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By combining superior patient care with innovative research in medical physics and molecular radiation biology, our Department is committed to being at the forefront of cancer care. Our residents are exposed to a broad spectrum of training across all divisions.

What UTSW Offers

Gamma Knife training course

UT Southwestern Medical Center was selected as the #1 hospital in Texas (*tie) and among the top 20 in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report—our seventh consecutive year to earn that distinction. In addition, 11 of our specialties are ranked nationally and 19 of our procedures are rated as "High Performing."

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Nobel Prize winners since 1985

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members of the National Academy of Sciences

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investigators with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute

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dollars a year in research funding

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projects funded by support from federal agencies, foundations, individuals, and corporations

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What Our Department Offers

Our residency programs are strong in clinical practice, research, and academics, and we offer residents early exposure to a large and unique array of technology.

The size and continual growth of our Department gives residents the opportunity to participate in clinical innovation projects and assist in commissioning of new machines, software, and equipment. Our newest expansion is focused on adaptive radiation therapy through new innovative technologies.

Our residents have a unique opportunity to attend our faculty-led training courses, including Gamma Knife and SBRT/SAbR programs, where they'll receive certifications upon successful completion.

We offer a diverse array of brachytherapy and intraoperative radiation therapy training options, which gives residents a distinctive opportunity to learn and master a specialized skill for a wide range of cancers. Our brachytherapy program includes:

  • Intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT): High-dose rate (HDR) IORT in our shielded brachytherapy suite and sealed HDR applicator IORT
  • Interstitial and intracavitary/intraluminal brachytherapy
    • Both low-dose rate (LDR) and HDR prostate brachytherapy programs, including salvage HDR brachytherapy
    • Intracavitary brachytherapy for cervical and endometrial cancer, and high volume interstitial brachytherapy program for advanced cancers
    • Endoscopic/palliative brachytherapy program for esophageal, biliary, lung, and rectal malignancies
  • Ocular brachytherapy
  • Intravascular brachytherapy for coronary artery stenosis

Additionally, we offer an advanced procedural program that covers fiducials, spacers, biopsies, and endoscopic procedures, as well as a simulation program that covers LDR and HDR prostate brachytherapy and gynecologic endocavitary brachytherapy.

As one of the top academic medical centers in the country and the only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in North Texas, we lead and participate in clinical trials aimed at improving the outcomes of patients with cancer. Our residents have the opportunity to be a part of phase I-III clinical trial design and protocol writing. Our Department enrolls approximately 200 new patients in clinical trials each year.

Upon graduation, our residents are highly trained in all aspects of radiation therapy, including treatments that originated at UT Southwestern, and, because of strong mentoring by faculty, they leave feeling confident to make decisions on their own.

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