Jon A. Anderson, Ph.D., is Professor of Radiology and a member of the Medical Physics Section at UT Southwestern.

Born in Texas, Dr. Anderson received his undergraduate degree in physics and mathematics from Oklahoma City University, and his doctorate in physics from the University of Texas at Dallas.

Before joining the faculty in 1989, Dr. Anderson developed applications of gamma-ray spectroscopy for well logging at the Atlantic Richfield Exploration and Production Research Laboratory in Plano, Texas, and investigated the use of  nuclear isomeric states as laser gain mechanisms at the UT Dallas.  He joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 1989 as an Assistant Professor in the Radiology Department.

Research interests

Dr. Anderson’s research interests include the medical physics aspects of computed tomography (CT), fluoroscopy, positron emission tomography (PET), radiation dosimetry, and radiation protection.

In providing clinical medical physics services to UT Southwestern University Hospitals and Clinics, Parkland Health and Hospital System, and Children’s Health, Dr. Anderson embraces many aspects of regulatory compliance, radiation dose management, and equipment performance.

Dr. Anderson is an active member of numerous committees at UT Southwestern, including the Radiation Safety Committee, the Subcommittee on Human Use of Radiation, the Radiation Protocol Committees for CT and Interventional Fluoroscopy, and the Radioactive Drug Research Committee. A Fellow of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), he has served the organization on numerous task groups and committees. 

He has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed publications and is frequently invited to discuss  clinical medical physics topics at meetings of the AAPM and the Radiological Society of North America.

Personal note

Dr. Anderson’s personal interests include camping, woodworking, and historical technologies, such as steam engines and blacksmithing. He also is a voracious reader of mystery novels and history books.


Oklahoma City University (1974), Physics
Graduate School
University of Texas at Dallas (1980), Physics

Research Interest

  • CT and Fluoroscopic Imaging
  • Positron Emission Tomography Imaging
  • Radiation Dosimetry
  • Radiation Protection for Positron Emission Tomography

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Association of Physicists in Medicine
  • American Physical Society
  • Society for Nuclear Medicine