Selected publications from faculty, residents, and staff

July 23, 2020

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

July 19, 2020

Multidisciplinary standards of care and recent progress in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma [published online ahead of print, 2020 Jul 19]. Grossberg AJ, Chu LC, Deig CR, Fishman EK, Hwang WL, Marks DL, Mehta A, Nabavizadeh N, Simeone DM, Weekes CD, Thomas CRCA Cancer J Clin. 2020;10.3322/caac.21626. doi:10.3322/caac.21626

July 16, 2020

Structural Solutions for the Rarest of the Rare — Underrepresented-Minority Faculty in Medical Subspecialties. Doll KM, Thomas Jr CR. N Engl J Med 2020; 383:283-285. doi: 10.1056/NEJMms2003544

July 7, 2020

I Can’t Breathe: The Continued, Disproportionate Exclusion of Black Physicians in the United States Radiation Oncology Workforce . Deville Jr C, Cruickshank Jr I, Chapman CH, Hwang W-T, Wyse R, Ahmed AA, Winkfield K, Thomas Jr CR, Gibbs IC. International Journal of Radiation Oncology • Biology • Physics (2020), doi: 

June 24, 2020

Radiation Oncology Study Guide. Chandra RA, Ord CB, Rana S, Hansen EK, Thomas, CR. (Eds.) Springer Nature. 2nd ed. 2021, Approx. 450 p. 50 illus. in color.

June 15, 2020

Being Here Now Perspectives of Preliminary Medicine Residents at the Epicenter of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Karp AM, Ohaegbulam KC. 2020 Jun 15. Chest.

June 13, 2020

Cost-Effectiveness of Metastasis-Directed Therapy in Oligorecurrent Hormone-Sensitive Prostate Cancer. Parikh NR, Chang EM, Nickols NG, et al.  Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2020;S0360-3016(20)31250-5. doi:10.1016/j.ijrobp.2020.06.009

June 11, 2020

Distinguishing Extravascular from Intravascular Ferumoxytol Pools within the Brain: Proof of Concept in Patients with Treated Glioblastoma.  Barajas Jr RF, SchwartzD, McConnellHL, KerschN, Li X, Hamilton BE, Starkey J, PetterssonDR, Nickerson JP, Pollock JM, Fu RF, Horvath A, SzidonyaL, VarallyayCG, Jaboin JJ, Raslan AM, Dogan A, Cetas JS, Ciporen J, Han SJ, AmbadyP, MuldoonLL, Woltjer R, Rooney D, Neuwelt EA. 2020 Jun 11. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2020;10.3174/ajnr.A6600. doi:10.3174/ajnr.A6600

June 2, 2020

Pain Management and Its Possible Implementation Research in North Ethiopia: A before and after Study. Tequare MH, Huntzicker JJ, Mhretu HG, Zelelew YB, Abraha HE, Abrha Tsegay MA, Gebretensaye KG, Tesfay DG, Sotomayor JG, Nardos R,  Yosses MB, Cobbs JE, Schmidt JPL, Weisman W, Breitner LK. Hindawi. Advances in Medicine. Volume 2020, Article ID 5317352, 8 pages.

May 26, 2020

What Happens Next: Radiation Oncology After COVID? Chandra RA, Thomas CR. Clinical & Translational Radiation Oncology. 26 May 2020.  doi:

May 22, 2020

ACR–ASTRO Practice Parameter for Image-guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT). Luh JY, Albuquerque KV, Cheng C, Ermoian RP, Nabavizadeh N, Parsai H, Roeske, JC, Weiss SE, Wynn RB, Yu Y, Rosenthal SA, Hartford A. American Journal of Clinical Oncology: 22 May 2020. doi: 10.1097/COC.0000000000000697

May 21, 2020

Quantitative 3D Photographic Assessment of Breast Cosmesis after Whole Breast Irradiation for Early-Stage Breast Cancer: A Secondary Analysis of a Randomized Clinical Trial. Chapman BV, Lei X, Patil P,  Tripathi S, Nicklaus KM, Grossberg AJ, Shaitelman SF, Thompson AM, Hunt KK, Buchholz TA,  Merchant F,  Markey MK,  Smith BD,  Reddy JP. Advances in Radiation Oncology 21 May 2020

May 20, 2020

Longitudinal Health-Related Quality of Life among Individuals Considering Treatment for Stage I Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer. Nugent SM, Golden SE, Hooker ER, Sullivan DR, Thomas CR Jr, Deffebach ME, Sukumar MS, Schipper PH, Tieu BH, Moghanaki D, Wisnivesky J, Samson P, Robinson C, Slatore CG; Early Stage Lung Cancer Comparative Effectiveness Research Consortium. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2020 May 20. doi: 10.1513/AnnalsATS.202001-029OC. Epub ahead of print.

May 16, 2020

Interleukin 6-independent metabolic reprogramming as a driver of cancer-related fatigue. Grossberg AJ, Vichaya EG, Gross PS, Ford BG, Scott KA, Estrada D, Vermeer DW, Vermeer P, Dantzer R. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 2020 May 16.

May 7, 2020

 What is our threshold? Departmental planning for radiation oncology’s future in the time of COVID-19. Chandra, RA, Thomas, CR Jr. Radiotherapy and Oncology (2020), doi:

May 1, 2020

"Was It Worth It?": A Pilot Study in Patient Perspectives on the Worthwhileness of Radiation Therapy. Rost L, Chen Y, Fain RS 3rd, Hartvigson PE, Park B, Thomas CR Jr, Rana S. Am J Clin Oncol. 2020 May 1. doi: 10.1097/COC.0000000000000711. [Epub ahead of print]

April 27, 2020

Dendritic Cell Maturation Defines Immunological Responsiveness of Tumors to Radiation Therapy. Blair TCBambina SAlice AFKramer GFMedler TRBaird JRBroz MLTormoen GW, Troesch V, Crittenden MR, Gough MJ. J Immunol April 27, 2020, ji2000194; DOI:

April 21, 2020

COVID-19 Impact on Timing of Brachytherapy Treatment and Strategies for Risk Mitigation. Williams VM, Kahn JM, Harkenrider MM, Chino J, Chen J, Fang LC, Dunn EF, Fields E, Mayadev JS, Rengan R, Petereit D, Dyer BA. Brachytherapy. Available online 21 April 2020. In Press, Journal Pre-proof.

April 20, 2020

Flattening the curve of prostate cancer progression: accurate detection and safe ablation. Mitin T, Choudhury A. International Journal of Radiation: Oncology - Biology - Physics. 2020 Apr 20.

April 20, 2020
Measure Twice: Promise of Liquid Biopsy in Pediatric High-Grade Gliomas. Dietz MS, Beach CZ, Barajas R, Parappilly MS, Sengupta SK, Baird LC, Ciporen JN, Han SJ, Loret de Mola R, Cho YJ, Nazemi KJ, McClelland S 3rd, Wong MH, Jaboin JJ.Adv Radiat Oncol. 2020 Jan 28;5(2):152-162. doi: 10.1016/j.adro.2019.12.008. eCollection 2020 Mar-Apr.

April 18, 2020

Targeting MerTK enhances adaptive immune responses following radiotherapy. Tormoen GW, Blair TC, Bambina S, Kramer G, Baird, J, Rahmani R, Holland JH, McCarthy OJT, Baine MJ, Verma V, Nabavizadeh N, Gough MJ, Crittenden M. International Journal of Radiation Oncology • Biology • Physics. doi:

April 17, 2020

Human leukocyte antigen susceptibility map for SARS-CoV-2. Nguyen A, David JK, Maden SK, Wood MA, Weeder BR, Nellore A, Thompson RF. J Virol. 2020 Apr 17. pii: JVI.00510-20. doi: 10.1128/JVI.00510-20.

April 10, 2020

Socioeconomic Factors Associated With Burnout Among Oncology Trainees. Ahmed AA, Ramey SJ, Dean MK, Takita C, Schwartz D, Wilson LD, Vapiwala N, Thomas CR Jr, Shanafelt TD, Deville C, Jagsi R, Holliday E. JCO Oncol Pract. 2020 Apr;16(4):e415-e424. doi: 10.1200/JOP.19.00703.

April 1, 2020

Early Postoperative Mortality Among Patients Aged 75 Years or Older With Stage II/III Rectal Cancer. Sineshaw HM, Yabroff KR, Tsikitis VL, Jemal A, Mitin T. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2020 Apr;18(4):443-451. doi: 10.6004/jnccn.2019.7377.

March 30, 2020

Burden of tumor mutations, neoepitopes, and other variants are weak predictors of cancer immunotherapy response and overall survival. Wood MA, Weeder BR, David JK, Nellore A, Thompson RF. Genome Med. 2020 Mar 30;12(1):33. doi: 10.1186/s13073-020-00729-2.

March 27, 2020

Differential regulation of microRNA-15a by radiation affects angiogenesis and tumor growth via modulation of acid sphingomyelinase. Rana S, Espinosa-Diez  C, Ruhl R, Chatterjee N, Hudson C, Fraile-Bethencourt E, Agarwal A, Khou S, Thomas CR, Anand S. Sci Rep 10, 5581 (2020).

March 26, 2020

Radiation oncology should be a partner to medical oncology in end-of-life care. McClelland S 3rd, Mitin T.Rep Pract Oncol Radiother. 2020 Mar-Apr;25(2):155-156. doi: 10.1016/j.rpor.2020.01.003. Epub 2020 Jan 14.

March 24, 2020

NKTR-214 immunotherapy synergizes with radiotherapy to stimulate systemic CD8+ T cell responses capable of curing multi-focal cancer. Walker JM, Rolig AS, Charych DH, Hoch U, Kasiewicz MJ, Rose DC, McNamara MJ, Hilgart-Martiszu IF, Redmond WL. Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer 2020;0:e000464. doi:10.1136/ jitc-2019-000464

March 24, 2020

Prostate Cancer Radiotherapy Recommendations in Response to COVID-19. Zaorsky NG, Yu JB, McBride SM, Dess RT, Jackson WC, Mahal BA, Chen R, Choudhury A, Henry A, Syndikus I, Mitin T, Tree A, Kishan AU, Spratt DE.Advances in Radiation Oncology (2020), doi:

March 18, 2020

Non-English language validation of patient-reported outcome measures in cancer clinical trials. Grant SR, Noticewala SS, Mainwaring W, Lin TA, Miller AB, Jethanandani A, Espinoza AF, Gunn GB, Fuller CD, Thomas CR Jr, Portelance L, Ludmir EB. Support Care Cancer. 2020 Mar 18. doi: 10.1007/s00520-020-

March 7, 2020

Elective Nodal Irradiation for Limited-stage Small-cell Lung Cancer: Survey of US Radiation Oncologists on Practice Patterns. Farrell MJ, Yahya JB, Degnin C, Chen Y, Holland JM, Henderson MA, Jaboin JJ, Harkenrider MM, Thomas CR Jr, Mitin T.Clin Lung Cancer. 2020 Mar 7:S1525-7304(20)30071-1. doi: 10.1016/j.cllc.2020.02.020.05399-9.

March 5, 2020

Yttrium-90 Radioembolization for BCLC Stage C Hepatocellular Carcinoma Comparing Child-Pugh A Versus B7 Patients: Are the Outcomes Equivalent? Zu Q, Schenning RC, Jahangiri Y, Tomozawa Y, Kolbeck KJ, Kaufman JA, Al-Hakim R, Naugler WE, Nabavizadeh N, Kardosh A, Billingsley KG, Mayo SC, Orloff SL, Enestvedt KK, Maynard E, Ahn J, Lhewa D, Farsad K. Cardiovasc Intervent Radiol. 2020 Mar 5. doi: 10.1007/s00270-020-02434-4.

March 4, 2020

Management of Muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer with Bladder Preservation in Russia: a Survey-Based Analysis of Current Practice and the Impact of an Educational Workshop on Clinical Expertise. Mitin T, Dengina N, Chernykh M, Usychkin S, Gladkov O, Degnin C, Chen Y, Nosov D, Tsimafeyeu I, Thomas CR Jr, Tjulandin S.J Cancer Educ. 2020 Mar 4. doi: 10.1007/s13187-020-01728-y.

March 2, 2020

Advocating for a “Community to bench model” in the 21st century. Tossas KY, Watson KS, Colditz GA, Thomas CR, Stewart JH, Winn RA. EBioMedicine, Volume 53, 2020, 102688, ISSN 2352-3964,

February 26, 2020

Advocating for a "Community to bench model" in the 21st century. Tossas KY, Watson KS, Colditz GA, Thomas CR, Stewart JH, Winn RA. EBioMedicine. 2020 Feb 26;53:102688. doi: 10.1016/j.ebiom.2020.102688

February 18, 2020

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 Feb 18. pii: S1538-4721(19)30620-8. doi: 10.1016/j.brachy.2019.11.002. [Epub ahead of print]

February 1, 2020

Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasound to Detect Early Microvascular Changes in Skeletal Muscle after High-Dose Radiation Treatment. Nabavizadeh N, Qi Y, Kaempf A, Chen Y, Tanyi JA, Lindner JR, Wu MD. Radiat Res. 2020 Feb;193(2):155-160. doi: 10.1667/RR15471.1. Epub 2019 Dec 16.

February 1, 2020

Radiotherapy for Hepatocellular Carcinoma in Russia: a Survey-Based Analysis of Current Practice and the Impact of an Educational Workshop on Clinical Expertise. Mitin T, Degnin C, Chen Y, Shirvani S, Gillespie E, Hoffe S, Latifi K, Nabavizadeh N, Dengina N, Chernich M, Usychkin S, Kharitonova E, Egorova Y, Pankratov A, Tsimafeyeu I, Thomas CR Jr, Tjulandin S, Likhacheva A. J Cancer Educ. 2020 Feb;35(1):105-111. doi: 10.1007/s13187-018-1447-0.

February 1, 2020

Real-world applications of deep convolutional neural networks in diagnostic cancer imaging. Elhalawani H, Yang P, Abazeed M, Shah C, Mohamed ASR, Thomas CR Jr, Fuller CD, Thompson RF. Chin Clin Oncol. 2020 Feb 1. pii: cco.2020.01.02. doi: 10.21037/cco.2020.01.02

February 1, 2020
neoepiscope improves neoepitope prediction with multivariant phasing. Wood MA, Nguyen A, Struck AJ, Ellrott K, Nellore A, Thompson RF. Bioinformatics. 2020 Feb 1;36(3):713-720. doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btz653.