Our Program

Dr Charles Thomas and Dr Nima Nabavizadeh

The Radiation Oncology Residency Program at OHSU, situated within the Department of Radiation Medicine, occupies the fourth floor of Kohler Pavilion on the Marquam Hill campus. The department serves the entire campus including Doernbecher Pediatric Hospital, the VA Portland Health Care System and the Center for Health and Healing

The program's mission is to nurture exceptional radiation oncologists, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to forge successful and fulfilling careers as clinicians, educators, researchers, and advocates. Training encompasses a blend of supervised clinical experiences, seminars, lectures, and research assignments aimed at expanding trainees' clinical acumen and providing a broad scientific foundation for their growth. Trainees' rotations through various program segments follow a pattern of steadily increasing responsibility over the four-year post-internship training period. Additionally, we offer core curriculum instruction in radiation biology and physics. Clinical rotations provide exposure to pediatric, thoracic, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, lymphoma, head and neck, soft tissue, breast, and central nervous system malignancies.

The department boasts over 17,000 square feet of space and is staffed by 11 full-time radiation oncologists, 11 full-time physicists, and a complete complement of clinical personnel, including radiation therapists and dosimetrists. Our equipment includes two Elekta Versa HD linear accelerators, a Varian TrueBeam linear accelerator, and a Tomotherapy HD unit for external beam electron and photon radiotherapy. Our image guidance capabilities incorporate onboard-imagers at all LINACs, offering both kV-kV and cone beam CT with MVCT capabilities. We utilize Calypso radio frequency beacon localization, BrainLab ExacTrac fluoroscopy, and optical guidance imaging as part of a comprehensive image guidance program. Furthermore, we possess a Philips Brilliance BigBore CT scanner with respiratory gating capabilities for 4D CT-based simulation. Additionally, we have access to a 4D PET CT scanner within our department, which can be utilized for biologic functional treatment planning.

Our external beam treatment systems include Eclipse, Pinnacle, Monaco, and BrainLab Iplan systems, serving CT-based 3D treatment planning, inverse modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), volumetric-modulated arc radiotherapy (VMAT), dynamic conformal arc therapy, stereotactic body radiotherapy, Linac-based radiosurgery, total body irradiation, and total skin electron-beam therapy. For brachytherapy, we predominantly employ high-dose rate (HDR) Iridium-192, with Radioactive Iodine-125 seeds and Iridium-192 being ordered for individual cases as needed. We run an active I-125 eye plaque brachytherapy program in collaboration with the Casey Eye Institute, focusing on choroidal melanomas. Additionally, our interstitial brachytherapy program covers therapy for prostate cancer, soft tissue sarcoma, and even lung cancers.

We are dedicated to providing training within a diverse, inclusive, and collegial educational environment, prioritizing the wellbeing and professional development of each resident. This commitment aligns with the OHSU's mission of healing, teaching, and discovery.