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 plays key roles at the Barrett Cancer Center, the UC Neuroscience Institute and within the UC cancer programs.
State-of-the-Art Facilities and Best Practices
Our state-of-the-art facilities and technology include three Varian linacs, a 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 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 effective for radiosurgical treatment of benign and malignant intracranial tumors. John Breneman, MD, and Luke Pater, MD, lead this effort. They interact extensively with neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, oncologists and pathologists at the university in the 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. William Barrett, MD, was fellowship trained in brachytherapy at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and has extensive experience with brachytherapy applications.
For pediatric radiation oncology, John Breneman, MD, and Luke Pater,MD, interact extensively with the pediatric oncologists and surgeons at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, as well as at Dayton Children’s Hospital. 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. William Barrett, MD, and Kevin Redmond, MD, 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, Michelle Mierzwa and Brad Huth 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:
Our physicians are regularly listed in Cincinnati Magazine’s survey of Best Doctors in Cincinnati as well as the national Best Doctors surveys.
Kevin Redmond, MD, 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 University of Cincinnati Medical Center and Precision Radiotherapy, including patients from the Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center.
Brad Huth, MD, works closely with James Augsburger, MD, 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. Huth’s main areas of interest are lung cancer, breast cancer, and cancers of the head and neck. He serves as Director of the Radiation Oncology Residency program
Michelle Mierzwa, MD, has 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.
Kris Huang, MD, sees patients with a variety of diseases and devotes half his time to radiation oncology research.
Jordan Kharofa, MD, sees patients with a variety of cancers and has particular interest in gynecologic cancers.
We anticipate continued growth in each of our clinical areas of expertise with continued faculty recruitment and program development.