Position Description: The Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine has an open fellowship position in its Advanced Image-Guided and Stereotactic Radiation Therapy Fellowship Program. Fellows in the program will gain comprehensive experience in all aspects of stereotactic radiation therapy and hypofractionated ablative radiation therapy for tumors of the central nervous system as well as extra-cranial sites for both adult and pediatric patients. Fellows will receive comprehensive training in the full range of anatomic, functional and molecular imaging for high-precision stereotactic radiation therapy targeting. Fellows will also have opportunities to engage in translational research during a clinical development and research rotation under this Fellowship Program, either within the research programs of our Departments, or with other investigators at the UW and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
Environment: The Department of Radiation Oncology treats over 2000 patients per year from a multistate region covering over 25% of the U.S. land mass. We emphasize imaging processes in the guidance and monitoring of advanced stereotactic modalities and other radiation therapy procedures such as IMRT, VMAT, 3D conformal radiation therapy, proton therapy, fast neutron therapy, IORT and LDR/HDR brachytherapy. Radiation therapy beam delivery systems include 7 linear accelerators, the Perfexion Gammaknife, and the unique combination of both fast neutron therapy and proton therapy facilities. The Department has direct access to PET/CT (with novel tracers), SPECT/CT, and MRI,and these imaging modalities are integrated in the planning process along with standard CT-simulation and on-board imaging of set-up and tumor response. Treatment planning systems include CMS (Xio and Monaco), Pinnacle, Oncentra, RayStation, GammaPlan and Variseed. The Fellowship Program’s teaching faculty are multi-disciplinary and include radiation oncologists, radiologists, and medical physicists.
The Department hosts joint faculty appointments between the UW Departments of Radiation Oncology and Radiology and enjoys strong collaborations with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC) as well as a number of imaging research laboratories. The FHCRC is a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center which ranks #5 in the nation. Our collaborative imaging research laboratories concentrate on targeted radiation therapy guidance using functional and molecular imaging and tumor immunology. They have a longstanding and well-established record of excellence in all aspects functional and molecular imaging.
With its Pacific Rim location, the proximity to the cascades, coast and Olympic mountains and its mild climate Seattle offers year-round outdoor recreational activities as well as unique cultural and educational experience.