Today is Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018

Department of

Radiation Oncology

Overview

Research is the cornerstone of any major academic center.  The University of Cincinnati is ranked 40th among research medical schools, with the UC College of Medicine and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital awarded nearly $200 million dollars in research funding last year.

Clinical, translational, and basic science research are integral components of the Department of Radiation Oncology.  With the only proton gantry dedicated to research in the world, our trainees and faculty have access to exclusive research opportunities and collaborations.

The Clinical Radiation Oncology residency program at the University of Cincinnati Barrett Cancer Center is no exception.  We participate in national NRG Oncology trials through our Clinical Trials Office, enrolling heavily in head and neck and gynecology trials.  A number of our faculty members are PIs on investigator-initiated trials ranging from proton therapy for anal cancer and early stage breast cancer to a trial combining definitive treatment for larynx cancer with immunotherapy.We collaborate with our colleagues at the UC/Cincinnati Children’s Proton Center, and hosted PTCOG in 2018. 

Faculty and residents are engaged at the national level.  Our senior leadership is comprised of Dr. Barrett who is known nationally as the Director of the University of Cincinnati Cancer Center, Dr. Brenneman who serves as an Associate Editor for IJROBP, a leader in the COG, and an examiner for the radiation oncology boards as a member of the board of the ABR, and Dr. Redmond who is our local PI for the RTOG.  Dr. Takiar serves on the Steering Committee for the Head and Neck section of the NRG and Recurrent/Metastatic Task Force for the NCI.   We additionally collaborate strongly with our colleagues in Hematology OncologySurgical Oncology and Cancer Biology.

Residents are also encouraged to pursue independent research projects under faculty mentorship through 7 months of elective time.  These have previously resulted in grant funding, independent protocols, national and international oral and poster presentations, and numerous manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals. Residents have the opportunity to present their research annually, receiving criticial feedback from the faculty and their peers.  Each resident completes at least one research project during residency.