The COMP Gold Medal

The COMP Gold Medal is awarded to a member of COMP (or retired ex-member) who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of medical physics in Canada. An outstanding contribution is defined as one or more of the following:

  1. A body of work which has added to the knowledge base of medical physics in such a way as to fundamentally alter the practice of medical physics
  2. Leadership positions in medical physics organizations which have led to improvements in the status and public image of medical physicists in Canada
  3. Significant influence on the professional development of the careers of medical physicists in Canada through educational activities or mentorship

The Gold Medal is the highest award given by the Canadian Organization of Medical Physicists and will be given to currently active or retired individuals to recognize an outstanding career as a medical physicist who has worked mainly in Canada. It will be awarded as appropriate candidates are selected but it will not generally be given more than once per year.

Click here to access the nomination form, due April 30, 2017

2016 COMP Gold Medal Winner

Dr. G. Peter Raaphorst

The Gold Medal is the highest award given by COMP and recognizes an active or retired member who has worked mainly in Canada, has had an outstanding career and has made a significant contribution to the field of medical physics in Canada. Dr. G. Peter Raaphorst is this years’ recipient.

Dr. Raaphorst has made important contributions to the science of medical physics, particularly with his work in bringing radiobiology to the forefront of the field. He was recognized as a world authority on the effect of hyperthermia on cancer cells, and the mechanisms of synergistic biological effects of heat and radiation. During his research career, Peter supervised 22 graduate students, published 215 peer reviewed papers and eight book chapters, was cited 2172 times and received over 40 grants totaling $3.46 million.

Following his 20 year career as Head of Medical Physics at the Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre, Peter is now a Senior Consulting Scientist with the Ontario Association of Radiologists (OAR) Facility Accreditation Program for Bone Mineral Density, and he manages the Certified Bone Mineral Density Medical Physicists Program for the OAR. Peter was a founder of the Ottawa Medical Physics Institute, the primary academic unit at Carleton University where medical physics students are trained. He has directly and indirectly influenced the careers of numerous medical physics students.

Please join us in congratulating Peter!

COMP Gold Medal Recipients


Dr. G. Peter Raaphorst


Aaron Fenster


Michael S. Patterson


Margaret E. J. Young


Chris Thompson


Ervin B. Podgorsak


John Aldrich


John C. F. McDonald


David W.O. Rogers


John (Jack) Cunningham, Sylvia Fedoruk, Douglas Cormack


Jake Van Dyk