Elizabeth Covington

Elizabeth Covington, PhD

Associate Professor
Director of Quality and Safety

Administrative Contact

Areas of Interest

  • Improving quality and safety via process analytics in radiation therapy.
  • Failure modes and effects analysis of the treatment planning process.
  • Automation of treatment planning and linear accelerator quality assurance.
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion in medical physics

Honors & Awards

2011 - 2012     Rackham One-Term Dissertation Fellowship, University of Michigan

2005 - 2009     Rackham Science Award Fellowship, University of Michigan

2004                Induction into Sigma Pi Sigma, Physics Honor Society, Texas State University

2004                Outstanding Graduating Physics Major, Texas State University

2004                Outstanding Graduating Physics Major, Texas State University

2002 - 2004     Dean’s List, Texas State University

2003                Outstanding Student Presentation, American Physical Society

2003                Outstanding Beginning Physics Major, Texas State University

2003                Recognition for Academic Excellence, Texas State University


  • Certification: American Board of Radiology for Therapeutic Medical Physics, 2017
  • Residency: CAMPEP Accredited Therapeutic Radiologic Medical Physics Residency Program, University of Michigan, 2016
  • CAMPEP Accredited Medical Physics Certificate Program, Wayne State University, 2016
  • PhD: Physics, University of Michigan, 2012


  • IDENTIFY SGRS Evaluation, Varian Medical Systems, Inc., PIs: Popple, Richard; Covington, Elizabeth

Published Articles or Reviews

Selected from 34 Publications

  1. Popple, RA, Sullivan, RJ, Yuan, Y, Wu, X, Covington, EL. Evaluation of a two-dimensional diode array for patient-specific quality assurance of HyperArc. J Appl Clin Med Phy. 2021; 00 1– 8.
  2. Laura Padilla, Jay W. Burmeister, Omer Lee Burnett, Elizabeth L. Covington, Robert B. Den, Michael M. Dominello, Kevin L. Du, Paulina E. Galavis, Stephanie Junell, Jenna Kahn, Monica Kishore, Karen Mooney, Nitai D. Mukhopadhyay, Matthew T. Studenski, Raphael L. Yechieli, Emma C. Fields, “Interprofessional Image Verification Workshop for Physician and Physics Residents: A Multi-Institutional Experience,” International Journal of Radiation Oncology*Biology*Physics, 2021.
  3. Cardan, R. A., Covington, E. L., Popple, R. A., Code Wisely: Risk assessment and mitigation for custom clinical software. J Appl Clin Med Phys. 2021; 00: 1– 7.
  4. Cardan R., Covington E. L., Popple R., “A Holographic Augmented Reality Guidance System for Patient Alignment: A Feasibility Study,” Cureus 13(4): e14695. doi:10.7759/cureus.14695, 2021.
  5. Stanley, D.N., Covington, E.L., Liu, H., Alexandrian, A.N., Cardan, R.A., Bridges, D.S., Thomas, E.M., Fiveash, J.B. and Popple, R.A., Accuracy of dose‐volume metric calculation for small‐volume radiosurgery targets. Med. Phys., 48: 1461-1468, 2021.
  6. Covington, E.L., Popple, R.A., “A Low-Cost Method to Assess the Performance of Surface Guidance Imaging Systems at Non-Zero Couch Angles,” Cureus, 2021, Apr 3;13(4):e14278.