Krystina M. Tack, PhD

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Graduate Program Director


Oregon State University


Oregon Medical Physics Program

About Krystina:

Dr. Krystina Tack has been an OSU faculty member and the Director of the graduate program in medical physics since 2012, and has since quadrupled the enrollment of the MS / PhD program, as well as streamlined the administrative issues of a joint program between two of Oregon’s largest teaching institutions (OSU and OHSU). In 2013, Dr. Tack additionally accepted a position as an Assistant Professor / tenure track faculty member within the Department of Nuclear Engineering. 

Prior to OSU, Tack served as the Director of Medical Physics at the Chicago Prostate Center in Westmont, Illinois. During this time, she became involved in prostate cancer support groups and upon her return to Oregon, Krystina started (and currently coordinates) a prostate cancer support group for men and their families. A native Oregonian, she enjoys the outdoors, horses, painting, and is an avid sports enthusiast.


2010, Ph.D.  Medical Physics (Therapy), The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas
2006, M.S. Radiation Health Physics, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon
2002, B.S.  Pre-Medicine / Chemistry, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon


Present: Director of Medical Physics Graduate Program, Assistant Professor (Tenure Line Position)
Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR (joint program with Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR), Department of Nuclear Engineering & Radiation Health Physics
09/2010-12/2011: Director of Medical Physics Chicago Prostate Center, Westmont, IL 60559
2010 (summer): CAMPEP Accreditation Coordinator Oregon State University, Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics
2006-2010: Teaching Assistant/Clinical Physicist Radiology Department, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, Texas
2004-2006: Research Assistant, Department of Nuclear Engineering OSU, Corvallis, Oregon
2000-2004: Nuclear Medicine Technologist Nuclear Medicine Consulting Services, Albany, Oregon / MICI, Lebanon, OR

Honors and Awards

2006 to 2010: Academic Fellowship Foundation for Medical Physics Research, San Antonio, TX
2008: Winner of Best Presentation Award at South Texas Chapter of the Health Physics Society
2006: Oregon State University’s Department of Nuclear Engineering Distinguished Master’s Thesis


2013: Reviewer Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics (JACMP)
2012-present: Graduate Council Representative on MS/PhD projects in outside home department: Statistics, Physics, Forestry, Public Health
2012-present: Prostate Cancer Support Group for patients and their families at Community Center in Sweet Home, Oregon
2010-2011: Prostate Cancer Support Group at Chicago Prostate Cancer Center
2010: Led accreditation effort of the graduate program at OSU CAMPEP Self Study Coordinator (successful awarding CAMPEP accreditation of the Oregon Medical Physics Program in 2011)

Organizations & Memberships

2012-present: Member Society of Directors of Academic Medical Physics Programs (SDAMPP)
2010-present: Member of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)
2008-present: Member of the American Brachytherapy Society (ABS)
2006-present: Member of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM)


2013 Radiation Biology II (Rad Therapy TPS Use of Models)
2013 Brachytherapy Seminar
2013 Incidents in Medical Physics & Recent AAPM TG Reports
2012 Introduction to Medical Physics and Research
2011 Medical Physics of Prostate Brachytherapy – course offered to physicians and physicists at Chicago Prostate Center
2008 Diagnostic Imaging Lectures – Nuclear Imaging
2006 Co-Instructor for “Engineering Ethics and Nuclear Plant Design” (Undergraduate Course) at OSU (20+ hours, lab work additional)


  • Moran, B., Tack, K., Keyes, K., Focal Therapy for Prostate Cancer with Permanent Prostate Brachytherapy, Medical Physics, 2011 Annual Meeting Publication, July 2011.
  • Tack, K. "Low Dose Quantifiers and Patient-Determined Urinary and Bowel Complications in Permanent Prostate Brachytherapy: Using the Expanded Prostate Cancer Index Composite, Sector Analysis, and Dose Volume Histograms." Dissertation completed at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, March 2010.
  • Tack, K., Higley, K., Bytwerk, D., Menn, S. "Determining the Bioavailability of Soil-Associated Radium Using In Vitro Methodology." Thesis completed at Oregon State University, March 2006.

Oral Presentations

  • Bice W, Tack, K. (presenter), Prestidge, B. Rectal Injury Doses from Permanent Prostate Brachytherapy.American Brachytherapy Society Annual Meeting, Toronto, Ontario, CAN, 2009.
  • Bice, W., Tack, K. (presenter), Moran, B. Update on Cs-131/I-125 Randomized Clinical Trial at CPCC.Cesium-131 User's Group Meeting in Tucson, Arizona, November 14, 2008
  • Tack, K.A Medical Event in Brachytherapy.South Texas Chapter of the Health Physics Society, 2008.
  • Tack, K., Higley, K., Bytwerk, D., Menn, S. Determining the Bioavailability of Soil-Associated Radium Using In Vitro Methodology.Health Physics Society Annual Meeting, Providence, RI, 2006.