Medicine Resident Recognized for Research

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Dr. Christopher D. Jahraus

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“It is certainly an honor to receive this award, but it is important to recognize that the research I've done would not have been possible were it not for the strong support from Dr. Mohammed Mohiuddin, our department chair, and Dr. William St. Clair, the residency program director. They have created an environment in which ‘thinking outside the box’ is both encouraged and expected.”

-- Dr. Christopher D. Jahraus,
chief resident,
Department of Radiation Medicine,
UK College of Medicine

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 24, 2004) -- Dr. Christopher D. Jahraus, chief resident, Department of Radiation Medicine, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, has been awarded the 2004 Resident Clinical Research Award by the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO) in recognition of his research on the prevention of radiation-associated side effects in patients undergoing radiotherapy for pelvic cancers. Jahraus will receive the Resident Clinical Science Research Award at the ASTRO annual meeting, scheduled for October 3-7 in Atlanta, Ga.

The Resident Clinical/Basic Research Award is conferred upon residents in training or residents who have been out of training for up to one year and whose research will be presented at the ASTRO annual meeting. Their research will later be published in the prestigious International Journal of Radiation Oncology*Biology*Physics, the official journal of ASTRO. Award recipients are granted an honorarium of $1,500 and receive a certificate.

“It is certainly an honor to receive this award, but it is important to recognize that the research I've done would not have been possible were it not for the strong support from Dr. Mohammed Mohiuddin, our department chair, and Dr. William St. Clair, the residency program director,” Jahraus said. “They have created an environment in which ‘thinking outside the box’ is both encouraged and expected.”

ASTRO is the largest radiation oncology society in the world, with more than 7,500 members who specialize in treating patients with radiation therapies. As a leading organization in radiation oncology, biology and physics, the society is dedicated to the advancement of the practice of radiation oncology by promoting excellence in patient care, providing opportunities for educational and professional development, promoting research and disseminating research results, and representing radiation oncology in a rapidly evolving socioeconomic health care environment. The ASTRO annual meeting typically draws 9,000 health care professionals and exhibitors.

The UK Department of Radiation Medicine is a nationally recognized leader in the field of radiation oncology. As an academic department, faculty members are well known and considered experts in their fields. The faculty of the Department of Radiation Medicine participates in and plays a leadership role in national trials for the advancement of cancer therapy. The goal of the department is to provide the most optimal radiation therapy available for the cure of cancer with the highest possible quality of life.


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