Ira J. Kalet, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus

Department of Radiation Oncology and Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education


Postal address:

Radiation Oncology Department
University of Washington
Box 356043
Seattle, Washington 98195-6043

Ira Kalet received the B.A. degree in physics from Cornell University in 1965 and the Ph.D. degree in theoretical physics from Princeton University in 1968. His dissertation was on "Low Energy Theorems for Meson Production by Real and Virtual Photons". He held research and faculty appointments at the University of Washington Physics Department, the Robert Hutchins School of Liberal Studies at Sonoma State College, and the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania before coming to the University of Washington in 1978 in the then newly formed Department of Radiation Oncology. Subsequently he held adjunct appointments in Computer Science and Engineering, Bioengineering and Biological Structure, and a joint appointment in Medical Education (now the Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education). He is officially retired as of January 1, 2011, but continues to be involved in research, writing, teaching and University of Washington activities, principally in Biomedical Informatics.

Research interests and software projects:


Courses taught by Dr. Kalet are linked from the Current and past courses taught web page.

In the Fall of 2000, the University of Washington Board of Regents approved a proposal to establish a graduate program in Biomedical and Health Informatics. Dr. Kalet led the establishment of this program and served until 2004 as its initial Program Director and Graduate Program Coordinator.

He is the author of a monograph entitled "Principles of Biomedical Informatics", published in October 2008. The book web page includes a link to all the code from the book, and other information as well.

Dr. Kalet is a member of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) and the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM). In 2011 he was elected a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI).

From 2005 until retirement, Dr. Kalet also served as Director of Security and Networking for UW Medicine IT Services, where he led the establishment of a strong security program for UW Medicine clinical and research data and systems. As can be seen above, he plays on an ice hockey team called the Hackers, as a defenseman, where he also served several seasons as team captain.


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