Message from the Chair
The Department of Radiation Oncology is an integral part of Rutgers - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ), and we share the missions of the University, Hospital and Cancer Institute in providing excellence in patient care, research, and education of the clinicians of the future.
The Department consists of four divisions: Clinical Radiation Oncology, Radiation Physics, Radiation cancer Biology, and Cancer bioinformatics and Surveillance. The clinical department is located within Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick 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 (IMRT, IGRT and 3D conformal), Tomotherapy, radiosurgery (GammaKnife and Linac based) and brachytherapy (interstitial, intracavitary, HDR and LDR). Proton Beam Radiation will be implemented in the near future. 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 mission and goals we seek to improve treatment and outcomes of cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy.
In our treatment clinic at RWJUH, we have two Varian 21EX linear accelators equipped with on-board imagers (OBI), one Tomotherapy unit, one Elekta Leksell GammaKnife Perfexon Machine, one 16-slice GE LightSpeed CT simulator, one Varian Acuity CBCT simulator, one Varian VariSource HDR unit, twenty Varian Eclipse/Somavision treatment planning workstations (with IMRT/Proton), one PET/CT workstation, and two Radionics radiosurgery treatment planning workstations. Our proton treatment facility is completed and clinically operational.
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 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. 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 patients at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey facility in Hamilton, New Jersey, and at University Hospital and Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark.
The radiation oncologists in our department are part of Robert Wood Johnson University Medical Group.