Ronald C. Chen

Ronald C. Chen, MD, MPH, is a UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center member and Associate Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at UNC-Chapel Hill. Chen is the Director of the UNC CyberKnife Radiosurgery Program and Associate Director of Education at UNC Lineberger.

Ronald C. Chen

Associate Professor
UNC-Chapel Hill
Cancer Prevention and Control
Urologic Oncology Program

101 Manning Drive

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Area of interest

Primary clinical interests are in 1) genitourinary cancers and 2) Cyberknife radiation.

Cyberknife is an exciting new technology, and could represent a more accurate way to deliver radiation because of an ability to "track" the movement of the tumor (target) during radiation. The University of North Carolina is one of the few academic centers in the United States with a Cyberknife and a clinical trial for prostate cancer patients (4 radiation treatments) is being offered.

Primary research interest involves the long-term outcomes of prostate cancer patients and survivors. This includes bringing new prostate cancer treatments to the clinic, clinical trials, and studying/comparing the efficacy and long-term quality of life effects of current treatments (including surgery and radiation) for prostate cancer.

The long-term quality of life impact of prostate cancer treatments is increasingly recognized as an important consideration in the decision-making process for a patient. For men with localized prostate cancer, most become long-term survivors, but the treatments they chose and received may leave long-lasting quality of life effects and symptoms. Surgery, external beam radiation, and brachytherapy are all accepted standard treatments for localized prostate cancer, but they cause distinctly different short-term and long-term side effects. One of Dr. Chen?s main research interests is in studying the quality of life of prostate cancer survivors, and to bring this information to clinical use by counseling patients prior to choosing treatment.

Awards and Honors

  • 2017   UNC Health Care and Faculty Physicians Carolina Care Excellence  Leader
  • 2016    ASCO Advocacy Champion
  • 2016   Carolina Care Excellence Award
  • 2014   UNC Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Faculty Member inductee
  • 2013   UNC James W. Woods Junior Faculty Development Award
  • 2013   Association of Residents in Radiation Oncology (ARRO) Educator of the Year
  • 2013   Inducted as Member of UNC School of Medicine Academy of Educators
  • 2012   UNC School of Medicine Academy of Educators Medical Student Research Mentor Award
  • 2011   Department of Radiation Oncology Excellence in Teaching Award
  • 2010   University of North Carolina Junior Faculty Development Award
  • 2009   ASCO/AACR Methods in Clinical Research (Vail Workshop)
  • 2009   ASCO Cancer Foundation Merit Award
  • 2008   Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) Meeting Travel Grant
  • 2007   CaPSURE Scholar: UCSF Cancer of the Prostate Strategic Urologic Research Endeavor
  • 2006   Travel grant, American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology Health Services/Outcomes Research in Oncology Symposium
  • 2004   Cum laude (Harvard Medical School)
  • 2001   Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellow
  • 2001   Leopold Schepp Foundation Scholarship
  • 2000   Harvard Medical School PASTEUR Fellow – Patient-Associated Science: Training, Education, Understanding, and Research
  • 1999   Highest Distinction (equivalent to summa cum laude), University of Kansas
  • 1996   Barry M. Goldwater Scholar

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