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Sean Michael Tanny, Ph.D.

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Office: (585) 275-9986


Professional Background

Dr. Tanny is an Assistant Professor of Physics in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Rochester Medical Center. He is board-certified by the American Board of Radiology in Therapeutic Medical Physics.

Dr. Tanny originally came to the University of Rochester as an undergraduate, where he earned a Bachelors of Science in Physics and Astronomy at the River Campus. He earned his Doctorate in Physics in 2015 at the University of Toledo focusing on radiation shielding and small field dosimetry for radiation oncology. Dr. Tanny has worked as a Therapeutic Medical Physicist and Clinical Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY.


Dr. Tanny has been a part of many aspects of radiation oncology research. He has published papers on radiation shielding, small-field dosimetry, electron radiation, and patient outcomes relating to advanced treatment techniques, such as respiratory gating and Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT).

Dr. Tanny is interested in radiation oncology workflow and harnessing big data techniques on electronic medical record technologies to improve clinical evidence for patient outcomes.



BS | University of Rochester
Physics and Astronomy

MS | University of Toledo

PhD | University of Toledo


Journal Articles

Thibodeau R, Li HK, Tanny S, Gajra A, Bogart J. "Heterogeneous Versus Homogeneous Radiation Dose Calculations of Twice-Daily Fractionation in Small Cell Lung Carcinoma." Cure?us.. 2021 Dec; 13(12):e20226. Epub 2021 Dec 07.

Webster M, Tanny S, Joyce N, Herman A, Chen Y, Milano M, Usuki K, Constine L, Singh D, Yeo I. "New dosimetric guidelines for linear Boltzmann transport equations through comparative evaluation of stereotactic body radiation therapy for lung treatment planning." Journal of applied clinical medical physics. 2021 Nov 16; Epub 2021 Nov 16.

Thibodeau R, Simone BA, Tanny S, Hahn SS, Aridgides PD. "Advantages of real-time transabdominal ultrasound guidance in combined interstitial/intracavitary cervical brachytherapy: a case-based review." Journal of contemporary brachytherapy.. 2021 Apr; 13(2):211-220. Epub 2021 Apr 14.