Physicians

Physicians

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James M. Larner, M.D.

Professor and Chair, Radiation Oncology

Dr. Larner is Chairman of the Department of Radiation Oncology and the primary radiation oncologist for the Neuro-Oncology Center and the Thoracic Oncology service at UVa. Dr. Larner specializes in radiotherapy for central nervous system tumors including radiosurgery, and lung cancers including high d ose, small volume treatments known as stereotactic body radiation therapy. His research focus is on increasing the effectiveness of radiation through new molecularly targeted agents.

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Dr. Paul W. Read, M.D., Ph.D.

Vice Chairman and Medical Director

Since joining the UVA faculty in 2000, Dr. Read has served as the Residency Program Director for 10 years, and is a member of the UVA Academy of Distinguished Educators. In 2012, he was awarded a CMS Innovation Challenge Award to improve health and health care of patients with advanced cancer. Dr. Read is currently developing a new clinical workflow which will revolutionize the treatment of patients with bone metastases into a non-invasive 30 minute procedure, and a clinical trial for head and neck cancer patients that aims to reduce treatment-related toxicity.

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Timothy N. Showalter

Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology and Residency Program Director

Dr. Showalter is an attending physician in the Department of Radiation Oncology. He specializes in genitourinary, gynecologic, pediatric, melanoma and sarcoma cancers.

As a clinical researcher, Dr. Showalter is focused on improving outcomes for patients with high-risk prostate cancer, developing more effective and convenient radiation therapy schedules, and evaluating advanced technologies for brachytherapy and external beam radiation therapy.

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Shiv Khandelwal, M.D., FACRO

Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology

Dr. Khandelwal treats patients with radiotherapy for benign and malignant tumors of all types. His research interests include breast cancer and investigating the most effective ways to deliver radiation while minimizing damage to healthy tissues. He is currently the principal investigator in a pilot study of a new treatment for breast cancer.

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Monica Morris, M.D.

Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology

Dr. Morris joined UVa as an Associate Professor in 2009. She serves as the Medical Director of Radiation Oncology, and is devoted to patient education, proactive care and management of malignancies of all sorts, with emphasis on those of the breast, lung and gastrointestinal tract.  “I particularly love explaining complex medical concepts in plain English,” she says.

Dr. Morris served for 12 years at VCU in Richmond, treating lung, breast and pediatric malignancies. She also has received national awards for the quality of her patient care.

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Robert Driskill, M.D.

Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology

A graduate of UVA and UVA School of Medicine, Dr. Bob Driskill has practiced Radiation Oncology in Virginia for over 20 years.  He has extensive experience with radiation therapy for most types of cancer, and has particular interest in treatments for gastrointestinal, prostate and breast malignancies.  He also has interest in new developments in biotechnology and personalized treatment applications, and how they may integrate with radiation therapy. His care is patient-focused with an emphasis on quality of care.

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Charles R. Kersh, M.D.

Adjunct Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology

Dr. Kersh is an adjunct attending physician in the Department of Radiation Oncology. He sees patients in the Williamsburg Radiation Therapy Center and Riverside Regional Medical Center. He sees patients of all tumor types but specializes in Gamma Knife radiosurgery and body radiosurgery.

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