From first in the world to another milestone

The department of radiation oncology at Siteman Cancer Center has treated its 2,000th patient using the MRIdian, MRI-guided radiation therapy system by ViewRay. Patients treated at Siteman Cancer Center benefit from MRI on-table adaptive radiotherapy, real-time tissue tracking, and automated beam control which allows for delivering the prescribed dose to the target while sparing surrounding healthy tissue and critical structures, and results in minimizing toxicities. In January 2014, Siteman Cancer Center became the first in the world to treat patients using the MRI-guided radiation therapy system. Over the past nine years, the clinical team at Washington University has been a leader in publishing clinical evidence related to treating using the MRI-guided system. They were the first to publish prospective clinical trial data in MRI-guidance with pancreatic cancer and the first to publish prospective data on CT simulation-free MRI-guided treatment of palliative treatments. The department currently completes over 100 adaptive treatments per month.

Sixteen faculty named to Top Docs 2023 (Links to an external site)

In the most recent Castle Connolly Top Doctors edition, sixteen WashU Radiation Oncology physicians have been named to their list. Physicians can’t pay to be a Castle Connolly Top Doc. Honors are given by providing the best possible patient care, earning the respect of peers & being nominated.

Siteman South County celebrates 10 years (Links to an external site)

Siteman Cancer Center kicked off the new year by celebrating the 10-year anniversary of our South St. Louis County location. At the celebration, all staff received a symbolic T-shirt along with coffee and cookies to show appreciation for all the hard work that goes into providing exceptional care to our patients at Siteman – South […]

Lauren Pedersen, PhD (Postdoctoral Research Associate – Bergom Lab)

Lauren Pedersen in the lab

Tell me about your background. In 2012, I  received my Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology and Sports Medicine from the University of Virginia. After working as a physical therapy technician for two years, I decided to go back to school and complete a Masters of Science in Health and Movement Sciences at Virginia Commonwealth University […]

Darafsheh recognized as outstanding reviewer

Arash Darafsheh, PhD, has been recognized by Optica Publishing Group for his outstanding efforts and indispensable contributions in the peer review process. He is one of only several referees chosen to receive this award, which is selected by the Editors-in-Chief of their core publications.

Proton therapy expansion (Links to an external site)

Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine is expanding proton therapy for patients by adding the latest, most innovative technology to its S. Lee Kling Proton Therapy Center with the addition of a second MEVION S250i Proton Therapy System® with HYPERSCAN® pencil beam scanning technology and Adaptive Aperture® pMLC.

Chaudhuri profiled by Soros Foundation (Links to an external site)

Aadel Chaudhuri, MD, PhD, assistant professor of radiation oncology, has been interviewed and profiled by the Soros Foundation after he won the Michael Fry Award from the Radiation Research Society. The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans program honors the contributions of immigrants and children of immigrants to the United States. Each year, […]

Chen Receives Travel Award from RRS

Liyun (Michelle) Chen, PhD, postdoctoral researcher in the lab of Stephanie Markovina, MD, PhD, has received a Scholar-in-Training (SIT) Travel Award to attend the 2022 Radiation Research Society’s annual meeting held in Hawaii this October. She will also be giving an oral presentation entitled “T cell responses to squamous cell carcinoma antigen in cervical cancer […]

Kapoor Receives Travel Award from RRS

Vaishali Kapoor, PhD, assistant professor of radiation oncology, has received an Early Career Investigator (ECI) Travel Award to attend the 2022 RRS Annual Meeting held in Hawaii this October. She will also be giving an oral presentation entitled “Targeted delivery of radiation sensitizers by antibodies to enhance the efficacy of radiation therapy”.

Singh Receives Travel Award from RRS

Abhay Singh, PhD, instructor of radiation oncology, has received an Early Career Investigator (ECI) Travel Award to attend the 2022 RRS Annual Meeting held in Hawaii this October. He will also be giving an oral presentation entitled “89Zr-labeled human anti-tip1 antibody as a novel cancer-targeting agent in patient-derived xenografts”.

Paul Jones (PhD Student – Molecular Cell Biology, Chaudhuri Lab)

Man working in biology lab

Tell me about your background. I grew up in fairly rural central Illinois, went to the local schools and was always interested in understanding science and medicine. I completed my undergraduate degree in neuroscience at Lake Forest College where I got my first experience with research through multiple summer research programs culminating in my Senior […]