Marc Kessler

Marc Kessler, PhD

Allen S Lichter, MD Professor of Radiation Oncology
Chief Information Officer | Radiation Oncology

Argus Building 1
519 West William Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48103-4943


Administrative Contact

Gabriel Dotson


Dr. Kessler has over 25 years of experience in developing software techniques for image and information processing related to treatment planning and delivery for patients undergoing radiation therapy. Dr. Kessler obtained his PhD in Biophysics at the University of California, Berkeley where he did research as part of the Heavy Ion Radiotherapy Project. During this time, Dr. Kessler developed techniques to incorporate multimodality image data in the treatment planning process and tools for quantitative evaluation of treatment plans. After graduating in 1989, Dr. Kessler joined the faculty at the University of Michigan in the Department of Radiation Oncology. In 2011, Dr Kessler was named the Allen S Lichter MD Professor of Radiation Oncology.

Areas of Interest

  • Medical Image processing
  • Optimization of treatment plans  
  • Decision support

Clinical Interests

  • Informatics for decision support in Radiation Oncology

Honors & Awards

  • 2014  Fellow of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine
  • 2011  Allen S Lichter, MD Professor of Radiation Oncology


  • PhD, Biophysics, University of California, Berkeley, 1989 
  • BS, Physics with Honors, University of Florida, 1981


  • 2-P01-CA-59827, (PIs: Lawrence/TenHaken), 05/15/14-04/30/19,NIH: Optimization of High Dose Conformal Therapy, Role: Director, Core C.
  • N020786, (PI: Kessler)10/15/2015-03/14/2017, Varian Co-Development: Design, Implementation, and Testing of Adaptive Workflow Tools, Role: Co-Principal Investigator.   

Published Articles via PubMed

Published Articles or Reviews

Selected from 67 publications

  • Mayo C, Kessler, ML, Eisbruch, A, et al. The Big Data Effort in Radiation Oncology: data mining or data farming? Advances in Radiation Oncology.  1(4):260–271, 2016.
  • Hadley SW, Kessler ML, Litzenberg DW, et. al., SafetyvNet: Streamlining and automating QA in radiotherapy. J Appl Clin Med Phys. 17(1):5920, 2016.
  • Covington EL, Chen XC, Younge KC, Lee C, Matuszak MM, Kessler ML, Keranen W, Acosta E, Dougherty AM, Filpansick SE, Moran JM, Improving treatment plan evaluation with automation. J Appl Clin Med Phys. 17(6):6322, 2016.
  • Kessler ML, McShan DL, Eppelman MA, et al. Costlets: A generalized approach to cost functions for automated optimization of IMRT plans, Optimization and Engineering. 6:421-448, 2005.
  • Kessler ML, McShan DL, Fraass BA. A computer-controlled conformal radiotherapy system. III:Graphical simulation and monitoring of treatment delivery. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 33(5):1173-80, 1995.
  • Kessler ML, Pitluck S, Petti P, Castro JR. Integration of multimodality imaging data for radiotherapy treatment planning. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 21(6):1653-67, 1991.

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519 W William St
Ann Arbor, MI 48103-4943