UF’s Bova wins medical physics award

Congratulations to UF BME affiliate faculty, Dr. Frank J. Bova!

By Kevin Brockway

Dr. Frank J. Bova has been awarded the Edith Quimby Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contributions to medical physics.

The award, given by the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, is named after Dr. Edith Quimby (1891-1982), who devoted her life to using radiation to diagnose and treat human disease.

Bova, a New York native who received his doctoral degree from the University of Florida in 1977, began his career at the UF Radiosurgery Program in 1985 in collaboration with Dr. William Friedman. Their work has produced multiple patents for mechanical and computer systems associated with radiosurgery and image guided procedures, according to a UF Health news release.

Bova holds 13 patents, with the first awarded in 1992. He most recently patented a robotic imaging platform to provide integrated navigation capabilities for surgical guidance, the release said.

The UF Radiosurgery Program has treated more than 4,600 patients. In 2014, Bova was recognized with both the UF College of Medicine Lifetime Achievement Award and as Office of Technology and Licensing Inventor of the Year.