Bhudatt Paliwal Professorship in Human Oncology

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The Bhudatt Paliwal Professorship in Human Oncology provides support to an outstanding medical physicist performing physics research in the areas of radiation oncology and radiation physics.

Professor Bhudatt Paliwal has mentored and collaborated with hundreds of medical physicists around the world.

Bhudatt R. Paliwal, PhD

Bhudatt PaliwalBhudatt Paliwal was born in 1938 in Khewara, a small village near Delhi, India. He received his MS degree in Physical Sciences and MA in Philosophy from the Sri Aurobindo International Center of Education, Pondicherry. He was awarded an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) scholarship for training in the peaceful uses of atomic energy at the Bhabha Atomic Research Center, Trombay, India. He came to the US and completed his PhD in 1973 at the University of Texas in Houston at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, MD Anderson Hospital. Houston is where, in 1971, he met his wife of 42 years, Michele.

In 1973, Dr. Paliwal was recruited to the University of Wisconsin in Madison by Dr. John Cameron and worked with Drs. William Caldwell, John Juhl and many others. He rose through the academic ranks and is currently a tenured Professor of Human Oncology and Medical Physics. Dr. Paliwal has served as a leader for Radiation Oncology Physics at the University of Wisconsin for 40 years and has mentored hundreds of medical physicists, residents and students from around the world.

International Leader in Radiation Physics

  • President and Chairman of the American College of Medical Physics, 1999
  • Chief Editor of Medical Physics World and AAPM delegate to the International Organization of Medical Physics
  • Physics Trustee of the American Board of Radiology, 1999 – 2007
  • Propelled dialogue to facilitate cooperation of two Boards for certification of Medical Physicists
  • National and international leader in Medical Physics Research and Education


During 48 years of his professional career, Dr. Paliwal has been a teacher of “Advanced Physics for External Beam Radiotherapy.” He is a global educator having conducted/participated in international educational seminars in the United States, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Egypt, Iran, India, Italy, Japan, Morocco, Russia, Rumania, Turkey and Saudi Arabia.