Daniel Hyer



Danier_HyerALUM_40Under40_Logo-white-01.pngDaniel Hyer
 Ph.D '10 |  Iowa City, IA

Associate Professor & Medical Physicist
University of Iowa
INDUSTRY: Education


Dr. Daniel Hyer is a Medical Physicist and tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Iowa. Dan spent much of his childhood in Florida before completing his undergraduate (mechanical engineering ’06) and master’s degree (medical physics ’07) at Georgia Tech. He returned to Florida to complete his PhD in Medical Physics in only three years, earning the Anthony M. Stell award for his research as a graduate student. After receiving his PhD, Dan completed his residency and joined the faculty at the University of Iowa. While working primarily as a clinical physicist and leading Iowa’s residency program, Dan invented and patented a device to narrow proton radiation beams as they treat patients, aiming to reduce secondary cancers and treatment side effects. He has secured $2.5 million in funding to further this research. Dan also led Iowa’s implementation of an MRI guided radiation treatment machine, only the third of its kind installed in North America. This machine allows daily customization and real-time monitoring of radiation treatments. As an early adopter of this technology, Dan frequently assists cancer centers all over the world with their own implementation. Dan’s dedication to improving cancer treatment has resulted in two book chapters, over 40 peer reviewed manuscripts and more than 70 conference abstracts, including two cover articles and two editor’s choice awards and the Edwin C. McCullough Award of Excellence for an Outstanding Medical Imaging Physics Article. Dan currently lives in Iowa City with his wife and two young daughters.