The Department of Radiation Oncology is an integral part of the Cancer Program at the University of Washington. We have been consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as among the top cancer programs in the United States and were number 5 last year. With the formation of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, a three-way collaboration among University of Washington Medicine, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and Seattle Children’s Hospital, our program has made a tremendous leap forward. We also staff radiation oncology services at Northwest Hospital and the Seattle VA Medical Center and a Gamma Knife facility at Harborview Medical Center.
There are 18 M.D. faculty, 13 Ph.D. faculty, 2 ARNP faculty, 11 radiation oncology residents, and 3 medical physics residents on staff with additional postdoctoral fellows and graduate students participating in various research projects in radiation biology and molecular medicine, medical physics, and radiation chemistry. Our residency training program in radiation oncology is considered among the best in the nation. Our clinical program offers services such as fast neutron radiotherapy, intraoperative radiotherapy, specialized brachytherapy (implant) procedures, and pediatric radiation oncology that are not available in most cancer treatment centers. Construction of a proton radiotherapy facility is underway at our Northwest Hospital site and patient treatments will begin in early 2013. We utilize a multidisciplinary clinic approach to patient care, which makes it easy for patients to receive expert opinions regarding treatment options. Our clinical faculty specialize in the treatment of particular cancers and are recognized experts in their areas of interest.
George Laramore, MD, PhD
Professor and Chair
Department of Radiation Oncology
University of Washington