Training Sites/Clinics

The UTHSC/West Cancer Center/Methodist Hospital

The Radiation Oncology Division of the UT Health Science Center is committed to making strides towards the goal of cancer eradication. The West Cancer Center has unique partnership with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) which includes collaboration with Methodist Healthcare and other major healthcare and research institutions in the city and region. This singular association combines the research and teaching capabilities of a leading institution with the patient care group of one of the Mid-South's largest cancer physicians group.

The UTHSC/West Cancer Center Department of Radiation Oncology exists to produce highly competent and influential Radiation Oncologists of high character, outstanding clinical capabilities and with commitment to discovery and the advancement of science to be used in the fight against cancer.

Methodist University HospitalMethodist University Hospital
1265 Union Avenue
Memphis, TN 38104
(901) 516-7000

Methodist University Hospital (MUH) is a partnership of two healthcare leaders, Methodist Healthcare and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC). Located in the medical center and formerly known as Methodist Central, MUH is a 617-bed facility and the principal adult private teaching hospital for UTHSC. Methodist University Hospital provides real-world experiences of managing medical problems in an efficient and effective institution.

MUH and UTHSC bring together research, medicine, and innovation. This partnership supports multidisciplinary collaboration among doctors and clinical team members, leading to more advanced medical care for patients.

The Radiation Oncology Department treats approximate 1300 patients annually and evaluates about 1500 patients annually.  We offer a comprehensive line of radiation oncology services.  At the Midtown location, Methodist University Hospital (MUH), there are two linear accelerators (megavoltage).  Multidisciplinary, specialty care is practiced where site specific faculty provides most care for their disease subtype.  There is a Gamma Knife at the MUH location where intracranial Stereotactic Radiosurgery is performed in conjunction with one the largest neurosurgical groups in the nation – Semmes Murphey.  Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy is offered at our MUH location where we use a linear accelerator based model (Elekta) with image guided radiation therapy, stereotactic immobilization and specialized quality assurance.  All of the machines perform Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy and Cone Beam CT.  We offer a comprehensive brachytherapy program including High Dose Rate (HDR) brachytherapy for prostate, breast, cervix, and endometrial cancers as well as Low Dose Rate (LDR) interstitial brachytherapy for prostate cancer.  3D ultrasound, MRI fusion and CT simulation is used as appropriate to deliver high end brachytherapy.  Our radiation treatment planning platform is Pinnacle and we use Gamma Plan for intracranial SRS planning.  Further, we perform many I 125 eye plaque brachytherapies in conjunction with opthalmology at our MUH location.

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West Cancer Center

The West Clinic was founded in 1979 by Dr. Bill West. Today the West Cancer Center is one of the nation’s premier  oncology, hematology, and radiology centers. West Cancer Center   delivers the best comprehensive cancer treatment in the Mid-South, delivering a complete continuum of care to over 30,000 individuals annually. The West Cancer Center has eleven locations with more than 70 physicians and researchers.  Our motto: “Fight On”, speaks to our dedication to treating the whole person, not just the disease. The West Cancer Center evaluates approximately 3000 cancer patients per year and includes Medical Oncology, Surgical Oncology, Gynecologic Oncology, Oncologic Ophthalmology services as well as a robust Radiation Oncology service.

There are two linear accelerators (megavoltage) at the Germantown location.  Multidisciplinary, specialty care is practiced where site specific faculty provides most care for their disease subtype.  We offer a comprehensive brachytherapy program including High Dose Rate (HDR) brachytherapy for prostate, breast, cervix, and endometrial cancers as well as Low Dose Rate (LDR) interstitial brachytherapy for prostate cancer.  3D ultrasound, MRI fusion and CT simulation is used as appropriate to deliver high end brachytherapy.

local hospital St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
262 Danny Thomas Place
Memphis, TN 38105

(800) 822-6344

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, founded by actor Danny Thomas along with Lemuel Diggs and Anthony Abraham in 1962, started as a promise to St. Jude Thaddeus, the patron saint of the hopeless.  Thomas pledged to build a facility to treat ill children regardless of their race, color, creed, or their family's ability to pay.  St. Jude has become a premier pediatric treatment and research facility, focusing on children with aggressive cancers.  The hospital treats children from all over the United States as well as 70 other countries throughout the world.

In 2010, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital was named the number one children's cancer hospital by U.S. News & World Report.  In 1996, St. Jude doctor Peter C. Doherty, PhD was named the co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.  It's Domestic Affiliates Program partners with other clinical sites to provide state-of-the-art care and clinical trials to children throughout the country.

The resident will rotate at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for 1 months of pediatric training depending on patient, volume, resident, and desire. This experience is designed to obtain the pediatric patient requirement and provides a chance for the resident to rotate at one of the leading pediatric oncology centers in the world. The resident will gain a great educational value through the multi-disciplinary conferences, clinics, and scholarly activities ongoing at St. Jude’s. The degree of resident responsibility for patient care will include the initial workup of the patient, the simulation, any treatment planning, and management of the patient while receiving radiation. All of these activities will be done under the direct supervision of the pediatric Radiation Oncology attending. Supervision will include direct review of all treatment planning, review of all patient encounters and direct observation of the resident during weekly management and consultation.

The resident will rotate at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for 1 months of pediatric training depending on patient, volume, resident, and desire. This experience is designed to obtain the pediatric patient requirement and provides a chance for the resident to rotate at one of the leading pediatric oncology centers in the world. The resident will gain a great educational value through the multi-disciplinary conferences, clinics, and scholarly activities ongoing at St. Jude’s. The degree of resident responsibility for patient care will include the initial workup of the patient, the simulation, any treatment planning, and management of the patient while receiving radiation. All of these activities will be done under the direct supervision of the pediatric Radiation Oncology attending. Supervision will include direct review of all treatment planning, review of all patient encounters and direct observation of the resident during weekly management and consultation.

 

 

Contact Us

Janet Herriman
Residency Coordinator
Email: jherrima@uthsc.edu