Department of Radiation Oncology

Radiation Therapy at the USC Department of Radiation Oncology

Welcome to the USC Department of Radiation Oncology Website

Here you will find information on our highly skilled and knowledgeable physician and physics faculty team members, cutting-edge radiation treatment options, residency training program information, and ongoing research and educational activities.

We offer excellent radiation treatment in a patient-centered environment where compassion, commitment, dedication and the best patient experience is assured amidst a difficult and stressful time period. Case driven, we provide conventional radiation treatment lasting several sessions to outpatient radiosurgery performed in a single day.

Our unique state-of-the-art technology gives our clinicians the tools needed to provide the most advanced care in the region. Our Gamma Knife Perfexion represents the gold standard approach for the radiosurgical treatment of complex brain tumors, brain metastases and other neurological conditions. Our TrueBeam STx and CyberKnife at the USC Norris Cancer Hospital along with our robust quality assurance program allow our physicians to provide safe, extremely accurate treatments of the highest quality possible. The combination of Truebeam, CyberKnife, Gamma knife - available in Southern California only at Keck Medical Center of USC - allows USC radiation oncologists to choose the best modality that is most suited to a particular patient's needs.

Our ACGME accredited residency training program is designed to train the next generation of radiation oncology leaders. We currently have 7 residents who work closely with our faculty. They are involved in all aspects of patient care and participate in meaningful research projects. Our residents greatly assist in care coordination between services.

Eric L. Chang, M.D., Professor and Chair

Radiation Oncology Group (new)

USC radiation oncologists are part of the multidisciplinary Gamma Knife treatment team at Keck Hospital of USC (formerly called 'USC University Hospital' and ranked by U.S. News & World Report as among America's Best Hospitals.) Gamma Knife stereotactic radiosurgery non-invasively treats brain tumors by delivering precisely focused beams of radiation to specifically targeted lesions.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, your doctor may recommend radiation therapy as the best course of treatment either alone or in conjunction with surgery and/or chemotherapy. The Department of Radiation Oncology provides a comprehensive, state-of-the art radiation therapy facility, offering a broad spectrum of radiotherapy capabilities, including:

  • 3-D conformal radiotherapy (3-D CRT)
  • Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
  • Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)
  • Cyberknife Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • Gamma Knife Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) to the brain
  • Clinical brachytherapy utilizing high dose-rate (HDR) (coming Winter 2013-14)
  • Episcleral eye plaque brachytherapy
  • RapidArc or VMAT treatment delivery
  • Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) to multiple disease sites

We offer a “team approach” to our patients by working closely with our colleagues in medical oncology and various surgery disciplines to provide the best state-of-the-art care. In addition to providing the latest in radiation therapy to our patients, our faculty physicians provide leadership in the development of innovative radiotherapy research programs and participate in cooperative group national studies for prostate cancer, head and neck cancers, lung tumors, breast cancer, and brain malignancies. This leading-edge research can offer clinical benefits for patients participating at USC.

We are active pioneers in ground-breaking research, and our residency training program educates the future specialists of tomorrow in an academic and multidisciplinary environment.

For additional information on available treatment modalities at Keck Hospital of USC, USC Norris Cancer Hospital, and Los Angeles County Medical Center, please click here.

USC Radiation Oncology 2014 Match Day Results

The USC Radiation Oncology Residency Training Program is pleased to announce the names of the new resident who will be joining our program on July 1, 2014:

1. Stella Kim Yoo, Temple University School of Medicine

We congratulate each of them on their achievement.

More than 31,000 medical students sought residency positions through the NRMP this year, and radiation oncology was among the most competitive fields for applicants. We express our thanks to all of the candidates who interviewed at USC, and wish everyone who participated in the Match the best of success in their graduate medical education endeavors.

Chang for WebEric L. Chang Appointed New Chair of USC Department of Radiation Oncology

The Keck School of Medicine Department of Radiation Oncology is pleased to announce that Eric L. Chang, M.D., has been appointed professor and chair effective September 26, 2011.

An internationally recognized authority in radiotherapeutic evaluation and the management of patients, Dr. Chang will also be chief of radiation oncology at the USC Norris Cancer Hospital, Keck Hospital of USC, and Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center.

Dr. Chang comes to us from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, where he was a Professor of Radiation Oncology and Director of the Central Nervous System Stereotactic Radiosurgery Program. To read more about Eric L. Chang, click here.

The Department of Radiation Oncology at the KSOM of USC is hosting a Breast Cancer Symposium on January 25, 2014. Please see the attached brochure for more details and registration information: Breast Cancer Symposium Flyer.





USC Radiation Oncology web pages on the KSOM website are edited and maintained by Michael Langer, Program Manager,

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