Wendell R. Lutz, PhD
Dr. Lutz is widely known as a pioneer in radiation therapy. He has held appointments at Harvard Medical School, The University of Arizona Cancer Center, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. In recognition of his accomplishments in radiation oncology physics, Harvard endowed the Winston-Lutz Fellowship in his honor. He also was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science from Wittenberg University and a distinguished alumnus award from Purdue.
At Harvard, Drs. Winston and Lutz pioneered the practical application of stereotactic radiosurgery with a linear accelerator. As a result of this innovation, stereotactic radiosurgery is now a mainstay of radiation oncology therapy.
Dr. Lutz developed a dedicated total-body irradiator at the Joint Center for Radiation Therapy at Harvard Medical School. This specialized irradiator is used as a preparatory treatment for bone-marrow transplants for patients with advanced leukemia. At Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Dr. Lutz also developed a CT facility to study organ motion for radiation oncology treatments.
He has authored or co-authored numerous peer reviewed medical journal articles, chapters in medical reference and monographs. He has been an invited speaker at many colloquia.
Dr. Lutz is an active member of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine. He received his BS in Physics at Wittenberg University, and earned his Masters and Doctorate in Physics at Purdue University. He received his postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School. Prior to his academic appointment at Harvard, Dr. Lutz was Assistant Professor of Physics, Coast Guard Academy.