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Congratulations to Dr. Benjamin Williams

Dr. Williams has been selected to the ASTRO Science, Education, and Program Development Committee within the Science Council.

Sue Yom, MD, PhD, MAS featured guest lecturer at NNECOS

Sue Yom, MD, PhD, MAS, the Jacobs & Klein Distinguished Professor in Head & Neck Cancer Radiation Oncology, was the featured guest at the semi-annual NNECOS (Northern New England Clinical Oncology Society). Dr. Yom gave the Steven M. Grunberg Memorial Lecture on the topic of "De-Escalation in Head & Neck Cancer in the era of Personalized Medicine". In addition, Dr. Yom presented on "Future Directions in Radiation Oncology Research: A Perspective from NRG Oncology Head & Neck Cancer Committee" during Dartmouth Cancer Center Grand Rounds." See presentation images (PDF).

ASRT annual conference presentations by Mr. Jae Lee and Ms. Samantha Bickerton

Mr. Jae Lee presented on "Pain Management with Cancer Treatment" and Ms. Samantha Bickerton presented on "Dose in Accordance with various Imaging Modalities" at the ASRT annual conference in San Antonio." See presentation images (PDF).

Dr. Thomas authors article for ASCO Connection

Read Dr. Thomas' article "How I Became a Professor and Chief of Radiation Oncology"

Radiation Oncology faculty presents to the Geisel SOM Foundations curriculum

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Charles Thomas, Jr., MD, Drew Bergman, and Ronxiao Zhang, MD
Charles Thomas, Jr., MD, Drew Bergman, and Chun-Chieh "Paul" Lin,  MD

Drew Bergman received a RSNA research medical student grant

Drew Bergman MED24 received a RSNA Research Medical Student grant (RMS2224) for his proposal titled, "Epigenetic Mechanisms of the FLASH Radiotherapy Effect". His research mentors are Drs. Chun-Chieh "Paul" Lin and Rongxiao Zhang. HIs faculty and career development mentor is Dr. C.R.  Thomas, Jr. Congratulations to Drew!

Open House for Radiation Oncology held on September 20, 2022

View Open House flyer (PDF).

Dr. Thomas interviewed Dartmouth Cancer Center story "Building a Culture of Mentorship at Dartmouth Cancer Center"

View the story.

Medical Student Virtual Meet and Greet sessions

Medical Student Virtual Meet and Greet sessions to learn about the Dartmouth Radiation Oncology postgraduate residency training program. The dates are September 22,  Octotboer 5 and October 20. See you there!

Dr. Thomas will participate in the Speed Mentoring program during the annual ASTRO meeting in San Antonio

Charles Thomas, Jr., MD will participate in the Speed Mentoring program during the annual ASTRO meeting in San Antonio. He will address career development in academic radiation oncology and referencing the recent textbook of the same title.

Dr. McVorran to present on “Teaching Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to Faculty and Staff” at 2022 ASTRO annual meeting 

Dr. McVorran is a faculty presenter on “Teaching Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to Faculty and Staff” during the Master Class 04: Centering on Equity: Reflecting on Unconscious Bias, Dominant Culture and Privilege” at the 2022 ASTRO meeting (Room 303) on October 22, 2022nd

Radiation Oncology faculty is selected to give faculty keynote address for Geisel School of Medicine Class of 2026

Radiation Oncology faculty is selected to give faculty keynote address for Dartmouth Geisel SOM Class of 2026 White Coat ceremony. The theme of the keynote address is "You Mean It or You Don't" and starts at the 23:00 minute mark. See the text of the keynote address (PDF).

Dr. Thomas instructs new Dartmouth undergraduates in the summer Dartmouth Adventures in STEM

Dr. Thomas is instructing new Dartmouth undergraduates enrolled in the summer Dartmouth Adventures in STEM (DAS)/E.E. Just Program. Prof. Craig Sutton (Dartmouth Math faculty) is the director of the E.E. Just program. Course images (PDF)

A record 8 oral presentations will be presented at the FRPT by the Dartmouth Medical Physics team

The Dartmouth Medical Physics team will present a record number of oral presentation at the Flash Radiotherapy & Particle Therapy (FRPT) conference in Barcelona Nov 30 - Dec 2, 2022. The presentation titles, presenter (asterix), and co-authors are listed below:

  1. A. Sloop, J. Sunnerberg*, M. Rahman, J. Kozelka, J. Hildreth, W.E. Simon, C. Thomas, P.J. Hoopes, B. Pogue, P. Bruza, D. Gladstone, R. Zhang, Characterization of The Edge Diode Detector at Mean Dose Rates in Excess of 1kGy Per Second, FRPT 2022, Barcelona, [TALK]
  2. Mahbubur Rahman, Austin M. Sloop*, Jacob Sunnerberg, David J. Gladstone, Chad A. Dexter, Lawrence Thompson, Petr Bruza, Brian W. Pogue, Rongxiao Zhang, Temporally Stable UHDR LINAC is Advantageous for FLASH RT, FRPT 2022, Barcelona, [TALK]
  3. Mahbubur Rahman, M. Ramish Ashraf, Rongxiao Zhang, Xu Cao, David J. Gladstone, Lesley A. Jarvis, P. Jack Hoopes, Brian W. Pogue, Petr Bruza*, Cherenkov Imaging In Vivo Tracks Pulse to Pulse Output and Surface Profiles during FLASH Radiotherapy, FRPT 2022, Barcelona, [TALK]
  4. Megan Clark*, Xuanfeng Ding, Lewei Zhao, Brian Pogue, David Gladstone, Mahbubur Rahman, Rongxiao Zhang, Petr Bruza, First Triggered Single-Pulse Scintillation Imaging of Synchrocyclotron Pencil Beam Scanning Proton Beam, FRPT 2022, Barcelona, [TALK]
  5. Banghao Zhou*, Weiguo Lu, Youfang Lai, Mahbubur Rahman, Rongxiao Zhang, Xun Jia, Ken Kang-Hsin Wang, GPU-based Monte Carlo Treatment Planning System for Electron FLASH Radiotherapy, FRPT 2022, Barcelona, [TALK]
  6. Mahbubur Rahman, Jakub Kozelka, Jeff Hildreth, Andreas Schönfeld, Austin M. Sloop, M. Ramish Ashraf, Petr Bruza, David J. Gladstone, Brian W. Pogue, William E. Simon, Rongxiao Zhang*, Diode Dosimeter Characterization for UHDR FLASH Radiotherapy, FRPT 2022, Barcelona, [TALK]
  7. Mahbubur Rahman*, Rongxiao Zhang, David J. Gladstone, Benjamin B. Williams, Erli Chen, Chad A. Dexter, Lawrence Thompson, Petr Bruza, Brian W. Pogue, FMEA Confirms Safety of Clinical Operations Post Experimental Use of a Linac For FLASH, FRPT 2022, Barcelona, [TALK]
  8. Jiayi Liu*, Lei Dong, Kevin Teo, Eric Diffenderfer, Arash Darafsheh, Jacob Sunnerberg, Francois Vander Stappen, Ying Xiao, Tianyu Zhao, Rongxiao Zhang, Wei Zou, Using Thin-Gap Transmission Ion Chamber and Faraday Cup to Characterize Ion Recombination Effect Under UHDR Electron, Pulsed Proton and Quasi-Continuous Proton Beams, FRPT 2022, Barcelona, [TALK]

Gregory Alan Russo, MD awarded ARRO Educator-of-the-Year for the 2021-2022

Gregory Alan Russo, MD has been awarded the ARRO (Association of Residents in Radiation Oncology) Educator-of-the-Year for the 2021-2022 academic year. Congratulations to Dr. Russo!

Dr. Greg Russo presents on "Radiation Treatment for Acoustic Neuroma" to the Acoustic Neuroma Association Support Group

Watch the video on the Acoustic Neuroma Association website.

Anna Fariss, MD accepted to Harvard Macy Institute Program for Educators in Health Professions

Anna Fariss, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Geisel School of Medicine, has been accepted to the Harvard Macy Institute Program for Educators in Health Professions. The program provides a select group of participants with a knowledge base and skills to enhance their expertise in both conducting an educational project of their own design and taking a leadership role in the educational activities at their institutions.

Charles R. Thomas Jr., MD, FASTRO one of two selected to receive inaugural ASTRO Mentorship Award

This week, ASTRO (American Society for Radiation Oncology) Chair, Laura Dawson, MD, FASTRO, announced that Dartmouth Cancer Center’s very own Charles R. Thomas Jr., MD, FASTRO is one of two individuals selected to receive the inaugural ASTRO Mentorship Award. The award will be presented during ASTRO’s 64th Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas on October 25, 2022. The award seeks to recognize and promote the work of mentors in radiation oncology. We are fortunate to have many mentors within our radiation oncology program playing a critical role in the development of the next generation of radiation oncologists and radiation scientists. This award adds to the proud and accomplished history within radiation oncology at Dartmouth Health.  View the announcement on ASTRO website.

Published paper and research grant furthers Geisel student's research interests

View the article at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Dr. Hartford awarded Fellowship into the American Society of Radiation Oncology

Dr. Hartford awarded Fellowship into the American Society of Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)

AAPM meeting presentations

Dartmouth team presents a double-digit number of original research presentations at the annual AAPM meeting, the premier forum for medical physics. Onward!

Dr. Melanie Rose (PGY3) selected for oral presentation at SIOP 2022

Dr. Melanie Rose (PGY3) has been selected for an oral presentation at the 54th Congress of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP 2022), to be held in Barcelona, Spain, Sept 28-Oct 1, 2022. Her talk is titled "Self-Reported Health Survey Response Outcomes in a Large Cohort of Pediatric Oncology Patients Treated with Radiotherapy." Congratulations to Dr. Rose along with her co-authors! Abstract acceptance notification (PDF)

Dr. Kapadia received a  $10,000 Northern New England Clinical Oncology Society grant 

Dr. Nirav Kapadia (Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology) has received a $10,000 grant from the Northern New England Clinical Oncology Society Board of Directors to support his research proposal titled, "Defining Financial Toxicity Among Rural Radiation Oncology Patients

Congratulations to Erli Chen, FAAPM, FACR (medical physics adjunct faculty)

On being selected to give an oral presentation, “Opportunities, Challenges, and the Current Supply and Demand of the Radiation Oncology Medical Physicist Workforce” at the upcoming SROA (Society of Radiation Oncology Administrators) annual fall meeting in San Antonio.

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Dinner with speaker Aadel Chaudhuri, MD, PhD

Visiting scientist Aadel Chaudhuri, MD, PhD presents at Cancer Center Grand Rounds

Aadel Chaudhuri, MD, PhD visited Dartmouth and presented at the Dartmouth Cancer Center Grand Rounds. Images from Dr. Chaudhuri's visit  and presentation (PPT)

2022 Young Alumni Award from the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Samuel F. Bakhoum, MD (2013), PhD (2011), returned to the Upper Valley to receive the 2022 Young Alumni Award from the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. He presented a special grand rounds on “Chromosomal Instability as a Driver of Cancer Evolution and Progression".
Geisel Alumni Awards presentation (PDF) 
Samuel Bakhoum Young Alumni Award recipient bio

Drs. Thomas and Hunt, recently taught classes to the Biomedical Engineering 56

Dartmouth Radiation Oncology faculty, Drs. Thomas and Hunt, recently taught classes to the Biomedical Engineering 56 (Introduction to Biomedical Engineering) and Computer Science 89.20/189 (Data Science for Health), courses at the Dartmouth College campus in Hanover.

2022 Society of Chairs of Academic Radiation Oncology Programs (SCAROP ) annual meeting presentation

Dartmouth Radiation Oncology faculty, Dr. C.R. Thomas, presenting at the 2022 SCAROP annual meeting physician-scientist faculty recruitment & career development panel.

AMA House of Delegates appointee

Dr. Alan Hartford has been appointed to the Reference Committee on Amendments to Constitution and Bylaws within the AMA House of Delegates.

April 30, 2022

Dartmouth Radiation Oncology faculty, Dr. C.R. Thomas, Jr., present at MGH Cancer Equity Colloquium

Radiation Oncology seeking applications for Palliative Care Radiation Oncology Program Leader

The Dartmouth Cancer Center, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, and Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center are seeking applicants for a full-time clinical position, Palliative Care Radiation Oncology Program Leader (PDF), focusing on palliative care radiation therapy services. 

January 2022

We are delighted to announce the appointment of our faculty member and esteemed colleague, Philip E. Schaner, MD, PhD, to the prestigious Head & Neck Cancer General Committee of NRG Oncology, the lead NCI Clinical Cooperative Group.

Dr. Schaner has published impactful original work in the translational research space for this disease site extending back to his time at UAB. Schaner, P., Head and Neck  (PubMed). He will be our primary conduit between the NRG Head & Neck Committee and Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center into the future, fully supported by Dartmouth Cancer Center's infrastructure for NRG-oncology. At Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center Dr. Schaner will continue to lead NRG’s head & neck clinical trials.

2021 News

December 7, 2021

Brian Pogue, PhD, co-director of Dartmouth Cancer Center's Translational Engineering in Cancer program, has been elected to the National Academy of Inventors. Read the article on the Dartmouth Engineering website.

Upcoming presentations

Dartmouth Cancer Center Radiation Oncology to give most presentations to date at 2022 ASTRO annual meeting

Radiation Oncology researchers and clinicians will have several poster presentations, oral and Q&A sessions (PDF) during the 2022 American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) annual meeting

Dr. McVorran to present on “Teaching Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to Faculty and Staff” at 2022 ASTRO annual meeting 

Dr. McVorran is a faculty presenter on “Teaching Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to Faculty and Staff” during the Master Class 04: Centering on Equity: Reflecting on Unconscious Bias, Dominant Culture and Privilege” at the 2022 ASTRO meeting (Room 303) on October 22, 2022nd

AAPM meeting presentations

Dartmouth team presents a double-digit number of original research presentations at the annual AAPM meeting, the premier forum for medical physics. Onward!

2nd Annual Radiation Oncology Research Retreat

DartmouthCancer Center Radiation Oncology Research Retreat will be held on Saturday, November 5, 2022, from 7:30 am to 12:00 pm at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. Presentation format and time guidelines (PDF).

Past meeting presentations

Dr. Melanie Rose (PGY3) selected for oral presentation at SIOP 2022

Dr. Melanie Rose (PGY3) has been selected for an oral presentation at the 54th Congress of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP 2022), to be held in Barcelona, Spain, Sept 28-Oct 1, 2022. Her talk is titled "Self-Reported Health Survey Response Outcomes in a Large Cohort of Pediatric Oncology Patients Treated with Radiotherapy." Congratulations to Dr. Rose along with her co-authors! Abstract acceptance notification (PDF)

American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting

Dr. C.R. Thomas, Jr., presents on "Intersectionality in Workplace & Health Equity" during the Poster Discussion Session titled "Professional Development & Education Advances" at the ASCO (American Society of Clinical Oncology) annual meeting on Sat., June 4, 2022, in Chicago.

March 26-29, 2022: American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Spring Clinical Meeting

Daniel A. Alexander, PhD; Savannah M. Decker; Mahbubur Rahman and Austin Sloop, MS, students in the Dartmouth Medical Physics Graduate Program and advisees of faculty member and colleague, Brian W. Pogue, PhD, will be presenting at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Spring Clinical Meeting. During the Early-Career Investigator Symposium, Dr. Alexander and his team will present “Clinic-Wide Cherenkov Imaging Identifies New Areas of Quality Improvement in Radiation Therapy”, Savannah Decker’s team will present “Automated Detection Algorithms for Improving Radiotherapy Delivery That Directly Quantify Treatment Errors From Online In Vivo Cherenkov Imaging”, and Austin Sloop’s team will present “Characterization of Newly Designed EDGE Detector for UHDR FLASH Radiotherapy”

Two posters prepared by teams that included Mahbubur Rahman were accepted for the Best Poster Competition. The posters are titled “In Vivo Cherenkov Imaging Monitors FLASH RT” and “Intensity Modulation in Electron UHDR FLASH Radiotherapy”. AAPM received hundreds of submissions for participation in the Best Poster Competition and the Early-Career Investigator Symposium. Congratulations to these young investigators and the Dartmouth Medical Physics Education Program.

March 9-12, 2022: 2022 ACRO Annual Conference

  • Charles R. Thomas, MD, Section Chief for Radiation Oncology, will present the Dr. Luther Brady Lecture during the conference.
  • Joseph S. Kascmar, RT(R)(T), CMD, MBA, FACHE, Director of Radiation Oncology, will present "Building a Practice" at the ACRO SEALs Radiation Oncology Summit.

January 28-29, 2022: Northern New England Clinical Oncology Society - 2021 Annual Meeting

Faculty member and colleague, Gregory A. Russo, MD, will present “MRI Guided Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy: A New Way of Seeing” during the Northern New England Clinical Oncology Society (NNECOS) – 2021 Annual Meeting..

ASCO Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium, January 20-22, 2022

Initial observation of contrast profiles for 3D and 2D MRI sequences in MR-guided radiation therapy for locally advanced pancreatic cancer.
Gobind S. Gill, Brady Hunt, Rongxiao Zhang, Benjamin B. Williams, Charles R. Thomas, Bassem I. Zaki

2021 Past meeting presentations

Cancer-related Emergency and Urgent Care: Prevention, Management, and Care Coordinator on December 1-3, 2021

Radiation Oncology Research Retreat, November 13, 2021

AAPM 63rd Annual Meeting and Exhibition, July 25-29, 2021

Podcasts and Videos