OHSU School of Medicine Dean Sharon Anderson 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. has stepped down as chair.
“Dr. Hung has been deeply involved in our patient care, teaching and research missions since joining the OHSU faculty nearly 20 years ago,” said Dean Anderson. “The Department of Radiation Medicine has deep connections across the university and in our community, and I am grateful that he is willing to serve as interim chair.”
Dr. Hung earned undergraduate engineering and history degrees from Rice University before receiving his medical degree from The Ohio State University in 1997. He then completed an internship at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Denver and residency training at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He joined OHSU in 2002 and has clinical affiliations with Hillsboro Medical Center and the VA Portland Health Care System. In addition to serving as associate professor of radiation medicine, he holds joint appointments in the Departments of Ophthalmology and Urology, and serves as medical director for the Radiation Therapy Technology Training Program. He is active in numerous professional societies, and is co-chair of the Education Committee for the American College of Radiology Commission on Radiation Oncology.
Dr. Hung’s research is focused on developing and refining the latest technology to deliver radiation with more effectiveness and less toxicity than ever before possible. He is an active collaborator in the Pacific Northwest Prostate SPORE grant, an integral member of the OHSU Knight Prostate/GU Multidisciplinary cancer team, and member of the Knight Cancer Institute’s translational oncology research program.
Dr. Hung has been instrumental in transforming the department into one of the leading service providers for radiotherapy in the entire Pacific Northwest. His clinical interests are in cancers of the genitourinary tract, gastrointestinal tract, hepatobiliary system, soft tissue sarcomas, and melanomas, and his patients routinely give positive feedback and report high satisfaction with his care. He is a departmental leader for the genitourinary, sarcoma and cardiac ablation programs. He is a core member of the Multidisciplinary Prostate Cancer Program, and has cared for over 2,000 men with prostate cancer.
Finally, Dr. Hung’s teaching contributions are noteworthy; he is an active mentor to residents and a sought-after speaker known for patient-friendly and effective communication.
“In his 16 years as chair of the Department of Radiation Medicine, Dr. Charles Thomas has set the department on an unparalleled upward trajectory. I am honored by and committed to maintaining the momentum Dr. Thomas has established,” said Dr. Hung.