2020 News

Women in Academic Medicine: Unique Challenges and Opportunities

Sept 28, 2020. During the Radiology Diversity Conference, Dr. Iris Gibbs of Stanford Radiation Oncology gave a keynote address on Women in Academic Medicine: Unique Challenges and Opportunities that is available to be viewed here>>

Cell ‘GPS’ provides real-time look at a single cell’s journey through the body

Image by National Cancer Institute

July 9, 2020. Researchers from Stanford Radiation Oncology have devised a way to use positron emission tomography (PET) to watch the movement of a single cell in real time. 

Guillem Pratx, PhD, and postdoctoral scholar Kyungoh Jung, PhD, have devised a way to use a common imaging technology called positron emission tomography, or PET, to watch the movement of a single cell injected into a laboratory mouse in real time. The researchers recently published their results in Nature Biomedical Engineering. Read more here.

March for Racial Justice

Many in the Stanford Healthcare community gathered to march for racial equality on June 4th, 2020  We're proud to  be among those on  the front lines to advocate for humane treatment for everyone.

To learn more about Black Lives Matter resouces visit here.

We encourage everyone to join together to heal the wounds of racial injustice and hate with open expression of tolerance, inclusion and love in your lives at work and at home.


Quynh Le, Fay Murray, Dan Chang, Keith McClain, Deepa Basava, and the Radiation Oncology Inclusion Cabinet

Message from Department Leadership & the Inclusion Cabinet

June, 2020. It is with sadness and heavy hearts that we write to you about the ongoing events related to racial prejudice throughout our university, communities, and country.  We have heard of racially-driven incidents on campus, the tragic deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, and are witnessing ongoing civil unrest across the nation.  At this time we believe it is important to highlight our values of respect and inclusion of all people.  Radiation Oncology and Stanford University denounce all hateful speech, images or actions.

The Department’s Inclusion Cabinet includes faculty, staff and trainees from both Stanford Healthcare and School of Medicine, and are available if anyone has a concern they would like to voice.  We recognize that this is an emotional time for you and we are here to listen.  You may reach out to any of our Cabinet members, your manager or any member of the department leadership team. In addition, resources for diversity support may be found here.

We will be having a Town Hall in the next week or so to discuss steps the department can take, as well as provide an open forum for people to raise concerns. We are also reaching out to some Human Resources and Diversity leaders to see if one of them can join our discussion. An invite will be coming out soon.

We encourage everyone to join together to heal the wounds of racial injustice and hate with open expression of tolerance, inclusion and love in your lives at work and at home.


Quynh Le, Fay Murray, Dan Chang, Keith McClain, Deepa Basava, and the Radiation Oncology Inclusion Cabinet

Dr. Kathleen Horst receives the Office of Faculty Development and Diversity Community Support Initiative Award

The Department of Radiation Oncology continues to recognize gender disparities and plans to create a program dedicated to facilitating networking events for women faculty and trainees. Our program will consist of bi-annual events aimed to connect women faculty, residents, and trainees professionally and personally, and seeks to foster role model relationships. Radiation Oncology includes 3 geographically separated divisions (Radiation Therapy, Physics, and Radiobiology), with 3 satellites in addition to our main site, and our program will promote camaraderie between all ranks and groups of women, and thus support the variety of issues experienced among women in the Department of Radiation Oncology.


We are thrilled to share that Stanford will be the first site in the world to install the Reflexion Biology Guided Radiation Therapy (BGRT), which combines PET with a novel linear accelerator to track a tumor in real-time using the photons emitted by tumors. 

In addition to being the first installation, we will be entering an important partnership with Reflexion to embark on groundbreaking research and will lead transformative clinical trials. Being in this “first to market” position will allow us to be a leader in this important new treatment modality, both in research and clinical care.  This aligns with our mission and vision: To bring the most advanced care to our patients by being at the cutting edge of research and technology. 

Match Day 2020

We're happy to announce our matched applicants for this year:


The Initiative to Honor Dr. Richard T. Hoppe

Lymphoma expert and former Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology, Dr. Richard Hoppe is the consummate physician-scientist, educator, and leader. He pioneered novel lymphoma therapy that has saved thousands of lives. A beloved educator, he has trained young physicians and scientists who now lead lymphoma research worldwide. As our department chair for almost two decades, he provided outstanding leadership of our world-class faculty and staff. Most notably, Dr. Hoppe is an exceptional clinician, respected and beloved by his patients for his expert knowledge and deep compassion.

Please click here to learn more about our initiative to honor him

Dr. Swift Wins Medical Staff Award

Dr. Patrick Swift received a Medical Staff Award last week for Patient Centeredness-- He has been in the 99th percentile of the Likelihood to Recommend by patients for the last four years.

On winning the award, Dr. Swift said, "Caring for the overall well-being of my patients has always been my passion. I am deeply honored and humbled to have this sign of respect from my patients and their families!"

Join us in congratulating him on this wonderful achievement!

SCI Doctors Featured in SHC Video

Watch our doctors discuss Stanford Cancer Institute

Doctors from Stanford Radiation Oncology were featured in Stanford Health Care’s video discussing the treatment and technologies they use to move the fight against cancer forward.

Click Here to learn about the Stanford Cancer Institute and its role in the growing Stanford Health Care network in the latest SHC Pride video. Stanford Cancer Institute leaders, members and partners are all dedicated to discovering cancers causes and treatments, and applying that knowledge to improved diagnostic, therapeutic and prevention strategies.

Dr. Richard Hoppe Awarded ARS Gold Medal

The gold medal is the first ever awarded by the society

Congratulations to Dr. Richard Hoppe! He has been awarded the 2019 inaugural American Radium Society Gold Medal in recognition of his exemplary professionalism, leadership, contributions to the field of medicine and service to the society.

Asked what recieving the award means to him, Dr. Hoppe said, “It is a singular honor to have been chosen as the inaugural recipient of the Gold Medal of the American Radium Society. The society, founded more than century ago, is the first and oldest organization to focus on the interdisciplinary management of cancer, an approach that yields the best outcome for our patients. I am proud to be a member and to have been chosen for this award.” We're proud to have Dr. Hoppe as a part of our department!