Fedoruk Prize criteria, which are originality, clarity, science quality and impact on the field. The relationship between the nominator and the authors, such as close collaborators, members of the same committee, friends, family, etc., will also have to be declared in the nomination letter. Gisele Kite ( will be collecting all nominations.

 The award consists of a plaque and a cash prize.

Deadline for submissions: 31 March 2021

2020 Sylvia Fedoruk Award Winners

Congratulations to:

Patricia Oliver
Rowan Thomson

Investigating energy deposition in glandular tissues for mammography using multiscale Monte Carlo simulations

Past Sylvia Fedoruk Award Winners





Luc Beaulieu
Marie-France Côté
Marc-André Fortin
Jean Lagueux
Myriam Laprise-Pelletier
Yunzhi Ma

Intratumoral Injection of Low-Energy Photon-Emitting Gold Nanoparticles: A Microdosimetric Monte Carlo-Based Model


Marc-Andre Renaud
Monica Serban
Jans Seuntjens

On mixed electron-photon radiation therapy optimization using the column generation approach


C. Burton
John R. Mayo
Ian A. Cunningham

Energy subtraction angiography is comparable to digital subtraction angiography in terms of iodine Rose SNR


Q. Matthews
M. Isabelle
S. Harder
J. Smazynsk
W. Beckham
A. Brolo
A. Jirasek
J. Lum

Radiation Induced Glycogen Accumulation Detected by Single Cell Raman Spectroscopy Is Associated with Radioresistance that Can Be Reversed by Metformin
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M. Goulet
M. Riling
L. Gingras
S. Beddar
L. Beaulieu
L. Archambault

Novel, full 3D scintillation dosimetry using a staticplenoptic camera
Medical Physics, 41, Vol. 8, August 2014; 082101


J. Renaud
D. Marchington
J. Seuntjens
A. Sarfehnia

Development of a graphite probe calorimeter for absolute clinical dosimetry
Medical Physics, 40, Vol. 2, February 2013; 020701


M. Goulet
L. Archambault
L. Beaulieu
L. Gingras

High resolution 2D dose measurement device based on a few long scintillating fibers and tomographic reconstruction
Medical Physics, 39, Vol. 8, August 2012; 4840-4849


A. Andreyev
A. Celler

Dual-isotope PET using positron-gamma emitters
Physics in Medicine and Biology, 56, Vol. 14, July 2011; 4539-4556


F. Tessier
I. Kawrakow

Effective point of measurement of thimble ion chambers in megavoltage photon beams Medical Physics, Vol. 37, No. 1, January 2010


B.Gino Fallone

First MR images obtained during megavoltage photon irradiation from a prototype integrated linac-MR system
Medical Physics 36 (6), 2084-2088 (2009)


Karl Otto

Volumetric modulated arc therapyIMRT in a single gantry arc
Medical Physics 35, 310-317 (2008).


Magdalena Bazalova
Luc Beaulieu
Steven Palefsky
Frank Verhaegen

Correction of CT artifacts and its influence on Monte Carlo dose calculations
Medical Physics 34, 2119-2132 (2007)


Brian Nieman
Ann Flenniken
S. Lee Admanson
R. Mark Henkelman
John G. Sled

Anatomical Phenotyping in the Brain and Skull of a Mutant Mouse by Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Computed Tomography
Physiol Genomics 24, 154-162 (2006)


Guy-Ann Turgeon
Glenn Lehmann
Gerard Guiraudon
Maria Drangova
David Holdsworth
Terry Peters

2D-3D registration of coronary angiograms for cardiac procedure planning and guidance
Medical Physics, 32(12),: 3737-49, Dec 2005


Paul Johns
Matthew Wismayer

Measurement of coherent x-ray scatter form factors for amorphous materials using diffractometers
Physics in Medicine and Biology 49, 5233-5250 (2004)


Abbas Samani
Johnathan Bishop
Chris Luginbuhl
Donald Plewes

Measuring the elastic modulus of ex vivo small tissue samples
Physics in Medicine and Biology 48, 2183-2198 (2003)


J.H. Siewerdsen
I.A. Cunningham
D.A. Jaffray

A framework for noise-power spectrum analysis of multidimensional images
Med Physics 29 (11), 2655-2671 (2002)


Boyd McCurdy
Kurt Luchka
Stephen Pistorius

Dosimetric investigation and portal dose image prediction using an amorphous silicon electronic portal imaging device
Med Physics 28(6), 911-924 (2001)


Martin Lachaine
B. Gino Fallone

Monte Carlo Simulations of x-ray induced recombination in amorphous selenium
J. Phys. D: Appl. Physics 33, 1417-1423 (2000)


Pratondo Busono
Esam Hussein

Algorithms for density and composition-discrimination imaging for fourth-generation CT systems
Physics in Medicine and Biology 44, 1455-1477 (1999)


Robin G. Kelly
Kevin J. Jordan
Jerry J. Battista

Optical CT reconstruction of 3D dose distributions using the ferrous-benzoic-xylenol (FBX) gel dosimeter
Med. Physics 25, 1741-1750 (1998)


Corey E. Zankowski
Ervin B. Podgorsak

Calibration of photon and electron beams with an extrapolation chamber
Med. Phys 24, 497-503 (1997)


C.J. Henri
T.M. Peters

Three-dimensional reconstruction of vascular trees: Theory and methodology
Med. Phys. 23, 197-204 (1996)


Wei Zhao
John Rowlands

X-ray imaging using amorphous selenium: Feasibility of a flat panel self-scanned detector for digital radiology
Med. Phys. 22, 1595-1604 (1995)


R.M. Henkelman
G.J. Stanisz
J.K. Kim
M.J. Bronskill

Anisotropy of NMR properties of tissues
Mag. Res in Medicine 32, 592-601 (1994)


J.M. Sabol
I.C. Soutar
D.B. Plewes

Mammographic scanning equalization radiography
Med. Phys. 20, 1505-1515 (1993)


D.L.D. Mason
J.J. Battista
R.M. Barnett
A.T. Porter

Ytterbium-169: Calculated Physical Properties of a New Radiation Source for Brachytherapy
Medical Physics, 19(3): 695-703 (1992)


Qing-san Xiang
R. Mark Henkelman

Motion artifact reduction with three-point ghost phase cancellation
Mag. Res. Imag. 1, 633-42 (1991)


Alex Bielajew

On the technique of extrapolation to obtain wall correction factors for ion chambers irradiated by photon beams
Med. Phys. 17, 583-7 (1990)


Duncan Galbraith

Low-energy imaging with high-energy bremsstrahlung beams
Med. Phys. 16, 734-46 (1989)


T.R. Mackie
A.F. Bielajew
D.W.O. Rogers
J.J. Battista

Generation of photon energy deposition kernels using the EGS Monte Carlo code
Phys. Med. Biol. 33, 1-20 (1988)


Robert Nishikawa
Gordon Mawdsley
Aaron Fenster
Martin Yaffe

Scanned Projection Digital Mammography
Med.Phys. 14, 717-27 (1987)