The Dartmouth Health Board of Trustees and the Dartmouth College Board of Trustees have formally elevated Radiation Oncology from a section within the Department of Medicine at Dartmouth Health’s Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) and Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine, to full department status.
The new department, which will be known as the Department of Radiation Oncology and Applied Sciences, will be under the leadership of inaugural chair Charles R. Thomas, Jr., MD.
Thomas has served as the section chief of Radiation Oncology since September 2021, when he joined Dartmouth Health from Oregon Health & Science University, where he was chair of the Department of Radiation Medicine. He has provided strategic vision and leadership for the growth and expansion of clinical services, as well as the section’s education and research activities, successfully stewarding it to full department status.
This change brings DHMC into alignment with other academic medical centers with National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers. It will raise the visibility of DHMC’s programs, drive technical innovation, attract research dollars and improve, treatment outcomes for cancer patients and their families.