Young Leaders Award
During the SEACOMP 2020 in Phuket, Thailand, the committee of SEAFOMP had announced the awardees of SEAFOMP Young Leaders 2021. The names are selected after thorough process among candidates with merit. Here are the five winners of 2021 SEAFOMP Young Leaders Award (sorted alphabetically);
Ath Vannyat (Cambodia)
My name is Vannyat Ath, a Cambodian radiotherapy medical physicist in National Cancer Centre, Calmette Hospital, Cambodia. I joined establishment of the NCC under support of IAEA, SEACOMP, and APSIG since the start. In 2015, I graduated a master of medical physics from University of Malaya, Malaysia, under IAEA fellowship and it was a very comprehensive program which equipped me well for entering the physicist career. I got another opportunity to get training medical physicist for three months in UZ Hospital in Ghent, Belgium in 2016 and then I started my work in NCC and continue my career journey till now.
It is such honor be one of five candidates of the Young Leader Award of SEACOMP in Thailand 2020 and it is extremely meaningful to all of my colleagues in country as well. Therefore, I would like to express my sincerely thank and dedicate the award to those who have been contributed to build this important reputation in my career and more specifically professor Rethy Chhem, professor Ng Kwan Hoong, Assco. Professor Ung Ngie Min, Professor Anchali Krisanachinda, and Ms Nikki Shelton. The dedication is also to SEACOMP and ASEAN countries such as Malaysia, Thailand, Philippine, and Singapore that have played a very essential role to build human resource in the country for Cambodia.
Kitiwat Khamwan (Thailand)
Dr. Kitiwat Khamwan is an Assistant Professor & Medical Physicist at the Department of Radiology, Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. He earned MSc in Medical Imaging and Doctoral Degree in Biomedical Engineering from Chulalongkorn University in 2012. He pursued a postdoctoral fellow at Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, The Johns Hopkins University, USA, in 2015. He received the winner prize on the “young investigator award” in pediatric imaging from the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) in 2015.
He serves as a committee of the Thai Medical Physicist Society (TMPS), Thai Society of Radiological Technologists (TSRT), Council Member of ISRRT, Professional Relations Committee (PRC) of AFOMP, organizing committee of local and international meeting in medical physics such as TMPS, SEACOMP, AOCMP and the ICMP 2016. He also serves as a program director in radiological technology, and thesis supervisor for MSc and PhD students in medical physics at Chulalongkorn University. He has been invited as an invited speaker at several local and international conferences. He has published extensively in several academic journals, proceedings, abstracts, book chapters, and contributes as a reviewer for distinguished journals such as Medical Physics, Radiological Physics and Technology, etc
Lukmanda Evan Lubis (Indonesia)
Born in January 1989, Lukmanda Evan Lubis obtained both his B.Sc and M.Sc from Department of Physics, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Universitas Indonesia in 2012 and 2014. Currently he is enrolled as a PhD candidate, and is a lecturer at the same department. In 2013, he helped to initiate the founding of the Center for Medical Physics and Biophysics in Universitas Indonesia (then Laboratory of Medical Physics and Biophysics) and worked as certified diagnostic x-ray compliance tester (2013-2015) and supervisor (2015-present). From 2015 to 2019, he served as Deputy Secretary General of the Indonesian Association of Physicists in Medicine (AFISMI), and again as Secretary General since 2019. Since 2016, he also served as a member of the Board of Experts for Medical Diagnostic X-ray Compliance Test of the Indonesian Atomic Energy Regulatory Agency. His primary research interest is in diagnostic radiology physics, particularly on interventional radiology and radiation protection. In 2020, he had published 28 citable scientific contributions (source: Google Scholar) resulting from his own research and students worked under his supervision. Since 2020, he received an appointment to work as part-time medical physicist in radiology unit of the newly-built Universitas Indonesia Hospital to sharpen his clinical skills.
Melanie Marquez (Philippines)
Melanie Marquez serves as the Vice-President of the Society of Medical Physicists in the Republic of the Philippines since January 2020. Prior to this, she has been a member of the Board of Trustees member of the organization since 2017. She pursued Medical Physics from the University of Santo Tomas after being a Physics Teacher. She has successfully passed the Residency Training Program Certification, with Dr. Donald McLean as the external examiner. Currently, Ms. Marquez is the National Specialty Coordinator of the Diagnostic Radiology Medical Physics Residency Training Program in the Philippines since 2016. She consistently served as a core organizer of local and international Medical Physics conventions held in the Philippines, including the SEACOMP in 2017. She is actively participating in the technical consultations with the Philippine regulatory agencies pertaining to DRMP practice.
Ung Ngie Min (Malaysia)
Dr. Ung Ngie Min is an associate professor and medical physicist at the Department of Clinical Oncology, University of Malaya. He possesses Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering and Master of Medical Physics from the University of Malaya. He then completed his PhD at the University of Western Australia in collaboration with Genesis Cancer Care (formerly known as Perth Radiation Oncology). Dr. Ung is currently one of the committee members for Malaysia Association of Medical Physics and Institute of Physics Malaysia (Medical Physics Division). He is also a committee member of the Funding Committee of Asia-Oceania Federation of Organizations for Medical Physics. Besides providing medical physics services to his department, Dr. Ung is actively involved in academic and research activities. To date, he has published 57 peer-reviewed academic journal papers, and supervised a total of 8 research PhD and master students to completion. His PhD work revolved around the investigation of uncertainties in fiducial markers tracking during image-guided radiotherapy of prostate cancer. Apart from IGRT, his other current research interests include novel detectors for radiation dosimetry, brachytherapy and advanced radiotherapy techniques.