Overview of the Department of Radiation Oncology

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Welcome to the Web site of the Department of Radiation Oncology of Rutgers - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey.

The Department of Radiation Oncology is an integral part of Rutgers - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ), New Jersey Medical School and University Hospital, and we share the missions of the University, Hospitals and Cancer Institute in providing excellence in patient care, research, and education of the clinicians of the future.

The Department consists of three divisions: Clinical Radiation OncologyRadiation Physics, and Radiation cancer Biology. The clinical departments are located within Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, Somerset, Hamilton, and Newark of New Jersey . Our administrative and research facilities occupy over 3000 square feet of laboratory space in Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey.

The clinical department provides patients a wide range of radiation oncology services that include external beam radiotherapy (SBRT, IMRT, IGRT and 3D conformal), Tomotherapy, radiosurgery (GammaKnife and Linac based) and brachytherapy (interstitial, intracavitary, HDR and LDR), and Proton Therapy. Our goal is to deliver high quality medical care and services to patients, to conduct clinical, translational and basic scientific research, to provide educational opportunities to patients, health care workers, and the community. Through our missions and goals we seek to improve treatment and outcomes of cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy.

In our treatment clinic at RWJUH New Brunswick, we have two Varian Truebeam linear accelerators, one Tomotherapy unit, One Mevion Proton Therapy Unit, one Elekta Leksell GammaKnife ICON Machine, one GE LightSpeed CT simulator, one Varian Acuity CBCT simulator, one Varian VariSource HDR unit, about 30 Varian Eclipse/Somavision treatment planning workstations (with IMRT/Proton), and other equipment. Our proton treatment facility is completed and clinically operational since 2015.

The department is committed to training the next generation of radiation oncologists, physicists, dosimetrists and radiation therapists. In July 2006, we opened New Jersey's only ACGME (the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education) approved radiation oncology residency program. The medical physics residency program of the department has been accredited by CAMPEP since 2009. The current educational programs in our department include radiation oncologist residency program, CAMPEP accredited medical physics residency program, CAMPEP accredited medical physics certificate program, and medical dosimetrist program.

Research is an important mission of our department. There are 6 basic biology research labs, led by 6 different PIs. We currently are active in collaborations with faculty at Rutgers University in medical physics and transformational mathematics. Several of our faculty have ongoing basic science programs, participated by graduate students from Rutgers University. Clinical, translational and basic science research is actively pursued.

Besides providing radiation therapy services to patients at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey in New Brunswick, our radiation oncologists also see and treat patients at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey facility in Hamilton and Somerset of New Jersey, and at University Hospital and Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark of New Jersey.