Hao Gao, PhD


Titles and Roles

Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology
Emory University School of Medicine
Research Program
Discovery and Developmental Therapeutics


Hao Gao, PhD, joined Emory in 2018 as an Assistant Professor of Medical Physics in the Department of Radiation Oncology. Dr. Gao is interested in novel imaging methods and systems, computational methods for dose calculation, image reconstruction and inverse optimization particularly on proton therapy, and artificial intelligence for radiotherapy.

Prior to arriving at Emory, Dr. Gao was on the faculty of the Departments of Mathematics & Computer Science and Radiology & Imaging Sciences at Emory University, and the School of Biomedical Engineering at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Dr. Gao is a member of the Discovery and Developmental Therapeutics research program at Winship Cancer Institute.


Dr. Gao obtained his PhD in computational mathematics and his MS in medical physics from University of California, Irvine. He then completed a therapeutic medical physics residency in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Duke University Medical Center.


Dr. Gao is currently working on real-time or near-instantaneous imaging of moving tumor targets, proton inverse optimization, and the forward and inverse problems based on linear Boltzmann transport equation for imaging or inverse planning. In the past, he has worked on diffuse optical tomography, fluorescence tomography, bioluminescence tomography, quantitative photoacoustic tomography, CT/CBCT, 4D CT/CBCT, multi-energy CT, 4D MRI, diffusion tensor MRI, MRS, fluence map optimization, direct aperture optimization, and beam angle optimization. He received a R21 award from the National Institutes of Health on fluorescence tomography as the principal investigator from 2010 to 2012, and multiple research grants from China from 2013 to 2016.


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Dr. Gao is a recipient of 1000 Young Talents Plan Award (2012) and Qiu Shi Outstanding Young Scholars Award (2013).

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