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Welcome and Overview

Program Director's Welcome

On behalf of the faculty, staff, and trainees in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Kansas, welcome to the website of our educational training programs. It is an exciting time in radiation oncology, and KU is proud to be recognized as an up-and-coming program that is braced to make breakthroughs in the field. From our perspective, this starts with education, and investing in the development and growth of residents and students is of utmost priority. As an academically-oriented Department, we are keenly aware of our responsibility to develop future leaders in radiation oncology, and every aspect of our training program-- from the didactic curriculum to the rotation schedule to the research opportunities-- is carefully configured with this specific goal in mind.

Mentorship is highly valued at KU and the utmost emphasis is placed on cultivating a climate where free-thinking and intellectual inquiry thrive.  At KU, we continually strive to sustain a culture marked by respect and camaraderie, where the balance between service and education is always maintained.  We take pride in championing a customized approach to learning and urge our residents and students, each of whom harbor distinctive interests, skills, and aspirations, to actively take ownership of their education.  We recognize that it is the duty of the Department to harness the specific talents of individuals to maximize potential, and truly believe that it is an honor to be entrusted with fostering and shaping the idealism of the next generation of leaders in the specialty.  Qualities such as hard work, friendship, teamwork, and collaboration take precedent, and we aim to provide the appropriate balance of autonomy and nurturing so that our trainees can attain their loftiest academic and personal goals.

Ultimately, we measure our success as a Department largely by the individual accomplishments of our residents and students. Because of this belief, our trainees are encouraged to think critically; challenged to venture "outside of the box;" and pushed to achieve more than what they think they could otherwise on their own. By imparting them with self-confidence and providing them with the steadfast foundation for lifelong learning, we aim to bring out the best in our trainees. We are a family here at KU, and the responsibility we have to nurture and challenge our residents and students so they can attain their full potential as healers, investigators, scientists, and leaders in medicine is something that we uphold on a daily basis.

Allen Chen, M.D.
Joe and Jean Brandmeyer Endowed Chairman and Professor
Residency Training Program Director

A message from our Residents

On behalf of my co-residents in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Kansas, I would like to give you a warm chief resident welcome. I am very proud to be a member of this Department and believe our tight-knit resident group promotes levels of compassion, intellectual curiosity, and humanism that allow us to create a very special team-oriented environment. I couldn't imagine working with a more cohesive and friendly group of residents who I also now consider part of my family. I consider all of our residents to be dedicated and hardworking individuals who always strive to do their best for patient care. Everybody has each other's back, and that philosophy is consistently encouraged by the Department. I would describe our work environment and interaction with our faculty as caring and supportive. I feel our strong clinical training and growing staple of scholarly research opportunities enable our residents to be exceptionally prepared for academic or private practice jobs after completion of residency. If I had to do it all over, I would undoubtedly pick training at KU Radiation Oncology again and wouldn't trade my personal and professional experiences here for anything!

Sumit Sean Sood, M.D.
PGY-5 Radiation Oncology Resident

Program Contacts

For further information, contact the program by mail, phone or e-mail:

Allen M. Chen, M.D., Residency Program Director
Joe and Jean Brandmeyer Endowed Chairman and Professor
Phone: 913-588-3612
Fax: 913-588-3663


Jamie Huddleston, Education and Residency Program Coordinator
Phone: 913-588-4395
Fax: 913-588-3663

Mailing Address:

Department of Radiation Oncology
The University of Kansas Medical Center
3901 Rainbow Blvd., Mailstop 4033
Kansas City, Kansas 66160


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