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Welcome to the website for the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Colorado Denver, affiliated with the University of Colorado Hospital.

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Radiation Oncology

Quality, Performance, and Innovation in Cancer Care


Welcome to the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Our mission is to provide the highest quality care to patients with all types of cancers and certain benign tumors. The department aims to achieve excellence in professionalism and performance of our services. We seek to create a climate that fosters innovation and allows patients access to the newest cutting edge treatments.

The Department of Radiation Oncology is integrated within the award-winning, nationally celebrated University of Colorado Hospital, within the larger University of Colorado Health system. The University of Colorado Cancer Center is a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center.

 – Brian D. Kavanagh, MD, MPH, FASTRO​, Professor and Chair ​​​​​

 

In The News...

​Ridings named "Top Doc" once again

JaneRidings.jpgDr. Jane Ridings has once again been named a “top doc” by Colorado Springs Style magazine. Dr. Ridings is the Medical Director of Radiation Oncology at Memorial Hospital in the University of Colorado Health System. She has earned this distinction for several years in a row as a result of her outstanding service in cancer care to the Colorado Springs Community. She has led numerous innovative clinical initiatives at Memorial, including an intra-operative radiation therapy (IORT) program for early stage breast cancer. The 2015 list can be seen here​.



6/13/16 - Jones named Boettcher Investigator; Awarded research grant
Dr. Bernard L. Jones has recently been named a Boettcher Investigator in the Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards program. These awards support promising, early-career scientific researchers, allowing them to advance their independent research while competing for major federal and private awards. Dr. Jones will receive a $235,000 grant to support research on improving motion management and planning/delivery techniques in pancreatic SBRT




6/10/16 - Mullen lacrosse gives toys to pediatric cancer patients
When Nic Mayhan’s mom was diagnosed with a brain tumor, he ended up spending more time than any teenager should in the Department of Radiation Oncology at University of Colorado Hospital. Luckily his mom’s tumor wasn’t life-threatening. But Nic got to talking with his mom’s radiologist, Arthur K. Liu, MD, PhD. In addition to providing adult radiation treatments, Dr. Liu is the primary radiation oncologist for kids with cancer seen at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Dr. Liu works with roughly 150 young cancer patients every year and after every visit, these kids get to choose a toy from a special trunk Dr. Liu keeps in his office. Continue reading...​



5/19/16 - Karam awarded ASTRO Abstract Award + Q&A from ColoradoCancerCenter.org
Dr. Sana Karam​ has been awarded the Basic/Translational Science - Junior Investigator Radiation and Cancer Biology in the Biology category for her abstract titled, “Enhanced Therapeutic Radiosensitization by Targeting EphB4 Receptor in Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma." Dr. Karam will present her research in Boston at this years' ASTRO annual meeting. The ASTRO Annual Meeting is being held at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center September 25-28, 2016.

Dr. Karam also recently sat down with Garth Sundem of ColoradoCancerCenter.org​ for a short Q&A about her two years at the University and her life before Radiation Oncology. You can read the full Q&A here: SanaQandA.pdfSanaQandA.pdf

5/13/16 - Hardenbergh named a Trustee of the American Board of Radiology ​
Unknown.jpegDr. Patricia Hardenbergh, Associate Clinical Professor of Radiation Oncology, has been named a Trustee of the American Board of Radiology (ABR). Established in 1934, the ABR oversees the certification and ongoing professional development of specialists in Diagnostic Radiology, Radiation Oncology and Medical Physics. The ABR’s mission is to serve patients, the public, and the medical profession by certifying that its diplomats​ have acquired, demonstrated, and maintained a requisite standard of knowledge, skill, and understanding essential to the practice of these specialties. The comprehensive ABR certification process includes continuing educational requirements, professional peer evaluation, and examination. Dr. Hardenbergh’s track record of contribution to the ABR includes service as an oral boards examiner and the creation and operation of Chartrounds.com, an award-winning web-based peer review service that can double for radiation oncologists as a means of fulfilling the quality-improvement requirements of maintenance of ABR certification.

4/13/16 - ​Former NCAA basketball player calls CU Cancer Center home
Even before Thomas (TJ) Pugh, MD, grew to 6’10″, he loved the sport of basketball.

“It was sort of a religion for me,” says Pugh, an associate professor at the University of Colorado Cancer Center. “Playing basketball taught me great life lessons and the importance of being part of a team.”

In fact, the love of being part of something bigger than himself is what brought Pugh to the field of cancer research and care. In it, a primary care physician helps someone recognize a problem, specialists collaborate to ensure that they receive the best care possible, nurse navigators keep patients on a smooth track and health psychologists make sure they have a safe place to talk about their concerns. Many people working together to create the best possible outcome for a person. A team. Continue Reading...​


3/1/16 - Newman appointed to Emeritus position
After more than 28 years of work at the University of Colorado, primarily in the field of Medical Physics, Francis Newman, MS, DABR, has been awarded the title of Associate Professor Emeritus at the University of Colorado. Francis has been with the department of Radiation Oncology since 1991, originally in the role of Chief Physicist. Recently retired, Francis hopes to continue collaborations​ with colleagues in the Radiation Oncology Department and the UC Denver Applied Mathematics Department, where he has also served as faculty.



2/17/16 - Kavanagh weighs in on the importance of radiotherapy treatment compliance

Dr. Kavanagh was recently interviewed in MedPage Today about a high profile publication demonstrating the importance of helping patients remain compliant with their schedule for radiotherapy treatments. This paper shows increased risk of recurrence and worse survival in patients who unexpectedly miss two or more scheduled treatments. Continue reading...​


2/5/16 - Amini reports survival benefit with combination of external beam radiation therapy and seed implant for intermediate risk prostate cancer​
Dr. Arya AminiFourth-year resident Dr. Arya Amini recently published data on prostate cancer that has received national press attention. Dr. Amini and colleagues in the radiation oncology department, including senior author Dr. David Raben, analyzed the National Cancer Database and found combination external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) and brachytherapy provides a modest s​urvival benefit compared with brachytherapy alone for patients with intermediate-risk prostate cancer. 

Combination radiation therapy with EBRT and brachytherapy for intermediate-risk prostate cancer patients is currently being evaluated in the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) 0232 study. Continue Reading...​

1/6/16 - Vinogradskiy Receives Funding for Lung Cancer Trial
Dr. Yevgeniy (Jenia) Vinogradskiy, PhD, Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology, has been recently awarded an R01 grant from the National Institute of Health to support a project entitled, “Clinical trial personalizing radiation therapy through a novel lung function imaging modality”.
 
Dr. Vinogradskiy received his PhD in Medical Physics from the UT MD Anderson Cancer Center before joining the University of Colorado faculty. The current project represents an evolution of his doctoral and faculty research work, which has involved the study of 4-dimensonal CT imaging as a tool to characterize lung function and facilitate planning for radiotherapy in the treatment of lung cancer. Continue Reading...​
 
9/1/15 - Dr. Karyn Goodman joins UCH Radiation Oncology
Unknown.jpegKaryn Goodman joins us on September 1st, 2015, as a Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology.  Dr. Goodman comes to us from theMemorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center where she had been a faculty member for eight years. Dr. Goodman obtained her undergraduate and medical degrees from Stanford University and spent a year as a Research Fellow at the Division of Reproductive Health of Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. She then completed a residency in Radiation Oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering followed by some time on the faculty at Stanford before returning to New York. 

 

Dr. Goodman is an internationally recognized expert in Gastrointestinal Cancer and has served in numerous leadership roles in a variety of ASTRO, ASCO, and RTOG/NRG committees. In addition to clinical activities in the area of GI cancer, she will be assuming the role of Medical Director of the Clinical Trials Office of the University of Colorado Cancer Center and will also serve as Assistant Director of the UC Health Oncology Services line.

Dr. Goodman is joined in Denver by her husband, Dr. Florian Aalami, President and CEO of ADAPT, a company specializing in structural engineering software, and their children, Arianna and Sophia.