Department News

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.  

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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. 

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