The Department of Radiation Oncology was established in 1985 and is part of the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. The Department proudly hosts a two-year, CAMPEP-accredited medical physics residency program, and co-sponsors a CAMPEP-accredited medical physics graduate program with the Department of Physics. Department faculty provide professional services as radiation oncologists and medical physicists, and are actively engaged in oncology patient care, clinical research, and teaching of students, residents, and fellows. Faculty also serve in various leadership capacities at ECU Health Medical Center, including Chief of Service of Radiation Oncology and Director of Stereotactic Ablative Radiotherapy.
Among the clinics where department faculty provide care is Vidant Radiation Oncology, which is a joint venture between ECU Health and GenesisCare and is located in the Eddie and Jo Allison Smith Cancer Tower at ECU Health Medical Center. Within this 6-story, 96-bed, 418,000 square foot Tower are several state-of-the-art treatment technologies, including: three Varian TrueBeam linear accelerators with optical surface imaging; respiratory gating and a 6DoF couch; an M6 CyberKnife; an HDR brachytherapy suite; a GE CT simulator; GammaTile therapy; Y-90 liver directed therapy; radiopharmaceuticals; and a fifth vault configured for an MRI linear accelerator. The Tower also houses multispecialty clinics, a 60-chair infusion center, patient support services, a women’s imaging center, pharmacy, conference space, and healing gardens.
In addition, department faculty provide services at the ECU Health Gamma Knife® Center located at ECU Health Medical Center, which houses a Gamma Knife Icon unit with dedicated MRI and patient support space. Regardless of location, department faculty actively collaborate with ECU Health and GenesisCare staff to provide results-oriented, high-quality patient care. The Department also collaborates with ECU Health Beaufort Hospital, ECU Health Edgecombe Hospital, and ECU Health Roanoke-Chowan Hospital to provide clinical care and quality standardization for patients across eastern North Carolina.