Department and Faculty

Mayo Clinic's Division of Radiation Oncology in Rochester uses the most sophisticated technology available and employs highly experienced dedicated personnel to deliver radiation therapy with skill and compassion.

Division staff members care for more than 1,900 patients with malignant diseases each year. Radiation oncologists at Mayo Clinic specialize in treating two or three types of cancer. This specialization ensures that even patients with rare cancers receive care from someone who is highly skilled at treating their specific condition.

The department offers the full spectrum of radiation therapy modalities and equipment, including:

  • Standard external beam radiation, including high-energy photons and electron beam
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery delivered via a Leksell Gamma Knife unit or Brain Lab system
  • Brachytherapy for a wide variety of malignancies using low and high dose rate methods
  • Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
  • Intraoperative irradiation via electron beam or high dose rate irradiation
  • Ultrasound superficial hyperthermia.
  • Electronic portal imaging
  • CT and fluoroscopic simulation

In addition, the department offers more than 250 cancer clinical studies for brain, breast, head and neck, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, gynecologic and lung cancers. Protocols also are available for lymphoma, melanoma and sarcoma.


The faculty involved in the Radiation Oncology Residency Program includes 14 radiation oncologists, who collectively have a wealth of experience in every aspect of radiation oncology. Their expertise includes all areas of clinical practice and basic and applied research, education and professional activity and is demonstrated through leadership in national organizations, the certification and peer-review process and educational involvement.

Each faculty member works with residents and is available for clinical and research mentorship. In addition there are five radiation oncology physics consultants who work directly with the staff physicians and residents and direct the teaching of radiation physics. These individuals demonstrate expertise through involvement in leadership in national organizations, certification and peer-review process as well as the educational involvement.

Visiting Professors

Many prominent professors visit Mayo Clinic each year. They present their work during conferences and special Cancer Center presentations. Residents can meet with these individuals to discuss topics in the visiting professors area of expertise. You will be encouraged to take full advantage of these opportunities.

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