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Published on May 4, 2010
K.S. Clifford Chao, M.D., the Radiation Oncologist-in-Chief at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and a Professor of Radiation Oncology at Weill Cornell Medical College and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, discusses image-guided targeted radiotherapy and intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) for the treatment of cancers. These technologies allow physicians to treat cancerous tumors with precisely targeted doses of radiation; destroying the cancer with minimal damage to the surrounding healthy tissue. As a result, patients are treated while being spared the unwanted side-effects of radiation.
In addition to serving as the Principle Investigator of multiple NIH research grants and publishing more than 100 peer-reviewed papers, Dr. Chao is the author of two widely read textbooks, Management Decisions in Radiation Oncology and Practical Essentials of IMRT.