Black Medical Physicist Makes History As A Fellow of the American College of Radiology
Mr. Charles Michael Able is among the distinguished scientist and clinical research professionals in the field of radiology to receive the Fellow of the American College of Radiology – one of the highest honors awarded to diagnostic radiologists, radiation oncologists, interventional radiologists, medical physicists, and nuclear medicine physicians.
Able, who is the former Director of Medical Physics at the Florida Cancer Specialists and Research Institute, has a career that spans over 30 years working as a Medical Physicist in cancer research and radiation therapy. Mr. Able managed 9 medical physicists and 13 dosimetrists performing SRS, SBRT, HDR, LDR seed implants, and radiopharmaceutical therapies. Through his leadership, the radiation therapy program grew from six to nine centers in 2020.
He grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of Mr. Douglas Milton Able, Jr. and Blanche Elizabeth Able. Able’s mother is his greatest inspiration, who told him, “Try to do one thing each day to make a difference in someone’s life.” Able says, “As I got older, it is what led me to want to use my technical skills, knowledge, and ability to help people in their fight against cancer. People, not patients! Each person has a story and you are part of their team that helps them fight their cancer battle.”
Able faced adversity, racism, and various challenges as he aspired to advance his career and education in Medical Physics. Nevertheless, he has learned that there is no substitute for excellence. He believes everyone should commit to producing excellence in all his or her endeavors. “You must maintain your focus and be persistent in the face of uncertainty and forecasted failure to reach your goals. Never, ever quit, I don’t know how to give up,” says Able.