One of the largest and most respected programs in the world, Penn Radiation Oncology is changing the way that patients fight cancer. Penn Radiation Oncology offers the latest technology and treatment options, all of which are delivered by doctors who are leaders in their field. This means patients have early access to the latest research and clinical advances.
The Department of Radiation Oncology was established in 1977, as an outgrowth of the Departments of Surgery and Radiology, successively. Dr. Stanley Baum, who was appointed the fifth chair of Radiology in 1975, noted the national movement toward the separation of diagnostic and therapeutic radiology and proposed to separate radiation therapy into a new, independent department. In 1977, Dr. Robert Goodman was recruited from Boston to become the first chair of the new Department of Radiation Oncology.