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Eric J. Hall

Research Interests
  • Radiation induced carcinogenesis
  • Effects of neutrons, alpha particles and HZE particles
  • Health hazards of radon exposure
  • Hazards of space radiations
  • Low dose-rate radiobiology as it applies to brachytherapy

Contact Information

Eric J. Hall
Center for Radiological Research
Columbia University
630 W. 168th St.
New York, NY 10032

Tel: (212) 305-5660
Fax: (212) 305-3229

Academic Training



B.Sc., Physics, University College, London, U.K., 1953

Graduate: D.Phil, Radiobiology, Oriel College, Oxford University, Oxford, U.K., 1962
M.A., Honoris Causa, Oriel College, Oxford University, Oxford, U.K., 1966
D.Sc., Honoris Causa, Oriel College, Oxford University, Oxford, U.K., 1977
Fellow of the American College of Radiology, 1981
Fellow of the Royal College of Radiology, 1999
Honorary Fellow, The Society of Radiological Protection, 2005
FASTRO Fellow, American Society for Theraputic Radiation & Oncology, 2006

Current academic and Professional appointments

Higgins Professor Emeritus of Radiation Biophysics, Special Research Scientist, Special Lecturer in Radiation Oncology, Center for Radiological Research, College of Physicians & Surgeons of Columbia University

Selected Publications

Some papers are available online in PDF format. (This requires Adobe Acrobat Reader. Acrobat Reader is free and can be downloaded below.)

Brenner D.J., Sachs R.K., Peters L.J., Withers H.R. and Hall E.J. We forget at our peril the lessons built into the α/β model. Int. J. Radiat. Oncol. Biol. Phys. 82:1312-1314, 2012. [PDF]

Hall E.J. and Brenner D.J. Cancer risks from diagnostic radiology: the impact of new epidemiological data. British Journal of Radiology. 85:e1316-e1317, 2012. [PDF]

Hricak H., Brenner D.J., Adelstein S.J., Frush D.P., Hall E.J., Howell R.W., McCollough C.H., Mettler F.A., Pearce M.S., Suleiman O.H., Thrall J.H. and Wagner L.K. Managing radiation use in medical imaging: a multifaceted challenge. Radiology. 258:889-905, 2011. [PDF]

Suit H., DeLaney T., Goldberg S., Paganetti H., Clasie B., Gerweck L., Niemierko A., Hall E.J., Flanz J., Hallman J. and Trofimov A. Proton vs carbon ion beams in the definitive radiation treatment of cancer patients. Radiotherapy and Oncology. 95:3-22, 2010. [PDF]

Hall E.J. Protons for radiotherapy: a 1946 proposal. The Lancet Oncology. Vol.10 2:196, 2009. [PDF]

Hall E.J. and Brenner D.J. Cancer Risks from Diagnostic Radiology. Hounsfield Review Series, Brit. J. Radiol. 81:362-378, 2008. [abstract]

Brenner D.J. and Hall E.J. Computed Tomography: An increasing source of Radiation Exposure. New England Journal of Medicine. 357:2277-2284, 2007. [PDF]

Hall E.J. The Inaugural Frank Ellis Lecture Iatrogenic Cancer: the impact of IMRT. Clinical Oncology. 18:277-282, 2006. [PDF]

Hall E.J. Suffer little children-IMRT, second cancers and the special case of children. Pediatric Blood and Cancer. 45:366, 2005. [PDF] [Seminar]

Hall E.J. Dose-painting by numbers: a feasible approach? The Lancet. Vol. 6:66, 2005. [PDF]

Bernier J., Hall E.J. and Giaccia A. Timeline. Radiation Oncology: a century of achievements. Nature Reviews/Cancer. 4:1-11, 2004. [PDF]

Brenner D.J., Doll R., Dudley T., Goodhead, Hall E.J., Land C.E., Little J.B., Lubin J.H., Preston D.L., Preston R.J., Puskin J.S., Ron E., Samet J.M., Setlow R.B. and Zaider M. Cancer risks attributable to low doses of ionizing radiation: Assessing what we really know. PNAS. 100:13761-13766, 2003. [PDF]

Hall E.J. Letter to the Editor."Lessons we have learned from our children; cancer risks from diagnostic radiology." Pediatr. Radiol. 33:815-817, 2003. [PDF]

Hall E.J. and Wuu C-S. Radiation-induced second cancers: The impact of 3D-CRT and IMRT. Int. J. Radiation Oncology Biol. Phys. 56:83-88, 2003. [PDF]

Hall E.J., 2002 Neuhauser Lecture. Lessons we have learned from our children: cancer risks from diagnostic radiology. Pediatr. Radiol. 32:700-706, 2002. [PDF]

Sawant S.G., Randers-Pehrson G., Metting, N. and Hall E. J. Adaptive Response and the Bystander Effect Induced by Radiation in C3H 10T(1/2) Cells in Culture. Radiat. Res. 156: 177-180 (2001). [abstract] [PDF 75 KB]

Sawant S.G., Randers-Pehrson G., Geard C.R., Brenner D.J. and Hall E.J. The bystander effect in radiation oncogenesis: I. Transformation in C3H 10T1/2 cells in vitro can be initiated in the unirradiated neighbors of irradiated cells. Radiat. Res. 155:397-401 (2001). [abstract] [PDF 138 KB]

Suzuki M., Piao C., Hall E.J. and Hei T.K. Cell killing and chromatid damage in primary human bronchial epithelial cells irradiated with accelerated 56Fe ions. Radiat. Res. 155:432-439 (2001). [abstract] [PDF 107 KB]

Zhao Y.L., Piao C.Q., Hall E.J. and Hei T.K. Mechanisms of radiation-induced neoplastic transformation of human bronchial epithelial cells. Radiat. Res. 155:230-234 (2001). [abstract] [PDF 134 KB]

Brenner D.J., Curtis R.E., Hall E.J. and Ron E. Second malignancies in prostate carcinoma patients after radiotherapy compared with surgery. Cancer 88:398-406, 2000. [abstract] [PDF 116 KB]

Hall E.J. Invited editorial: CT scanning; risk versus benefit. J. Radiol. Prot. 20:347-348 (2000). [abstract]

Hall E.J. Radiation, the two-edged sword: cancer risks at high and low doses. Cancer J. 6:343-350 (2000). [abstract]

Hall E.J. A radiation biologist looks to the future. Int. J. Radiat. Oncol. Biol. Phys. 46:1-2 (2000). [abstract] [PDF 34 KB]

Miller R.C., Marino S.A., Napoli J., Shah H., Hall E.J., Geard C.R. and Brenner D.J. Oncogenic transformation in C3H10T1/2 cells by low-energy neutrons. Int. J. Radiat. Biol.  76:327-333 (2000). [abstract] [PDF 191 KB]

Zhou H., Randers-Pehrson G., Waldren C.A., Vannais D., Hall E.J. and Hei T.K. Induction of a bystander mutagenic effect of alpha particles in mammalian cells. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 97:2099-2104, 2000. [abstract] [PDF 117 KB]

Brenner D.J. and Hall E.J. Fractionation and protraction for radiotherapy of prostate carcinoma. Int. J. Radiat. Oncol. Biol. Phys. 43:1095-1101, 1999. [abstract] [PDF 97 KB]

Hall E.J., Miller R.C. and Brenner D.J. Radiobiological principles in intravascular irradiation. Cardiovascular Radiation Medicine 1(1): 42-47, 1999. [abstract] [PDF 352 KB]

Miller R.C., Randers-Pehrson G., Geard C.R., Hall E.J. and Brenner D.J. The oncogenic transforming potential of the passage of single a particles through mammalian cell nuclei. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 96:19-22, 1999. [abstract] [PDF 158 KB]

Miller R.C., Marino S.A., Martin S.G., Komatsu K., Geard C.R., Brenner D.J. Hall E.J. Neutron-energy-dependent cell survival and oncogenic transformation. J. Radiat. Res. (Tokyo)  40 Suppl:53-59 (1999). [abstract]

Murphy R.C., Berdon W.E., Ruzal-Shapiro C., Hall E.J., Kornecki A., Daneman A., Brunelle F. and Campbell J.B. Malignancies in pediatric patients with ataxia telangiectasia. Pediatr. Radiol. 29:225-230 (1999). [abstract] [PDF 435 KB]

Rakovitch E., Mellado W., Hall E.J., Pandita T.K., Sawant S. and Geard C.R. Paclitaxel sensitivity correlates with p53 status and DNA fragmentation, but not G2/M accumulation. Int. J. Radiat. Oncol. Biol. Phys. 44:1119-1124 (1999). [abstract] [PDF 239 KB]

Smith L.G., Miller R.C., Richards M., Brenner D.J. and Hall E.J. Investigation of hypersensitivity to fractionated low-dose radiation exposure. Int. J. Radiat. Oncol. Biol. Phys. 45:187-191 (1999). [abstract] [PDF 97 KB]

Hall E.J. From chimney sweeps to astronauts: cancer risks in the work place: The 1998 Lauriston Taylor Lecture. Health Physics 75:357-366 (1998). [abstract]

Hall E.J., Schiff P.B., Hanks G.E., Brenner D.J., Russo J., Chen J., Sawant S.G. and Pandita T.K. A Preliminary Report: Frequency of A-T heterozygotes among prostate cancer patients with severe late responses to radiation therapy. Cancer J. Sci. Am. 4:385-389 (1998). [abstract]

Brenner D.J., Schiff P.B., Huang Y. and Hall E.J. Pulsed-dose-rate brachytherapy: design of convenient (daytime-only) schedules. Int. J. Radiat. Oncol. Biol. Phys. 39:809-815 (1997). [abstract] [PDF 599 KB]

Chen C.Z., Huang Y., Hall E.J. and Brenner D.J. Pulsed brachytherapy as a substitute for continuous low dose rate: an in vitro study with human carcinoma cells. Int. J. Radiat. Oncol. Biol. Phys. 37:137-143 (1997). [abstract] [PDF 454 KB]

Hall E.J. What will molecular biology contribute to our understanding of radiation-induced cell killing and carcinogenesis? Int. J. Radiat. Biol. 71:667-674 (1997). [abstract] [PDF 380 KB]

Hall E.J. and Brenner D.J. Pulsed dose-rate brachytherapy. Radiother. Oncol. 45:1-2 (1997). [abstract]

Brenner D.J., Miller R.C. and Hall E.J. The radiobiology of intravascular irradiation. Int. J. Radiat. Oncol. Biol. Phys. 36:805-810, 1996. [abstract] [PDF 480 KB]

Hall E.J. The function of the radiation biologist is to make the clinician think: 1993 Gold Medal address. Int. J. Radiation Oncology Biol. Phys. 31:1005-1006, 1995. [PDF]

Hall E.J., Martin S.G., Amols H. and Hei T.K. Photoneutrons from medical linear accelerators - Radiobiological measurements and risk estimates. Int. J. Radiation Oncology Biol. Phys. Vol. 33:379-390, 1995. [PDF]

Hall E.J. Molecular Biology in Radiation Therapy: The Potential Impact of RecombinantTechnology on Clinical Practice. Int. J. Radiat. Oncol. Biol. Phys. 30:1019-1028, 1994. [abstract]

Hall E.J. The Janeway Lecture 1992. Nine Decades of Radiobiology: Is Radiation Therapy any the Better for it? Reprinted from Cancer 71(11), June 1, 1993 by J.B. Lippincott, 1993. [abstract]

Hall E.J. The Gene as Theme in the Paradigm of Cancer. The British Journal of Radiology 66:1-11, 1993. [abstract]

Hall E.J. and Brenner D.J. The 1991 George Edelstyn memorial lecture; Needles, Wires and Chips - Advances in Brachytherapy. Clinical Oncology 4:249-256, 1992. [PDF]

Hall E.J., Failla Memorial Lecture; From beans to genes - back to the future. Radiation Research, 129, 235-249, 1992. [PDF]

Hall E.J. From Chimney Sweeps to Oncogenes: The Quest for the Causes of Cancer. 1990 Annual Oration. Radiology 179:297-306, 1991. [abstract]

Hall E.J. The Dose-rate Factor in Radiation Biology, Weiss Lecture. Int. J. Radiat. Biol. 59(3):595-610, 1991. [abstract]

Hall E.J. and Brenner D.J. The dose-rate effect revisited: Radiobiological considerations of importance in radiotherapy. Int. J. Radiation Oncology Biol. Phys. 21, pp 1403-1414, 1991. [PDF]

Hall E.J., Brenner D.J., Hei T.K. and Miller R.C. The microdosimetric link between oncogenic transformation data with neutrons and charged particles. Radiat. Protection Dosimetry, vol. 31 no. 1/4 pp. 275-278, 1990. [PDF]

Borek C., Hall E.J. and Zaider M. X rays may be twice as potent as gamma rays for malignant transformation at low loses. Nature 301:156-158, 1983. [abstract]

Hall E.J., Withers H.R., Geraci J.P., Meyn R.E., Rasey J., Todd P., and Sheline G.E. Radiobiological intercomparisons of fast neutron beams used for therapy in Japan and the United States. Int. J. Radiat. Oncol. Biol. Phys. 5:227-233, 1979. [PDF]

Hall E.J., Kellerer A.M., Rossi H.H., and Yuk-Ming Lam. The relative biological effectiveness of 160 MeV Protons. II. Biological data and their interpretation in terms of microdosimetry. Int. J. Radiat. Oncol. Biol. Phys. 4:1009-1013, 1978. [PDF]

Hall E.J. Radiation and the single cell: The Physicist's contribution to radiobiology. (Fourteenth Douglas Lea Memorial Lecture) Phys. Med. Biol. 21:347-359, 1976. [PDF]

Borek C. and Hall E.J. Transformation of mammilian cells in vitro by low doses of x-rays. Nature 243:450-453, 1973. [PDF]

Hall E.J., Review Article: Radiation dose-rate: a factor of importance in radiobiology and radiotherapy. Brit. J. Radiol. 45:81-97, 1972. [Full Text]

Hall E.J., Bedford J.S. and Leask M.J.M. Some negative results in the search for a lethal effect of magnetic fields on biological material. Nature 203:1086, 1963. [PDF]

Bedford J.S. and Hall E.J. Survival of HeLa cells cultured in vitro and exposed to protracted gamma irradiation. Int. J. Radiat. Biol.7:377, 1963. [abstract]

Hall E.J., Lajtha L. G., and Oliver R., X-ray Dose-response Relationship for Reproductive Integrity of Vicia faba. The British Journal of Radiology 35:414, 388-397, 1962. [abstract]

Hall E.J., Lajtha L.G., Clowes F.A.L., The role of the quiescent centre in the recovery of Vicia faba roots from radiation, Radiation Botany, Volume 2, Issues 3-4, 189-194, December 1962 [PDF]


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