The department participates in clinical trials with several national cooperative groups including the NRG Oncology (NRG), the Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG), and Children's Oncology Group (COG), as well as others. All faculty members participate in clinical research in their respective areas.

Our faculty and residents are active in research. Many faculty members are national and international experts in their chosen fields. Currently the faculty and residents are conducting many investigational studies involving various disease sites. In addition, a study published in the Red Journal found that between 2002 and 2007 University of Utah residents had more first-author publications per capita than those of any other radiation oncology residency program.

Areas of Expertise

Special areas of departmental expertise include the following:

  • Stereotactic radiosurgery for brain lesions
  • Stereotactic body radiotherapy for lung and spine and abdominal sites
  • Image guided radiation therapy (IGRT)
  • Pediatric radiation therapy
  • Conformal radiation therapy
  • Intensity-modulated radiation therapy
  • Interstitial and intracavitary brachytherapy for a variety of head and neck, breast, prostate, sarcoma, and gynecologic malignancies
  • IORT brachytherapy
  • Total body irradiation for bone marrow transplantation patients
  • Total skin electron therapy for patients with cutaneous lymphomas

The Department & Huntsman Cancer Institute

The department has grown over the years. The Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI), a dedicated cancer facility, was built 2004 and expanded in 2011. Radiation oncology occupies the ground floor of the HCI. The Department of Radiation Oncology is an integral part of the Huntsman Cancer Institute, an NCI designated Cancer Center. The Department has a satellite office located in the Salt Lake Valley in South Jordan, Utah.