Message from the Chairman


Dr. Lawrence Schwartz
Interim Chairman
James L. Picker – Professor of Radiology

Welcome to the Department of Radiation Oncology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons a member of the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center an NCI designated facility. In our department, our mission is to provide the highest-quality patient centered care utilizing “state of the art” technology and treatment modalities. We are committed to enhancing cancer care thorough training of our residents, and advancing our research initiatives. In our department, our patients have the advantage of a multidisciplinary team-approach. Our physicians have a tremendous amount of expertise in the field of radiation oncology and we work with our colleagues from other specialties in our facility to ensure every patient gets the best care and treatment available immediately. We offer the numerous clinical trials that give our patients access to treatments that are not yet available to the public.

All of our physicians specialize in a particular disease site of radiation oncology, such as brain, head and neck, lung, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, breast, prostate cancers and or pediatric malignancies. This allows them to focus their patient care, research, and teachings in the area of which they are most knowledgeable. We have six physicians with over 25 years of combined experience in this field. In addition, we currently have six medical residents rotating through the clinical core curriculum of radiation oncology while participating in various research efforts without the institution.

The Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center of Columbia University is the University’s home for basic, clinical, population-based cancer research, and patient care. Irving Cancer Center researchers and physicians are dedicated to understanding the biology of cancer and to applying that knowledge to the design of cancer therapies and prevention strategies. We are working to reduce the incidence and progression of cancers and improve the quality of the lives of those affected by cancer.

In partnership with New York-Presbyterian Hospital, ranked as one of the top hospitals in the United States, internationally-recognized researchers and clinicians of the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center bring together the best approaches for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of many types of cancer. Experts in surgery, hematology, medical oncology, neuro-oncology, urological oncology, radiation therapy, pathology, nursing, social work and psychology strive to meet the needs of each individual patient to create a personalized treatment plan.

Annually, Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center clinicians diagnose and treat more than 3,500 new cancer cases. Patients also benefit from access to more than 200 clinical trials, many of them featuring therapeutic regimens, as well as studies to help understand the incidence and progression of cancer, and to improve quality of life.

Learn more about the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center here.