Department News

July 31, 2020

Kiri Cook, M.D., assistant professor, was interviewed by  Reuters Health Information on her article, Distancing Without Isolating—Connection in the Era of COVID-19. Read the interview in Medscape: Cancer Patients Still Need Human Connection During COVID-19

July 31, 2020

Ravi Chandra, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor, was interviewed by OHSU Blogs for their Q&A series which features OHSU School of Medicine faculty members, leaders, and staff talking about their work with the goal of getting to know them and different areas across the school. Read Dr. Chandra's interview, Three questions for radiation oncologist Ravi Chandra

July 27, 2020

Reid Thompson, M.D., Ph.D, assistant professor, was interviewed by OHSU Blogs on his paper “Human leukocyte antigen susceptibility map for SARS-CoV-2” published in the Journal of Virology is the School of Medicine’s Paper of the Month.

July 16, 2020

Charles Thomas, Jr. M.D., department chair, hosted session two of American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)'s four-part grant writing series. Dr. Thomas shared tips on choosing a mentor and obtaining letters of support.

July 15, 2020

Congratulations to the Department of Radiation Medicine faculty who have been appointed to serve on a 2020-2021  ASTRO Committees and subcommittees 

  • Arthur Hung, M.D.
    • Education Committee (Education Council)
  • Jenna Kahn, M.D.
    • Vice Chair, Communications Committee
  • Josh Walker, M.D., Ph.D.
    • Research Grants Evaluation Subcommittee (Science Council)
    • Science Education and Program Development Committee (Science Council)
  • Kiri Cook, M.D.
    • Annual Meeting Scientific Committee (Education Council)
    • Communications Committee
  • Ravi Chandra, M.D., Ph.D.
    • Education Committee (Education Council)
    • Guidelines Subcommittee (Clinical Affairs and Quality Committee)
  • Reid Thompson, M.D., Ph.D.
    • Science Education and Program Development Committee (Science Council)
  • Timur Mitin, M.D., Ph.D.
    • Annual Meeting Scientific Committee (Education Council)
    • Education Committee (Education Council)
    • International Education Subcommittee  (Education Council)

July 14, 2020

Ross Brody, Ph.D, Medical Physicist, Medical Physics Division, has been selected by his peers to serve as the  Secretary-Treasurer of the Northwest Chapter of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM).

He begins his term in January 2021.

2020 residents

July 8, 2020

The Department of Radiation Medicine is excited to welcome Jehan Yahya, M.D. and Kim Ohaegbulam, M.D., Ph.D. to the Radiation Oncology Residency Program! To learn more about Dr. Yahya and Dr. Ohaegbulam and our program visit Meet Our Residents.

July 7, 2020

Aaron Grossberg, M.D., Ph.D., has been awarded a NCI Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (K08) for his Hepatic Metabolic Reprogramming Drives Pancreatic Cancer Cachexia proposal.  Learn more about Dr. Grossberg's project here.

June 29,  2020

Jenna Kahn, M.D., has been selected to serve as the Editor, Gynecologic Cancers Section for the American Brachytherapy Society’s journal.

2020 Graduation_Murphy-Tormoen

June 15, 2020

Garth Tormoen, M.D., Ph.D. (left) and Blair Murphy, M.D. (right) celebrated the completion of the Radiation Oncology Residency Program. Dr. Tormoen will be moving on to practice in Reno, Nevada and Dr. Murphy will be joining OHSU's Department of Radiation Medicine. Congratulations to the Class of 2020!   

June 12, 2020

Aaron Grossberg, M.D, Ph.D.’s has been awarded a grant thru OHSU's Cancer Early Detection Advanced Research (CEDAR) for his unique proposal titled, “CoVID Prediction Hub of Oregon – U.S. County COVID-19 Prediction“. This  project involves a computational approach to predict future CoVID hotspots based on characteristics we find to promote spread along with real-time crowdsourced fever measurements.

June 8, 2020

Reid Thompson, M.D., Ph.D. has been awarded the 2020 ASTRO-MRA (Melanoma Research Alliance) Young Investigator Award for his proposal  Ablative Radiotherapy as Consolidation for Oligoprogressive MelanomaThis award will further the translational research platform of the already strong Melanoma Research Program of the Knight Cancer Institute.

June 3, 2020

Timur Mitin, M.D., Ph.D., and Wencesley Paez, M.D. are one of three awardees of Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute's Digital Health Program for their proposal A Smartphone Mobile Application Using Artificial Intelligence for Pain Control and Management for Bone Metastases. 

Read more about the funding opportunity here.

Mitin ASCO 2020

June 2, 2020

Timur Mitin, M.D., Ph.D. presented his virtual poster Morbidity Associated With Cancer Screening and Treatment: A Radiation Oncologist Perspective at the ASCO20 Virtual Scientific Program. His presentation discussed abstracts 5512 and 5513.

May 22, 2020

Timur Mitin, M.D., Ph.D. and Wencesley Paez, Ph.D. have been selected for funding under Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute's Biomedical Innovation Program – Digital Health program for their proposal A Smartphone Mobile Application Using Artificial Intelligence for Pain Control and Management for Bone Metastases. The BIP-Digital Health program accelerates the delivery of healthcare technologies in order to improve human health. Congrats to Dr. Mitin and Dr. Paez! 


Go Gray in May

May 22, 2020

May is May is Brain Tumor Awareness Month and the faculty and staff of the Department of Radiation Oncology participated in this year's Go Gray in May campaign bring awareness to pediatric brain tumors.

May 22, 2020

OHSU Now featured the Virtual Oncology Global Conference webinar series, co-founded by Ravi Chandra, M.D., Ph.D.. "Our goal is a recurring, premier event for scholarly discourse within radiation oncology, and oncology more generally," Chandra says. The first webinar on May 28, 2020  features Murray Brunt, the leader of the UK FAST-Forward study on adjuvant radiotherapy for breast cancer. 

Register online at

May 15, 2020

Jenna Kahn, M.D. presented at the 2020 Annual ROECSG Spring Symposium “Education for the Future of Radiation Oncology”. Dr. Kahn presented on her work creating a virtual elective in the era of COVID-19. Her presentation Virtual Medical Student Elective in Radiation Oncology in the Era of COVID-19 will be available online.

May 7, 2020

Kiri Cook, M.D. has been appointed at Director of Clinical Research in the Department of Radiation Medicine.  In her role, Dr. Kahn will oversee the clinical research operations of the department. Dr. Cook's research interests focus on analyzing and improving the patient’s experience during treatment.  She has particular interests in patient-reported outcomes research, patient education, and supportive care.

April 29, 2020

Jenna Kahn, M.D. has been appointed at Medical Student Clerkship Director in the Department of Radiation Medicine.  In her role, Dr. Kahn will advise medical students who are interested in radiation oncology. She will continue in her role as Faculty Advisor of the Medical Student Interest Group. Dr. Kahn is considered one the emerging leaders and dominant forces nationally on medical education for radiation oncology.  

April 29, 2020

Ravi Chandra, M.D., Ph.D. was interviewed by ASCO Daily News on the impact of the pandemic, changes to care as a result of COVID-19 and how he foresees cancer treatment evolving after COVID-19. Read Dr. Chandra's interview here

April 21, 2020

The Russian Society of Clinical Oncology (RUSSCO) has written practical recommendations of the Russian Society of Clinical Oncology for the provision of cancer care in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. These recommendations were created due to the need for cancer care in a pandemic and the maximum protection of patients and medical personnel. Timur Mitin, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor and medical director of the Tuality OHSU Cancer Center, took part in writing and discussing these recommendations.

April 13, 2020

Timur Mitin, M.D., Ph.D. provided his perspective to Renal & Urology News on how SABR could make prostate cancer more responsive to immunotherapy agents based on the ORIOLE study. Read the article here

April 7, 2020

Charles Thomas, Jr., M.D., department chair, and Pehr Hartvigson, M.D., chief medical officer,  Columbia Memorial Hospital,  spoke with the OHSU Week podcast about the benefits of expanding oncology radiation services to other communities in Oregon.  Listen here

April 3, 2020

Kiri Cook, M.D. one of the medical professional representing OHSU at MIT COVID19 Challenge being held April 3-5, 2020. Dr. Cook will be providing a healthcare perspective on solutions that are presented to a number of problems resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.  Dr. Cook and her colleagues will working on the implantation of creative solutions that can be readily adapted to the OHSU community.

April 3, 2020

Brennan Olson, a current MD-PhD student affiliated with the Grossberg Lab recently received a RSNA Research Medical Student grant award (RMS2026) for his project titled Establishment & Validation of Cervical Vertebrae Muscle Wasting as a Marker of Sarcopenia for Patients with Head & Neck Cancer. Aaron Grossberg, M.D., Ph.D. serves on the doctoral thesis advisory committee for Mr. Olson.  Congratulations to Brennan, Aaron, and their collaborators.

April 2, 2020

Ravi Chandra, M.D., Ph.D. has accepted an invitation to serve on the editorial board of the American Journal of Clinical Radiation

March 25, 2020

Jenna Kahn, M.D., has been appointed to serve as the Senior Research and Scholarship Advisor for the Society of Women in Radiation Oncology (SWRO). As part of this appointment, she will concurrently serve on the SWRO Senior Advisory Committee.

March 9, 2020

Nima Nabavizadeh, M.D. was interviewed by OHSU's Cancer Translated blog for his research on using radiation to boost circulating DNA for ‘liquid biopsy’ of cancer. Dr. Nabavizadeh and his co-researchers, described the process of radiation-assisted amplification sequencing, or Ramp-Seq, and its potential could be used to detected suspected lung tumors in patients. Read the article here

February 27, 2020

Michelle Bednar, BSN, RN, assistant nurse manager, was interviewed by Oncology Nurse Advisor,  about patients reactions to ringing the bell (Radiation Medicine patients can ring department bell in the front lobby) after completing their final radiation treatment and the unintended consequences in the clinic. Is it Time to Stop Ringing the Bell? A Look at Patients’ Varied Reactions to the End-of-Treatment Tradition?

Charles Thomas visit to Mayo 2020

February 25, 2020

Charles Thomas, Jr., M.D., Chair, was a visiting professor in the at Mayo Clinic Radiation Oncology's Alix of Medicine in Scottsdale., AZ Following a presentation on “Thymic Neoplasms: Update 2020”, he visited with house staff, faculty, students, and toured the particle therapy center.

February 24, 2020

Kiri Cook, M.D. was profiled on OHSU's blog, 96,000 Square Miles. Get to know Dr. Cook. and her work in the Q&A series, Three questions for Dr. Kiri Cook.    

February 7, 2020

Ravi Chandra, M.D., Ph.D. was awarded a School of Medicine Clinical Leadership Grant by the grant review subcommittee of the Clinical Engagement Committee. This funding will allow him to participate in the Association of American Medical Colleges' (AAMC) GME Leadership Development Certificate Program. The tools he will learn can further leverage our Department’s footprint in OHSU’s all important Education mission.

February 6, 2020

The Grossberg Lab was awarded a grant for their novel proposal titled “Heart Rate Variability for the Early Detection of Pancreatic Cancer”. Project Purple and the Cancer Early Detection Advanced Research Center (CEDAR) are co-sponsoring this novel work.  While Dr. Grossberg is the PI, his collaborators include Diane Simeone, M.D. at NYU along with Tony Hollingsworth, Ph.D. and Kelsey Klute, M.D. at the University of Nebraska. Fitness trackers and is being sponsored by Project Purple.  WHOOP fitness trackers will be utilized in this trial.