Department News


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? 

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.