John Kildea, PhD, MCCPM

John Kildea (photo)

Medical Physicist
McGill University Health Centre

Assistant Professor
Department of Oncology,

McGill University

Associate member
Medical Physics Unit, McGill University
Department of Physics, McGill University
Department of Biomedical Engineering, McGill University

Medical Physics Unit

Cedars Cancer Centre, DS1.7141 
1001 boul Décarie
Montréal, Québec 
H4A 3J1

john.kildea at

514 934-1934 ex 44154

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John Kildea's Medical Physics Research Interests

For a list of my research papers, please see my Google scholar profile.

My research statement can be found here.

My research may be divided into three axes:

Research Axis 1: Patient-Centered Health Informatics - translational research


(a) Improve the experiences and outcomes of patients,
(b) Develop SmartCare - Use patient-centered data and mHealth technologies for remote care and artificial intelligence research.
(c) Implement a framework for blockchain-based data donation for real-world evidence research

Opal is the flagship project of my patient-centered health informatics research.

Research Axis 2:
ROKS (Radiation Oncology Knowledge Sharing) - translational research

(a) develop knowledge-based and evidence-based radiotherapy treatments,
(b) use data to improve the experience and outcomes of radiation oncology patients.

Ongoing funded research projects include:
1. A study to improve prostate cancer radiotherapy by searching for a correlation between the actual dose delivered during radiotherapy and patient-reported outcomes (as opposed to planned dose and physician-reported outcomes),
2. A study to combine radiomics applied to CT images and NLP applied to clinical notes to predict pain in patients with bone metastasis,
3. Development of incident reporting software for radiotherapy incorporating semi-automated classification using NLP, and
4. Match patients using AI techniques for the purpose of sharing experience in the form of peer support using the Opal patient portal and for the development of synthetic data for virtual treatment (digital twins).
Research Axis 3:  NICE (Neutron-Induced Carcinogenic Effects) - fundamental research

To study the production and radio-biological effects of unwanted secondary neutrons in radiotherapy.

This research incorporates radiation detection, Monte Carlo modelling and radio-biology. It is underpinned by a research collaboration between McGill University, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission and Detec Inc.

Astrophysics Research

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VERITAS telescope array in Southern Arizona

Before moving into Medical Physics in 2008, I did two postdocs in gamma-ray astronomy, one at McGill University and the other at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. I was part of the design and development team that built the VERITAS telescopes in Arizona and I was on shift during first light of the VERITAS prototype telescope in 2003. Click here for a poster explaining VERITAS that I prepared for the First Light fiesta in 2007.

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Last updated: 30 November 2020