I am pleased to announce that Douglas W. Arthur, M.D., has been appointed to serve as chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology, effective February 1.
Dr. Arthur is currently interim chair and professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology and holds the position of associate director of clinical affairs in the Massey Cancer Center. He was appointed the inaugural Natalie N. and John R. Congdon, Sr. Chair in Cancer Research in 2013.
Dr. Arthur received his M.D. in 1989 from Wake Forest University’s Bowman Gray School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C., and completed a residency in radiation oncology at the VCU School of Medicine. He finished his training with a brachytherapy focused clinical fellowship at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York and joined the faculty at VCU in 1994.
Dr. Arthur’s primary research interests include clinical studies focusing on the treatment of breast cancer with special interest in the development and use of accelerated partial breast irradiation. He has a long history of clinical trial development and is the principal investigator of one national trial and co-PI for several national breast trials. He maintains a successful track record of participation at the national level and is recognized as a top enroller to many trials. Presently, he is a breast committee member of the NRG Oncology national cooperative trial group and has been appointed as a co-chairman of the breast cancer local regional subcommittee.
Within the Massey Cancer Center and regionally he contributes to the overall care of patients through Multi-Disciplinary clinic involvement and patient flow management, the focus of which is expert patient care and access to clinical trial enrollment.
Dr. Arthur is the co-editor of the first two editions of a book on accelerated partial breast irradiation and is the lead editor of the latest expanded edition, recently published textbook, “Short Course Breast Radiotherapy: A Comprehensive Review of Hypofractionation, Partial Breast, and Intra-Operative Irradiation.”
My thanks go to Dr. Ann Fulcher, Chair of the Department of Radiology, who led the national search, and the search committee, who identified Dr. Arthur as the next leader of Radiation Oncology.
Jerome F. Strauss, III, M.D., Ph.D.
Dean, VCU School of Medicine
Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs, VCU Health System