Resident Research

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Our program has a broad and flexible research focus that includes health services and outcomes-based research, clinical and translational research, as well as basic science research opportunities within OHSU community. Our goal is to provide an opportunity to garner a meaningful research experience during the critical years of residency training. 

Residents are encouraged to concurrently enroll into the Human Investigations Program (HIP), a training component within the institutional CTSA, also known as the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research InstituteEnroll in the Masters of Clinical Research Track or the Certificate Track. The residency is structured so concurrent participating in research activities are conducted such that all ACGME and ABR requirements are met. The length of the training program is not altered with research endeavors.

Our 2019-2020 resident research projects:

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Jerry Jaboin, M.D., Ph.D.

Research focus

Pediatric Cancer and Brain Cancer

Current research

My current pediatric projects focus on developing ways to improve care delivery for pediatric patients receiving radiotherapy. I also have projects investigating stereotactic radiosurgery outcomes with attention to combined modality treatments such as targeted and immunotherapies.

Current publications

Concurrent Radiosurgery and Immune Checkpoint Inhibition: Improving Regional Intracranial Control for Patients With Metastatic Melanoma. Murphy B, Walker J, Bassale S, Monaco D, Jaboin J, Ciporen J, Taylor M, Dai Kubicky C. Am J Clin Oncol. 2019 Mar;42(3):253-257. doi: 10.1097/COC.0000000000000509.

Mentor

Marka Crittenden, M.D., Ph.D.

Research focus

Immune response to radiation therapy, cancer, blood coagulation

Current research

My research focuses on the regulation of adaptive immune responses myeloid cells that infiltrate tumors following radiation therapy. I am specifically interested in how components of blood coagulation and anticoagulants influence the myeloid and adaptive immune responses following radiation.

Current publications

Role of the immunosuppressive microenvironment in immunotherapy. Tormoen GW, Crittenden MR, Gough MJ. Adv Radiat Oncol. 2018 Oct 23;3(4):520-526. doi: 10.1016/j.adro.2018.08.018. eCollection 2018 Oct-Dec. Review.

A Temporal Examination of Platelet Counts as a Predictor of Prognosis in Lung, Prostate, and Colon Cancer Patients. Sylman JL, Boyce HB, Mitrugno A, Tormoen GW, Thomas IC, Wagner TH, Lee JS, Leppert JT, McCarty OJT, Mallick P. Sci Rep. 2018 Apr 26;8(1):6564. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-25019-1.

The Predictive Value of Inflammation-Related Peripheral Blood Measurements in Cancer Staging and Prognosis. Sylman JL, Mitrugno A, Atallah M, Tormoen GW, Shatzel JJ, Tassi Yunga S, Wagner TH, Leppert JT, Mallick P, McCarty OJT. Front Oncol. 2018 Mar 21;8:78. doi: 10.3389/fonc.2018.00078. eCollection 2018. Review.

Complete list of Dr. Tormoen's publications.

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Current research

Current publications

Outcomes of carotid-sparing IMRT for T1 glottic cancer: Comparison with conventional radiation. Mohamed ASR, Smith BD, Smith JB, Sevak P, Malek JS, Kanwar A, Browne T, Gunn GB, Garden AS, Frank SJ, Morrison WH, Phan J, Zafereo M, Skinner H, Lai SY, Hutcheson KA, Lewin JS, Hessel AE, Thekdi AA, Weber RS, Fuller CD, Rosenthal DI. Laryngoscope. 2019 Feb 12. doi: 10.1002/lary.27873.

Imaging-Genomic Study of Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma: Associations Between Radiomic Phenotypes and Genomic Mechanisms via Integration of The Cancer Genome Atlas and The Cancer Imaging Archive. Zhu Y, Mohamed ASR, Lai SY, Yang S, Kanwar A, Wei L, Kamal M, Sengupta S, Elhalawani H, Skinner H, Mackin DS, Shiao J, Messer J, Wong A, Ding Y, Zhang L, Court L, Ji Y, Fuller CD. JCO Clin Cancer Inform. 2019 Feb;3:1-9. doi: 10.1200/CCI.18.00073.

Machine Learning Applications in Head and Neck Radiation Oncology: Lessons From Open-Source Radiomics Challenges. Elhalawani H, Lin TA, Volpe S, Mohamed ASR, White AL, Zafereo J, Wong AJ, Berends JE, AboHashem S, Williams B, Aymard JM, Kanwar A, Perni S, Rock CD, Cooksey L, Campbell S, Yang P, Nguyen K, Ger RB, Cardenas CE, Fave XJ, Sansone C, Piantadosi G, Marrone S, Liu R, Huang C, Yu K, Li T, Yu Y, Zhang Y, Zhu H, Morris JS, Baladandayuthapani V, Shumway JW, Ghosh A, Pöhlmann A, Phoulady HA, Goyal V, Canahuate G, Marai GE, Vock D, Lai SY, Mackin DS, Court LE, Freymann J, Farahani K, Kaplathy-Cramer J, Fuller CD. Front Oncol. 2018 Aug 17;8:294. doi: 10.3389/fonc.2018.00294. eCollection 2018.

Complete list of Dr. Kanwar's publications.

Mentor

Nima Nabavizadeh, M.D.

Research focus

Exploring the role of cell free DNA as a biomarker to detect and monitor malignancies. Also, refining our understanding of SBRT as a tool to treat early stage non-small cell lung cancer and hepatocellular carcinoma.

Current research

Prospectively comparing outcomes using SBRT and Y-90 for definitive treatment of HCC, using cfDNA as a biomarker in colorectal, early stage NSCLC, and esophageal cancers, and reviewing outcomes following neoadjuvant chemoRT in borderline resectable and resectable pancreatic cancer. 

Current publiations

Predictors of Nodal and Metastatic Failure in Early Stage Non-small-cell Lung Cancer After Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy. Cerra-Franco A, Liu S, Azar M, Shiue K, Freije S, Hinton J, Deig CR, Edwards D, Estabrook NC 3rd, Ellsworth SG, Huang K, Diab K, Langer MP, Zellars R, Kong FM, Wan J, Lautenschlaeger T. Clin Lung Cancer. 2018 Dec 29. pii: S1525-7304(18)30353-X. doi: 10.1016/j.cllc.2018.12.016.

An advanced case of extramammary Paget disease: Safe and effective treatment in an inoperable elderly patient using extensive en face electron irradiation. Valle L, Deig C, Wright R, High W. JAAD Case Rep. 2018 Dec 9;5(1):72-74. doi: 10.1016/j.jdcr.2018.08.010. eCollection 2019 Jan.

Histology, Tumor Volume, and Radiation Dose Predict Outcomes in NSCLC Patients After Stereotactic Ablative Radiotherapy. Shiue K, Cerra-Franco A, Shapiro R, Estabrook N, Mannina EM, Deig CR, Althouse S, Liu S, Wan J, Zang Y, Agrawal N, Ioannides P, Liu Y, Zhang C, DesRosiers C, Bartlett G, Ewing M, Langer MP, Watson G, Zellars R, Kong FM, Lautenschlaeger T. J Thorac Oncol. 2018 Oct;13(10):1549-1559. doi: 10.1016/j.jtho.2018.06.007. Epub 2018 Jun 27.

Complete list of Dr. Deig's publications.  

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Incoming Residents

Resident Research News

July 24, 2019

Aasheesh Kanwar, MD, PGY-3 resident, attended the inaugural State of Data Science in Radiation Oncology Workshop in Bethesda, Maryland. The workshop highlighted the major domains of data science knowledge and research within the field of radiation oncology.

June 22, 2019

PGY-2 resident, Chris Deig, MD, attended the 21st Methods in Clinical Cancer Research (MCCR) in Zeist, Netherlands. The workshop is designed to educate and train early-career investigators in the best practices of clinical trial design.

June 21, 2019

Blair Murphy, M.D. attended the Congress of the International Paediatric Radiation Oncology Society The conference was aimed at all health professionals involved in radiotherapy treatment of children, including contouring and educational sessions, expert panel discussions and scientific symposia.

June 11, 2019

Garth Tormoen, M.D., Ph.D. was selected by ASTRO's Annual Meeting Scientific Program Committee as a recipient of a 2019 Annual Meeting Abstract Award. Dr. Tormoen won the Annual Meeting Travel Award in the Biology category for his abstract, Warfarin Promotes Adaptive Immune Control of Tumors following Stereotactic Ablative Radiotherapy.