Internationally renowned cancer expert Julia White, MD, is the new director of Breast Radiation Oncology at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James).
“I’m very excited that Julia is now leading our breast radiation oncology program at Ohio State,” says Michael A. Caligiuri, MD, director of Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center and CEO of the James Cancer Hospital. “She is widely regarded as one of the leading breast radiation oncologists in the world. We are delighted to have such an esteemed cancer leader join our University’s faculty to help us reach our goal of a cancer-free world.” White, who also has been named vice-chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology, serves as chair of the national Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) Breast Cancer Group.
“As a breast cancer physician and radiation oncologist, my goal is to deliver radiation that is personalized to the specific cancer and the individual woman by using advanced radiation technology that can more precisely treat breast tumors, and as a result improve the overall survival for women with breast cancer,” says White, who also is a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Breast Cancer Steering Committee. “We now know that breast cancer is not one disease, but that there are many different types of breast cancer and that each woman has her own individual needs.”
In addition, Dr. White has served as principal investigator on a number of important clinical studies that have helped establish the current standard of care in the treatment of breast cancer patients. “Julia is considered the international authority in breast cancer as it pertains to radiation oncology,” adds Arnab Chakravarti, MD, chair and professor, Department of Radiation Oncology and co-director, Brain Tumor Program at OSUCCC – James. “Her clinical research has helped define the field of breast radiation oncology. She will also have an important role in expanding the clinical trials portfolio in breast cancer at the Ohio State.”
“The clinical trials I oversee nationally are available at The Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center and aim to answer how to use the newest radiation technology to most effectively cure breast cancer patients,” says Dr. White. “My goal is to offer the most up-to-date breast cancer treatment to patients I care for today, and to design clinical trials to cure even more patients in the next generation.”