Internationally renowned for his research in the treatment of head and neck cancers, Dr. Chen has published more than 150 peer-reviewed original articles, most of which pertain to the use of advanced technologies to optimize cure rates, improve quality of life, and evaluate radiation response of both tumors and normal tissue. He is the principle investigator for several clinical trials combining drugs with radiation, including investigator-initiated translational protocols and cooperative group trials run by the NRG Oncology Group and the Southwestern Oncology Group.
Dr. Chen is currently professor and vice chair of education in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of California, Los Angeles, David Geffen School of Medicine. He is also a member of the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and serves as director of the Radiation Oncology Residency Training Program, a position he also previously held at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine.
He is currently president-elect of the Association for Directors of Radiation Oncology Programs and serves on leadership committees for the American Society for Radiation Oncology, National Cancer Institute and American College of Radiology. He has also been the recipient of multiple accolades for teaching, including the Association of Residents in Radiation Oncology Educator of the Year award.
After receiving a dual bachelor's degree in American history and the biological sciences at Cornell University, Dr. Chen earned his medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine. He completed residency training in radiation oncology at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine. He is board certified in radiation oncology by the American Board of Radiology.
Welcome Dr. Chen to his new role and thank you to Dr. Terance Tsue for serving as interim chair. Dr. Chen's appointment is effective October 1, 2016.
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