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Lisa Kachnic, MD, Joins Columbia University as Chair of Radiation Oncology


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Lisa Kachnic, MD

Lisa Kachnic, MD

Lisa Kachnic, MD, has been named Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and Chief of the Radiation Oncology Service at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center. She will also serve as Associate Director for Cancer Network Strategy in the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center and Professor and Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

Professional Experience

Prior to moving to New York, Dr. Kachnic served on the radiation oncology faculty at Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston University School of Medicine. She currently serves as Vice Chair of the Radiation Oncology Committee and Co-Chair of the Anorectal Subcommittee for the SWOG Cancer Research Network research base, where she also serves as the Multi-Modality Executive Officer. Additionally, Dr. Kachnic is Chair of the NRG Oncology National Cancer Institute (NCI) Community Oncology Research Program’s (NCORP) Cancer Control and Prevention Division, and she is actively involved in NRG Oncology’s Gastrointestinal Strategic Sommittee.

A past President and current Governor of the American Board of Radiology, Dr. Kachnic is internationally known for her clinical trial leadership positions in the NCI and its cooperative group research bases. Through her own research, she is widely recognized for gastrointestinal developments that integrate novel radiation delivery techniques into treatments.

Training and Memberships

Dr. Kachnic earned an undergraduate degree from Boston College and a medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine. She completed a residency in radiation oncology at Harvard University and her last year as Chief Resident.

Dr. Kachnic is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and is a fellow of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), where she also is Chair of the Scientific Committee for ASTRO’s annual meeting. ■


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