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Department of Radiation Oncology

Since its inception in 1968, Saint Louis University’s Department of Radiation Oncology has been an integral part our cancer treatment and academic medical practice. Radiation oncology works closely with SLUCare surgeons and other health care professionals to treat patients who have brain, head and neck tumors, as well as those with prostate, lung, breast and liver cancer.

The state-of-the-art Center of Radiation Medicine center is located adjacent to the West Pavilion Cancer Center and includes a Varian TrueBeam Linear Accelerator with capabilities of Rapid Arc, Calypso, Vision RT, and Cone-beam CT.

Saint Louis University also offers CyberKnife, a noninvasive, frameless radiosurgical device that uses image-guided robotics to target tumors and lesions with pinpoint accuracy while minimizing radiation dosage to normal tissue.

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Our Faculty

John Dombrowski, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate professor
Director of radiation medicine
Chair of radiation oncology

Veena Divecha, M.D.
Assistant professor

Nabil Khater, M.S., DABR, DABMP
Chief physicist
Assistant professor

Bruce Walz, M.D.
Professor emeritus

Joint Appointments

Richard Bucholz, M.D.
Department of Neurosurgery

Major Clinical Research

  • RTOG
  • NRG, July 2016
  • Children's Oncology Group (In collaboration with SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's  Hospital)
  • Industry Related - Accuray
  • Other collaborative trials with medical oncology and surgical oncology 

Selected Research and Peer Reviewed Articles

R. Bhatia, S. Ravulapati, A. Befeler, J. Dombrowski, S. Gadani, N. Poddar, "Hepatocellular Carcinoma with Bone Metastases: Incidence, Prognostic Significance, and Management--Single-Center Experience," Journal of Gastrointestinal Cancer, September 11, 2017.

A. Hassaini, J. Dombrowski, E. Bolesta, R. Walker, M. Varvares, "Esthesioneuroblastoma with Bilateral Metastases to the Parotid Glands," Head & Neck, Volume 38, Issue 3, March 2016. Head Neck.doi: 10.1002/hed.24425.

S. Tabaie, J. Dombrowski, B. Moed, "Does Prophylactic Irradiation Port Size Affect the Extent of Heterotopic Ossification after Acetabular Fracture Surgery? A Pilot Study," Current Orthopedic Practice, Volume 25, Number 6, Pages 592-595, November/December 2014.

S. McBride, D. Wong, J. Dombrowski, B. Harkins, P. Tapella, H. Hanscom, S. Collins, I. Kaplan, "Hypofractionated Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy in Low-Risk Prostate Adenocarcinoma: Preliminary Results of Multi-Institution Phase 1 Feasibility Trial," Cancer, Volume 118, Issue 15, Pages 3681-3690, August 1, 2012.