University of Wisconsin–Madison

"Research, Education, Expert Cancer Care: The Department of Human Oncology is a leader in changing the face of Cancer."
—Paul Harari, MD, Chairman

Welcome to the Department of Human Oncology (DHO) at the University of Wisconsin.

We provide comprehensive radiation oncology services with dedication to improve the outcome for cancer patients using state-of-the-art treatment techniques combined with highly compassionate care. Our clinical focus is on each individual cancer patient and their families; however, our mission extends more broadly to include cutting-edge research and advanced training for the next generation of MD and PhD students to ensure cancer therapy improvements for the future.

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Paul M. Harari, MD, FASTRO
Jack Fowler Professor and Chairman
Department of Human Oncology


Kathryn Mittauer, PhDDr. Kathryn Mittauer Receives Early Career Medical Physicist Scholarship Award

Dr. Kathryn Mittauer, Department of Human Oncology Bentson Clinical Research Fellow/staff medical physicist, received an Early Career Medical Physicist Scholarship Award at the Winter Institute of Medical Physics. At the meeting, Mittauer gave a presentation about her work on commissioning the department’s ViewRay MRIdian Linac, an MRI-guided radiation therapy system that enables high-precision motion management and on-table adaptive radiotherapy. Congratulations, Dr. Mittauer!

Dr. Zachary Morris in lab Dr. Zachary Morris Featured in UW Carbone Cancer Center Advances Newsletter

The April issue of Advances, the UW Carbone Cancer Center’s newsletter, includes an article about Human Oncology Assistant Professor Dr. Zachary Morris’ research on combining radiation therapy and immunotherapies to teach the immune system to fight cancer. Read more.

Zachary Morris on stairsDr. Zachary Morris’ Research Featured on NIH Director’s Blog

Dr. Zachary Morris, an assistant professor in the Department of Human Oncology (DHO) at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, studies the combined use of radiation therapy and immunotherapy to treat cancer. His work was recently featured on NIH Director Francis Collins’ blog. Read more.

George Jirousek
George Jirousek one month after treatment
Patient Benefits from Specialized Use of Brachytherapy

Brachytherapy is a technique in which radioactive seeds are inserted directly into the tumor bed to deliver a precise localized dose of radiation. It is most commonly used to treat cancers of the breast, prostate and gynecological tract. In some instances, it also offers an excellent option for other disease sites when typical treatment methods are not possible. Read more.



May 02

UWCCC Grand Rounds

May 2 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am
May 02

Cancer Biology Seminar Series

May 2 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
May 09

UWCCC Grand Rounds

May 9 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am
May 09

Cancer Biology Seminar Series

May 9 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Find Us in the Community

Wisconsin Head and Neck Cancer SPORE

The Wisconsin Head and Neck SPORE is designed to promote translational laboratory and clinical research to improve overall outcome for patients with Head and Neck Cancer (HNC).

medical images of head and neck

The Ride: September 23, 2018

Save the date! This bicycle benefit for UW cancer research has an overarching mission to advance state of the art cancer research and treatment to serve cancer patients and families in Wisconsin and beyond.

Finisher medals from The Ride Fundraiser