Rasha Makkia

Assistant Professor

Rasha Makkia

Assistant Professor

Academic Appointment(s)

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Radiology and Imaging

Bio

Dr. Makkia is an assistant professor in the Department of Radiology and Imaging. She obtained her MS in Medical Physics and PhD in Biomedical Physics from the CAMPEP-credited program at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. She recently completed her CAMEP residency training in Diagnostic Medical Physics at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Before that, she completed a year of medical physics training at the University of California-Irvine in Orange, California, and served as a visiting faculty member at the University of Mary Washington in Virginia.

Education

  • MS, Medical Physics East Carolina University, 2019

  • Ph.D., Biomedical Physics East Carolina University, 2019

  • MS, Physics Al-Nahrain University, 2006

Certifications

  • Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) 2023

Awards & Honors

  • MedPhy Best Oral Presentation Award AAPM Connecticut Chapter Spring Meeting, Hartford, CT, 2023

  • MedPhy SLAM Competition Award AAPM Connecticut Chapter Spring Meeting, Hartford, CT, 2022

  • Early Career Investigator Travel Award Radiation Research Society Annual Meeting, 2021

  • Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences (THCAS) East Carolina University- UNC, 2019

  • Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences (THCAS) East Carolina University- UNC, 2018

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • RRAD 5000

    Radiology Diagnostic

Teaching Interests

Teaching didactic physics lectures to radiology residents on topics including
- Breast Imaging: Mammography
- Fluoroscopy
- Computed Tomography (CT)
- Radiation Biology
- Medical Imaging Informatics
- Ultrasound (US)

Scholarship

Selected Recent Publications

  • First Time Implementation of a Physics Ultrasound (US) Testing Program: Analysis and New Lessons, 2022
    Conference Proceeding
  • Hybrid computational pregnant female phantom construction for radiation dosimetry applications, 2022
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • The Use of Hybrid Computational Phantoms to Estimate the Patient's Peak Skin Dose During Fluoroscopically Guided Interventional Procedures (FGIPs), 2022
    Conference Proceeding
  • 3D Computational Approach to Morphological Brain Abnormalities in Autism, 2021
    Conference Proceeding
  • Novel Use of Organ Segmentation Via Cancer Imaging Software in the Visualization of Complex Mullerian Anomalies A Case Report, 2021
    Journal Article, Academic Journal

Research Interests

- Current clinical research interests include radiation dose reduction, image quality optimization across all diagnostic image modalities, with particular interests in fluoroscopy and interventional radiology.
- To improve education, diagnostics, and treatment, I am particularly interested in the development of 3D computational modeling derived from CT or MR for a variety of radiological applications.