John D. Boice Jr.
|John D. Boice Jr.|
December 1945 (age 72)|
Brooklyn, New York, US
University of Texas at El Paso|
Physics and Mathematics, BS
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, MS in Nuclear Engineering
SM in Medical Physics
Harvard School of Public Health
ScD in Epidemiology
|Fields||Radiation Epidemiologist and Health Physicist|
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 advisor||Richard Monson|
|Other academic advisors||
John Dunning Boice Jr. is an American radiation epidemiologist and health physicist. He served for over 27 years in the US Public Health Service where he developed and became the first chief of the Radiation Epidemiology Branch at the National Cancer Institute. Boice's "seminal discoveries and over 440 publications have been used to formulate public health measures to reduce population exposure to radiation and prevent radiation-associated diseases." He is the President of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP), Bethesda, Maryland, and Professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.
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.
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.
Distinguished scientific service
- Radiation Effects Research Foundation, Science Council member
- International Epidemiology Institute, Scientific Director
- International Commission on Radiological Protection commissioner
- National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements emeritus member
- United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation, U.S. delegate
- Veterans Advisory Board on Dose Reconstruction, member
- Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Associate Editor
- Journal of Radiological Protection, International Advisor
- "Radiation Research". Retrieved 5 June 2014., Senior Editor
- ???? - Distinguished Service Medal from the U.S. Public Health Service
- 1994 - Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award from the U.S. Department of Energy
- 1994 - Gorgas Medal from the American Military Surgeons of the United States
- 1999 - University of Texas at El Paso Distinguished Alumnus Award
- 2002 - Health Physics Society R.S. Landauer Memorial Lecturer, Radiation Risks, a Review of What We Know from Medical Radiation Studies
- 2007 - Health Physics Society Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award
- 2007 - Failla Memorial Lecture from the Greater New York Chapter of the Health Physics Society and the Radiological Medical Physics Society
- 2008 - Harvard School of Public Health Alumni Award of Merit
- 2009 - NCRP Thirty-Third Lauriston S. Taylor Lecturer
- U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. John D. Boice, Jr.
- Jasso, Laura (Fall 1999). "UTEP's Distinguished Alumnus for Professional Achievement John Boice Jr.", pp. 4–5. The Nova Quarterly
- Brent, John L. (2009). "Introduction of John D. Boice Jr, The 2009 Taylor Lecturer Archived 2015-09-28 at the Wayback Machine.. National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements
- Harvard School of Public Health. 2008 Alumni Award of Merit winners: John Dunning Boice, Jr., SM '74, SD '77
- "VBDR.org: Veterans' Advisory Board on Dose Reconstruction, Veterans' Dose Reconstruction Program". vbdr.org. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
- "R.S. Landauer, Sr., Lecture Series". hps.org. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
- Johnston, Thomas P. (23 February 2007). "Greater New York Chapter of the Health Physics Society". Thomas P. Johnston. Retrieved 25 June 2014.