Edward Jackson, PhD, Dies at 58

Former RSNA QIBA chair was esteemed medical physicist

Jackson, Edward

A celebrated leader in medical physics, Edward Jackson, PhD, died on June 2 in Madison, WI.  He was 58.

Dr. Jackson was an emeritus professor and the former chair of the Department of Medical Physics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison.

He received his BS and MS in physics from Auburn University, Auburn, AL and completed his PhD in biophysics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He began his career as an assistant professor at the University of Texas and became a professor and deputy chair and chief of the Section of MR and Ultrasound Physics in the Department of Imaging Physics at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Dr. Jackson was the immediate past chair of the RSNA Quantitative Imaging Biomarker Alliance (QIBA) and was passionate about driving QIBA efforts to advance the adoption of quantitative imaging in the broader radiologic community. He was a former vice-chair of QIBA and served as a member of the Committee on Scientific Affairs as the QIBA representative.  He was a member of RSNA’s 3D Printing Special Interest Group and Public Information Advisors Network. He also served as faculty at several RSNA annual meetings. 

He was the former chair of the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs and was the past chair of the ad hoc committee on standards for quantitative MR for the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM). Dr. Jackson was also a former vice chair of the education council of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM). 

He was a prolific author of numerous papers on biomarkers and functional MRI and spectroscopy in the treatment and understanding of cancer.