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Ralph E. Vatner, MD,PhD

Assistant Professor of Clinical

Radiation Oncology | College of Medicine

  • Fellowship: Harvard Medical School, Francis H. Burr Proton Center (Pediatric Proton Therapy )
  • Residency: New York University School of Medicine (Radiation Oncology)
  • Intern: Mount Sinai Medical Center (Internal Medicine)
  • Ph.D.: University of Connecticut School of Medicine (Biomedical Science, Immunology)
  • Medical Degree: University of Connecticut School of Medicine (Medicine)
  • Bachelor of Arts: Haverford College (Chemistry)
Board Certifications & Licenses

American Board of Radiology (Radiation Oncology) (Certification Date: 20160517)


Radiation Oncology

Contact Information

Clinical Interests


Radiation Oncology

Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia

Acute Myeloid Leukemia


Adenosquamous Carcinoma

Bone Marrow Cancers

Brain Cancers

Brain Metastases

Brain Stem Tumor

Brain Tumor


Central Nervous System Tumors

Cerebellar Cancers

Cerebral Arterial Disease

Cerebral Contusion

Cerebral Hemorrhage

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Small Vessel Disease

Cerebral Ventricle Tumor




Ewing Sarcoma



Glioneuronal Tumor


Infratentorial Cancers

Leptomeningeal Disease

Malignant Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumor


Metastasis Cancers


Nerve Sheath Tumors

Nerve Tumors





Olfactory Neuroblastoma (Esthesioneuroblastoma)

Osteogenic Sarcoma (Osteosarcoma)


Plexiform Neurofibroma

Precursor B-Cell Lymphoblastic Leukemia-Lymphoma

Precursor Cell Lymphoblastic Leukemia-Lymphoma

Precursor T-Cell Lymphoblastic Leukemia-Lymphoma

Primary Central Nervous System (CNS) Lymphoma

Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumors



Skull-Base Tumors

Spinal Cord Cancer

Spinal Tumors

Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Subependymal Glioma

T-cell lymphoma

T-Cell, Cutaneous Lymphoma

T-Cell, Peripheral Lymphoma

Peer Reviewed Publications

Eaton, Bree R; Schwarz, Rudolf; Vatner, Ralph; Yeh, Brian; Claude, Line; Indelicato, Daniel J; Laack, Nadia 2020. Osteosarcoma. Pediatric blood & cancer, , e28352

Lawell, Miranda P; Indelicato, Daniel J; Paulino, Arnold C; Hartsell, William; Laack, Nadia N; Ermoian, Ralph P; Perentesis, John P; Vatner, Ralph; Perkins, Stephanie; Mangona, Victor S; Hill-Kayser, Christine E; Wolden, Suzanne L; Kwok, Young; Chang, John Han-Chih; Wilkinson, J Ben; MacEwan, Iain; Chang, Andrew L; Eaton, Bree R; Ladra, Matthew M; Gallotto, Sara L; Weyman, Elizabeth A; Bajaj, Benjamin V M; Baliga, Sujith; Yeap, Beow Y; Berrington de Gonzalez, Amy; Yock, Torunn I 2020. An open invitation to join the Pediatric Proton/Photon Consortium Registry to standardize data collection in pediatric radiation oncology. The British journal of radiology, 93 1107, 20190673

Sabulski, Anthony; Bartlett, Allison L; Koch, Bernadette L; Vatner, Ralph; Mizukawa, Benjamin; Phillips, Christine L 2020. Hyperdiploid Precursor B-acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Presenting as a Cavernous Sinus Mass in a 4-Year-old Male. Journal of pediatric hematology/oncology, ,

Vatner, Ralph; James, Charles D; Sathiaseelan, Vythialingam; Bondra, Kathryn M; Kalapurakal, John A; Houghton, Peter J 2020. Radiation therapy and molecular-targeted agents in preclinical testing for immunotherapy, brain tumors, and sarcomas: Opportunities and challenges. Pediatric blood & cancer, , e28439

Medek, Sara; De, Brian; Pater, Luke; Breneman, John; Mahajan, Anita; Wolden, Suzanne; Vatner, Ralph E 2019. Practice patterns among radiation oncologists treating pediatric patients with proton craniospinal irradiation. Practical radiation oncology, ,

Turpin, Brian; Pressey, Joseph G; Nagarajan, Rajaram; Weiss, Brian D; Trout, Andrew T; Gelfand, Michael J; Pater, Luke; Vatner, Ralph E; Breneman, John C; Dasgupta, Roshni 2019. Sentinel lymph node biopsy in head and neck rhabdomyosarcoma. Pediatric blood & cancer, 66 3, e27532

Vatner, Ralph E; Janssen, Edith M 2019. STING, DCs and the link between innate and adaptive tumor immunity. Molecular immunology, 110 , 13-23

4. Sertorio M, Perentesis JP, Vatner RE, Mascia AE, Zheng Y, Wells SI. 2018. Cancer cell metabolism: implications for X-ray and particle radiation therapy. Cancer cell metabolism: implications for X-ray and particle radiation therapy. International Journal of Particle Therapy, 5 1,

Sertorio, Mathieu; Perentesis, John P; Vatner, Ralph E; Mascia, Anthony E; Zheng, Yi; Wells, Susanne I 2018. Cancer Cell Metabolism: Implications for X-ray and Particle Radiation Therapy. International journal of particle therapy, 5 1, 40-48

Vatner, Ralph E; Niemierko, Andrzej; Misra, Madhusmita; Weyman, Elizabeth A; Goebel, Claire P; Ebb, David H; Jones, Robin M; Huang, Mary S; Mahajan, Anita; Grosshans, David R; Paulino, Arnold C; Stanley, Takara; MacDonald, Shannon M; Tarbell, Nancy J; Yock, Torunn I 2018. Endocrine Deficiency As a Function of Radiation Dose to the Hypothalamus and Pituitary in Pediatric and Young Adult Patients With Brain Tumors. Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, 36 28, 2854-2862

Shin SM, Vatner RE, Tam M, Golfinos JG, Narayana A, Kondziolka D, Silverman JS 2015. Resection Followed by Involved-Field Fractionated Radiotherapy in the Management of Single Brain Metastasis. Front Oncol. , 5 206,

Vatner RE and Formenti SC 2015. Myeloid Derived Cells in Tumors: Effects of Radiation Semin Radiat Oncol, 25 1, 18

Vatner RE, Cooper BT, Vanpouille-Box C, Demaria S, Formenti SC. 2014. Combinations of Immunotherapy and Radiation in Cancer Therapy. Front Oncol. , 4 325,

Vatner RE, Srivastava PK 2010. The tailless complex polypeptide-1 ring complex of the heat shock protein 60 family facilitates cross-priming of CD8 responses specific for chaperoned peptides J Immunol, 185 11, 6765