Department News

physics update_july 2021

July 6, 2021

The Department of Radiation Medicine welcomed Ana Dieguez, M.S., medical physics resident, and Andrew Santoso, Ph.D., assistant professor of medical physics, to the Department of Radiation Medicine’s physics division in July 2021.

Arthur Hung, M.D.

July 1, 2021

OHSU School of Medicine Dean Sharon Anderson, M.D. has announced that Arthur Hung, M.D., associate professor of radiation medicine, will serve as interim chair of the Department of Radiation Medicine beginning July 1, 2021. Charles R. Thomas, Jr., M.D., professor and chair of radiation medicine, is stepped down as chair July 1, 2021.


June 25, 2021

Jerry Jaboin, M.D., Ph.D. has been promoted to the rank of professor by The School of Medicine Promotion and Tenure Committee.

Nima Nabavizadeh, M.D. has been promoted to the rank of associate professor by The School of Medicine Promotion and Tenure Committee.

1st Annual Rad-Med Triathlon

June 12, 2021

Members of the Department of Radiation Medicine hosted the 1st Annual Rad-Med Triathlon at George Rogers Park Beach. The triathlon included a one mile swim, a 20 mile bike ride through wine country and a 3.2 mile run.

Mitin ESMO Virtual Summit

June 10, 2021

Timur Mitin, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor and  medical director of  Tuality/OHSU Cancer Center, served as faculty at the ESMO Virtual Summit Russia 2021.  The ESMO Virtual Summit Russia is an international  educational event with oncology presentations focused on several key disease sites. During the virtual summit, Dr. Mitin served as chair at the Brest Carcinoma session and presented a Radiotherapist's perspectives. 

June 5, 2021

Stephanie Junell, Ph.D., assistant professor and medical physicist, has been appointed to the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Working Group on Medical Physics Leadership Academy (MPLA) Manager and Executive Development (WGMPLAME)This working group  is charged with development of materials, methods and educational opportunities to assist medical physicists who currently work or desire to work in a leadership role in healthcare. 

June 3, 2021

Congratulations to the Department of Radiation Medicine faculty and graduates on passing their American Board of Radiology oral exams.

Medical Physics Part 3 (Oral) Exam:

  • Kyle Gallagher, Ph.D.
  • Michelle Okenzie, M.S.
  • Ross Brody, Ph.D.

Radiation Oncology Certifying (Oral) Exam:

  • Christie Binder, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Jenna Kahn, M.D.
  • Kiri Cook, M.D.
  • Pehr Hartvigson, M.D.
  • Simon Brown, M.D.

June 1, 2021

Charles R. Thomas, Jr., M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Radiation Medicine and active member of the Knight Cancer Institute, OHSU School of Medicine, announced that he will step down as chair after nearly 16 years of outstanding service, effective July 1, 2021. Dean Sharon Anderson will soon announce an interim chair. Read Dr. Thomas' full statement here

May 5, 2021

Raghav Boopathy, Ph.D., medical physicist, was interviewed by the Out of the Gray (Gy) podcast on daily life as a clinical medical physicist,  COVID-19 and engaging the next generation of medical physicists. Listen to the episode here: Raghav Boopathy PhD Medical Physicist with OHSU in Portland, OR

May 4, 2021

Tim Mitin, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor, has been invited to serve on the faculty for the 2021 ESMO Virtual Summit Russia by the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) in June 2021. Dr. Mitin will present on Radiotherapist's perspectives during the breast carcinoma session. 

Research Week_W Paex

May 4, 2021

Wencesley Paez, M.D., clinical research assistant, presented at OHSU 2021 Research Week. Dr. Paez's presented on Impacts of Advanced Clinical and Translational Research Educational Programs on Oncology Specialties and Career Development. 

April 21, 2021

Jenna M. Kahn, M.D., Loise W. Wairiri, M.B.B.S, Chris Deig, M.D. and Charles R. Thomas, M.D. have been selected for oral presentations at the Annual ROECSG Spring SymposiumAssessment in Radiation Oncology Education: Beyond Basic Competence, on May 14, 2021. Dr. Kahn and Dr. Deig will present Radiation Oncology Virtual Elective Rotation for Medical Students and Residents Implementation of a National Virtual Education Resource. Dr. Wairiri, Dr. Kahn and Dr. Thomas will present Implementation of Multi-Institutional Virtual Radiation Oncology Clerkship.

April 21, 2021

Raghavendiran Boopathy, Ph.D., assistant professor of medical physics, has been selected for an oral presentation at the AAPM 63rd Annual Meeting & Exhibition. Dr. Boopathy will present Commissioning of the Ring Applicator and Quantifying Dwell Position Offset with Varian Bravos HDR Remote Afterloader.

April 20, 2021

Education in The Post-COVID Era: What’s Here To Stay? by Elizabeth B. Jeans, MEd, MD, Shauna Campbell, DOJenna Kahn, M.D., assistant professor with the Department of Radiation Medicine, was published in Spring 2021 volume of Astro News: What's New in Radiation Oncology

April 19, 2021

Wencesley Paez, M.D., Clinical Research Assistant, was named first place winner of the Medicine & Health Sciences section at the GW Research Showcase School for his poster, Impact of Advanced Clinical and Translational Research Educational Programs on Oncology Specialties and Career Development

March 31, 2021

Department of Radiation Medicine faculty have been selected to serve as session moderators for the 2021 American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Annual Meeting. Pehr Hartvigson, M.D. will co-moderate the Patient Safety oral session and Nima Nabavizadeh, M.D. will co-moderate the Hematologic Malignancies oral session.

March 30, 2021

OHSU's Brachytherapy Program, led Jenna Kahn, M.D., is the first program in the United States to use the Elekta Geneva Universal Gynecological ApplicatorThis provide an advantage for patients as Dr. Kahn and her team are better able to maximize the therapeutic ratio than can other programs.

March 30, 2021

Charles R. Thomas, Jr., M.D., department chair, has been selected to serve on the Scientific Review Committee of the LUNGevity Foundation.  

March 29, 2021

Blair Murphy, M.D., assistant professor, has been appointed to serve as a Public Member representative on the Medical Dosimetrist Certification Board.

March 9, 2021

Malcolm Heard, Ph.D., assistant professor and medical physicist, has been selected to serve as an Oral Examiner for the Therapeutic Medical Physics portion of the  American Board of Radiology certifying examination.  

RTT scores

February 24, 2021

Daniel Marks, M.D., Ph.D., professor of pediatrics, and Aaron Grossberg, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of radiation medicine, are among the first recipients of the new Science of the Patient Award from AACR and The Mark Foundation for Cancer Research. Read more about this award here

February 19, 2021

The 2020 graduating class of OHSU's Radiation Therapy Program  tied for the highest national board mean scaled score, with 100% pass rate, for the 10 graduating students.

Despite the impact of COVID-19 on their didactic and clinical education during 2020 spring and summer terms, the cohort adapted, worked hard, graduated and passed the ARRT board certification exam top in the nation. We look forward to the contribution of this group to quality patient treatment and care in radiation oncology.

Kristi Tonning Ph.D., RT(T)program director, Maria Thompson, B.S., RT(T)clinical coordinator, Arthur Hung, M.D.medical director, and members of the Department of Radiation Medicine's medical dosimetry, simulation, therapy teams; medical physics & physician faculty; have all contributed to the success of the program.

These graduates will continue the tradition of providing highest quality radiotherapy care to Oregonians and beyond.

February 16, 2021

Ravi Chandra, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor,  Neha Vapiwala,  M.D. FACR, professor and vice chair of education with the Department of Radiation Oncology at University of Pennsylvania, and Charles R. Thomas, Jr., M.D., department chair, have edited the Career Development in Academic Radiation Oncology. The guide provides career development support for radiation oncology professionals. The ebook is available thru Springer.