Dr. Velec is a Radiation Therapist-Clinician Scientist at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Affiliate Scientist at Techna Institute and Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at University of Toronto. He received his PhD from the University of Toronto in 2014 followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at the Techna Institute. His current research focuses on translating novel radiotherapy techniques and strategies into the clinic setting.
Dr. Velec's primary research focus is on the development of high-precision, adaptive radiation therapy techniques through the use MR image-guidance, deformable image registration and dose accumulation. These approaches enable the patient’s radiation plans to be tailored to how they individually respond over the course of treatment. This also provides a clearer understanding of clinical dose-response relationships, for example, which patients’ tumours respond to treatment and where there is a greater risk of developing treatment-related side effects.
Another stream of research is developing models of care for Radiation Therapists who perform supportive care and technical procedures for patients receiving radiation therapy. The new models that are being tested in the clinic aim to facilitate adaptive techniques while simultaneously streamlining the patient experience.
Radiation Therapist, Radiation Medicine Program, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
MR-Guided Program Leader, Radiation Medicine Program, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Toronto