Radiation Oncology Wins Big in the Institute for Informatics Big Ideas Competition

“Expediting Radiotherapy Initiation via a Stimulation Free Workflow,” led by Tianyu Zhao, PhD, team leader, was one of six teams chosen as the winners of “Big Ideas: A Data-Driven Innovation Competition” held by Washington University’s Institute for Informatics. The intent of the Big Ideas Program is to support novel and innovative projects that are clinically […]

Physics initiative extends free training to low-income countries around the world

Through a collaboration between Washington University’s Global Health Center and the Brown School, with support from a seed grant from Washington University’s McDonnell International Scholars Academy, Baozhou Sun, PhD, associate professor of radiation oncology, has implemented a way to help train physicists, radiation oncologists and dosimetrists in low-income countries in the safe and efficient use […]

Curiel named to National Academy of Inventors

David Curiel, MD, a professor of radiation oncology and director of the Biologic Therapeutics Center at the School of Medicine, has harnessed gene therapy and viral vectors to develop therapeutics and vaccines for a number of diseases, including cancer, genetic disorders and COVID-19. More recently he has pioneered gene editing strategies toward gene therapy cures. […]

Schwarz elected into the American Society for Clinical Investigation

The ASCI is an honor society of physician-scientists. Founded in 1908, the Society is home to over 3,000 members active across academic medicine and industry. Julie K. Schwarz, MD, PhD, will be formally inducted during a joint meeting on April 8, 2022. Congratulations Dr. Schwarz! https://the-asci.org/

Campos Guerrero highlighted in CBD trainee corner

Marlene Campos Guerrero, a graduate student researcher in the Markovina Lab is the newest cancer biology researcher to be highlighted in the Trainee Corner. Read about Marlene here.

Chaudhuri highlighted by WashU Physicians

Aadel Chaudhuri, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology, is highlighted this month on the Washington University Physicians website. Read his interview here: https://physicians.wustl.edu/items/aadel-chaudhuri-md-phd/

Hall named a 2021 Women of Achievement honoree for health advocacy

Lannis E. Hall, MD, MPH, director of radiation oncology at Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital, has been selected as a 2021 Women of Achievement honoree. The recognition is for her commitment to improving access to cancer prevention, treatment and education – and to outcomes – in underserved communities. Read the full story and watch a […]

Sun defends thesis

Monday, December 6, Jennifer Sun, PhD, from the Azab Lab, defended her thesis “Macrophage-Based Immunotherapies for the Treatment of Multiple Myeloma”. She is in the PhD in Biomedical Engineering program and her advisor is Abdel Kareem Azab.

Perkins discusses Proton Therapy during Blues game

Monday, November 22, during the St. Louis Blues game, ESPN101 radio will air a short discussion recorded with Dr. Stephanie Perkins and Chris Kerber. Dr. Perkins talked about Proton Therapy and Siteman Kids and brought along her own son, Garrett.
This game is Hockey Fights Cancer night. All proceeds from a special theme ticket benefit Siteman Cancer Center and Blues for Kids grant program, providing funds for cancer care and awareness through not-for-profits in the St. Louis area.

Rogers announced as Fellow of Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (Links to an external site)

Buck Rogers, PhD, Professor of Radiation Oncology, was recently chosen to become a Fellow of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging.

The Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging recognized 17 new SNMMI Fellows on Monday, June 14, during a plenary session at the society’s 2021 Annual Meeting, held virtually June 11-15. The SNMMI Fellowship was established in 2016 to recognize distinguished service to the society as well as exceptional achievement in the field of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging. It is among the most prestigious formal recognitions available to long-time SNMMI members.

Forghani-Arani received ASTRO Travel Award

Farnoush Forghani-Arani, PhD, medical physics resident, received the ASTRO Annual Meeting Travel Award for her abstract entitled “Is Perfusion Dose-Response Different Than Ventilation Dose-Response for Lung Cancer Patients Treated With Radiotherapy?”. ASTRO gives out only 30 abstract awards from over 2,000 submissions each year! Congratulations Farnoush!

Maserang begins new role

We are delighted to share that Kim Maserang has accepted the role of manager of the external beam team, effective early October.  Kim will have oversight of the treatment, simulation and Brachy teams.   Kim has been with BJH for 16 years and served most recently as manager of our West County Radiation Oncology department.  […]

Chaudhuri & Hirbe receive grant

Principal Investigators:   Angela Hirbe, MD, PhD & Aadel Chaudhuri, MD, PhD Title:   Precise diagnosis and monitoring of MPNST via cell-free DNA liquid biopsy   Funding Agency:   Children’s Discovery Institute Amount:  $450,000   Start Date & Duration:   10/1/2021 (3 years)

Yang named Residency Program Director

We are pleased to announce that Joanna C. Yang, MD, MPH, has been appointed Program Director of our 4-year ACGME-accredited Radiation Oncology Residency Training Program.

CBD Research Forum Seminar schedule released

The Fall ’21 and Spring ’22 CBD Research Forum Seminar Schedule has been released – click title to see dates. All talks will be virtual until further notice. More information and Zoom links will be sent out prior to each Lab’s presentation.

Yang and Price begin serving in new roles

Alex Price, MS, has agreed to serve as the Chief of Adaptive RT Physics service, effective October 1, 2021. Deshan Yang, PhD, has agreed to serve as the new Director of Physics Research, also effective October 1, 2021. Congratulations to both on their new roles within the Medical Physics Division!

Stanley and Chin receive awards

Jennifer Stanley, MD, PhD has received the RRS Scholar-in-Training Award.

Re-I Chin, MD, has been awarded the ARS Young Oncologists Award.

Congratulations to both resident physicians!

Kapoor receives Pardee Foundation grant

Vaishali Kapoor, PhD, Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology, has been awarded an Elsa U. Pardee Foundation grant for $119,261 to study the efficacy of radiation therapy using radiation sensitizing antibody-drug conjugates.

Baumann receives National Cancer Institute award (Links to an external site)

Brian C. Baumann, MD, assistant professor of radiation oncology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and a radiation oncologist at Siteman Cancer Center, has been awarded a 2021 Cancer Clinical Investigator Team Leadership Award from the National Cancer Institute (NCI).