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.

2017 COMP Gold Medal Winner

The Canadian Organization of Medical Physicists (COMP) is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2017 Gold medal is Dr. Jerry Battista.

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. A significant contribution is defined as one or more of the following:

• 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.

• Leadership positions in medical physics organizations which have led to improvements in the status and public image of medical physicists in Canada

• Significant influence on the professional development of the careers of medical physicists in Canada through educational activities or mentorship

Dr. Battista has made an outstanding contribution to all important aspects of medical physics. He contributed to the early implementation of CT scanning for radiotherapy planning and he had a very significant involvement in ground breaking research that led to the implementation of convolution/ superposition dose calculation algorithms that are available on the vast majority of radiation treatment planning systems, worldwide.

Dr. Battista has had a significant impact upon the scientific and clinical practice of medical physics and has influenced, as teacher and mentor, the development of careers of numerous Canadian medical physicists. Many of his graduate students are now playing leadership roles in Canadian medical physics and have gone on to become internationally renowned medical physicists. Dr. Battista’s very positive and open attitude with his students, his peers and the general public, epitomize the qualities of a great leader.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Jerry Battista!

COMP Gold Medal Recipients

2017

Jerry Battista

2011

Jake Van Dyk

2016

G. Peter Raaphorst

2010

Aaron Fenster

2015

Michael S. Patterson

2009

Margaret E. J. Young

2014

Chris Thompson

2008

Ervin B. Podgorsak

2013

John Aldrich

2007

John C. F. McDonald

2012

David W.O. Rogers

2006

John (Jack) Cunningham, Sylvia Fedoruk, Douglas Cormack