CaNCURE Mentors


Robert A Cormack, Ph.D.


Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology
Harvard Medical School


Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology
Brigham and Women's Hospital


rcormack@lroc.harvard.edu

Biography: I am currently the Deputy Chief of the Division of Medical Physics and Biophysics in the Department of Radiation Oncology of both the Brigham and Woman’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. My first exposure to medical physics was as an undergraduate physics major working with the proton therapy group at the Harvard Cyclotron Laboratory. My doctoral research at Boston University investigated the elemental composition of high energy cosmic rays. I returned to field of medical physics as a post-doctoral fellow at the Joint Center for Radiation Therapy and have been involved in radiation therapy ever since. My current efforts include clinical service to DFCI and BWH, academic service to the Harvard Medical School, and both clinical and basic research.

Research and Expertise: My research involves means to improve the efficacy and process of brachytherapy. We have shown that drug eluting nanoparticles can increase the effectiveness of therapeutic radiation, and can sustain drug release over time scales needed for permanent brachytherapy. We are currently optimizing the design of these nanoparticles for eventual clinical use. More clinical research efforts include adaptive treatment planning, MR compatible robotic devices, actively tracked catheters. Bringing both efforts together to deliver concurrent chemo-brachytherapy should lead to an improved therapeutic ratio in pelvic brachytherapy.

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