Minority Summer Fellowship Awardees

  • The ASTRO Minority Summer Fellowship Award introduces medical students from backgrounds that are under-represented in medicine to the discipline of radiation oncology early in their medical education. Below is the list of past and present awardees.

  • Current Awardees

    Michael LeCompte, 2017 Clinical Awardee 

    • Medical School: Wake Forest School of Medicine 
    • Project Title: The Role of Hyperglycemia in Clinical Outcomes Predicted by Brain Metastasis Kinetics in Brain Metastasis Treated with Stereotactic Radiosurgery 
    • Mentor: Michael Chan, MD, Department of Radiation Oncology, Wake Forest School of Medicine 
     

    Kekoa Taparra, 2017 Clinical Awardee 

    • Medical School: Mayo Clinic School of Medicine - Rochester Campus 
    • Project Title: CT Angiography for Cardiac-Sparing Intensity-Modulated Radiotherapy 
    • Mentor: Nadia N. Laack, MD, Mayo Clinic Department of Radiation Oncology 
     

     

    Past Awardees

  • Gordon

    Brittaney-Belle Gordon, 2016 Clinical Awardee 

    • Medical School: University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, School of Medicine 
    • Project Title: Racial disparities in treatment and treatment delays for pancreatic cancer 
    • Mentor: Ronald C. Chen, MD, MPH, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine 
     
    Thermozier

    Stephanie Thermozier, 2016 Basic Science Awardee 

    • Medical School: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine 
    • Project Title: Characterization of TGF-β Signaling in Fancd2-/-, SMAD3-/- and DKO Cell Lines 
    • Mentor: Joel S. Greenberger, MD, FACRO, FACR, UPMC Cancer Institute 
     
    Adenduntan

    Rasidat Adeduntan, 2015 Clinical Awardee

    • Medical School: University of Virginia School of Medicine 
    • Project Title: Comparison of Coronary Artery Calcium Scores after Mediastinal Radiotherapy with Protons Versus Conventional Photon Therapy 
    • Mentor: Karen M. Winkfield, MD, PhD, Harvard Medical School 
     
    Ofori

    Maxwell Ofori, 2015 Basic Science Awardee

    • Medical School: University of Tennessee Health Science Center 
    • Project Title: Is the chaperone nucleophosmin-1 a rational target for radiation sensitization of cancer? 
    • Mentor: Michael L. Freeman, PhD, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
     
    Padilla

    Oscar Padilla, 2015 Basic Science Awardee

    • Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine 
    • Project Title: Feasibility of IMRT-planned simultaneous integrated boost as a strategy for dose-escalation of spine radiosurgery 
    • Mentor: Kevin S. Oh, MD, The Center for Spinal Metastases at the Massachusetts General Hospital 
     
    Moran

    Angel Moran, 2014 Basic Science Awardee

    • Medical School: University of California Davis School of Medicine 
    • Project Title: Protracted irradiation generates selective DNA damage linked to radiation resistance 
    • Mentors: Jian Jian Li and Andrew Vaughan, UC Davis Dept. of Radiation Oncology 
     
    Parzuchowski

    Aaron Parzuchowski, 2014 Clinical Awardee 

    • Medical School: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine 
    • Project Title: Incidence of Protocol Deviations in Pediatric versus Adolescent and Young Adult Populations with Hodgkin's Lymphoma and its Impact on Clinical Outcomes 
    • Mentor: Stephanie Terezakis, Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins 
     
    Adenuga

    Paul Adenuga, 2013 Basic Science Awardee 

    • Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine 
    • Project Title: The role of deferoxamine in the prevention of osteoradionecrosis in the rat mandible due to radiation therapy and synergistic bisphosphonate osteonecrosis 
    • Mentor: Davood Varghai, MD, Case Western Reserve University 
     
    Vestal

    Tyler Vestal, 2013 Clinical Awardee 

    • Medical School: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons 
    • Project Title: Impact of radiation and metformin or propranolol on head and neck cancers 
    • Mentor: Tony J. Wang, MD, Columbia University Medical Center
     
    Mailhot

    Raymond Mailhot, 2012 Clinical Awardee 

    • Medical School: Washington University in Saint Louis 
    • Project Title: Proton therapy cost-effectiveness in the treatment of four malignancies 
    • Mentor: Shannon MacDonald, Massachusetts General Hospital 
     
    Orisamolu

    Abimbola Orisamolu, 2012 Clinical Awardee 

    • Medical School: University of Pennsylvania 
    • Project Title: Evaluation of Current Standard of Planning Treatment Volume in Head and Neck Cancers 
    • Mentor: Alexander Lin, University of Pennsylvania 
     
    Vyfhuis

    Melissa Vyfhuis (née Liriano), 2011 Clinical Awardee 

    • Medical School: University of Maryland School of Medicine 
    • Project Title: A Retrospective Study on Stage III NSCLC Patients: Factors Predicting Pathologic Complete Response Following High Dose Chemoradiation 
    • Mentor: Steven Feigenberg, University of Maryland School of Medicine 
     
    Washington

    Iman Washington, 2011 Basic Science Awardee 

    • Medical School: Duke University School of Medicine 
    • Project Title: Defining the Role of p21 in Radiation-induced Myocardial Injury 
    • Mentor: David Kirsch, Duke University Medical Center 
     
    Rwigema

    Jean-Claude Rwigema, 2010 Clinical Awardee 

    • Medical School: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine 
    • Project Title: Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Resected Brain Metastases 
    • Mentor: Dwight E. Heron, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine 
     
    Thomas

    Kimberly Thomas, 2010 Basic Science Awardee 

    • Medical School: University of Texas Southwestern Medical School 
    • Project Title: External Thermal Enhancement with Magnetic Nanoparticles for the Sensitization of Breast 
    • Mentor: Sunil Krishnan, MD Anderson Cancer Center