The COMP Gold Medal


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. 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

The medal will be awarded as appropriate candidates are selected but it will not generally be given more than once per year.

Nominations for the 2019 medal are hereby solicited. Nominations are due by April 30th, 2019 and must be made by a Full Member of COMP. Nominations must include:

1. the nominator's letter summarizing the contributions of the candidate in one or more of the areas listed above;
2. the candidate's CV;
3. the candidate's publication list (excluding abstracts) which highlights the candidates most significant 10 papers;
4. additional 1 to 2 page letters supporting the nomination from three or more members of COMP.

Please forward nominations electronically to Nancy Barrett at the COMP office (preferably in pdf format,

Candidates selected for the medal will be invited to attend the COMP Annual Scientific Meeting where the award will be presented by the COMP President. Travel expenses will be paid for the medal winner. The medal winner may be asked to give a 30 minute scientific presentation at the COMP meeting in addition to a short acceptance speech when the medal is presented.

2018 COMP Gold Medal Winner

The Canadian Organization of Medical Physicists (COMP) is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2018 Gold medal is Dr. Anna Celler.

Throughout her 27-year career as a medical physicist in Canada, Dr. Celler has served as a strong mentor for many students and contributed significantly the literature and scientific knowledge in medical physics. Dr. Celler has published more than 130 peer reviewed journal publications in the field of nuclear medicine physics with several more currently submitted.

In her position within the Vancouver General Hospital and University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Celler has been awarded several grants and has single-handedly created a research program that is now into its third decade.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Anna Celler! 

COMP Gold Medal Recipients


Anna Celler


Jake Van Dyk

InterACTIONS article on Jake Van Dyk - page 105


Jerry Battista

Jerry Battista's acceptance speech 


Aaron Fenster


G. Peter Raaphorst

InterACTIONS article on G. Peter Raaphorst


Margaret E. J. Young

Margaret E. J. Young's acceptance speech - page 136


Michael S. Patterson

Michael S. Patterson's acceptance speech - page 72


Ervin B. Podgorsak

Ervin B. Podgorsak's acceptance speech - page 116


Chris Thompson

Chris Thompson's acceptance speech


John C. F. McDonald


John Aldrich

John Aldrich's gold medal talk - page 29


John (Jack) Cunningham, Sylvia Fedoruk, Douglas Cormack

InterACTIONS article on gold medal recipients - page 135


David W.O. Rogers

David W.O. Rogers' gold medal talk - page 131