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.
Message from the Associate Vice Chair for Education
"To provide a great place to learn—and contribute to—the art and science of our field and oncology. We have striven to develop a 'future-proof' training program that prepares our residents for a changing oncologic landscape, with expertise in the technical delivery of radiation as well as procedural mastery." - Michael Folkert, M.D., Ph.D.
What UTSW Offers
UT Southwestern has again been selected as the Best Hospital in Dallas-Fort Worth by U.S. News & World Report—our fourth consecutive year to earn that distinction. And 10 of our specialties and seven procedures were rated among the nation’s finest.
6Nobel Prize winners since 1985
16members of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine)
13investigators with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute
>400million dollars a year in research funding
>5,500projects funded by support from federal agencies, foundations, individuals, and corporations
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, including:
- Two Varian Halcyon
- Two Varian Ethos
- Two Elekta Unity MR-Linacs
- RefleXion PET-Linac
- Philips Ingenia Ambition X MR simulator
- Xcision GammaPod
- Two Varian TrueBeams
- Two Varian VitalBeams
- Two Elekta Versa HDs
- Two Elekta Gamma Knife Icon
- Accuray CyberKnife M6
- Xstrahl superficial unit
- Two Varian VariSource iX HDR afterloaders
- Two Philips 16-slice Brilliance large-bore 4D CT simulators
- Four VisionRT systems
- Three Active Breathing Coordinator systems
- Brainlab Airo mobile, compact CT-simulator
- Brainlab Exactrac System
- Shielded OR dedicated for HDR brachytherapy and intra-operative HDR procedures. The range of radiation oncology procedures we offer includes: MR-guided adaptive radiotherapy, CT-guided adaptive radiotherapy, PET-guided radiotherapy, IMRT, SRS, SBRT, TBI, TSE, HDR and LDR brachytherapy, as well as cranial and pelvic LDR.
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.
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.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) list all grants awarded to faculty members (PI or trainees) and the grant allocated through their institution. In FY19, UT Southwestern’s Department of Radiation Oncology ranked 8th out of all other medical school-based programs for its research funding according to the NIH.
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.