Bio sketch and research interests: Dr. Palta received his Ph.D. in medical physics in 1981 from the University of Missouri in Columbia. Prior to coming to VCU's Massey Cancer Center, he was Professor and Chief of Physics in the Department of Radiation Oncology at University of Florida, Gainesville, FL., where he achieved national and international recognition for his clinical research and educational activities in advanced radiotherapy techniques, quality assessment, and quality assurance. Dr. Palta is a recipient of several NIH awards in medical informatics and optimization research. He has served on NIH study section and the Boards of both AAPM and ASTRO. In his assignment at VHA, Dr. Palta is developing and implementing programs that will ensure safe, effective, state-of-the-art radiation treatments to our Veterans and bring VHA Radiation Oncology Services (ROS) to a position of national excellence. He provides subject matter expertise to the VHA National Radiation Oncology Program on policy development, criteria and evaluation factors of equipment, staffing, resource needs, and development of comprehensive guidelines for medical physics.