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Tracey E. Schefter, MD

Interests: Gynecological Cancer, Gastrointestinal Cancer and SBRT for lung and liver metastases

Dr. Tracey Schefter is a board certified (in both Canada and the US) radiation oncologist.  Dr. Schefter received her undergraduate engineering degree from The Royal Military College of Canada (1985-1989) and her medical degree from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada (1990-1994).  Residency training in radiation oncology was completed at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto, Canada (1994-1999).  She completed a clinical fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC, 1999-2000). She initiated a residency training program at the University of Colorado Denver (UCD) and was the program director from 2003 through 2007.  She is the director of the Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) program. She helped to develop the Selective Internal Radiation Therapy (SIRT) for liver tumors using sir spheres and theraspheres (which is now run through Interventional Radiology/IR).  She was the study chair for 2 national cooperative group trials (RTOG cervical and ACOSOG esophageal) as well as the principle investigator(PI) on numerous investigator initiated clinical trials (most notable were 2 multi-center trials of SBRT for lung and liver metastases).

Dr. Schefter's main areas of expertise are gynecological (GYN) and gastrointestinal (GI) cancers.  She is the primary radiation oncologist involved in the  multidisciplinary GI tumor clinics (esophageal, liver, pancreatic and CRC, separate clinics for each subsite).  She serves on several national committees. She has contributed to more than 50 publications.  She is an ad hoc reviewer for the Journal of Clinical Oncology and the International Journal of Radiation Oncology biology physics.  She is an exercise enthusiast/competitor and has completed Ironman several times, including podium finishes at the world championships in Kona.  Additionally to strike life balance, she became a yoga instructor(Core Power Yoga 200 hour certification in 2009). She is a big believer in exercise and yoga/meditation as it relates to quality of life and stress coping strategies.  Yoga has been shown to improve quality of life for cancer patients.


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