Alex Vitkin
  • Senior Scientist – Princess Margaret Cancer Centre & University Health Network (Division of Biophysics and Bioimaging)
  • Professor – Department of Medical Biophysics & Radiation Oncology – U. of Toronto
  • Medical Physicist – Radiation Medicine Program, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre (board certified, CCPM)
  • Fellow, Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers

Alex Vitkin, PhD

Alex Vitkin is an engineering physicist/biomedical engineer by training, with further specialization in medical physics and applications of lasers in medicine. He is currently a professor of Medical Biophysics and Radiation Oncology at the University of Toronto, a senior scientist in the division of BioPhysics and BioImaging at the Ontario Cancer Institute, and a clinical medical physicist at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre (all in Toronto, Ontario, Canada). His research is the field of biophotonics, with particular emphasis on optical coherence tomography, tissue polarimetry, and optical fiber sensors. He has published over 100 papers and book chapters on diagnostic and therapeutic uses of light in biomedicine, holds several patents in the field, and currently runs a large laboratory with several undergraduate/graduate students and post-doctoral/clinical fellows. His laboratory works closely with clinicians and with industry, and he is a consultant for several biophotonics companies. He has served as a session chair and program organizer for various conferences in biomedical optics, such as Photonics North (Quebec City, Canada), Canadian Association of Physicists (Charlottetown, Canada), Bio-thermo-acoustics in Medicine (Denver, USA), Laser Applications in Life Sciences (Moscow, Russia), OSA Optics & Photonics Congress (Miami, USA), and European Conference on Biomedical Optics (Munich, Germany)