Our Faculty

Our residency program, led by Dr. Michael Folkert, is part of the larger department that includes 20 physicians, 24 physicists, eight dosimetrists, molecular biology researchers, and various clinical and administrative staff.

Leadership

Hak Choy
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Hak Choy, M.D.

  • Professor and Chairman, Nancy B. & Jake L. Hamon Distinguished Chair in Therapeutic Oncology Research
  • Phone: 214-645-8525
  • Research: Lung cancer; bench-to-clinic therapies for concurrent chemoradiation
Steve Jiang
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Steve Jiang, Ph.D.

  • Professor, Vice Chair and Medical Physics Director, Barbara Crittenden Professorship in Cancer Research
  • Phone: 214-645-8523
  • Research: GPU and cloud-based automatic treatment planning; adaptive radiotherapy
Robert Timmerman
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Robert Timmerman, M.D.

  • Professor, Vice Chair & Medical Director, Effie Marie Cain Distinguished Chair in Cancer Therapy Research
  • Phone: 214-645-8525
  • Research: Hypofractionated radiation therapy; stereotactic body radiation therapy
Michael Story
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Michael Story, Ph.D.

  • Professor, Vice Chair and Radiobiology Director, David A. Pistenmaa, M.D., Ph.D. Distinguished Chair in Radiation Oncology
  • Phone: 214-648-5557
  • Research: Particle therapy; space radiation; biomarkers of therapeutic response; combined modality therapy

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Division of Clinical Radiation Oncology

Hak Choy
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Hak Choy, M.D.

  • Professor and Chairman, Nancy B. & Jake L. Hamon Distinguished Chair in Therapeutic Oncology Research
  • Phone: 214-645-8525
  • Research: Lung cancer; bench-to-clinic therapies for concurrent chemoradiation
Kevin Albuquerque
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Kevin Albuquerque, M.D.

  • Professor
  • Phone: 214-645-8525
  • Research: Gynecologic cancers, patient quality of life
Raquibul Hannan
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Raquibul Hannan, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor
  • Phone: 214-645-8525
  • Research: Genitourinary cancer; combined immunotherapy and radiation therapy
David  Sher
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David Sher, M.D., M.P.H.

  • Associate Professor
  • Phone: 214-645-8525
  • Research: Head and neck cancer, outcomes and health services research, cost and comparative effectiveness research
Michael Folkert
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Michael Folkert, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor & Residency Program Director
  • Phone: 214-645-8525
  • Research: Brachytherapy applications and device development, sarcoma management, image analysis for outcomes prediction
Todd Aguilera
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Todd Aguilera, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor
  • Phone: 214-645-8525
Neil  Desai
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Neil Desai, M.D.

  • Assistant Professor, Dedman Family Scholar in Clinical Care
  • Phone: 214-645-8525
  • Research: Prostate and bladder cancer, stereotactic body radiation therapy, brachytherapy, bladder preservation
Nathan Kim
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Nathan Kim, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor
  • Phone: 214-645-8525
  • Research: Clinical and translational research in breast cancer
Nhat-Long Pham
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Nhat-Long Pham, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor
  • Phone: 214-645-8525
  • Research: SBRT, head and neck cancer, tumor immunology, memory T cells
Zabi Wardak
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Zabi Wardak, M.D.

  • Assistant Professor
  • Phone: 214-645-8525
  • Research: Stereotactic radiosurgery, central nervous system cancer
Tu Dan
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Tu Dan, M.D.

  • Clinical Instructor
  • Phone: 214-645-8525
  • Research: CNS malignancies, noncoding RNAs, mechanisms of radiation resistance
Robert Timmerman
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Robert Timmerman, M.D.

  • Professor, Vice Chair & Medical Director, Effie Marie Cain Distinguished Chair in Cancer Therapy Research
  • Phone: 214-645-8525
  • Research: Hypofractionated radiation therapy; stereotactic body radiation therapy
Larry Kun
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Larry Kun, M.D.

  • Professor
  • Phone: 214-645-8525
Lucien Nedzi
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Lucien Nedzi, M.D.

  • Associate Professor
  • Phone: 214-645-8525
  • Research: Central nervous system cancer; stereotactic radiosurgery
Ann Spangler
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Ann Spangler, M.D., MACM

  • Associate Professor
  • Phone: 214-645-8525
  • Research: Breast cancer, accelerated partial-breast irradiation (APBI), Cyberknife, IMRT
Asal Rahimi
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Asal Rahimi, M.D.

  • Assistant Professor & Director of Clinical Research
  • Phone: 214-645-8525
  • Research: Breast cancer, breast SBRT, partial breast radiation, cardiac sparing in breast cancer patients
Prasanna Alluri
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Prasanna Alluri, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor
  • Phone: 214-645-8525
Puneeth Iyengar
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Puneeth Iyengar, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor
  • Phone: 214-645-8525
  • Research: Lung cancer,cachexia, radiation resistance, tumor metabolism, stromal interactions, immune cachexia regulation
Aaron Laine
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Aaron Laine, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor
  • Phone: 214-645-8525
  • Research: Genitourinary cancer, cancer cachexia
Jennifer Shah
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Jennifer Shah, M.D.

  • Assistant Professor
  • Phone: 214-645-8525
Ken Westover
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Ken Westover, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor
  • Phone: 214-645-8525
  • Research: Structure-guided drug design for oncology, covalent inhibitors, hypofractionated radiation, lung cancer, mets

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Division of Medical Physics and Engineering

Steve Jiang
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Steve Jiang, Ph.D.

  • Professor, Vice Chair and Medical Physics Director, Barbara Crittenden Professorship in Cancer Research
  • Phone: 214-645-8523
  • Research: GPU and cloud-based automatic treatment planning; adaptive radiotherapy
Arnold Pompos
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Arnold Pompos, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor and Interim Clinical Director
  • Phone: 214-645-7663
  • Research: Heavy particle interactions; microdosimetry; Monte Carlo simulations
Paul Medin
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Paul Medin, Ph.D.

  • Professor and Medical Physics Residency Program Director
  • Phone: 214-645-8591
  • Research: Stereotactic delivery technology and research; tissue tolerance in high-dose, single-fraction delivery
Chuxiong Ding
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Chuxiong Ding, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor
  • Phone: 214-648-5059
  • Research: Image-guided radiotherapy; stereotactic radiation therapy
Xun Jia
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Xun Jia, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor
  • Phone: 214-648-5032
  • Research: 3-D/4-D computed tomography reconstruction; Monte Carlo dose calculations
Sarah  McGuire
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Sarah McGuire, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor
  • Phone: 214-645-7613
  • Research: Functional imaging for radiation therapy treatment planning and response assessment
Jing Wang
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Jing Wang, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor
  • Phone: 214-648-1795
  • Research: Cone-beam computed tomography; image-guided radiation therapy;image analysis; tomographic image reconstruction
Mu-Han Lin
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Mu-Han Lin, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor
  • Phone: 214-645-8587
  • Research: Clinical implementation of novel treatment technologies; stereotactic radiotherapy; Monte Carlo simulation
Yang Park
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Yang Park, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor
  • Phone: 214-648-5467
  • Research: CBCT, motion management, open source software
Robert Reynolds
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Robert Reynolds, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor
  • Phone: 214-648-6421
Bo Zhao
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Bo Zhao, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor
  • Phone: 214-645-7774
  • Research: Image-guided radiation therapy; stereotactic body radiation therapy
Da Luo
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Da Luo, Ph.D.

  • Instructor
  • Phone: 214-648-6447
  • Research: Clinical Process Automation, RTLS, Treatment Planning
Jun Tan
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Jun Tan, Ph.D.

  • Instructor
  • Phone: 214-648-5058
  • Research: Clinical workflow efficiency, plan QA, patient safety, medical imaging, data mining
Yiping  Shao
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Yiping Shao, Ph.D.

  • Professor
  • Phone: 214-645-1274
  • Research: Nuclear imaging technology and application for molecular imaging and radiotherapy
Yulong Yan
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Yulong Yan, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor and Computational Physics Director
  • Phone: 214-645-7636
  • Research: Novel treatment planning technologies; clinic-oriented applications; DICOM; SRS
Xuejun Gu
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Xuejun Gu, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor
  • Phone: 214-648-6543
  • Research: Online adaptive radiotherapy; image registration; small animal imaging
Weiguo Lu
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Weiguo Lu, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor
  • Phone: 214-648-9517
  • Research: Next-generation treatment planning, high performance (GPU) computing, adaptive radiotherapy
Strahinja Stojadinovic
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Strahinja Stojadinovic, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor
  • Phone: 214-645-7677
  • Research: Preclinical delivery technologies; stereotactic radiotherapy; IMRT QA; brachytherapy
Brian Hrycushko
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Brian Hrycushko, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor
  • Phone: 214-645-7773
  • Research: Normal tissue tolerance; stereotactic radiotherapy; radionuclide therapy; brachytherapy
Amir Owrangi
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Amir Owrangi, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor
  • Phone: 214-648-8366
  • Research: MRI-guided radiation therapy; brachytherapy; adaptive radiation therapy
Andrei Pugachev
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Andrei Pugachev, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor
  • Phone: 214-648-9538
  • Research: Molecular imaging for radiation therapy, pre-clinical validation of novel PET tracers
Ming Yang
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Ming Yang, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor
  • Phone: 214-648-5057
  • Research: Proton dose calculation and optimization; dual energy computed tomography
Nan Qin
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Nan Qin, Ph.D.

  • Instructor
  • Phone: 214-648-5407
  • Research: Monte Carlo dose calculation; particle therapy; treatment plan optimization
Dan Nguyen
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Dan Nguyen

  • Instructor
  • Phone: 214-648-8975
Yuncheng Zhong
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Yuncheng Zhong, Ph.D.

  • Instructor
  • Phone: 214-645-1335
  • Research: Computer simulation and system integration of cone-beam CT and PET; image reconstruction

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Division of Molecular Radiation Biology

Michael Story
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Michael Story, Ph.D.

  • Professor, Vice Chair and Radiobiology Director, David A. Pistenmaa, M.D., Ph.D. Distinguished Chair in Radiation Oncology
  • Phone: 214-648-5557
  • Research: Particle therapy; space radiation; biomarkers of therapeutic response; combined modality therapy
David Chen
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David Chen, Ph.D.

  • Professor
  • Phone: 214-648-5597
  • Research: Role of DNA-PK in double-strand break repair; DSB repair pathway choice; DNA damage response induced by HZE particles
Guo-Min Li
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Guo-Min Li, Ph.D.

  • Professor
  • Phone: 214-648-9955
Benjamin Chen
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Benjamin Chen, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor
  • Phone: 214-648-1263
  • Research: DNA break repair; role of DNA-PKcs; DNA damage responses in stem sell; heavy particle exposure impact on neural stem cells
Asaithamby Aroumougame
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Asaithamby Aroumougame, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor
  • Phone: 214-648-1249
  • Research: DNA damage response signaling in development and tumor suppression
Lianghao Ding
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Lianghao Ding, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor
  • Phone: 214-648-5892
  • Research: DNA damage response induced by heavy particles; functional genomics of radiation toxicity; role of microRNA in head and neck cancer
Damiana Chiavolini
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Damiana Chiavolini, Ph.D.

  • Instructor
  • Phone: 214-645-0908
Yu-Fen (Renee) Lin
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Yu-Fen (Renee) Lin, Ph.D.

  • Instructor
  • Phone: 214-648-1602
  • Research: DNA-PKcs in ATR-signaling pathway; role of T2609 phosphorylation cluster on the S-phase checkpoint response
Janice Ortega Rodriguez
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Janice Ortega Rodriguez, Ph.D.

  • Instructor
  • Phone: 214-648-9869
Zengfu Shang
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Zengfu Shang, Ph.D.

  • Instructor
  • Phone: 214-648-1602
Hanzhi Wang
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Hanzhi Wang, Ph.D.

  • Instructor
  • Phone: 214-648-9869
Naoki Kinoshita
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Naoki Kinoshita, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Visiting Assistant Professor
  • Phone: 214-648-7747
Liya Gu
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Liya Gu, Ph.D.

  • Professor
  • Phone: 214-648-9991
Sandeep Burma
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Sandeep Burma, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor
  • Phone: 214-648-7440
  • Research: DNA double-strand break signaling and repair; glioblastoma radioresistance; particle radiation and gliomagenesis
Debabrata Saha
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Debabrata Saha, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor
  • Phone: 214-648-7750
  • Research: Tumor modeling for SBRT; role of DAB2IP in prostate cancer; small molecule inhibitors as radiosensitizers
Anthony (Tony) Davis
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Anthony (Tony) Davis, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor
  • Phone: 214-648-6569
  • Research: DNA double-strand break sensing, signaling and repair
Bipasha Mukherjee
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Bipasha Mukherjee, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor
  • Phone: 214-648-4166
  • Research: DNA damage and repair; heavy particle radiobiology; radioresistance of glioblastoma
Qihuang Jin
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Qihuang Jin, Ph.D.

  • Instructor
  • Phone: 214-648-9869
Huiming Lu
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Huiming Lu, Ph.D.

  • Instructor
  • Phone: 214-648-4917
Janapriya (JP) Saha
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Janapriya (JP) Saha, Ph.D.

  • Instructor
  • Phone: 214-648-4917
  • Research: DNA double strand break signaling and repair; space /HZE particle radiation-induced DNA damage and response
Vinesh Kumar Thidil Puliyappadamba
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Vinesh Kumar Thidil Puliyappadamba, Ph.D.

  • Instructor
  • Phone: 214-648-4166
Lan Yu
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Lan Yu, Ph.D.

  • Instructor
  • Phone: 214-648-7747
  • Research: Role of DAB2IP in regulating cell cycle, and small molecule inhibitors as radiosensitizers in prostate cancer

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Senior Administration

Claire Almanza
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Claire Almanza

  • Director of Marketing
  • Phone: 214-645-8558
Sandy Durr
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Sandy Durr

  • Administrative Manager
  • Phone: 214-645-7609
Kajal Desai
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Kajal Desai

  • Department Administrator
  • Phone: 214-645-7683

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