Radiation Oncology Residency Training Program

Welcome to the Radiation Oncology Residency Training Program  

We are well prepared to provide you with a carefully designed curriculum

Throughout the four years of training, our residents will work one-on-one with leaders in Clinical Radiation Oncology, Medical Physics, Translational Research and Basic Science.Residents will become highly trained in Radiation Oncology with molecular biology and medical physics, utilizing modern radiotherapy techniques, including the Varian Edge™ Radiosurgery System, which is the most advanced radiosurgery technology available along with two additional Linear accelerators.  The department is equipped with the most advanced radiotherapy technology.

Residents will also be trained in brachytherapy using the most up-to-date Varisource HDR Unit, Eclipse TPS and Aria R&V system, CT-simulator with 4DCT capabilities and liquid radioisotope therapy. These education experiences will go side-by-side with our Physics Residency Program. Our graduates will leave this program well prepared to become leaders in Radiation Oncology.

It is an exciting time in Radiation Oncology with technological advances and molecular breakthroughs improving our understanding of cancer. Stony Brook Medicine occupies a special position on the very forefront of academic medicine, ushering innovative ideas from the laboratory to the bedside. The Department of Radiation Oncology at Stony Brook continues to grow at an unprecedented pace with new research-oriented faculty members and translational research.

Our talented and renowned faculty members are recognized as patient advocates, pioneers in research, and leaders in academic radiation oncology.  They are dedicated educators who are always approachable and down-to-earth. We believe it is the faculty, coupled with our commitment to cutting-edge technology, basic and translational research, clinical trials, and multidisciplinary patient centered cancer care that create a dynamic environment in which to train.

Our residents will be the centerpiece of our Department for education and research missions. You will become compassionate, intelligent, and accomplished both inside and outside of the hospital — and truly represent the best and brightest in medicine. Residents will also be involved in teaching at our dosimetry school, and medical physics residency program.

Radiation Oncology Residency Program
The four-year radiation oncology residency (PGY 2 – PGY 5) is available to those who have completed their first post-graduate year. Each year 1 Physician will be accepted through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

Residents will work in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Stony Brook UNiversity Hospital in an academic clinical setting with an opportunity to have experience in a community setting at Southampton Clinic and in the laboratory research.
Program Director: Samuel Ryu, MD       
Assistant Program Director: Alexander M. Stessin, MD, PhD
Program Coordinator: Vivian Panicci

To train future leaders in Radiation Oncology by providing a collaborative, multidisciplinary clinical and academic experience within a creative hands-on educational environment.

We seek to equip our graduates with the skills needed to diagnose and treat both common and rare oncological conditions; to become innovators in clinical, translational, and laboratory based research; and to provide superior care to future patients.

The program provides the trainees with comprehensive structured cognitive and practical clinical education that will enable them to be competent, proficient and professional oncologists. The trainees will have comprehensive knowledge in oncology in general and in clinical and basic science. They will learn the techniques, practice, knowledge, and methodology of radiation oncology, and be prepared for board certification. The training will be fully covered by expert faculty supervision in the fields of Radiation Oncology at SBUH where they can have sufficient clinical experience with diverse oncological cases. The program will provide the residents with advanced and comprehensive training, and will also provide rotations from other specialty residents. The program is committed to developing an environment of collaborative teamwork, compassionate care, and committed to the training of physicians for academic practice and community cancer care.  

Clinical Activities
1) Patient population: Patients with neoplasms ranging from benign tumors to malignancy regardless of age. The department has over 1,200 new cancer consults per year. 
2) Time for and location of in-patient experiences: Upon in-patient consultation.
3) Time for and location of out-patient experiences: Radiation Oncology is primarily composed of out-patients daily in the Department of Radiation Oncology and the Cancer Center.  
4)  Patient load requirements: the ABR requirement for board certification of 250 patients per resident.
5)  One-to-one interaction with faculty and supervision during clinical activities.
6)  The training program will have a special emphasis on patient safety and quality care in achieving competency of the resident. This will be done by didactic lectures and continuous experience on how to increase safety in delivering radiation to the patient and making treatment decisions based on the evidence, and constant effort on quality improvement.
7)  Research Activities: Each resident will have a research project each year. It can be either basic research, translational or clinical research. The resident will be supervised by the attending physician or research faculty. It is expected that residents be present at local or national meetings, and publish in peer-reviewed journals. Basic research will be performed in the laboratory of pharmacology where departmental bench research is performed. The resident can have block time of 6-12 months depending on the topic and level of such research. The research duration will be discussed with the program director and supervising faculty.