Welcome to the UC Department of Radiation Oncology. We are a dynamic department, committed to the highest standards of patient care, research and education. Our faculty play key roles at the Barrett Cancer Center, the UC Neuroscience Institute and within the UC cancer programs.
Noting the importance of and advances in the field of radiation oncology, the College of Medicine created the radiation oncology department in 2008 after being a division within the radiology department for 38 years.
Our mission is simple--to provide superb clinical care to patients with cancer, while training future members of the field and conducting research that will be translated into future treatments for current and future patients.
State-of-the-art facilities and best practices
Our state-of-the-art facilities and technology include the Novalis unit with radiosurgery capability, Tomotherapy, intensity-modulated radiation therapy, 3-dimensional conformal radiation, superficial radiation for skin cancers and complex brachytherapy.
We have superb training programs, including our Radiation Oncology Residency Program which has been ranked seventh nationally in board pass rate, our Graduate Program in Medical Physics, and the Radiation Therapy Technology Program. In addition, we have extensive interaction with University of Cincinnati medical students at all levels, UCI-UCIV.
All patients treated by members of our department are presented at our weekly Peer Review Conference where they are discussed and recommendations are made to ensure that we employ the best practices available. In addition to training future health care workers, the trainees’ presence is associated with constant in-depth examination and questioning of current practices, with an eye to improvement. In our department, graduate education substantially contributes to optimal patient care.
Leading approaches to cancer treatment
We have particular expertise in the treatment of brain tumors. We have vast experience in the use of stereotactic radiosurgery for the treatment of brain tumors and the faculty have extensively published in this area. We have the only Novalis unit in the region, which is particularly affective for radiosurgical treatment of benign and malignant intracranial tumors. Dr. John Breneman leads this effort and is assisted by Dr. Jess Guarnaschelli. They interact extensively with neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, oncologists and pathologists at the university in their multidisciplinary care of patients with cancers of the central nervous system.
Complex brachytherapy is a well-established niche area for our department. Brachytherapy is the use of radiation seeds that are put directly into or next to tumors to allow high but localized doses of radiation to be delivered. Very few institutions in the country perform the variety of brachytherapy delivered by our group. We have extensive experience with brachytherapy for the treatment of prostate cancer, soft tissue sarcomas, cancers of the base of tongue and oral tongue, brain tumors, ocular melanomas, gynecologic cancers, lung cancer, intra abdominal tumors and pediatric cancers. Dr. William Barrett was fellowship trained in brachytherapy at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and has extensive experience with brachytherapy applications.
For pediatric radiation oncology, Dr. John Breneman and Dr. Ruth Lavigne interact extensively with the pediatric oncologists and surgeons at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, as well as at Dayton Children’s Hospital. Dr. Breneman is a nationally known leader in the field of pediatric oncology, and the referral base includes many states. We are the exclusive provider of radiotherapy services for children with cancer in southwestern Ohio.
The department has substantial experience in genitourinary cancer and prostate cancer, in particular. We treat men with prostate cancer with external radiation therapy, radiation seed implantation and hormone therapy. We have 3-dimensional conformal radiation, intensity modulated radiation therapy and Tomotherapy for external radiation for prostate cancer, and we have particular expertise with the use of brachytherapy for prostate cancer. Dr. William Barrett and Dr. Kevin Redmond each focus on the treatment of prostate cancer.
For head and neck cancers, the department has a very mature multidisciplinary group with many years of experience. Drs. William Barrett, Kevin Redmond and Michelle Mierzwa work with head and neck surgeons, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists and medical oncologists to coordinate and deliver the highest level of care for patients with head and neck cancers. We are a regional referral center for those diseases.
Outstanding and caring physician faculty
Our outstanding and caring Radiation Oncology faculty includes:
Dr. William Barrett firstname.lastname@example.org 584-4775
Dr. John Breneman email@example.com 584-4775
Dr. Jess Guarnaschelli firstname.lastname@example.org 584-4775
Dr. Bradley Huth email@example.com 584-4775
Dr. Ruth Lavigne firstname.lastname@example.org 584-4775
Dr. Michelle Mierzwa email@example.com 584-4775
Dr. Kevin Redmond firstname.lastname@example.org 584-4775
Our physicians are regularly listed in Cincinnati Magazine’s survey of Best Doctors in Cincinnati as well as the national Best Doctors surveys.
Along with her work in adult neuro-oncology, Dr. Jess Guarnaschelli has a focus in gynecologic oncology and has expertise in the treatment of women with gynecologic cancers. Dr. Guarnaschelli organizes a monthly Gynecologic Oncology Multidisciplinary Tumor Board at the university and she interacts extensively with our gynecologic oncologists, diagnostic radiologists and pathologists.
In addition to her work in pediatric oncology, Dr. Ruth Lavigne has particular expertise in the treatment of women with breast cancer. She interacts extensively with the surgeons, medical oncologists, pathologists and diagnostic radiologists at the university as well as in the community for the coordination of care for women with breast cancer.
Dr. Kevin Redmond has extensive experience in the management of patients with cancers of the lung and the esophagus. Stereotactic radiotherapy as a primary treatment for lung cancers is a new approach with high efficacy. Dr. Redmond has the most experience in the region with this treatment, which delivers a small number of very focal, high-dose radiation treatments. Dr. Redmond treats patients at UC Health University Hospital and Precision Radiotherapy, including patients from the Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Dr. Michelle Mierzwa and Dr. William Barrett work closely with Dr. James Augsburger in the use of ocular brachytherapy for ocular melanoma. Patients come from throughout the United States for this treatment, and we have substantial experience with the use of stereotactic radiosurgery for ocular melanomas as well.
Dr. Michelle Mierzwa has additional expertise in treating gastrointestinal cancers and works closely in a multidisciplinary approach with gastrointestinal surgical oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists, gastroenterologists and medical oncologists at the university.
Dr. Brad Huth is the newest member of the department faculty, and he is providing treatment for a wide variety of cancers, including breast and lung, along with leukemias and lymphomas.
We anticipate continued growth in each of our clinical areas of expertise with continued faculty recruitment and program development.