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. Our radiation oncologist faculty see and treat patients at University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC), the Gamma Knife facility at Harborview Medical Center, the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), UW Northwest Hospital, the SCCA Proton Therapy Center and the Veteran’s Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System.
We have 20 physician faculty, 17 science Ph.D. faculty, 2 ARNP faculty, 10 radiation oncology residents, and 2 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 a large range of services, including image-guided radiation, stereotactic radiosurgery and radiotherapy, intensity-modulated therapy, intraoperative radiotherapy, specialized brachytherapy (implant) procedures, and pediatric radiation oncology that are not available in most cancer treatment centers. We are the only department on the continent that offers a range of particle therapies including both proton radiation therapy and fast neutron beam therapy. With our guiding principle of “Patients are first” care is delivered in a multidisciplinary clinic approach, which makes it easy for patients to receive expert opinions regarding their treatment options. Our clinical faculty are highly specialized in the treatment of specific cancers, and are recognized experts in their areas of interest.
Nina Mayr, MD
Professor and Chair
Department of Radiation Oncology
University of Washington