Kristi L. Tonning, M.S., R.T.(T)

  • Assistant Professor of Radiation Medicine, School of Medicine
  • Director, Radiation Therapy Program, School of Medicine


Kristi Tonning has been the Director of the Radiation Therapy Program and Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiation Medicine since July 2015. She is also a member of the OHSU Interprofessional Education Steering Committee. 

Kristi grew up in Portland, Oregon and graduated from the OHSU Radiation Therapy Program in 2001. After working a short time in Portland, she moved to Stavanger, Norway and continued her radiation therapy career at the Stavanger University Hospital. She worked as a radiation therapist, dosimetrist and department manager for over 12 years in Stavanger. Kristi earned a Master of Science in Change Management from the University of Stavanger in 2009, and has worked as a management consultant for change management projects in the oil and gas industry. After 14 years in Norway, Kristi and her family moved back to Portland in the summer of 2015. 

In 2016, Kristi oversaw the installation and curricular implementation of the Virtual Environment for Radiation Therapy Training (VERT) at OHSU. She later helped develop and implement a patient education project bringing the VERT to the Tuality/OHSU Cancer Center for patient education. Tuality/OHSU was the first in the nation to offer a 3-D virtual simulation patient education session, prior to treatment with radiation therapy. Kristi is currently completing her Ph.D. at Pacific University, with the focus on patient education in radiation oncology, specifically patient understanding and anxiety related to radiation therapy, utilizing virtual reality.


  • B.S., 2001, Oregon Health & Science University
  • M.S., 2009, University of Stavanger
  • Certifications:

    • The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) - R.T.(T)
    • Oregon Board of Medical Imaging (OBMI) - Practice of Radiation Therapy

Honors and awards


Memberships and associations

  • American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT)
  • Oregon Society of Radiologic Technologists (OSRT)

Areas of interest

  • Patient education, radiation therapy, interprofessional education (IPE), youth outreach (On Track, Discovery Careers), virtual reality


Selected publications

  • Carney PA, Bearden DT, Osborne ML, Driessnack M, Stilp CC, Gedney Baggs J, Austin JP, Tonning K, Boyd J. (2018)  Economic Models for Sustainable Interprofessional Education.  Journal of Interprofessional Care.
  • Stilp CC, Driessnack M, Austin JP, Jones TA, Tucker CR, Tonning K, Bearden DT, Taylor C, Brown L, Carney PA.  Development and Implementation of a Curricular Evaluation Framework for Interprofessional Education at a Health Sciences University. (2019) Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice (In Review).
  • PEER-REVIEWED POSTERS:          Kristi Tonning, Maria Thompson (2018) Students as Teacher and Patients as Learners: Pathway of the Integration of a 3-D Virtual Simulation into Program Curriculum and to Patient Education  ( 3rd place poster at Oregon Health & Science University Symposium on Educational Excellence)
  • Kristi Tonning (2018) Targeted Radiation Therapy Patient Education Session, Utilizing 3-D Simulation to decrease Patient Anxiety and Increase Compliance. Pacific University Interprofessional Education Conference,
  • Curt C. Stilp, Jared P. Austin, Kristi Tonning, Marth Driessnack, David T. Bearden, Constance R. Tucker, Cynthia Taylor, Patricia A. Carney (2019)  Measuring Stages of Inter- and Intra-professional Competency Development in Health Professions Education. Oregon Health & Science University Symposium on Educational Excellence.


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