Nathan Yanasak

Associate Professor

Nathan Yanasak

Associate Professor

Academic Appointment(s)

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Radiology and Imaging

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Radiation Oncology

The Graduate School


Dr. Yanasak is an Associate Professor and MRI scientist in the Department of Radiology, and the director of radiology resident physics education and interim director of the MRI research facility at Augusta University. He also lectures in the Physics department on computational techniques and astronomy. He earned his PhD in Physics at the University of Utah, where he focused on cosmic-ray composition.

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  • Ph.D., Physics, General University of Utah, 1997

  • MS, Physics, General University of Illinois at Urba, 1993

  • BA, Physics, General University of Chicago The, 1991

Awards & Honors

  • MCG Exemplary Teaching Award for Residency Education 2013

  • Winner, AAPM Innovation in Medical Physics Education Competition 2009

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • ASTR 1000

    Intro to the Universe
  • ENGR 2060

    Programming for Science & Eng

Teaching Interests

MR and Imaging Physics for Radiology Residents
Introduction to Programming for Scientists and Engineers
Computational Physics
Introductory Astronomy


Selected Recent Publications

  • Findings of the AAPM Ad Hoc Committee on Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Radiation Therapy: Unmet needs, opportunities and recommendations., 2021
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • An Introduction to MRI Physics for Physicists and Engineers, 2019
    Book, Textbook-New
  • Secret-Lives-Nathan-Yanasak-and-Wendy-Turner, 2019
    Magazine/Trade Publication
  • Diffusive Quantitative Imaging Phantom (DQIP): Thermal and Longitudinal SNR Characteristics using Four Clinical Protocols. 2015 Medical Physics , 2015
  • Frequently Asked Questions: MRI SAR, 2015

Research Interests

Multiple areas of Magnetic Resonance Physics, including quality assurance and artifact mitigation, diffusion imaging, undersampled imaging techniques (e.g., parallel imaging)

Professional Service

  • Associate Editor for Medical Physics (journal) 2011 - Present

    Role: Editor, Associate Editor
  • Medical Physics (journal) 2011 - Present

    Role: Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer
  • Radiology (journal) 2011 - Present

    Role: Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer
  • Working Group on MR Testing and Quality Assurance 2005 - Present

    Role: Member
  • International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine - 2015

    Role: Member