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Dr. Corbin works with a radiation oncology patient at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Mayo Clinic's Department of Radiation Oncology in Rochester, Minnesota, uses the most sophisticated technology available and employs highly experienced and dedicated personnel to deliver radiation therapy with skill and compassion.

From the program directors 

Program Directors for Radiation OncologyOn behalf of the Mayo Clinic faculty in Rochester, Minnesota, we would like to welcome you to the Radiation Oncology Residency.

We are committed to providing the highest quality training to prepare you for a successful and productive career in radiation oncology. Educating the next generation of physicians has been an integral part of Mayo Clinic since its founding. The Mayo Clinic Model of Care is based on high-quality and compassionate medical care delivered in a multispecialty, academic, and team-based institution that puts the interests of the patient first. The type of training you receive predicts the quality and value with which you will practice throughout your career.

We are looking to recruit trainees who are passionate about oncologic care, conducting practice changing research, and multi-disciplinary collaboration. We hope you consider applying to our program so that we can show you all that Mayo Clinic and our residency program have to offer.

Kim Corbin, M.D.
Program Director
Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology

Safia Ahmed, M.D.
Associate Program Director
Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology

Faculty

The faculty involved in the Radiation Oncology Residency program includes 25 radiation oncologists who have a wealth of experience in every aspect of radiation oncology. Their expertise includes all areas of clinical practice, basic and applied research practices, education, and professional activity, and is demonstrated through leadership in national organizations, the certification and peer-review process, and educational involvement.

Department staff members care for more than 1,900 patients with malignant diseases each year. Radiation oncologists at Mayo Clinic specialize in treating two or three types of cancer. This specialization ensures that even patients with rare cancers receive care from someone who is highly skilled at treating his or her specific condition.

Eight faculty members serve as American Board of Radiology oral boards examiners for genitourinary, gastrointestinal, gynecology, lung and sarcoma, and head and neck sites.

Each faculty member works with residents, is available for clinical and research mentorship, and participates in conferences, didactic lectures, and journal club.

In addition, there are 18 radiation oncology physics consultants who work directly with the staff physicians and residents and direct the teaching of radiation physics.

Also see: Department of Radiation Oncology

Safia Ahmed, M.D.

Safia Ahmed, M.D.

Medical school: Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine

Residency: Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education

Career interests: 

  • Soft tissue sarcoma
  • Bone sarcoma
  • Breast cancer
  • Pediatric malignancies
  • Proton therapy

 

Dr. Ahmed's PubMed citations

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Brian Davis, M.D., Ph.D.

Brian Davis, M.D., Ph.D.

Medical school: University of Illinois School of Medicine

Residency: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Career interests: 

  • Prostate cancer
  • External beam radiotherapy
  • Protons
  • Brachytherapy
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Nadia Laack, M.D.

Nadia Laack, M.D.

Medical school: Loma Linda University School of Medicine

Residency: Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education

Fellowship: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Career interests: 

  • Pediatric cancer
  • Radiosurgery
  • Sarcoma
  • Lymphoma

Dr. Laack's PubMed citations

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Robert Mutter, M.D.

Robert Mutter, M.D.

Medical school: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Residency: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Career interests: 

  • Breast cancer
  • Radiation oncology in the developing world

 

 

 

Dr. Mutter's PubMed citations

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Jann Sarkaria, M.D.

Jann Sarkaria, M.D.

Medical school: University of California, Los Angeles

Residency: University of Wisconsin, Madison

Research fellowship: Institute of Cancer Research

Career interests:

  • Central nervous system tumors
  • Lung cancer
  • Radiobiology

 

Dr. Sarkaria's PubMed citations

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The department offers the full spectrum of radiation therapy modalities and equipment, including:

  • External beam radiation, including high-energy photons, electrons, and orthovoltage
  • Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
  • Proton therapy using a pencil beam scanning machine
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery delivered via Leksell Gamma Knife and frameless LINAC
  • Brachytherapy for a wide variety of malignancies using low- and high-dose-rate methods
  • Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) with protons or photons
  • Intraoperative irradiation via electron beam or high-dose rate irradiation
  • Electronic portal imaging and cone beam CT images
  • CT and fluoroscopic simulation

The department and Mayo Clinic Cancer Center offer numerous cancer clinical studies for brain, breast, head and neck, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, gynecologic, and lung cancers. Protocols also are available for lymphoma, melanoma, and sarcoma.

Visiting professors

Many prominent professors visit Mayo Clinic each year. They present their work during departmental conferences and Cancer Center presentations.

You will have the opportunity to meet with these individuals in intimate sessions to discuss topics in the visiting professor's area of expertise. You are encouraged to take full advantage of these opportunities.

Some visiting professors are invited to present at a monthly Oncology Society meeting held at the Mayo Clinic Foundation House, former home of Dr. William Mayo.