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MD Anderson’s Woo tapped as chair of radiation oncology at UofL

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Shiao Y. Woo, professor of radiation oncology and section chief of the division of central nervous system and pediatric cancers at the University of Texas - MD Anderson Cancer Center, has been appointed endowed professor and chairman of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Louisville School of Medicine.

MD Anderson’s Woo tapped as chair of radiation oncology at UofL

Shiao Y. Woo

 Woo will join the UofL faculty March 1, 2010.

“Professor Woo is an internationally recognized authority on the treatment of brain, spinal cord and pediatric cancers and adds to the University of Louisville and the James Graham Brown Cancer Center’s strengths in the neurosciences,” said Edward Halperin, dean of the UofL School of Medicine.

“He is superbly trained, has obtained extensive clinical and research experience at the world-class MD Anderson Cancer Center of Houston, is widely published and serves on the board of directors of the Pediatric Radiation Oncology Society. His selection as chair, following our naming of new chairs in the departments of neurology, biochemistry and medicine, is a clear demonstration of growing national recognition of our clinical programs.”

Woo completed an internal medicine residency and obtained board certification in internal medicine in the United Kingdom. He subsequently completed a residency in pediatrics and a fellowship in pediatric and adolescent hematology-oncology at Georgetown University Hospital, and a residency in radiation therapy at Stanford University Medical Center.

He is board certified in pediatrics, pediatric hematology-oncology and radiation oncology. He has served on the faculties of Georgetown University, Tufts University, Baylor College of Medicine and MD Anderson, where he has been a professor since 1996. Woo has served as residency director for the departments of radiation oncology at both MD Anderson and Baylor and he also was associate chairman for research at Baylor.

Woo’s areas of clinical and research interest are tumors of the blood, bone, nervous system and soft tissue in children and adults. He has published more than 120 articles in peer-reviewed journals and authored more than 20 book chapters.

“I am excited to be joining the vibrant UofL medical and scientific community and I believe there will be many growth opportunities for the department clinically and academically over the coming years,” Woo said. “I am looking forward to collaborating with colleagues in our department and others to do our part to advance the field of cancer care and research at UofL and beyond.”

In making the announcement of Woo’s appointment, Halperin acknowledged the service of outgoing chair William Spanos, who led the department for 12 years. Spanos is retiring as chair but will continue as an active member of the faculty.

“Professor William Spanos came to the University of Louisville from MD Anderson and has served as professor and chairman of the department of radiation oncology with distinction,” Halperin said. “Under his leadership, the University of Louisville established programs in intra-operative radiotherapy, tomotherapy and radiosurgery, and concluded a partnership agreement for proton beam therapy with Indiana University. He has established a firm foundation upon which Dr. Woo can build an outstanding academic radiation oncology department.”

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