K.S. C. Chao Professor of Radiation Oncology

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KS Clifford Chao, M.D., is a pre-eminent expert in the use of image-guided targeted radiotherapy and intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) for the treatment of cancers, and is the Chairman of the Combined Program in Radiation Oncology at New York- Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical College and Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Chao came to New York from The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where he was a professor and the director of Image-Guided Therapy.

Before joining M. D. Anderson in 2002, Dr. Chao was an associate professor at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He received his medical degree from Kaohsiung Medical School in Taiwan. His postgraduate training included a Radiation Oncology residency and fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine and a surgical fellowship in the Cancer Research Institute in Tokyo, Japan.

In addition to serving as the Principle Investigator of multiple NIH research grants and publishing more than 100 peer-reviewed papers, he is the author of two widely read textbooks, “Management Decisions in Radiation Oncology” and “Practical Essentials of IMRT”. Dr. Chao’s research focus includes combining positron emission tomography (PET) and computed tomography (CT) images to construct individualized treatment plans that address the molecular characteristics of each tumor.

Dr. Chao’s clinical specialties include Head and Neck, Brain, Prostate, Digestive and Breast cancer.

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  • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons