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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 a clinical section 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 the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in the Rocky Mountain Region.

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

In The News...

2/2/2015 - Moyed Miften and Bernard Jones: Awarded research funding for treating pancreas cancer:
Moyed Miften, PhD, Professor and Chief of Medical Physics (left), and Bernard Jones, PhD, Assistant Professor (right), recently were awarded a $194,000 contract from Varian Medical Systems. The money will support their research project entitled, “Patient-Specific Tumor Motion and Respiratory Gated Radiation Delivery for Pancreatic SBRT.”  It is to study new, aggressive techniques for pancreatic cancer radiotherapy. Continue reading...​

Rachel Rabinovitch, MD, professor of Radiation Oncology, CU School of Medicine, has been invited to serve as a visiting professor and expert consultant in breast cancer diagnosis and management at several medical centers in Israel during December and January. Rabinovitch will represent the CU Cancer Center in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, delivering lectures to students and trainees and collaborating on research projects with scientists and clinicians who have expertise with the BRCA+ (genetic mutation) population. Israel’s population has the highest BRCA+ prevalence of any nation in the world. Continue reading...​

Great strides have been made in reducing patient wait times by improving patient flow into the clinic and removing bottlenecks in the process. These small changes resulted in significant improvement in patient flow. The average time from referral to first contact fell dramatically within weeks of the change, from 2.4 days to 1 day. Likewise, the average time from referral to appointment made dropped from 4.4 days to 2.5 days. Continue reading...