Department News

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.

January 31, 2020

Jenna Kahn, M.D.  has been invited to serve on the 2020 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) eLearning Review Panel. As a member of this panel, Dr. Kahn will be in charge of previewing version of the ASCO University courses and self-assessment activities as well as provide content reviews.  Dr. Kahn is the first Department for Radiation Medicine faculty member to serve on this important committee.

January 30, 2020

The Department of Radiation Medicine is very pleased to report that Kristina H. Young, MD, PhD was recently selected to receive the OHSU School of Medicine Alumni Association’s 2020 Early Career Achievement Award.

After completing her M.D.-Ph.D. training at OHSU, she was a Holman Research Pathway Resident. Since completing residency, Dr. Young has been a physician-scientist faculty at the Earle A Chiles Research Institute. Her Tumor Microenvironment Laboratory has been productive and continuously funded. 

January 29, 2020

Jenna Kahn, M.D. was invited to the American College of Radiology (ACR) Writing Committee to revise the ACR Practice Parameter for 3D External Beam Radiation Planning and Conformal Therapy.

2020 RSNA Clinical Trials Methodology Course

January 20, 2020

Charles R. Thomas, M.D., department chair, attended the 2020 RSNA Clinical Trials Methodology Course. The six-day workshop, provides participants with the tools and expertise to develop protocols for clinical evaluation of imaging modalities and become funded principal investigator for clinical trials.

January 10, 2020

Aaron Grossberg, M.D., Ph.D. was interviewed by Project Purple on the Project Purple Podcast on his career journey and some of the exciting pancreatic cancer research. Project Purple works to raise awareness, support patients and families affected by the disease, and fund research efforts to defeat pancreatic cancer. Listen to the podcast here

January 10, 2020

Ravi Chandra, M.D., Ph.D.  has been appointed for a 3-year term to serve on the School of Medicine Admissions Committee. This is a step forward for the Department of Radiation Medicine's representation on one of the most important committees within OHSU's medical school.

January 1, 2020

The Department of Radiation Medicine is proud to announce that Arthur Hung, M.D. and Jerry Jaboin, M.D, Ph.D. have been named in Portland Monthly's annual Top Doctor survey as Top Doctor 2020 in Radiation Oncology.

December 30, 2019

Kiri Cook, M.D. was featured in theMednet Spotlights: Editor Spotlight. During her interview, Dr. Cook discussed her road to radiation oncology, her work-life balance and the stressors of cancer treatment.  Read her interview here. Dr. Cook is also the breast malignancies Associate Editor for Radiation Oncology at theMednet!

RadArt 2019

December 8, 2019

Blair Murphy, M.D. (PGY5 resident), Megan Johnson and other the Department of Radiation Medicine staff hosted the 2nd annual pediatric art event, RadArt. Pediatric patients and their families were invited to decorate masks, write letters to other patients and eat pizza donated by Baby Doll Pizza! Thank you to all the families who participated.

December 3, 2019

Timur Mitin, M.D., Ph.D. and Daniel Spratt, M.D. wrote on prostate stereotactic body radiation therapy for December's ASTRO Blog titled The Future of Prostate Radiation Therapy in the Era of Bundled Payment: Less is more?

December 2, 2019

John Holland, M.D. was featured in RSNA's Daily Bulletin for his poster presentation "Smoking History and Cessation Discussions in Cancer Patients Receiving Definitive Radiotherapy: Do We Treat All Patients Equally?". Read about Dr. Holland's interview here

December 2, 2019

Knight Cancer Collaborative, a partnership between Columbia Memorial Hospital and OHSU, has announced that Pehr Hartvigson, M.D. will take over as the director of oncology services from Sahar Rosenbaum, M.D. in 2020.

RSNA 2019

December 1, 2019

Faculty and associates of the Department of Radiation Medicine attended Radiological Society of North America's 105th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting  in Chicago, IL. Pictured: John Holland, M.D., Aaron Grossberg, M.D., Ph.D., Shearwood “Woody” McClelland III, M.D.

November 26, 2019

A patient came in to the CMH-OHSU Knight Cancer Collaborative, with a tumor growing around their spinal cord and in between the kidneys. Traditional surgery was too risky. Instead, an oncology team created a 3D image of the patient and delivered highly powerful radiation beams within 2 millimeters of accuracy over three days. Read more about the procedure in The Astorian, Hospital debuts more accurate, powerful radiation therapy.  

November 22, 2019

Ravi Chandra, M.D., Ph.D. has accepted the position for the Hormones and Digestion Co-Block Director with OSHU's Undergraduate and Graduate Medical Education program.  Dr. Chandra is a passionate and experienced medical educator, and currently serves as a highly regarded CSL instructor, he teaches in the Cancer Intersession, he interviews for the MD Admissions Committee, and is also the Department of Radiation Oncology Associate Residency Program Director and the inaugural Director of IPE for the department. 

Dr. Chandra will join Dr. Nir Modiano in running the HODI block in June, 2020. 

Dr. Mitin at the 23rd Russian Cancer Congress

November 13, 2019

Timur Mitin, M.D., Ph.D. presented at Joint Session ASTRO-RUSSCO, held at the XIII Russian Cancer Congress, on the Refusal of exposure in the radical and adjuvant treatment of patients with prostate cancer.

November 8, 2019

Hans Kim, PGY-2 resident, was selected to present a digital poster for viewing at the 2020 Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancers Symposium in February 2020.

WomenWhoCurie 2019

November 7, 2019

The Department of Radiation Medicine, along with radiation professionals around the world, celebrated Marie Curie's birthday and brought awareness to female radiation oncologists by participating in the Society for Women in Radiation Oncology (SWRO) #WomenWhoCurie campaign.

Waves of the future

November 3, 2019

The Department of Radiation Medicine celebrated National Radiologic Technology Week (November 3-9). #NRTW19 celebrates the important role medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals play in patient care and health care safety.

Dr Kahn with Medical Students

October 28, 2019

The Radiation Medicine Student Interest Group (RMSIG) hosted its 13th Medical Student Open House for OHSU students. Students were invited to meet faculty, residents and staff, tour the department and learn about radiation oncology.

The RMSIG aims to provide information about the field of radiation medicine. To join the RMSIG, please contact the Education Program Coordinator. 

October 12, 2019

The Department of Radiation Medicine held its 13th Annual Research Retreat  on October 12, 2019 in the Knight Cancer Research Building. The retreat featured presentations from 20 researchers on a variety of cancer-related disciplines. Learn more about our Research Retreats

October 10, 2019

Charles Thomas, Jr., M.D., Chair, discussed the challenges and solutions to establishing a mutually respectful workplace with Colin Weekes, M.D., Ph.D. during the 2019 ASCO Annual Meeting. The discussion was recorded for the ASCO Daily News podcast.

October 2, 2019

Sahar Rosenbaum, M.D., assistant professor of the Department of Radiation Medicine and medical director of Radiation Oncology Services at Columbia Memorial Hospital, was awarded the September 2019 Golden ROSE Award for her patient care and going above and beyond to connect with a patient, a world-renowned violinist, after their cancer treatment.  Read Dr. Rosenbaum's nomination