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William Barrett, MD, is professor and chairman of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of
Cincinnati, director of the UC Cancer Institute,and medical director of the UC Health Barrett Cancer
Dr. Barrett received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and his medical degree from the
University of Cincinnati.
Dr. Barrett’s training includes an internship in general surgery at the University of Cincinnati followed by
residency in radiation oncology at UC and a fellowship in brachytherapy at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer
Center. He has been on the faculty of the University of Cincinnati since 1992 and has experience in treating
patients with most types of cancers.
Dr. Barrett’s areas of particular interest include cancer of the prostate, cancer of the head and neck and the
use of radiation seeds as well as external radiation therapy for a number of cancers.
Dr. Barrett has focused on cancer education for the general public as well as physicians in the Greater
Cincinnati area. He has organized a number of educational conferences and is very involved in medical student
and resident education at the University of Cincinnati.
He is committed to helping the university raise the level of cancer care in the region and become a national and
international destination for patients.
It is our tremendous privilege to help people with cancer and their families. We appreciate the difficult times
that people go through in dealing with this disease and our overriding objective is to provide superb care to
every patient that we see.
Our intention is to maximize the chance of cure with as little physical and emotional trauma as possible. It is
very important to us that patients maintain as much comfort and dignity as possible as we help them fight their
We are more than happy to train the physicians, physicists and therapists of the future.We have two vibrant
graduate educational programs, the UC Radiation Oncology Residency Training Program and the UC Graduate Program
in MedicalPhysics. We train radiation therapists in the UC Radiation Therapy Technology Program.We
frequently have UC medical students working with us.
As our traineesconstantly ask why treatments are being done a certain way, they help to ensure that
treatments are being performed in an optimal fashion. Their spirit of inquiry and discovery leads to vital,
collaborativeclinical research and improvements in our delivery of superb patient care.
We participate in multidisciplinary cancer research which helps us learn about previous, current and future
treatments. This benefits our current and future patients. We have a wonderful atmosphere within our department
where we are blessed to have talented, compassionate and enthusiastic personnel, excellent technology and a
stimulating environment with a never-ending stream of bright, young, curious trainees who are always asking why
and seeking excellence.
William Barrett, MDChair of Radiation OncologyUC College of Medicine
Barrett Cancer Center
3151 Bellevue Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45219