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BS Union College, Schenectady NY 1990
MA State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo NY 1993
PhD University of Massachusetts Lowell 1997

I perform experimental and computational (Monte Carlo) research in the field of applied nuclear physics with a focus on Medical and Health Physics. Presently my research group is investigating: 1) developing a unique technique to enable ultrahigh-resolution in-vivo functional imaging using neutrons,

2) adapting Gen. IV micro-reactors as the core of a next generation research nuclear reactor which also can supply carbon-free energy to a campus, 

3) developing a 169Yb brachytherapy source to enable localized intensity-modulated radiation therapy, and,

4) analyzing the time-dependent resuspension of radioactive Am-241 into the atmosphere.

We are always interested in having new students at both the undergraduate and graduate level join our research program.

Scholarly Work

G. Winters, E. Buglova, D. Medich, et. al. “Response to Nuclear and Radiological Emergencies at Category II and III Research Reactors”, International Atomic Energy Agency report, IAEA GS-R-2 (2011)

Professional Highlights & Honors
, 2006

, 2007
Health Physics Summer School
, 2009


Physics World
Novel brachytherapy device treats eye cancer with intensity-modulated radiation

Physics World detailed a paper authored by David Medich, associate professor, Physics, in the article, “Novel Brachytherapy Device Treats Eye Cancer with Intensity-Modulated Radiation.” “David Medich, an associate professor of physics at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, was explaining why internal radiation, or brachytherapy, may be preferable for treating ocular melanomas over external-beam radiation therapy: using brachytherapy to deliver radiation to an ocular tumour also protects healthy tissues and critical structures, like the optic nerve and retina, from radiation-induced damage,” the article stated.

Worcester Business Journal
WPI receives $600K for nuclear program

Worcester Business Journal reported on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) awarding WPI nearly $600,000 to support the university’s growing nuclear science and engineering undergraduate and graduate programs.