Niek Schreuder, M.Sc. DABR, a board-certified medical physicist with significant experience in all aspects of proton beam radiotherapy, has joined the Provision Center for Proton Therapy as vice president and chief medical physicist.
Most recently, Schreuder served as chief medical physicist and senior vice president of medical physics and technology at ProCure Treatment Centers in Bloomington, Indiana. During his more than 22 years as a medical physicist, he has gained vast experience in project management, research and development and clinical training. He is considered one of the foremost medical physics pioneers in the world specializing in proton therapy.
Prior to joining ProCure, Schreuder was director of medical physics at the Midwest Proton Radiotherapy Institute (MPRI), now called the IU Health Proton Therapy Center, where he was responsible for all medical physics related matters leading to the first patient treatments. He also served as the medical physicist and project manager for the Indiana University (IU) Cyclotron Facility where he led the medical physics design effort associated with developing the MPRI facility. Niek Schreuder trained as a medical Physicist in South Africa and served as a division head of the operations and development division of the Medical Radiation Group at iThemba Laboratories for Accelerator Sciences (tLabs) in South Africa prior to moving to the U.S. in February 2001.
“The addition of Niek Schreuder to our team marks a significant milestone toward establishing a world-class clinical staff at the Provision Center for Proton Therapy,” said Mary Lou DuBois, President of Provision Center for Proton Therapy. “In addition to providing our patients the most advanced cancer treatment in the world, clinical professionals who are internationally respected are choosing to practice proton therapy right here in Knoxville.”
Schreuder has more than 40 published articles in peer-reviewed journals on various aspects of proton beam therapy, has authored and co-authored nearly 100 presentations at international conferences and has taught many courses on proton therapy.
As vice president and chief medical physicist at Provision Center for Proton Therapy, Schreuder will be responsible for key aspects of the center’s technical and clinical operations. This includes the commissioning and acceptance testing of all proton therapy and imaging equipment. He will also be responsible for the training of the facility’s staff of physicists, therapists, and dosimetrists. Additionally, Schreuder will develop and implement safety programs and quality control measures at the center.
Schreuder earned a BS in radiation physics, a Diploma in Datametrics, and an MS in physical sciences in medical sciences from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. He has been honored two times with the SABS prize for most outstanding research in the field of radiation dosimetry and received the Meditech prize for the most innovative use of computers. Schreuder is a board-certified medical physicist and is a member of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) and the American Society for Therapeutic Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).