Clinical Division

Our highly collaborative environment has fostered world-class multidisciplinary oncology clinics here at UNC, where every new cancer patient receives a comprehensive treatment recommendation on the day of initial consultation that includes input from members of all the oncologic specialties, including radiation oncology. As such, we serve as the specialty oncology referral center for the entire state of North Carolina. The Department also has close ties with the world-renowned UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, which have significantly enhanced our research and bench-side to bed-side focus. Members of our Clinical Division develop and participate in innovative translational clinical trials at both the institutional and national levels. Our faculty also provide excellent multi-disciplinary clinical services at our affiliated centers in Raleigh, Wakefield, Smithfield, Clayton, High Point and Caldwell, NC.

Eighteen radiation oncologists spearhead our Clinical Division to provide services at our treatment centers:

  • NC Cancer Hospital in Chapel Hill
  • Rex Cancer Center in Raleigh
  • Rex Cancer Center of Wakefield
  • Smithfield Radiation Oncology
  • Clayton Radiation Oncology
  • High Point Radiation Oncology
  • Caldwell Radiation Oncology

Some of our faculty physicians specialize in different disease sites, while others provide more general radiation oncology services. A list of our physicians and their areas of expertise include:

Chapel Hill

  • Dr. Ronald Chen: prostate cancer; trained in CyberKnife
  • Dr. Bhisham Chera: head and neck cancers
  • Dr. Ellen Jones: gynecologic and breast cancers
  • Dr. Lawrence Marks, Professor and Chair: breast and lung cancers
  • Dr. Joel Tepper: gastrointestinal cancers and sarcomas; trained in CyberKnife
  • Dr. Mahesh Varia: gynecologic cancers
  • Dr. Andrew Wang: prostate cancer; trained in CyberKnife
  • Dr. Timothy Zagar: lung and breast cancers; trained in CyberKnife

Wake and Johnston Counties

  • Dr. Roger Anderson: general radiation oncology and head and neck cancer
  • Dr. Courtney Bui: general radiation oncology
  • Dr. John Fakiris: general radiation oncology and lung cancer
  • Dr. Pete Hoffman: prostate cancer
  • Dr. Charles Scarantino: general radiation oncology
  • Dr. Nathan Sheets: general radiation oncology and prostate cancer
  • Dr. Justin Wu: general radiation oncology and breast cancer
High Point
  • Dr. Mohit Kasibhatla: general radiation oncology
  • Dr. Heather Pacholkegeneral radiation oncology
Caldwell
  • Dr. Theodore Yaeger: general radiation oncology

We employ state-of-the-art equipment and treatment planning systems to deliver IMRT (intensity modulated radiation therapy) and IGRT (image guided radiation therapy), utilizing both CT-on-rails and CyberKnife stereotactic techniques. We also have active high dose rate brachytherapy, TomoTherapy and Mobetron intraoperative radiotherapy programs.

Of particular interest are clinical trials in Radiation Oncology. Some of our trials are developed by Department faculty, and can be offered only at UNC and our affiliated centers, thus providing our patients with unique treatment opportunities. Other trials that have been initiated by members of our Department are also available nationally, offered through cooperative clinical trials.