Kahn Lab

Jenna Kahn MD

Jenna Kahn M.D. is an assistant professor in the Department of Radiation Medicine. Dr. Kahn’s clinical work focuses primarily on gynecologic and genitourinary cancer with a specialty in high dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy.  She is the gynecologic lead and Director of brachytherapy. In addition to seeing patients, she continues to be passionate in clinical and education research as well as quality improvement and patient safety. She is the Medical Student Clerkship Director and Associate Program Director for the department of Radiation Medicine.  She has become the Quality Medical Director and works to improve processes and patient safety within the radiation oncology department.

In medical school, she was awarded the Clinical Research Training Program Fellowship at the National Institutes of Health. After medical school, she completed her residency at Virginia Commonwealth University and received her Bachelors of Science and Medical Degree from Brown University. She is an active member in the American Society of Radiation Oncology, American Society of Clinical Oncology, Radiation Oncology Institute, American College of Radiology, Society of Women in Radiation Oncology, and OHSU Knight Cancer Institute Translational Oncology Program. Dr. Kahn has particular interests in medical student and residency education, social media advocacy, brachytherapy, and patient education especially in sexual health.

  • Determining and understanding the utilization of brachytherapy for gynecologic, prostate, and breast cancers
  • Sexual health in female cancer patients
  • Improving education and hands on training modules for radiation oncology and ob/gyn residents in brachytherapy
  • Promoting and improving education for residents in radiation oncology including transitioning from residency to attending and practical hands on modules and tools
  • Social media in radiation oncology, understanding, use, and advocacy both for physicians and patients
  • Communications within radiation oncology
  • Gender equity and advocacy for females in radiation oncology

Team Members

  • Adam Eakin, Oregon Health & Science University  OHSU
  • Daanya Siddiqui, University of Washington
  • Julia Drizin, M.A. , Oregon State University
  • Loise Wairiri, M.D., PGY-1, Samaritan Health Services 
  • Lucie Le Rutt, University of Michigan, College of Engineering


  • Jessica Gorman Ph.D., MPH, Oregon State University
  • Lisa Egan, P.A.
  • Melissa Moffitt, M.D.
  • Emma Fields, M.D.


Assessment of Lymphoma and Other Hematologic Malignancies Training Needs Among Radiation Oncology Residents: a Brief Report. Kahn JM, Yang JC, Yahalom J, Dabaja BS, Vapiwala N, Hoppe BS, Tseng YD, Pinnix CC, Parikh RR, Sim AJ, Plastaras JP, Gunther JR; with the ILROG Educational Steering Committee, ARRO Executive Committee.J Cancer Educ. 2021 Oct 2:1-5. doi: 10.1007/s13187-021-02098-9. 

Integrating Radiation Oncology Into Undergraduate Medical Education. Arbab M, Holmes JA, Olivier KR, Fields EC, Corbin KS, Kahn JM, Zellars RC, Haywood AM.Adv Radiat Oncol. 2021 Jul 28;6(6):100765. doi: 10.1016/j.adro.2021.100765.

Assessment of Lymphoma and Other Hematologic Malignancies Training Needs Among Radiation Oncology Residents: a Brief Report. Kahn JM, Yang JC, Yahalom J, Dabaja BS, Vapiwala N, Hoppe BS, Tseng YD, Pinnix CC, Parikh RR, Sim AJ, Plastaras JP, Gunther JR; with the ILROG Educational Steering Committee, ARRO Executive Committee.J Cancer Educ. 2021 Oct 2. doi: 10.1007/s13187-021-02098-9. 

Why an Increasing Number of Unmatched Residency Positions in Radiation Oncology? A Survey of Fourth-Year Medical Students. Blitzer GC, Parekh AD, Chen S, Taparra K, Kahn JM, Fields EC, Stahl JM, Rosenberg SA, Buatti JM, Laucis AM, Wang Y, Mayhew DL, McDonald AM, Harari PM, Brower JV.Adv Radiat Oncol. 2021 Jun 24;6(5):100743. doi: 10.1016/j.adro.2021.100743.

Radiation Oncology Virtual Education Rotation (ROVER) for Medical StudentsKahn JM, Sandhu N, von Eyben R, Deig D, Obeid J, Miller JA, Pollom E. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2021 Apr 9:S0360-3016(21)00359-X. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijrobp.2021.03.057

Networking and Applying to Radiation Oncology During A Pandemic: Cross-Sectional Survey of Medical Student Concerns. Pollom EL, Sandhu N, Deig CR, Obeid JP, Miller JA, Kahn JM. Advances in Radiation Oncology (2021), doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.adro.2021.100643.

#ThisIsBrachytherapy: Increasing awareness of brachytherapy. Kahn JM, Campbell SR, Albert AA, Knoll MA, Shah C. Brachytherapy. 2021 Jan-Feb;20(1):232-236. doi: 10.1016/j.brachy.2020.07.003.

Increasing Medical Student Engagement Through Virtual Rotations in Radiation Oncology. Kahn JM, Fields EC, Pollom E, Wairiri L, Vapiwala N, Nabavizadeh N, Thomas CR Jr, Jimenez RB, Chandra RA. Adv Radiat Oncol. 2021 Jan-Feb;6(1):100538. doi: 10.1016/j.adro.2020.07.015. 

Transitioning Roles from Residency to Attending Physician in Radiation OncologyKahn JM, DiazGranados D, Fields, E. J Canc Educ (2021). doi.org/10.1007/S13187-020-01936-6.


In Regard to Odei et al. Kahn JM, Sandhu N, Pollom EL. International Journal of Radiation Oncology • Biology • Physics. Volume 109, Issue 2, P639-640.  doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijrobp.2020.08.067

Authors' response. Kahn JM, Moghanaki D. Brachytherapy. 2020 Jul-Aug;19(4):555. doi: 10.1016/j.brachy.2020.04.006. PMID: 32674913.

Distancing Without Isolating—Connection in the Era of COVID-19. Cook KA, Kahn JMJAMA Oncol. Published online July 23, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2020.2725

Rectal spacing, prostate coverage, and periprocedural outcomes after hydrogel spacer injection during low-dose-rate brachytherapy implantation. Kahn J, Dahman B, McLaughlin C, Kapoor P, Kapoor R, Harris E, Sharma M, Schutzer M, Moghanaki D. Brachytherapy. 2020 Mar - Apr;19(2):228-233. doi: 10.1016/j.brachy.2019.11.002. 

Top Concerns of Radiation Oncology Trainees in 2019: Job Market, Board Examinations, and Residency Expansion. Kahn J, Goodman CR, Albert A, Agarwal A, Jeans E, Tye K, Campbell SR, Marcrom S, Colbert LE. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2020 Jan 1;106(1):19-25. doi: 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2019.07.006. 

Modernization of Board Certification in Radiation Oncology: Opportunities Following COVID-19. Goodman CR, Campbell SR, Jeans EB, Agarwal A, Tye K, Kahn JM. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2020 Oct 1;108(2):458-461. doi: 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2020.06.039.PMID: 32890532

Older publications

A Survey Study of Female Radiation Oncology Residents' Experiences to Inform Change. Osborn VW, Doke K, Griffith KA, Jones R, Lee A, Maquilan G, Masters AH, Albert AA, Dover LL, Puckett LL, Hentz C, Kahn JM, Colbert LE, Barry PN, Jagsi R. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2019 Aug 1;104(5):999-1008. doi: 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2019.05.013. Epub 2019 May 17.

 Brachytherapy Training Survey of Radiation Oncology Residents. Marcrom SR, Kahn JM, Colbert LE, Freese CM, Doke KN, Yang JC, Yashar CM, Luu M, Kamrava M. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2019 Mar 1;103(3):557-560. doi: 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2018.10.023. Epub 2018 Oct 26.

Interobserver reliability in describing radiographic lung changes after stereotactic body radiation therapy. Kalman NS, Hugo GD, Kahn JM, Zhao SS, Jan N, Mahon RN, Weiss E. Adv Radiat Oncol. 2018 May 25;3(4):655-661. doi: 10.1016/j.adro.2018.05.004. eCollection 2018 Oct-Dec.

The brain-penetrant clinical ATM inhibitor AZD1390 radiosensitizes and improves survival of preclinical brain tumor models. Durant ST, Zheng L, Wang Y, Chen K, Zhang L, Zhang T, Yang Z, Riches L, Trinidad AG, Fok JHL, Hunt T, Pike KG, Wilson J, Smith A, Colclough N, Reddy VP, Sykes A, Janefeldt A, Johnström P, Varnäs K, Takano A, Ling S, Orme J, Stott J, Roberts C, Barrett I, Jones G, Roudier M, Pierce A, Allen J, Kahn J, Sule A, Karlin J, Cronin A, Chapman M, Valerie K, Illingworth R, Pass M. Sci Adv. 2018 Jun 20;4(6):eaat1719. doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aat1719. eCollection 2018 Jun.

Orally Bioavailable and Blood-Brain Barrier-Penetrating ATM Inhibitor (AZ32) Radiosensitizes Intracranial Gliomas in Mice. Karlin J, Allen J, Ahmad SF, Hughes G, Sheridan V, Odedra R, Farrington P, Cadogan EB, Riches LC, Garcia-Trinidad A, Thomason AG, Patel B, Vincent J, Lau A, Pike KG, Hunt TA, Sule A, Valerie NCK, Biddlestone-Thorpe L, Kahn J, Beckta JM, Mukhopadhyay N, Barlaam B, Degorce SL, Kettle J, Colclough N, Wilson J, Smith A, Barrett IP, Zheng L, Zhang T, Wang Y, Chen K, Pass M, Durant ST, Valerie K. Mol Cancer Ther. 2018 Aug;17(8):1637-1647. doi: 10.1158/1535-7163.MCT-17-0975. Epub 2018 May 16.

Primary Treatment Options for High-Risk/Medically Inoperable Early Stage NSCLC Patients. Jones GC, Kehrer JD, Kahn J, Koneru BN, Narayan R, Thomas TO, Camphausen K, Mehta MP, Kaushal A. Clin Lung Cancer. 2015 Nov;16(6):413-30. doi: 10.1016/j.cllc.2015.04.001. Epub 2015 Apr 23. Review.

Radiation therapy in management of sporadic and neurofibromatosis type 1-associated malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors. Kahn J, Gillespie A, Tsokos M, Ondos J, Dombi E, Camphausen K, Widemann BC, Kaushal A. Front Oncol. 2014 Nov 17;4:324. doi: 10.3389/fonc.2014.00324. eCollection 2014.

The mTORC1/mTORC2 inhibitor AZD2014 enhances the radiosensitivity of glioblastoma stem-like cells. Kahn J, Hayman TJ, Jamal M, Rath BH, Kramp T, Camphausen K, Tofilon PJ. Neuro Oncol. 2014 Jan;16(1):29-37. doi: 10.1093/neuonc/not139. Epub 2013 Dec 4.

Competitive but Not Allosteric mTOR Kinase Inhibition Enhances Tumor Cell Radiosensitivity. Hayman TJ, Kramp T, Kahn J, Jamal M, Camphausen K, Tofilon PJ. Transl Oncol. 2013 Jun 1;6(3):355-62. Print 2013 Jun.

Preclinical models in radiation oncology. Kahn J, Tofilon PJ, Camphausen K. Radiat Oncol. 2012 Dec 27;7:223. doi: 10.1186/1748-717X-7-223. Review.

Long-term outcomes of patients with spinal cord gliomas treated by modern conformal radiation techniques. Kahn J, Loeffler JS, Niemierko A, Chiocca EA, Batchelor T, Chakravarti A. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2011 Sep 1;81(1):232-8. doi: 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2010.05.009. Epub 2010 Oct 13.

For information regarding research collaboration, shadowing, or training opportunities, please email Dr. Kahn.

2020 Social Media champions

Jenna Kahn, M.D., assistant professor, was named as an #ASTRO20 Social Champion for the virtual 2020 ASTRO Annual Meeting.  The Social Champions are active participants throughout the course of the meeting, sharing important science, interesting topics and attending social events.