Department News

January 19, 2021

Raghavendiran Boopathy, Ph.D., assistant professor and medical physicist, has been appointed to the AAPM International Council. The council focuses on the international activities within the AAPM.

January 14, 2021

Kristi Tonning, M.S., R.T.(T), Ph.D., director of the Radiation Therapy Programsuccessfully defended her doctoral thesis. 

January 3, 2021

Timur Mitin, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor and  medical director of the Tuality/OHSU Cancer Center, has been selected to serve on the editorial board of the JCO Global Oncology (JCO GO). JCO GO is an online , open access journal focused on cancer care, research and care delivery issues unique to countries and settings with limited healthcare resources.

December 31, 2020

Charles R. Thomas, Jr., M.D., department chair,  has been selected to serve on the editorial board  of the periodical, SEMINARS IN RADIATION ONCOLOGY . 

December 11, 2020

Arthur Hung, M.D., Charles R. Thomas, Jr., M.D. and Jerry Jaboin, M.D., Ph.D. have been named as Portland Monthly  Top Medical Providers 2021 in Radiation Oncology. Portland Monthly's list of top medical providers is chosen by a survey of their peers.

December 3,  2020

Charles R. Thomas, Jr., M.D., department chair, has been selected to serve on the Special Expert panel for the NCI Gastrointestinal Steering Committee (GISC). The role of the GISC is to implement an efficient and transparent process that will identify and promote the "Best Science" in clinical research of adult gastrointestinal cancers by addressing the design and prioritization of phase 3 trials and large phase 2 studies within the National Clinical Trials Network (NCTN). 

The GISC membership is composed of representatives from the NCTN gastrointestinal disease committees, the NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP), and Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPOREs), along with biostatisticians, patient advocates, NCI staff, and other experts in gastrointestinal cancers.  The steering committee provides a forum for critical review of concepts for new trials by a broad spectrum of experts from across the NCI-supported clinical trials enterprise.  The roster and more information is available at the GISC member roster

November 30, 2020

Jenna Kahn, M.D., assistant professor, and her brachytherapy team were featured on OHSU Now for performing the first brachytherapy procedure –- a gynecological interstitial implant -- on November 2, 2020 for a patient with cervical cancer. Read about Dr. Kahn's brachytherapy  program here


November 9, 2020

The Department of Radiation Medicine celebrates National Radiologic Technology Week (NRTW), November 8 - November 14, 2020. NRTW recognizes the vital work of medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals across the nation. The week-long celebration calls attention to the important role these professionals play in patient care and health care safety.

The celebration takes place during the week of November 8th to commemorate the discovery of the x-ray by Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen on November 8, 1895.


November 7, 2020

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.

November 7, 2020

The Department of Radiation Medicine celebrates International Day of Medical Physics (IDMP 2020) on November 7, 2020. This year's theme is “Medical Physicist as a Health Professional”. IDMP recognizes the the role of medical physicists in medicine.

November 3, 2020

Charles R. Thomas Jr. M.D., department chair, and the Department of Radiation Medicine was recognized by the U.S. National Guard and Reserve with the Above and Beyond Award, the Patriotic Employer Award and the Seven Seals Award “for meritorious leadership and initiative in support of the men and women who serve America.” 

Dr. Thomas,  James A. Tanyi, Ph.D. and Hans Kim, M.D. were interviewed by OHSU News to discuss how the department supports its military staff. Learn more about this honor here

radiation masks by Tiffany Ashley

October 27, 2020

Tiffany Ashley, radiation therapist with the Department of Radiation Medicine, was featured on KGW News for her creative radiation masks. Tiffany has been creating personalized masks for pediatric patients undergoing radiation therapy. Watch Tiffany's interview here

2020 Social Media champions

October 25, 2020

Jenna Kahn, M.D., assistant professor, was named as an #ASTRO20 Social Champion for the virtual 2020 ASTRO Annual Meeting.  Social Champions serve as ambassadors on social media during the meeting held on October 25 - October 28, 2020. The Social Champions are active participants throughout the course of the meeting, sharing important science, interesting topics, attending social events and more!

October 16, 2020

Kiri Cook, M.D.assistant professor, was interviewed by Healio about the changes to building relationships with patients during COVID-19. Dr. Cook and Dr. Hanna Sanoff, associate professor of medicine at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, discussed how masks, social distancing and telemedicine influence patient/physician relationships. Read Dr. Cook's interview here

October 6, 2020

Jerry Jaboin, M.D., Ph.D., department vice-chair, has been selected to serve on the JCO Oncology Practice editorial board. JCO Oncology Practice provides necessary information and insights to keep oncology practice current on changes and challenges inherent in delivering quality oncology care.

October 2, 2020

Jenna Kahn, M.D., assistant professor, was interviewed by OHSU Now about her program, ROVER (Radiation Oncology Virtual Education Rotation), and how Covid-19 has transformed medical student education. ROVER is a a series of six virtual educational sessions for medical students to continue their education and exposure to various faculty and institutions across the country followed by a multi-institutional networking session. Read Dr. Kahn's interview here


September 24, 2020

Charles R. Thomas, Jr, M.D., department chair, has been awarded the inaugural SWOG Cancer Research Network Mentorship Award. This award is given to an individual who goes “above and beyond basic responsibility/job description to provide mentorship, leadership training, and support for the next generation.” Learn more about Dr. Thomas and his mentorship here

September 22, 2020

Joshua Walker, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor with the Departments of Radiation Medicine and Cell, Developmental and Cancer Biology, was awarded a FY21 Knight Spring Pilots award for his proposal "Activation of Immunogenic Cell Death Pathways in Colorectal Cancer Using Radiation-Enhancing Nanoparticles".

September 15, 2020

Charles R. Thomas, Jr, M.D., department chair, has been selected to serve on the Internal Coordinating Committee for Region 5 of the Geographic Management of Cancer Health Disparities program (GMaP). GMaP is funded by the National Cancer Institute’s Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities. Through a systematic and comprehensive approach, we collaborate, cooperate, share resources and information, and build capacity between researchers, trainees, outreach workers and organizations to advance research and training.

September 9, 2020

John Holland, M.D., has been awarded emeritus status by Elena Andresen, Ph.D., executive vice president and provost of OHSU. Emeritus is an honorary title for a retired faculty member which recognizes distinguished past service to the institution. Dr. Holland retired from the Department of Radiation Medicine in July 2020 after 26 years of service at OHSU. 

Murphy Chang

September 1, 2020

The Department of Radiation Medicine welcomed Blair Murphy, M.D (Pediatrics) and Eric Chang, M.D. (Palliative)  to the Department of Radiation Medicine’s team of faculty physicians in September 2020.

2020 National Medical Dosimetrist's Day Poster

August 17, 2020

The Department of Radiation Medicine joins American Association of Medical Dosimetrists in celebrating National Medical Dosimetrist's Day (August 19, 2020) ALL WEEK LONG!

FREE Educational Webinar Series - August 17 - 21, 2020

August 12, 2020

Kiri Cook, M.D., assistant professor, was interviewed by i3 Health on her article, Distancing Without Isolating—Connection in the Era of COVID-19. Read the interview Connecting With Patients With Cancer in Spite of COVID-19: Kiri A. Cook, MD.

August 6, 2020

Charles R. Thomas, Jr., M.D., department chair, and other medical professionals shared what they read this summer with The Cancer Letter. Read about what books left an impression on Dr. Thomas in What are you reading?