Resident Accolades

Many of our residents publish in peer-reviewed journals, present at national meetings, serve in national leadership roles, and have been awarded grants. Congratulations to our current medical residents (and recent graduates) on their recent publications and awards!

Current Residents

Radiation Oncology Residents, 2023-2024

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    Bingham BS*, Facer BD*, Fleisch SB, Walker JN, Ahmad M, Osmundson EC. Radiation Therapy Adherence Among Patients Experiencing Homelessness. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2021 Mar. PMID: 33127492. *Co-first Authors

    Sherry AD, Bingham BS, Kim E, Monsour M, Luo G, Attia A, Chambless LB, Cmelak AJ. Secondary malignancy following stereotactic radiosurgery for benign neurologic disease: A cohort study and review of the literature. J Radiosurg SBRT. 2020. PMID: 32185088

    Khattab, MH, Sherry, AD, Whitaker RM, Wharton, DM, Weaver, KD, Cmelak, AJ, Chambless, LB and Attia, A.  A Retrospective Cohort Study of Longitudinal Audiologic Assessment in Single and Fractionated Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Vestibular Schwannoma.  Neurosurgery; 2019. PMID: 31215628.

    Whitaker RM, Newman N, and Osmundson EC.  Cancer Database Analyses Require Cautious Interpretation, Careful Approach.  Annals of Thoracic Surg. 2021. PMID: 33497667 

    Newman N, Rajkumar-Calkins A, Shinohara E, Kirschner AN. Patient-Reported Quality of Life Outcomes Following Definitive Radiotherapy with Absorbable Spacer Hydrogel for Prostate Cancer. Advances in Radiation Oncology, 2021. PMID 34934855

    Kirschner AN, Wang J, Rajkumar-Calkins A, Neuzil K, Chang SS. Intravesical Anti-PD-1 Immune Checkpoint Inhibition Treats Urothelial Bladder Cancer in a Mouse Model. Journal of Urology, 2021. PMID 33356477.

    Rajkumar-Calkins AS, Szalat R, Dreze M, Khan I, Frazier Z, Reznichenkov E, Schnorenberg M, Tsai YF, Nguyen H, Kochupurakkal B, D’Andrea AD, Shapiro GI, Lazaro JB, Mouw KW. Functional profiling of nucleotide excision repair in breast cancer. DNA Repair, 2019. PMID 31499327.

    Gaines DK, Rathmell WK. Spatial Models of Tumor Evolution. Nature: Ecology and Evolution. 2022 Jan. PMID 34949818

    Jean-Baptiste SR, Feigenberg, Dorsey JF, Kao GD. Personal and Prognostic: Liquid Biomarkers for Early Stage Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Treated With Radiation Therapy. Seminars in Radiation Oncology. 2021 Apr. PMID: 33610272.

    Lee SH, Kao KD, Feigenberg SJ, Dorsey JF, Frick MA, Jean-Baptiste SR, Uche CZ, Cengel KA, Levin WA, Berman AW, Aggarwal C, Fan Y, Xiao Y. Multi-block Discriminant Analysis of Integrative 18F-FDG-PET/CT Radiomics for Predicting Circulating Tumor Cells in Early Stage Non-small Cell Lung Cancer Treated with Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy. . Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2021 Aug. PMID: 33662459

    Khattab MH, Sherry AD, Devan SP, Luo G, Chaballout BH, Jean-Baptiste S, Xu J, Bick S, Petrie WM, Cmelak AJ. Noninvasive capsulotomy for refractory depression by frameless stereotactic radiosurgery. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys, 2022 Aug. PMID 35595157

    Dove A.P., Manole B.A., Wakefield D.V., Doubrovin M., Shulkin B.L., Merchant T.E., Davidoff A.M, Furman W.L., Krason M.J., Lucas Jr. J.T. Managing Local-Regional Failure in Children with High-risk Neuroblastoma: A Single Institution Experience. Pediatric Blood and Cancer. Sep 2018. PMID: 30270551 

    Manole B.A., Wakefield D.V., Dove A.P., Dulaney C.R., Marcrom S.R., Schwartz D.L., Farmer M.R. Quality of Prostate Cancer Screening Information on the Websites of Nationally-Recognized Cancer Centers and Health Organizations. Practical Radiation Oncology. Dec 2017. PMID: 29452874

    Wakefield D.V., Eaton B.R., Dove A.P., Hsu C.Y., Merchant T.E., Pappo A., Davidoff A.M., Esiashvili N., Krasin M.J., Lucas Jr. J.R. Is There a Role for Re-Irradiation In Pediatric Patients With Locoregionally Recurrent Rhabdomyosarcoma? Clinical Outcomes from A Multi-Institutional Cohort. Radiotherapy and Oncology. Jul 2018. PMID 30017104

    Wakefield D.V. and Carnell M., Dove A.P., Edmonston C., Garner W., Hubler A., Makepeace L., Hanson R., Ozdenerol E., Chun S., Spencer S., Pisu M., Martin M.Y., Jiang B., Punglia R., Schwartz D.L. Location as Destiny: Identifying Geospatial Disparities in Radiation Treatment Interruption by Neighborhood, Race, and Insurance. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. Mar  2020. PMID: 32234552.

    Dove APH, Cmelak A, Darrow K, McComas KN, Chowdhary M, Beckta J, Kirschner AN. The use of low-dose radiotherapy in osteoarthritis: a review. International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics. 2022 April. PMID 35504501

    Dhuri, K., Bechtold, C., Quijano, E., Pham, H., Gupta, A., Vikram, A., & Bahal, R. Antisense Oligonucleotides: An Emerging Area in Drug Discovery and Development. Journal of Clinical Medicine 2020, 9(6):2004.

    Kaplan, A., Pham, H., Liu, Y., Oyaghire, S., Bahal, R., Engelman, D., Glazer, P. M., Ku80-Targeted pH-Sensitive Peptide–PNA Conjugates Are Tumor Selective and Sensitize Cancer Cells to Ionizing Radiation. Molecular Cancer Research 2020, PMID 32098827.

    McComas KN, Laird D. Residents across the globe: a call for education, advocacy, and collaboration. Advances in Radiation Oncology. 2022 Aug. PMID 35996630

    McComas KN, Darrow K, Yock A, Shinohara ET. Online adaptive radiotherapy and opportunity cost. Advanced in Radiation Oncology. 2022 Accepted

    Lucas JT, Faught AM, Hsu CY, Wilson LJ, Guo Y, Li Y, Khan R, Becksfort JB, LeVine DA, Ismael Y, Darrow K, Moskvin VP, Pirlepesov F, Klimo P, Elijovich L, Indelicato DJ, Boop FA, Merchant TE. Pre- and posttherapy risk factors for vasculopathy in pediatric patients with craniopharyngioma treated with surgery and proton radiation therapy. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2022 May. PMID 34990778

    Darrow K, Luo L. Look (biopsy) before you leap. International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics. 2023. PMID 37453795

    Kline Quiroz K, Byrd H, Lockney N. Pathophysiology of radiation fibrosis syndrome. Current Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Reports. 2023. Springer

    Gracie J, Fortune CE, Morris CG, Leach DF, Mendenhall WM. Radiation treatment for cancer of the anal margin. American Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2023. PMID 36820471



    • MOBILE: Mitigating Osteoarthritis by Intervention with Low-Dose Irradiation to Extremities

      • Investigators: Dr. Austin Dove (PI), Dr. Austin Kirschner, Dr. Tony Cmelak, Dr. Ryan Whitaker, Dr. Ashwin Shinde

    • VMAT: Vertebral Bone Marrow in Lung Cancer Attention Trial

      • Investigators: Dr. Evan Osmundson (Co-PI), Dr. Neil Newman (Co-PI, former resident), Dr. Austin Dove

    • Utilization of 18F-FGln PET/CT Imaging in Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma.

      • Investigators: Dr. Dakim Gaines, Dr. WK Rathmell, Dr. BI Rini. 2020.

    • The relationship between tumor hypoxia, tumor recurrence, and radiation necrosis in patients with brain metastases undergoing stereotactic radiosurgery for local control. 2022

      • Investigators: Dr. Jill De Vis, Dr. Evan Osmundson, Dr. MJ Donahue.

    • TESSERACT: Trial in ES-SCLC Enhancing Response to Atezolizumab and Chemotherapy with Total Body Irradiation. 

      • Investigators: Dr. Ryan Whitaker, Dr. Dakim Gaines, Dr. Evan Osmundson, 2020.

    • IST-370: Phase I/II Clinical Trial Evaluating the Role of Selinexor in Locally Advanced Rectal Cancer Treatment (SELECT).

      • Co-Investigator: Dr. Ryan Whitaker

    • SICARIO: Phase I/II Trial of Split-Course Adaptive Radioimmunotherapy for the Treatment of Oligometastatic Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer using Biologically-Adaptive Radiotherapy.

      • Investigator: Dr. Ryan Whitaker 

    • NIH NLM T15 Training Grant, to pursue Masters in Clinical Bioinformatics, 2022 - 2024
      • Dr. Samuel Jean-Baptiste
    • NIH R21, $250,000 Direct Costs, 2022
      • Dr. Jill De Vis
    • AACR-Clinical Oncology Research (CORE) Training Fellowship, 2923 $100,000
      • Dr. Ha Pham
    • AACR Molecular Biology in Clinical Oncology Acceptance 2022
      • Dr. Gakim Gaines
    • ASTRO Advocacy Day Travel Grant Recipient, 2022
      • Dr. Kyra McComas
    • ASTRO-AstraZeneca Research Fellowship, $100,000
      • Dr. Ryan Whitaker
    • Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (VICTR) Grant Total $5,000
      • Dr. Austin Dove
    • Oral Presentation and Press Program Selection, ASTRO Annual Meeting, 2021
      • Dr. Brian Bingham
    • Techquity Design Challenge: 2nd Place, Vanderbilt Clinical Informatics Center
      • Dr. Brian Bingham
    • ASTRO Advocacy Day Travel Grant Recipient, 2020
      • Dr. Brian Bingham
    • ECOG-ACRIN Minority Scholarship Award, 2021
      • Dr. Dakim Gaines
    • ​​​ECOG-ACRIN Travel Scholarship Award, 2023
      • Dr. Samuel Jean-Baptiste

    • Association of Residents in Radiation Oncology (ARRO), Executive Committee Member
      • Dr. Dakim Gaines, 2020 - 2022
    • Association of Residents in Radiation Oncology (ARRO), Co-Chair Global Health Subcommittee
      • Dr. Dakim Gaines, 2020 - 2022
    • Association of Residents in Radiation Oncology (ARRO), Global Health Subcommittee
      • Dr. Kyra McComas, 2021 – 2022
    • Association of Residents in Radiation Oncology (ARRO), Climate, Health, Equity & Sustainability Task Force (CHEST)
      • Dr. Kyra McComas, 2022 – present
    • Association of Residents in Radiation Oncology (ARRO), Education Subcommittee
      • Dr. Austin Dove, 2021 - 2022
    • ASTRO International Research and Scientific Innovation Subcommittee
      • Dr. Dakim Gaines, 2022 - present
    • Global Coalition for Radiotherapy (GCR) Resident Partners
      • Dr. Kyra McComas, Founder, 2022 - present