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Xiao Wang, PhD

Division of Radiation Physics

Dr. Wang was born and raised in China where she completed her undergraduate studies in Wuhan University with physics major. She received her PhD in medical physics from University of Wisconsin-Madison. During graduate school, she worked on the development of strain imaging and quantitative ultrasound techniques on carotid plaque and evaluated the relationship between plaque vulnerability and cognition decline. Dr. Wang joined Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School as an Assistant Professor, after completing a residency in Medical Physics in the Radiation Oncology Department. Her current research interests focus on general radiological physics, proton therapy and imaging based clinical outcome study.



  • Best in Physics Award for AAPM 59th Annual Meeting Awarded by AAPM August 2017
  • The 4th Annual Standard Imaging Travel Award for AAPM 55th Annual Meeting Awarded by Standard Imaging Foundation August 2013



  1. Wang X, Swann B, Reyhan M, Yue NJ, Singh R, McKenna MG; A Novel Approach to Embed Eye Shields in Customized Bolus on Nasal Dorsum Treatment for Electron Radiotherapy; Medical Dosimetry, 46(2): 132-135, 2021.
  2. He Y, Ding Y, Cao B, Huang Y, Wang X; COVID-19 Vaccine Development from the Perspective of Cancer Patients; Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics, 17(10): 3281-3287, 2021.
  3. Wang H, Xu Z, Grantham K, Zhou Y, Cui T, Zhang Y, Liu B, Wang X, Vergalasova I, Reyhan M, Weiner J, Danish SF, Yue N, Nie K; Performance Assessment of Two Motion Management Systems for Frameless Stereotactic Radiosurgery; Strahlentherapie und Onkologie, 197(2): 150-157, 2021.
  4. Ding Y, Ma P, Li W, Wei X, Qiu X, Hu D, Wu Y, Wei W, Zeng F, Wang X and Wang X; Effect of Surgical Mask on Setup Error in Head and Neck Radiotherapy; Technology in Cancer Research & Treatment, 19: 1533033820974021, 2020.
  5. Wang X, Ma C, Davis R, Parikh RR, Jabbour SK, Haffty BG, Yue N, Nie K, Zhang Y; A Novel Approach to Verify Air Gap and SSD for Proton Radiotherapy Using Surface Imaging; Radiation Oncology, 14(1): 1-7, 2019.
  6. Cao H, Xiao Z, Zhang Y, Kwong T, Danish SF, Weiner J, Wang X, Yue N, Dai Z, Kuang Y, Bai Y, Nie K; Dosimetric Comparisons of Different Hypofractionated Stereotactic Radiotherapy Techniques in Treating Intracranial Tumors > 3 cm in Longest Diameter; Journal of Neurosurgery, 132(4): 1024-1032, 2019.
  7. Ramesh P, Song W, Cao H, Zhao Y, Parikh R, Weiner J, Wang X, Nie K, Yue N, Zhang Y; Automatic Measurement of Air Gap for Proton Therapy using Orthogonal X‐ray Imaging with Radiopaque Wires; Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics, 20(1): 356-360, 2019.
  8. Huang Q, Jabbour SK, Xiao Z, Yue N, Wang X, Cao H, Kuang Y, Zhang Y, Nie K; Dosimetric Feasibility of 4DCT-ventilation Imaging Guided Proton Therapy for Locally Advanced Non-small-cell Lung Cancer; Radiation Oncology, 13(1): 1-10, 2018.
  9. Dempsey RJ, Varghese T, Jackson DC, Wang X, Meshram NH, Mitchell CC, Hermann BP, Johnson SC, Berman SE, Wilbrand SM; Carotid Atherosclerotic Plaque Instability and Cognition Determined by Ultrasound-measured Plaque Strain in Asymptomatic Patients with Significant Stenosis; Journal of Neurosurgery, 128 (1): 111-119, 2017.
  10. Liu Z, Liang H, Wang X, Yang H, Deng Y, Luo T, Yang C, Liu M, Fu Q, Zhu X; Comparison of Graphical Optimization or IPSA for Improving Brachytheraphy Plans Associated with Inadequate Target Coverage for Cervical Cancer; Scientific Reports, 7(1): 1-7, 2017.
  11. Mitchell CC, Stein JH, Cook TD, Salamat MS, Wang X, Varghese T, Jackson DC, Garcia CS, Wilbrand SM, Dempsey RJ; Histopathological Validation of Novel Gray Scale Carotid Plaque Characteristics Related to Plaque Vulnerability; Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology, 43 (1): 129-137, 2017.
  12. Wang X, Jackson DC, Mitchell CC, Varghese T, Wilbrand SM, Rocque BG, Hermann BP, Dempsey RJ; Classification of Symptomatic and Asymptomatic Patients with and without Cognitive Decline Using Non-invasive Carotid Plaque Strain Indices as Biomarkers; Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology, 42 (4): 909-918, 2016.
  13. Wang X, Mitchell CC, Varghese T, Jackson DC, Rocque BG, Hermann BP, Dempsey RJ; Improved Correlation of Strain Indices with Cognitive Dysfunction with Inclusion of Adventitial Layer with Carotid Plaque; Ultrasonic Imaging, 38 (3): 194-208, 2016.
  14. Zhao W, Lei H, Zhu X, Li L, Qu S, Liang X, Wang X; The Clinical Characteristics of Secondary Primary Tumors in Patients with Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma after Intensity-modulated Radiotherapy: A Retrospective Analysis; Medicine, 95 (45): e5364, 2016.
  15. Ma C, Wang X, Varghese T; Segmental Analysis of Cardiac Short-Axis Views Using Lagrangian Radial and Circumferential Strain; Ultrasonic Imaging, 38 (6): 363-383, 2016.