Ronald Chen, MD, MPH
Joe and Jean Brandmeyer Endowed Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology
Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology
Clinical Service Chief, Department of Radiation Oncology
Associate Director of Health Equity, University of Kansas Cancer Center
Residency, Radiation Oncology, Harvard University, Boston, MA
Masters of Public Health, Harvard University, Boston, MA
Internship, Internal Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Doctorate of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Bachelor of Arts, Biochemistry, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
Dr. Chen is the Brandmeyer Chair and Professor of Radiation Oncology. An internationally renowned radiation oncologist, Dr. Chen specializes in the treatment of prostate and bladder cancers, and uses the latest technology - including intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT), and brachytherapy. Dr. Chen has helped write many of the national standards and guidelines on the treatment of prostate cancer, and lectures across the US and internationally on the treatment of prostate and bladder cancers. He is a leader in the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), and several other national organizations.
In addition, Dr. Chen is a leading researcher with a research focus on finding the best treatment for prostate cancer, quality of life, and issues related to cancer survivorship. Dr. Chen has received many research grants, and has published more than 170 articles in peer-reviewed journals, including top journals such as JAMA, JAMA Oncology and the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Dr. Chen has written many textbook chapters on prostate and bladder cancers, and has published his own book on "Hypofractionated and Stereotactic Radiation Therapy." Dr. Chen also leads or helps lead several ongoing national and international clinical trials in prostate, bladder and testicular cancers.
Dr. Chen grew up in Topeka, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in biochemistry from the University of Kansas. He earned an MD from Harvard Medical School and a Master of Public Health degree from Harvard School of Public Health, both in Boston. He completed his residency and served as chief resident at the Harvard Radiation Oncology Program in Boston. Dr. Chen served on the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before becoming the Chair of Radiation Oncology at KU in 2019.