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Radiation Safety Committee

The UConn Health Radiation Safety Committee (RSC) is responsible for the safe use of radioactive materials and radiation producing devices at all UConn Health facilities.

The RSC is comprised of members from departments across the University’s UConn Health’s facilities that regularly use radioactive materials and radiation generating devices (RGD). They assure the continued quality of the radiation safety program and will audit, as necessary, and review the radiation safety program and the Office of Radiation Safety. This shall include, but may not be limited to, the policies and procedures for controlling and maintaining inventories, research and clinical protocols and possession limits, the procurement and transfer of licensed materials, emergency response, and training of authorized users.

The Chief Executive Officer and the Executive Vice President for Health Affairs makes executive appointments to the committee. They specifically include:

  • The chairperson to the RSC
  • The Radiation Safety Officer
  • The Administration representative
  • The Nursing representative
  • An authorized user of each type of medical or research use of radioactive material permitted by the UConn Health’s radioactive materials license and/or radiation generating devices.

RSC members are a diverse and complimentary body representing management, administration, departments using radioactive materials, ionizing radiation generating devices (RDG) and all disciplines of clinical patient care. This diversified membership offers a base of experience and education to assure knowledge of radiation and management issues, and to provide scientific opinions on the safety and efficacy of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures involving radiation use in human subjects. In conjunction with the Radiation Safety Office and staff, the RSC is also committed to promote an active and robust radiation safety culture.

Any faculty, staff member, or student is strongly encouraged to contact a member of the Committee to discuss any issues of concern regarding any aspect of our program.

Radiation Safety Committee Charter

Committee Members

David S. Karimeddini, M.D., Chairperson
Clinical Director, Nuclear Medicine

Douglas Boccuzzi, M.S.
Authorized Medical Physicist, Radiation Oncology

Robert B. Clark, M.D.
Professor of Immunology

Karen Curley, R.N.
Director, Nursing, Nursing Administration

Robert J. Dowsett, M.D.
Division Chief of Radiation Oncology

Patty Fagan, R.N.
Assistant Nursing Manager, Cardiac Catherization Lab

James Fomenko, CHP
Associate Radiation Safety Officer, Retired

Kristin Gabriel, RT
Clinical Radiologic Supervisor, Radiology, CT Diagnostic Imaging and Therapeutics

Kevin Higgins, BSME, MBA, PE
Radiation Safety Officer

Sidney M. Hopfer, Ph.D.
Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Alan G. Lurie, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Professor and Department Chair, Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Diagnostic Sciences

Marie Santangelo-Marciano, MBA, BS, ARRT R.T. (R)(M)
University Director, Imaging Services

Martha Wilkie
Director, Graduate Medical Education

Leo J. Wolansky, M.D., Management Representative
Professor and Department Chair, Diagnostic Imaging and Therapeutics