John D. Boice Jr.

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John D. Boice Jr.
BornDecember 1945 (1945-12) (age 78)
Alma materUniversity of Texas at El Paso
Physics and Mathematics, BS
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, MS in Nuclear Engineering
Harvard University
SM in Medical Physics
Harvard University
Harvard School of Public Health
ScD in Epidemiology
Known forRadiation Epidemiology
Health Physics
Scientific career
FieldsRadiation Epidemiologist and Health Physicist
InstitutionsVanderbilt University
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
National Cancer Institute
Radiation Epidemiology Branch
Thesis Breast cancer and other malignancies following repeated fluoroscopic chest examinations  (1977)
Doctoral advisorRichard Monson
Other academic advisorsShields Warren
George Hutchison
Goren Svensson
Jane Worcester

John Dunning Boice Jr. is an American radiation epidemiologist and health physicist.


Boice was born in Brooklyn, New York in December 1945. His father, John Dunning Boice Sr., served in the United States Army Air Corps. His mother, Irene, was the daughter of a Pennsylvania coal miner. His father's career necessitated frequent moves for the family during Boice's childhood including three years in France. The family settled in El Paso, Texas when he was fourteen. After graduating from Bel Air High School in the city, he enrolled at Texas Western College (now University of Texas at El Paso) graduating in 1967 with a bachelor's degree in physics and mathematics. He went on to receive a master's degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in nuclear engineering in 1968 and the following year was commissioned as an officer in the US Public Health Service.[1][2]

During his early years with the Public Health Service, he continued his post-graduate studies at the Harvard School of Public Health, receiving a second master's degree in medical physics in 1974 and his Doctor of Science degree in epidemiology in 1977. His doctoral thesis was entitled Breast cancer and other malignancies following repeated fluoroscopic chest examinations. He went on to develop the Radiation Epidemiology Branch at the National Cancer Institute and became its first director in 1984. Boice retired from the Public Health Service in 1996 with the rank of Captain and became Scientific Director of the International Epidemiology Institute, a biomedical research organization founded in 1994. Since 2000, he has been Professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University. Since 2012 he has served as President of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements.[2][3][1]

Distinguished scientific service[edit]

Editorial service[edit]

  • Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Associate Editor
  • Journal of Radiological Protection, International Advisor
  • "Radiation Research". Retrieved 5 June 2014. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help), Senior Editor