Our ’21-’22 Radiation Oncology clinical residents tell why they chose WashU for residency!

Neal Andruska, MD, PhD (PGY-5)

“Wash U Radiation Oncology has a rich history of discovery and innovation. Wash U prepares excellent clinicians through strong faculty mentorship, high clinical volume, and broad exposure to numerous radiation treatment modalities including MR-guided radiotherapy, protons, Gamma Knife, brachytherapy, and radiopharmaceuticals. The clinical, translational, and basic science research opportunities are truly unlimited. Lastly, I get to work with an amazing group of co-residents!” 

Justin Barnes, MD (PGY-2)

“I chose WashU for the great case volume and variety (including lots of brachytherapy and radiopharmaceuticals), priority on education, supportive and welcoming/friendly environment, excellent research opportunities (including a strong track record of residents being co-PIs on clinical trials), and quality of resident job placement after graduation. Plus it was important for us to be able to afford to buy a nice home in a nice neighborhood with plenty of space for the kids (and a double oven for my wife 😉) on a resident salary.”

Re-I Chin, MD, MSCI (PGY-4)

“I came to Wash U’s Radiation Oncology program because it has the perfect combination of excellent clinical training, diverse radiation delivery technologies, strong physics/radiation biology, and a passionate team of people who love their work. I am excited to be enrolled in the Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) program, (which is a fantastic opportunity!) that will help me develop into an independent clinical investigator.” 

J. Scott Cordova, MD, PhD (PGY-4)

“I chose WashU because I wanted to learn from experts in the field of Radiation Oncology at an institution renowned for pioneering advanced treatment technologies and establishing new paradigms in clinical practice. I also wanted the opportunity to work at a high-volume center like Barnes Jewish Hospital where I would receive a diverse clinical experience that would optimally prepare me for independent practice.”

LeMoyne Habimana-Griffin, MD, PhD (PGY-2)

“Wash U has a vibrant and collaborative community of physician scientists with staunch support from the highest levels of the institution, and most importantly, the leadership within the Department of Radiation Oncology. Wash U is at the frontier of new technologies and a leader in clinical trial development and recruitment. But above all, the people in the department are great.”

Comron Hassanzadeh, MD (PGY-5)

“Beyond the supportive clinical environment and engaging research opportunities, our graduating residents consistently obtain competitive, desirable jobs. Ultimately, this is one of the signs of a strong program that trains its residents to succeed in today’s field.”

Kylie Kang, MD, MSCI (PGY-4)

“I chose WashU Radiation Oncology because it excels at equipping its residents with robust clinical training and outstanding research opportunities that well-prepare us to become key players in our field. But what truly defines my residency experience is the people here — from the clinical staff to the attendings and residents, everyone here is so supportive and thoughtful, and they help make even the busiest of clinic days enjoyable!”

Kendall Kiser, MD, MS (PGY-2)

“I chose WashU because its brand of clinical training is internationally respected, because it is the pioneer in several emerging technologies (e.g. birthplace of ViewRay and first in US to introduce adaptive MR-guided RT), because it elevates resident research with financial and temporal support, and because its people are approachable, kind, and bright!”

William Lo, MD, PhD (PGY-3)

“WashU is a very welcoming place with a supportive environment for you to thrive, especially for aspiring physician scientists!  Residents in Rad Onc here are exposed to state-of-the-art technology and procedures (such as MR-guided SBRT, Y-90 radioembolization, and brachytherapy of all kinds), in addition to interesting rare cases. St Louis also has a lot to offer and is surrounded by nature for outdoor adventures, such as Lake of the Ozarks, numerous caves, golf courses, and the list goes on.”

Mustafaa Mahmood, MD (PGY-3)

“I chose WashU because of the strong emphasis on resident education, clinical excellence, and great resident camaraderie. Plus, STL is close to home!”

Sabrina Prime, MD (PGY-2)

“In such a technologically driven field, I chose WashU based on its access to new and wide-ranging technologies, as well as the diverse and inclusive patient population, opportunities and support to pursue a second degree, and its collaborative relationship with complementary departments (Medical Oncology and Radiology). When creating my rank list, WashU rose to the top because of the residents and attendings I met on my interview day and—equally important—the support staff who clearly tended and cared for our education and well-being.”

Amit Roy, MD (PGY-5)

“I chose WashU because of the unparalleled clinical training in all treatment modalities especially brachytherapy, proton therapy, and MR-guided RT. There is a strong emphasis on resident education and I have been able to learn from the leaders in our field. Our department has a long history of innovation and there is an abundance of research opportunities. I know that I will leave this program well-suited to pursue any career path.”

Joshua Schiff, MD (PGY-3)

“Wash U Rad Onc was clearly the ideal residency program for me. From working with world-class leaders in the field to receiving an education in radiation oncology’s most cutting-edge technology, there’s no better place to train than here. Plus, I get to live in a lively city where there’s hiking, multiple pro sports teams, and something called “gooey butter cake”. I couldn’t have asked for more!”

Jennifer Stanley, MD, PhD (PGY-5)

“I chose WashU for its commitment to resident education and nationally-recognized excellence in preparing graduates for independent practice. The program actively supports diverse resident interests clinically and in research pursuits. We are mentored by world-renowned leaders in the field and NIH R01 awarded faculty. We are trained on state-of-the-art radiation modalities and techniques, which is highly sought after in the job market. But, most of all the faculty, staff, and co-residents are kind and generous people that I enjoy working alongside.”

Hayley Stowe, MD (PGY-3)

“I chose Washington University School of Medicine because of the unparalleled faculty, vast research opportunities, and diverse clinical exposure. This program gives the residents the support they need to excel and become future leaders in the field of Radiation Oncology.” 

Michael Waters, MD, PhD (PGY-3)

“I chose WashU because of its outstanding people, both faculty and residents, and its standing as a world leader in genomics and bioinformatics research.”