Department of Radiation Oncology
Bodine Center for Cancer Treatment
111 South 11th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 955-6705

Message from the Residency Director

Dr. Bar-AdThank you for your interest in the radiation oncology residency program at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. You can be sure that cooperation and teamwork set the atmosphere at our program. We strive for continued growth and improvement based on feedback from our residents. As a hospital-based service with a major academic role within the medical college, our department considers residency training among its most important academic functions.

Resident Physicians complete our training program as highly capable medical professionals, prepared for their American Board of Radiology (Radiation Oncology) Certification examinations and are more than ready to competently practice radiation oncology without supervision.  They achieve this status under the guidance of staff radiation oncologists and medical physicists.

Every day attending physicians and residents engage in one-to-one teaching and learning. Our program will give you carefully structured academics and hands-on-experience with a high volume of patients from a population experiencing a broad range of cancers.  Our department's radiation program for cancer is one of the largest in the Delaware Valley, treating more than one hundred patients daily at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and up to 60 at our largest affiliated facility, Aria Health, Torresdale Campus, and giving up to 60,000 radiation therapy treatments at those facilities annually.

Your work as a radiation oncology resident will save and extend the lives of your patients. The multi-disciplinary programs coordinated through the Jefferson's Kimmel Cancer Center, and predominanatly housed at the Bodine Center for Cancer Treatment, continue to expand.  Currently, we run multidisciplinary clinics in genitourinary; thoracic/head and neck; as well as central nervous system tumors.  In addition, several multidisciplinary conferences take place each week. 

To further expand the exposure of our residents, the department has in place rotations in gynecologic radiation oncology at Washington University in St. Louis, a pediatric radiation oncology rotation at St.Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, and a Cyberknife/gyn rotation at Christiana Care in Delaware.  The residents who have completed these rotations have had outstanding clinical experiences.

Today, technological upgrades are significantly changing our treatment planning and delivery.  Jefferson staff and residents selectively analyze the relative benefits of these new tools so that we can advise our colleagues and community.

Our department is also rich in research experience and activity. Residents interested in research are sure to gain involvement in clinical, translational, or basic science research projects. Together with the faculty, our residents have a long tradition of presentations at national meetings and peer-reviewed publications.

In our residency program, you are guaranteed honest two-way feedback and extensive contact with the faculty on interdisciplinary cancer teams. You will have an opportunity to work with outstanding surgeons and medical oncologists. Learning also comes from experienced oncology nurses, technical staff, and scientists in our department and throughout the university.

I strongly encourage you to apply to our program and hope to have the opportunity to meet with you in the near future.

Voichita Bar-Ad, MD
Program Director
Associate Professor, Radiation Oncology