Radiation Oncology

A radiation oncologist is a doctor who deals with the therapeutic applications of radiant energy and its modifiers, and the study and management of disease, especially malignant tumors.1

Radiation oncologists can receive training in the following subspecialty:

  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine - prevent and relieve the suffering experienced by patients with life-limiting illnesses.

Training/residency information

The residency training program for radiation oncology is five years.

Salary information

The annual salary for oncologists ranges from $357,000 to $463,293.2

For more information

1 The American Board of Medical Specialties. Guide to Physician Specialties. Evanston, IL: American Board of Medical Specialties; February 2008.
2 2008 Physician Compensation Survey [special feature]. Modern Healthcare. July 14, 2008: 28-32.

For more information about this specialty, including the nature of the work, personal characteristics, residency requirements, match data, workforce statistics, compensation, and relevant links and readings, please see the AAMC page on this specialty (requires login to AAMC site. See "Specialty Pages" tab).

UNC Radiology Oncology Residency Program

Residency Director: Mahesh Varia, MD

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