Dr. Jacob Van DykProfessor Emeritus, Oncology and Medical Biophysics, Adjunct in Physics and Astronomy
Research Interests / Specializations: Many countries, including Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda; Providing intellectual medical physics support to lower income settings, Founder of MPWB (formerly Physicists Without Borders)
Dr. Jake Van Dyk has more than 40 years of experience in the practical facets of radiation oncology physics with 24 years at the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) in Toronto and 15 years at the London Regional Cancer Program (LRCP). From 2009 to 2011, he worked as a consultant at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna and through them he organized and taught various courses in lower resourced settings including Africa. His research has yielded over 200 publications along with three books entitled The Modern Technology of Radiation Oncology: A Compendium for Medical Physicists and Radiation Oncologists and he co-edited one book entitled Advances in Medical Physics, Volume 6. Among other honors, he was awarded the Canadian Organization of Medical Physicists’ Gold Medal in 2011, the top award recognizing an outstanding career. In 2014, he was granted an honorary Doctor of Science degree by Western University, London, Canada. Recently, he has been the main founder of an organization (www.MPWB.org) that is focused on partnering by providing intellectual support for lower resourced settings.