You CAN Take It With You: Nuclear Engineering Careers in Healthcare

Event Date: January 22, 2014
Speaker: Dr. David Jordan
Speaker Affiliation: Case Western University
Type: Seminar cancelled



Healthcare offers career opportunities for nuclear engineers in many different roles and settings.  From startup companies to academic medical centers, nuclear engineers work in key roles in medical physics, medical device development, biotechnology research, and government and regulatory affairs among many others.  These opportunities are often not as well-known to students as traditional nuclear engineering career paths.  A nuclear engineering education provides a foundation of basic analytical and quantitative skills along with technical knowledge in important areas like radiation physics, giving nuclear engineering graduates a unique opportunity to be valuable contributors in healthcare fields.



David W. Jordan is Senior Medical Physicist at University Hospitals Case Medical Center and Clinical Assistant Professor of Radiology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.  He leads a team of three physicists who support diagnostic and interventional imaging, nuclear medicine, and imaging research.  He teaches physics in the diagnostic radiology residency program at University Hospitals.

He completed his Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences at the University of Michigan, where he concentrated in plasma physics.  His dissertation research investigated the effects of ultrawideband pulses at high electric field strength on living cells and their applications to cancer treatment.  He holds national certifications in medical physics from the American Board of Radiology (Diagnostic Medical Physics and Nuclear Medical Physics), the American Board of Medical Physics (Magnetic Resonance Imaging Physics), and the American Board of Science in Nuclear Medicine (Nuclear Medicine Physics and Instrumentation).

His professional career began at West Physics Consulting, LLC in Atlanta, Georgia, where he was the first employee hired by the founder.  He served as Director of Technical Operations and led the expansion of the company from two to thirteen medical physicists serving more than 1,000 medical facilities in 48 states and 2 countries outside the U.S.  He developed the company’s physics services in computed tomography, positron emission tomography, and nuclear medicine while continuing growth in magnetic resonance imaging services.

He is an active member of several professional and scientific committees of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine and has presented numerous invited talks at national meetings on technical and professional development topics in medical physics.