The Medical School's newest addition, the Department of Radiation Oncology, is in its inaugural year under the direction of Chairman Terence S. Herman, M.D.
Radiation oncology was a division of the Department of Radiology before becoming a stand-alone department in December. Dr. Herman said the change in status should result in more visibility for the department, benefit faculty recruitment, build a stronger residency program and provide more funding for research efforts.
The new department consists of 35 members, including seven Ph.D. faculty, four M.D. attending physicians and six residents. The clinical portion of the department is housed at the Burton & Miriam Grossman Cancer Center, 7979 Wurzbach Road, part of the Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC).
Department clinical staff members are involved in various research projects, including determining which anti-cancer drugs and other agents can best be used in conjunction with radiation treatment.
"The changeover from division to stand-alone department has been a smooth one," said Dr. Herman.
He credits the positive transition to support given by Stewart R. Reuter, M.D., chairman of the Department of Radiology; James J. Young, Ph.D., former dean of the Medical School; and John P. Howe, III, M.D. Dr. Herman singled out the support of Charles A. Coltman, Jr., M.D., president and CEO of the CTRC. "All of these people were pivotal to the success of our radiation oncology effort," he said.