Radiation Oncology Department
Albert C. Koong, M.D., Ph.D.
MD Anderson's Radiation Oncology department cares for patients in the Radiation Treatment Center, the most comprehensive facility of its kind in the world. Specially trained board-certified radiation oncologists are skilled in a wide range of standard and emerging treatments including proton therapy, stereotactic radiosurgery, prostate brachytherapy, stereotactic body radiation treatment (SBRT), cardiac displacement, accelerated partial breast irradiation and intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT).
By using the most current treatment planning technology available to "map" tumors, our radiation oncologists can design treatments with pinpoint accuracy, ensuring that tumors get the most effective dose while healthy tissues and organs are spared.
Education and training
Radiation Oncology Fellowship Program: The Advanced Radiation Oncology Fellowship offers a unique one- to two-year clinical training opportunity that is tailored to the specific site/research interests and career needs of the fellow. The curriculum is individualized to expand clinical and research experience, and cultivate familiarity with the application of specific modalities. Fellows can focus on up to five disease sites, specific to their interests to gain greater depth of knowledge and skills in these areas. Read more about the Radiation Oncology Fellowship.
Residency Training Program in Radiation Oncology: The Radiation Oncology Residency is a four-year program. The contract for continuation of training is reviewed annually and based on satisfactory clinical management and completion of patient care responsibilities, as well as demonstrated progression in the six ACGME Core Competencies. Read more about the Radiation Oncology Residency.
Radiation Oncology Medical Student Elective Rotation: MD Anderson Cancer Center offers clinical rotations in Radiation Oncology to medical students enrolled at accredited US medical schools. We encourage students interested in pursuing radiation oncology as a career to inquire. The rotation offers the opportunity to interact with faculty and trainees within the division at one of the largest comprehensive cancer centers in the world. Read more about the rotation.
Radiation Oncology Medical Student Summer Research Program: This summer research program aims to expose medical students interested in radiation oncology to the clinical and research aspects of the field. During this 10-week program, students are mentored by a faculty member in the Radiation Oncology department who will guide them in the completion of a research project intended for presentation at the end of the program. Throughout the summer, students also have opportunities to attend lectures and workshops to increase their knowledge of and exposure to careers in oncology and research. Read more about the Medical Student Summer Research Program.
Research Training in Radiation Oncology: The Radiation Oncology department offers compensated and uncompensated research training opportunities for eligible trainees. Opportunities are by invitation only. If you have been invited by one of our faculty members, view the pre-screening instructions and complete the form.
Observership in Radiation Oncology: Clinical observership opportunities are by invitation only. If you have been invited by one of our faculty members, view the pre-screening instructions and complete the form. Read more about the Observer Programs at MD Anderson and the Radiation Oncology Observer Program.