ALUMNI NEWS

Able Named American College of Radiology Fellow

BY TY DEMARTINO ’90

Charles Able ’82, the corporate director of medical physics at the Florida Cancer Specialists and Research Institute, received the Fellow of the American College of Radiology. The prestigious award is presented to radiologists, medical physicists and nuclear medicine physicians who have demonstrated "significant accomplishments in scientific or clinical research in the field of radiology, made noteworthy contributions to literature and provided outstanding work as a teacher of radiology." Able has successfully demonstrated all three.

A renowned speaker and author on radiation therapy and cancer research, Able has more than 30 years of experience as a medical physicist and represents the 1 percent of African Americans working in this specialized profession. In 2020, Able expanded and managed the institute's cancer centers from six to nine locations.

Charles Able in commencement atire holding degree certificates

He also operates Boom Publishing and Broadcasting, Inc., a publisher of African American literature, which is developing the Black Bottom Project, a series of intimate stories from "everyday African Americans" presented in their own words. In addition, Able is working on his autobiography, telling his story of growing up in Baltimore and being in a family of six brothers and sisters, as well as stories of the racism, adversity and struggles he faced throughout his life as he strived for excellence. The inspirational work is slated for publication in June of 2021.

At Frostburg, where he was a member of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity, he double majored in psychology and mathematics and minored in computer science. After graduation, he earned his graduate degree in therapeutic radiological physics from the University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Science. He also worked as an instructor of radiological physics at the Howard University School of Allied Health, Washington, D.C., and as an assistant professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C.

To learn more about Able, visit CharlesAbleMedicalPhysics.com.