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About the Department of Radiation Oncology

Our department is dedicated to a collaborative approach between physicians, medical physicists, radiobiologists and staff to ensure a model environment for education, research and patient care.

About

Welcome to the School of Medicine Department of Radiation Oncology!

Our department is dedicated to a collaborative approach between physicians, medical physicists, radiobiologists and staff to ensure a model environment for education, research and patient care.  

We personalize each patient’s experience by offering a full range of radiation treatment modalities. Whether it is external beam, stereotactic or a brachytherapy approach, our team optimizes the treatment plan for each individual patient. 

The VCU School of Medicine Department of Radiation Oncology has a robust history of education and training for medical students, medical residents and medical physics graduate students, offering programs at the level of certificate, masters and doctorate. As a result, we draw applicants from around the world, further enriching our program. The integration of programs like medical physics and dosimetry fosters a collaborative, enterprising atmosphere from the moment of entrance into the department. This level of innovation is reflected in everyday practice and interactions with patients.  

Welcome from the Chair

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Welcome from the Chair

VCU’s Radiation Oncology residency program is among the longest-running of its kind in the country and provides residents with the clinical and procedural training necessary to develop into highly skilled and compassionate radiation oncologist. 

We are excited that the Massey Cancer Center will be moving into a new building in early 2022.  Our expanded footprint will further enhance our training environment and feature a range of new technology providing fresh learning and research opportunities for our residents, physicists and MD faculty.  Front and center of this technology line up will be three leading-edge linear accelerators, to include a MR-Linac (Viewray), and enhanced imaging capabilities with the addition of both a PET-CT and MRI simulator.  We will also be enhancing our robust brachytherapy training with an expanded brachytherapy suite featuring two procedure rooms with enriched image guidance equipment to include an integrated ultrasound, CT and MRI imaging.

As a graduate of this program, I have a vested interest in training future generations of radiation oncologists.  Our alumni have gone on to rewarding careers all over the country in private practice and academia. I hope that you will consider joining us.

Douglas W. Arthur, MD, FABS, FASTRO
Professor and Chairman
Florence and Hyman Meyers Chair
Department of Radiation Oncology
Virginia Commonwealth University
Massey Cancer Center
VCU Radiation Oncology class of 1994

Locations & Facilities

Locations

In addition to our downtown Richmond location, we evaluate and provide treatment at our Mechanicsville, South Hill and Stony Point outreach locations. We also work collaboratively with the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center.  

  • Downtown Richmond
  • Mechanicsville
  • South Hill
  • Stony Point
  • Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center

VCU Adult Outpatient Facility

Adult Outpatient Facility [View Image]As we keep pace with the expansion and ever-evolving field of radiation oncology, our department is thrilled to be part of the VCU adult outpatient facility, a 16-story structure with an integrated parking deck slated to open in 2020.

This contemporary facility, with cutting-edge technologies and enhanced physical spaces, will elevate our department to be on par with the very best radiation oncology services in the country and support our mission of vigorous education, innovative research and delivery of the best possible care to our patients.  

 

 

Equipment

In the new VCU adult outpatient facility building, the above-ground radiation oncology clinic will include the following:

  • ViewRay MR Linac Unit: This state-of-the-art equipment, a combination of a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner and a linear accelerator, can locate tumors and deliver doses of radiation with precision, even if the tumors are moving. 
  • An expanded brachytherapy suite: With two procedure rooms, the suite integrate ultrasound, computed tomography (CT) and MRI imaging capabilities.   
  • Positron emission tomography-CT and MRI simulators: These will further enhance treatment efficacy and provide important research opportunities with a focus on improving treatment outcome.  
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