Program Overview

Program Overview

Radiation Oncology Residency Group 2017
Radiation Oncology Residency Group 2017

We offer a fully ACGME-accredited four year advanced training program in radiation oncology.  Residents matching at our program are required to complete a separate ACGME-accredited intern year prior to beginning their radiation oncology training.

This superior academic and clinical training program is equipped with the latest radiotherapy and radiosurgery technology and designed to prepare our residents to become future leaders in the practice of radiation oncology.

Cleveland Clinic is a large tertiary care medical center. Accordingly, there is ample clinical experience for residents in training. Residents are exposed to a variety of malignancies and treatments during their training. The department has 2 CT simulators, along with 6 linear accelerators treating up to 150 patients per day.

Experience in intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), Gamma Knife Radiosurgery, stereotactic body radiotherapy (lung, spine, liver, prostate), permanent prostate seed brachytherapy (~7-8 cases/week), total body irradiation, high dose rate brachytherapy, hyperthermia, radioimmunotherapy, and intraoperative radiation are an integral part of Cleveland Clinic's program.

Pediatric experience is gained throughout training and during a dedicated month rotation at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital during the PGY-4 or 5 year.

Curriculum - Radiation Oncology

PGY 2
During the PGY-2 year, new resident are immersed in introductory physics and radio-biology course work in addition to exposure to the fundamentals of radiation oncology. Areas covered include work-up, treatment planning process, delivery of radiation and follow up of patients receiving radiotherapy.

PGY 3
During the PGY-3 year, the residents are expected to improve their understanding of all aspects of radiation oncology, especially the treatment planning process, and also to develop a research interest for the following year.

PGY 4
During the PGY-4 year, residents are expected to perform clinical or basic science research for 6-9 months under the supervision of an appropriate Cleveland Clinic faculty member. The remaining time will be spent in electives such as dosimetry and community radiation oncology. One member of the PGY-4 class is selected by the faculty to serve as Chief Resident.

PGY 5
During the PGY-5 year, the level of responsibility is increased. The year is structured to consolidate clinical skills and the knowledge base acquired during the previous three years.

Teaching Conferences
Resident teaching conferences are held daily between 8:00-9:00 am and are staffed by radiation oncology attending physicians and medical physicists. Residents are exempt from clinical duties during these times.

Morning Conference
Case presentation and discussion of a specific disease site, twice per week. Residents and staff discuss anatomy, work-up, imaging, treatment options, and field design. Residents are expected to study and a handout is distributed at the conclusion of the meeting.

Chart Rounds
A conference to discuss the set-up, planning, and techniques of radiation delivery.

Physics and Radiation Biology Lectures
Weekly interactive lectures in physics and radiation biology are given by faculty members for residents in the PGY-2 to PGY-4 years.

Journal Club
Monthly meetings to discuss recent articles in the field.

Radiation Oncology Grand Rounds
Bi-weekly lunch time educational sessions, conferences led by faculty members or residents.

Tumor Board
Regularly scheduled multidisciplinary conferences, attended by medical oncology, surgery, and radiation oncology in the areas of lung, breast, CNS, head & neck, gynecology, gastroenterology, and lymphoma.

Visiting Professor Program
At least four times per year, leaders in radiation oncology are invited to spend a day at Cleveland Clinic. Usually, the invited professor will give a lecture and then spend the morning discussing specific cases or issues in radiation oncology with residents.

Research Meetings

Resident research activity can begin early at Cleveland Clinic. Although there is a dedicated 6-9 months of research time in the PGY-4 year, many junior residents have oral or poster presentations at national meetings such as ASTRO, ASCO, RSNA, AUA, and SNO.

Cleveland Clinic allows residents to attend a meeting of their choice starting in the PGY-2 year. All residents in their PGY-3, 4, and 5 year typically attend ASTRO.

Additional funding is available within the department for residents who present research at other national meetings.

Benefits

  • Vacation: 15 days (3 weeks) per year + variable number of meeting days and institutional holidays
  • Call Schedule: Home call, one week at a time.
  • Book fund: An individual book fund is available for all residents to purchase texts.
  • Office space: Each resident has personal desk space with a computer and dual monitors. 
  • Pagers: Cleveland Clinic has a text paging system.
  • Cleveland Clinic iPhone: Each resident will receive a Cleveland Clinic iPhone from start to end of your residency.
  • Summary of Benefits
Applying

Applying

There are typically three positions available per year. Cleveland Clinic and the Radiation Oncology Program participate in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) for the application process and the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) for the matching of residents to programs.

The internship year is no longer incorporated into the residency program at CCF. Therefore, applicants who match at Cleveland Clinic for radiation oncology residency must complete a separate intern year in an ACGME-accredited program.

Interviews
Applications will be reviewed upon completion and selected candidates will be invited for interviews. Candidates selected for interviews will be notified in November and interviews will typically occur on Mondays in January. The interview schedule begins with an informal evening with the residents at a local restaurant. This is an opportunity for the applicants to get to know the residents and ask questions.

Each candidate is provided with an individualized timetable for their interview day (typically Monday). For all candidates, this includes a program overview over breakfast with the program director at approximately 7:30 am, morning conference beginning at 8 a.m., after which applicants interview with various members of the department. Each candidate will meet with 6-9 faculty members on interview day, including the Chairman, the Program Director, and the Chief Medical Physicist. Interviewees are also given an opportunity to spend some time in the clinic. Prior to completing their final interviews, applicants have another chance to get to know the residents during the informal interview day lunch. The day typically concludes around 2 p.m., although schedules may vary.

Note
Cleveland Clinic subsidizes a proportion of accommodation fees.

Elective Medical Student Rotations
Fourth year medical students interested in an elective rotation in the Department of Radiation Oncology should contact Danielle Berry regarding availability at berryd2@ccf.org or by phone at 216.445.4379.

Further information about medical student elective rotations at Cleveland Clinic, including requirements, eligibility and the application form can be viewed at the Cleveland Clinic Medical Student Elective Website.

Students who perform electives at Cleveland Clinic are often expected to function as independent residents. Responsibilities include evaluation of patients, dictation, and presentation of a morning conference. Both research and clinical electives are available.

Contact Information

You may obtain additional information about the Radiation Oncology Residency Program by contacting:

Danielle Berry
Department of Radiation Oncology
Cleveland Clinic
9500 Euclid Avenue CA-50
Cleveland, OH 44195
Phone: 216.445.4379
Email: berryd2@ccf.org

Current Residents

Current Residents

PGY-5

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Eshan Balagamwala, MD

Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Medical School: Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
Hobbies: Photography, traveling, basketball.
Why did you choose Cleveland Clinic? My decision to pursue residency training at Cleveland Clinic was influenced by our faculty's incredible dedication to education, balanced approach to clinical service and education, the collegiality of the residents and the excellent research opportunities. In terms of patient population, we get exposed to a good mix of bread-and-butter cases as well as once-in-a-life-time type of cases thereby giving us not only breadth but also depth in our educational experience.

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Camille Berriochoa, MD

Hometown: Boise, ID
Medical School: University of Washington School of Medicine
Hobbies: Running, mountain biking, hiking, skiing, traveling, learning Spanish, salsa dancing, reading, cooking, hosting dinner parties, baking.
Why did you choose Cleveland Clinic? The Cleveland Clinic radiation oncology program provides training that is both rigorous and nurturing at the same time. The attending physicians are here not only to provide excellent clinical care but to push their trainees to gain a deep understanding of radiation oncology and cancer management in general. Additionally, my co-residents are kind, fun, easygoing, and incredibly helpful. In terms of the city itself, this is a place that offers big city activities without the associated hassle. From its world renowned symphony to its numerous Broadway offerings, multiple professional sports teams, and delicious restaurants, there are myriad activities to enjoy. I feel incredibly lucky to spend five years at this program and in this city.

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C. Marc Leyrer, MD

Hometown: Cary, NC
Medical School: Wake Forest
Hobbies: Reading, cooking, snowboarding, board games, racquetball, home-brewing, golfing, camping.
Why did you choose Cleveland Clinic? I made my decision to come to CCF after my away rotation here as it fulfilled the two most important qualities in a program which was a strong training program and a supportive residency group. It is apparent that the staff care about the training residents receive. While the program itself will be difficult, you know you will become an excellent radiation oncologist. In any difficult program it is nice to know you can lean on those around you and I believe we have one such group.


PGY-4

aditya juloori

Aditya Juloori, MD (Chief Resident)

Hometown: Houston, TX
Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine, TX
Hobbies: Obsessing over the NBA (especially my Houston Rockets), traveling, trying new food and drink, reading, good TV.
Why did you choose Cleveland Clinic? I chose Cleveland Clinic because it has a great group of supportive faculty and residents with a fantastic, cohesive atmosphere. The faculty is committed to resident education first and foremost along with outstanding research opportunities. There's a history here of producing incredibly thoughtful, well-rounded oncologists. The focus on evidence-based medicine and resident didactics was something that really appealed to me. CCF stood out to me on my interview day as having a group of people - from the residents to the staff to the attending - who really seemed to care.

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Bindu Manyam, MD

Hometown: Detroit, MI
Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, OH
Hobbies: Working out, tennis, trying new restaurants in Cleveland, binging of Netflix, traveling.
Why did you choose Cleveland Clinic? I chose Cleveland Clinic because I feel it is the best residency training program. The faculty are truly invested in resident education and challenge the residents to be excellent radiation oncologists, both clinically and academically. I especially appreciate the close-knit atmosphere of the department and that my fellow residents are fun, intelligent, and dependable. I've been in Cleveland for many years and love that it has all the perks of a big city, without the hassle.


PGY-3

Parsai Shireen

Shireen Parsai, MD

Hometown: Toledo, OH
Medical School: University of Toledo College of Medicine
Hobbies: Music, biking, any new adventure.
Why did you choose Cleveland Clinic? The faculty/staff are leaders in the field of radiation oncology with busy schedules balancing clinic and academic duties; yet, always are generous with their time focusing on patient care and on resident education. The humility of the physicians is exemplary. Expectations are high, the program is rigorous; but in this way, I am confident in my training. My co-residents have a team mentality and are supportive of each other.

Sharrett Jonathan

Jonathan Sharrett, DO

Hometown: Kingsport, TN
Medical School: The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hobbies: Outdoor activities, crossfit, yoga, watching motivational speeches and most sports, live music.
Why did you choose Cleveland Clinic? I chose the Cleveland Clinic because of the camaraderie and family environment that reminded me of being in the military. Furthermore, the enthusiasm and dedication of the program to becoming the best and desire to help me become my best, in conjunction with the opportunity to train with some of the best minds in the world and practice cutting edge medicine made me feel that this was the best place and "fit" for me. Being a "witness" to Lebron is just bonus points!

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Martin Tom, MD

Hometown: Dallas, TX
Medical School: University of Texas Medical Branch
Hobbies: Hiking, live music, basketball, football, snowboarding, giving Jonathan workout tips.
Why did you choose Cleveland Clinic? Multiple factors led me to choose Cleveland Clinic, but the most important aspect was the program's emphasis and investment in resident development. The entire department, from junior residents to senior faculty, all seemed genuinely interested in my growth as a radiation oncologist. Additionally, despite the high expectations, the department fosters a culture of collegiality and camaraderie that felt unique among residencies. The program is extremely well rounded with a vast array of resources, including extensive opportunity for research and learning from world experts. The city of Cleveland also offers a truly impressive collection of events, restaurants, breweries, outdoor activities, sports, and music.


PGY-2

Shaunda Cambell

Shauna Campbell, DO

Hometown: Amhertsburg, ON
Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hobbies: Golfing, home improvement projects, skiing
Why did you choose Cleveland Clinic? After rotating here as a medical student, I knew CCF was the best place to do my training. This department is like a family that all look out for each other while inspiring trainees to achieve their utmost potential.

Christopher Fleming

Christopher Fleming, MD

Hometown: Sacramento, CA
Medical School: State University of New York, Downstate
Hobbies: Golfing, skiing, basketball, watching and reading everything about the Sacramento Kings
Why did you choose Cleveland Clinic? I think the program stands out most for its emphasis on the resident education. It is a rigorous program, expectations are high, and we are constantly challenged to be better radiation oncologists. But, just as importantly, the program is extremely supportive of its residents, so while they continually challenge us to be better, the faculty also provides us the tools to succeed. We have a terrific group of attendings and residents; everyone is friendly, supportive, and we often see each other outside of work.

Sarah Sittenfeld

Sarah Sittenfeld, MD

Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Medical School: University of Cincinnati
Hobbies: Baking, entertaining, hiking, hanging out with my dog
Why did you choose Cleveland Clinic? I liked that it was a busy institution with a lot of active research opportunities, structured teaching, and a diverse population of patients. Everyone in the department was so friendly and genuinely happy with their colleagues and it seemed like such a positive and nurturing department that would be perfect to develop my skills as a radiation oncologist.

Resident Accomplishments

Resident Accomplishments

Recent Graduates from the Radiation Oncology Residency Program

Former Resident Medical School Current Position
Rupesh Kotecha, MD (2017) Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, MI Miami Cancer Institute, FL
Yvonne Pham, MD (2017) University of California at Davis School of Medicine, CA TRI Kansas City, MO
Matthew Ward, MD (2017) Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine, GA Southeast Radiation Oncology Group Charlotte, NC
Jeffrey Kittel, MD (2016) Washington University School of Medicine, MO Radiation Oncology Associates, Ltd. Mulwaukee, WI
Steven Oh, MD (2016) Yale University School of Medicine, CT MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper Camden, NJ
Michael Weller, MD (2016) University of Miami LM School of Medicine, FL Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital, Cleveland OH
Neil Woody, MD (2016) Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, Cleveland, OH
Jason Hearn, MD (2015) Harvard Medical School Boston, MA University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI
Gaurav Marwaha, MD (2015) University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, OH Rush University Medical Center Chicago, IL
Mihir Naik, DO (2015) Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, IL Cleveland Clinic Florida Weston, FL
Arya Kumar, MD (2014) Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH University Hospitals, Cleveland, OH
Monica Shukla, MD (2014) Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
Susan Guo, MD (2013) Columbia University, New York, NC Albuquerque, NM
Abigail Stockham, MD (2013) University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA Mayo Clinic, La Crosse, WI
Grant Hunter, MD (2012) University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA Intermountain Healthcare, Salt Lake City, UT
Lawrence Sheplan, MD (2012) University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico
Shlomo Koyfman, MD (2011) Yale University, New Haven, CT Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
Mohammad Khan, MD, PhD (2011) University of Tennessee, Memphis, TN Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, GA
Michael Burdick, MD (2010) Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA Valley Medical Oncology Consultants; Pleasanton, CA
Erin Murphy, MD (2010) Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
Andrew Vassil, MD (2010) University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
Clifford Robinson, MD (2009) Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH Washington University, St. Louis, MO
Kevin Stephans, MD (2009) Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
Carryn Anderson, MD (2008) U. Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Rahul Tendulkar, MD (2008) University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
Heath Mackley, MD (2007) University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA
Justin Juliano, MD (2007) SUNY Upstate, Syracuse, NY Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA
Samuel Chao, MD (2006) Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
Vipul Thakkar, MD (2006) University of Florida, Gainesville, FL Southeast Radiation Oncology Group, Charlotte, NC
Ratna Sajja, MD (2005) Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH Cancer Care Associates, McKinney, TX
Aimee Quan, MD (2005) University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH Kaiser / Los Angeles Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
Tom Carlson, MD (2004) University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ Wenatchee Valley Medical Center, Wenatchee, WA
Deepak Khuntia, MD (2004) University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL Varian Medical Systems, Palo Alto, CA
Chandrika Patel, MD (2003) Washington University, St. Louis, MO St. John Cancer Center, Anderson, IN
Mohammad El Shaikh, MD (2003) Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, MI
Jeffrey Buchsbaum, MD, PhD. (2002) Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD Indiana University Midwest Proton Center, Indianapolis, IN
Jason Seavolt, MD (2002) Medical College of Ohio, Toledo, OH Riverside Methodist Medical Center, Columbus, OH
Teresa Davies-Johns, MD (2001) NE Ohio Univ. College of Medicine, Rootstown, OH  
Lav Goyal, MD (2001) Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH Associates in Radiation Oncology, Parkland, FL
Mark Chidel, MD (2000) University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI Summit Radiation Oncology, Littleton, CO
Janice Lyons, MD (2000) Chicago Medical School, Chicago, IL University Hospitals Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, Cleveland, OH

Resident Academic Activities, and Accolades in Radiation Oncology