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Department of Radiation Oncology

Leadership

Anthony Dragun, MD
Chair
Professor of Radiation Oncology
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Anthony Dragun, MD

Education Background:

Medical School: Hahnemann University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
Internship: Transitional - Crozer Chester Medical Center, Upland, PA
Residency: Radiation Oncology - Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC

Board Certifications:

Radiation Oncology

Special Interests:

Breast cancer, cancers of the central nervous system, CyberKnife stereotactic radiosurgery.

About Me:

I treat each patient as an individual and treat nothing as routine. I have the heart of a teacher and give patients my absolute attention in their presence. I use a combination of education, empathy, and humor to give patients a sense of optimistic power over their diagnosis.

I hope my patients would say that I took my time with them. That I held their hand. That they felt emotionally so much better after visiting with me than before. And that I didn't make them wait!

Teaching Faculty

Stuti Ahlawat, MD
Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology
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Stuti Ahlawat, MD

Education Background:

Medical School: UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ
Internship: Mercy Catholic Medical Center, Fitzgerald Division, Darby, PA
Residency: Radiation Oncology - Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ

Board Certifications:

Radiation Oncology

Memberships:

American Society for Radiation Oncology

Awards and Honors:

2016 Roentgen Resident Research Award

Ahmad Amoush, PhD, DABR
Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology
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Ahmad Amoush, PhD, DABR

About Me:

Dr. Ahmad A. Amoush is a board-certified Medical Physicist at MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper. He joined Cooper in 2017 and has worked as a medical physicist since 2014 after completing residency at the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Amoush obtained his PhD in Nuclear Engineering (Medical Physics Option) from the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Amoush’s clinical and research interests include image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT), stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), and high dose rate brachytherapy (HDR).

Among his publications: 

  1. Amoush, A., Luckstead, M., Lamba, M., Elson, H., Kassing, W. A comparison of HDR Near Source Dosimetry using a Treatment Planning System, Monte Carlo Simulation, and Radiochromic Film. Medical Dosimetry Volume 38, Issue 2 , Pages 160-164, Summer 2013.
  2. Amoush, A. Abdel-Wahab, M., Abazeed, M., Xia, P. Potential Systematic Uncertainties in IGRT When FBCT Reference Images are Used for Pancreatic Tumors. Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics, Vol. 16, No. 3, 2015.
  3. Amoush, A., Murray, E., Xia, P. Impact of Intra-Fraction motion for the treatment of breast cancer with supraclavicular lymph nodes using single-isocenter 4-field Hybrid IMRT plans versus two-isocenter conventional plans. Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics, Vol. 16, No. 4, 2015.
  4. Zimmermann, L., Amoush, A., Wilkinson, A. Episcleral Eye Plaque Dosimetry Comparison for the Eye Physics EP917 Using Plaque Simulator and Monte Carlo Simulation. Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics, Vol. 16, No. 6, 2015.
  5. Amoush, A., Huang, L., Qi, P., Djemil, T., Xia, P. Dosimetric Effect of Multileaf Collimator Leaf Width on Volumetric Modulated Arc Stereotactic Radiotherapy for Spine Tumors. Med Dosim. 2017 summer; 42 (2):111-115. 
Sucha Asbell, MD
Professor of Radiation Oncology
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Sucha Asbell, MD

Education Background:

Medical School: Medical College of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Internship: Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
Residency: Radiation Oncology - Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA

Board Certifications:

Radiation Oncology, Therapeutic Radiology

Special Interests:

Breast cancer, lung cancer, CyberKnife radiosurgery

Leonard Kim, MS, AMusD, DABR
Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology
Medical Physics Residency Program Director
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Leonard Kim, MS, AMusD, DABR

About Me:

Leonard Kim is chief medical physicist at the MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper. Before coming to Cooper, Leonard was at Rutgers University from 2011-2015, where he was residency director and founded the certificate program. Before coming to New Jersey, Leonard was at William Beaumont Hospital for 10 years where he had the privilege of working with or under 9 Fellows of the AAPM including John Wong, David Jaffrey, Michael Sharpe, Mark Oldham, Di Yan, and Patrick McDermott. Leonard’s research has primarily focused on breast radiotherapy, particularly the issue of targeting microscopic disease.

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Gregory Kubicek, MD
Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology
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Gregory Kubicek, MD

Education Background:

Medical School: University of Minnesota School of Medicine, Minneapolis, MN
Internship: University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS
Residency: Radiation Oncology - Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, Radiation Oncology - University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS

Board Certifications:

Radiation Oncology

Special Interests:

Stereotactic radiosurgery including CyberKnife and Gamma Knife, gastrointestinal cancers, lung cancers, head and neck cancers

Memberships:

American College of Radiation Oncology, American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Society of Therapeutic Radiation Oncology, Radiographic Society of North America, Pennsylvania Medical Society

Megan Mezera, MD
Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology
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Megan Mezera, MD

Education Background:

Medical School: Chicago Medical School , Chicago, IL
Internship: Internal Medicine - Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA
Residency: Radiation Oncology - University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, KY

Board Certifications:

Radiation Oncology

Memberships:

American Society of Radiation Oncology , American Brachytherapy Society

Awards and Honors:

RSNA Roentgen Resident/Fellow Research Award, ABS LDR Prostate Brachytherapy Scholarship , AANS/NREF/ASTRO Stereotactic Radiosurgery Course Educational Travel Grant , ABS BrachyNext Symposium Educational Travel Grant, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society

David Mulvihill, MD
Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology
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David Mulvihill, MD

Education Background:

Medical School: Rutgers University Medical School, Newark, NJ
Residency: Pediatrics - Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ, Radiation Oncology - Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ

Board Certifications:

Pediatrics

Memberships:

American Society for Radiation Oncology, American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Radiation Oncology, Radium Society, Radiological Society of North America

Awards and Honors:

AOA Medical Honor Society, 2015 ASCO Young Investigator Award, 2015 Roentgen Resident Research Award

Ashish Patel, MD
Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology
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Ashish Patel, MD

Education Background:

Medical School: Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
Internship: Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA
Residency: Radiation Oncology - University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD

Board Certifications:

Radiation Oncology

Special Interests:

Stereotactic radiosurgery, brachytherapy, gastointestinal cancers, gynecologic cancers, lung cancer, breast cancer, genitourinary cancers, head and neck cancers, thoracic cancers

Memberships:

American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, American Society of Clinical Oncology

Qianyi Xu, PhD, DABR
Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology
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Qianyi Xu, PhD, DABR

About Me:

Dr. Qianyi Xu is a board-certified Medical Physicist at MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper and Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at Cooper Medical School at Rowan University. He received his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Arizona in Tucson and completed his Medical Physics residency at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia. He has been working at Cooper since 2010.

Dr. Xu is the lead physicist of Cooper’s CyberKnife and Gamma Knife programs. His research interests include treatment planning for SBRT/SRS patients, image guidance for SBRT, tumor motion management and application of fiducials in SBRT. In 2016, he had the highest score in the CyberKnife category of the AAMD/RSS Plan Study competition.

Among his publications: 

  1. Xu Q., Fan J., Grimm J., LaCouture T., Asbell S., Park J. and Kubicek G., “The Dosimetric Impact of the Prescription Isodose Line (IDL) on the Quality of Robotic Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) Plans”. Med Phys. 44(12): 6159-6165 December (2017)
  2. LaCouture T., Xue J., Subedi G., Xu Q., Lee J., Kubicek G., and Asbell S. “Small Bowel Dose Tolerance for Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy”. Semin Radiat Oncol. ;26(2):157-64. Apr. (2016)
  3. Kubicek G.J., LaCouture T., Kaden M., Kim T.W., Lerman N., Khrizman P., Patel A., Xu Q. and Lackman R., “Preoperative Radiosurgery for Soft Tissue Sarcoma”. Am J Clin Oncol. Nov 3 (2015).
  4. Xu, Q., Hanna, G, Grimm, J., Kubicek G., Pahlajani N., Asbell S., Fan J., Chen Y., and LaCouture T., “Quantifying rigid and non-rigid motion of liver tumors during Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SBRT)”. Int. J. Radiat. Oncol. Biol. Phys. 90(1):94-101. Sep. 1 (2014)
  5. Xu, Q., Chen, Y., Grimm, J., Fan, J., An, L.Xue, J., Pahlajani, N., and Lacouture, T. “Dosimetric investigation of accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI) using CyberKnife”. Med Phys. 39, 6621-28 (2012)