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Radiation Oncology Resident Research

All radiation oncology residents are required to write and execute a mentored prospective clinical or translational protocol under the guidance of a clinical faculty member as well as the residency program directors. Development of the protocol begins in the PGY2 year with patient accrual generally beginning in the PGY3 year. A protocol development week, modeled after the AACR/ASCO Methods in Clinical Cancer Research and undertaken in collaboration with the Clinical Trials Office at the IU Simon Cancer Center, takes place during the spring of the PGY2 year to help residents develop a comprehensive draft of their protocol.


Resident projects to date include:

  • Combined Deep Inspiration Breath Hold (DIBH) - Expiration Planning Technique in Patients with Lung Tumors in Close Proximity to the Chest Wall

    Resident: Mona Arbab, MD; Faculty PI: Tim Lautenschlaeger, MD

  • Radiosurgery Dose Reduction for Brain Metastases on Immunotherapy (RADREMI): A Prospective Pilot Study

    Resident: Shearwood McClelland III, MD; Faculty PI: Gordon Watson, MD, PhD

  • Functional liver image-guided hepatic radiation therapy using HIDA scans for liver SBRT planning
    Resident: David Long, MD; Faculty PI: Susannah Ellsworth, MD
  • Simultaneous integrated boost with dose de-escalated whole brain radiation therapy for patients with multiple brain metastases
    Resident: Kevin Shiue, MD; Faculty PI: Gordon Watson, MD, PhD
  • Prospective evaluation of circulating tumor DNA in blood and urine as a response marker in patients with non-small cell lung cancer
    Resident: Alberto Cerra-Franco, MD; Faculty PI: Tim Lautenschlaeger, MD
  • Stereotactic ablative body radiation for node-positive non-small cell lung cancer
    Resident: Jason Hinton, MD; Faculty PI: Tim Lautenschlaeger, MD
  • Preoperative stereotactic radiosurgery for brain metastases
    Resident: Namita Agrawal, MD; Faculty PI: Gordon Watson, MD, PhD
Residents are also encouraged to explore translational research opportunities within our radiobiology labs or in radiation physics.