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


Randall Kimple, MD, PhDDr. Randy Kimple Named Co-Leader of UW Carbone Cancer Center’s Imaging and Radiation Sciences Program

Dr. Randy Kimple, radiation oncology faculty member in the Department of Human Oncology (DHO), has been named co-leader of the UW Carbone Cancer Center’s Imaging and Radiation Sciences (IR) Program. Read more.

MRIdian linac system by ViewRay. Image courtesy of ViewRay Inc.
MRIdian linac system by ViewRay. Image courtesy of ViewRay Inc.
DHO Implements the latest MRI-Guided Radiotherapy Technology

In 2014, the radiation oncology clinic at the University of Wisconsin Hospital became one of the first sites in the world to begin treating patients using ViewRay MRIdian, an MRI-guided radiation therapy system. This system enables clinicians to monitor tumors and surrounding tissues during treatment to ensure accurate delivery of radiation. The department continues to lead in this area with its upgrade to a ViewRay MRIdian Linac, the only FDA-cleared radiation therapy system to combine MRI guidance with a linear accelerator (linac). Read more.


Dr. Andrew Baschnagel, DHO assistant professor, receives ARRO Educator of the Year award from Dr. Stephen Rosenberg, DHO chief radiation oncology resident. Dr. Andrew Baschnagel Honored with ARRO Educator of the Year Award

Dr. Andrew Baschnagel, assistant professor in the Department of Human Oncology, recently received the 2017-2018 Association of Residents in Radiation Oncology (ARRO) Educator of the Year Award in recognition of his outstanding teaching and mentoring of residents in the department. Read more.

SpaceOAR separates prostate and rectumReducing Side Effects During Radiotherapy for Prostate Cancer

Radiation is a very effective treatment for prostate cancer, but in a small percentage of patients it also can cause toxicities to nearby organs, particularly the rectum. To reduce complications for these patients, Dr. Greg Cooley, Department of Human Oncology (DHO) clinical associate professor and radiation oncologist at UW Health East, uses an injectable hydrogel to separate the prostate from the rectum during treatment. Read more.

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!


Wed 30

UWCCC Grand Rounds

May 30 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Wed 30

Cancer Biology Seminar

May 30 @ 10:30 am
Jun 14

HN SPORE Monthly Meeting

June 14 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Jun 21

Translational Research Meeting (TRM)

June 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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