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 2022 medal are hereby solicited. Nominations are due by March 30, 2022 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 Khadija Cutcher (khadija@comp-ocpm). 

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.

2021 COMP Gold Medal Winner

Gino B. Fallone 

The Canadian Organization of Medical Physicists (COMP) is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2021 Gold Medal is Dr. Gino Fallone.  

From an early stage in his career, Dr. Fallone has been a force majeure in Canadian Medical Radiation Physics and has since become a world leader in the development of systems and techniques associated with image-guided radiotherapy of cancer.  In 1999, Gino joined the Cross Cancer Institute (CCI) and reorganized the medical physics academic and clinical services program that is recognized nationally and internationally for its high academic and clinical standards.  During Dr. Fallone's leadership, the Medical Physics Department produced 58 M.Sc. and 48 Ph.D. graduates, most of them under Dr. Fallone's direct supervision. He enhanced their education by developing and directing the CAMPEP-accredited medical physics graduate radiation oncology physics and diagnostic imaging physics residency programs.  Many of the trainees from his lab remained in Canada and continue to advance the mission of COMP.

In addition to being an excellent teacher and administrator, Dr. Fallone is also an excellent researcher. He has 237 peer-reviewed publications, co-authored 14 patents, and received a significant number of peer-reviewed grants from national and provincial organizations.  He has given 130 invited presentations on his research work and served on many research grant panels for Canadian and U.S. granting agencies.  For his research work, he also received numerous prizes, most notably two Sylvia Fedoruk awards (2001 and 2010) and a Farrington Daniels award (2004).

During the past 30 years, Dr. Fallone was also very active in both the COMP and the Canadian College of Physicists in Medicine (CCPM). he served as Secretary and Chair of the COMP Board and Chair of the CCPM Membership and Fellowship examination committee and will begin his term as President of the CCPM Board in June 2021. His significant contribution to Canadian medical physics has been recognized with Fellowships in CCPM and COMP. He is also a Fellow of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM).

COMP Gold Medal Recipients

2019

Terry Peters

   

2018

Anna Celler

2011

Jake Van Dyk

InterACTIONS article on Jake Van Dyk - page 105

2017

Jerry Battista

Jerry Battista's acceptance speech 

2010

Aaron Fenster

2016

G. Peter Raaphorst

InterACTIONS article on G. Peter Raaphorst

2009

Margaret E. J. Young

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

2015

Michael S. Patterson

Michael S. Patterson's acceptance speech - page 72

2008

Ervin B. Podgorsak

Ervin B. Podgorsak's acceptance speech - page 116

2014

Chris Thompson

Chris Thompson's acceptance speech

2007

John C. F. McDonald

2013

John Aldrich

John Aldrich's gold medal talk - page 29

2006

John (Jack) Cunningham, Sylvia Fedoruk, Douglas Cormack

InterACTIONS article on gold medal recipients - page 135

2012

David W.O. Rogers

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