Faculty Rank: Professor
Medical or Graduate Education:
Harvard Medical School
Harvard Joint Center for Radiation Therapy - Radiation Oncology
Harvard Medical School - Therapeutic Radiology
Cardiac-sparing radiation techniques
Head and neck tumors
Intensity-modulated radiation therapy
Paget's disease of the breast
Partial breast irradiation
Radiotherapy and surgical treatment for breast cancer
Combined modality therapy
Outcomes analysis and trend research
Predictors of radiation response and toxicity
Accelerated partial breast irradiation
Cardiac sparing radiation techniques
Prone breast irradiation
University Radiation Medicine Woman's Board Center for Radiation Therapy 500 S. Paulina St. Ground Floor Chicago, IL 60612 Phone: (312) 942-7774
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Below is a list of scientific publications for which this practitioner was either the primary author or a contributor. Citations come from PubMed, a database of biomedical literature, life science journals and online books. PubMed is a service of the US Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health. Click on the title of the cited work for more information (this will take you directly to PubMed.gov). Listings go back five years.
Resident-reported brachytherapy experience in ACGME-accredited radiation oncology training programs. Compton JJ, Gaspar LE, Shrieve DC, Wilson LD, Griem KL, Amdur RJ, Lee WR Brachytherapy 2013 Aug 22 Thermal effusivity changes as a precursor to moist desquamation. Templeton A, Chu J, Sun M, Yao R, Sun J, Coon A, Bernard D, Shott S, Griem K. Radiat Res. 2012 2012 Oct 178(4):295-303. Epub 2012 Jul 23. Thermal effusivity: a promising imaging biomarker to predict radiation-induced skin injuries. Chu J, Sun J, Templeton A, Yao R, Griem K. Health Phys. 2012 2012 Aug 103(2):204-9. doi: 10.1097/HP.0b013e31824758c2. Helical tomotherapy delivery of an IMRT boost in lieu of interstitial brachytherapy in the setting of gynecologic malignancy: feasibility and dosimetric comparison. Gielda BT, Shah AP, Marsh JC, Smart JP, Bernard D, Rotmensch J, Griem KL. Med Dosim. 2011 2011 Summer 36(2):206-12. doi: 10.1016/j.meddos.2010.03.005. Epub 2010 May 26. A dosimetric comparison between the supine and prone positions for three-field intact breast radiotherapy. Gielda BT, Strauss JB, Marsh JC, Turian JV, Griem KL. Am J Clin Oncol. 2011 2011 Jun 34(3):223-30. doi: 10.1097/COC.0b013e3181dbb9c1. Tomotherapy and multifield intensity-modulated radiotherapy planning reduce cardiac doses in left-sided breast cancer patients with unfavorable cardiac anatomy. Coon AB, Dickler A, Kirk MC, Liao Y, Shah AP, Strauss JB, Chen S, Turian J, Griem KL. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2010 2010 Sep 1 78(1):104-10. doi: 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2009.07.1705. Epub 2009 Dec 11. Variation in post-surgical lumpectomy cavity volume with delay in initiation of breast irradiation because of chemotherapy. Strauss JB, Gielda BT, Chen SS, Shah AP, Abrams RA, Griem KL. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2010 2010 Jul 1 77(3):831-5. doi: 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2009.05.061. Epub 2009 Sep 30. Experience with an electronic brachytherapy technique for intracavitary accelerated partial breast irradiation. Mehta VK, Algan O, Griem KL, Dickler A, Haile K, Wazer DE, Stevens RE, Chadha M, Kurtzman S, Modin SD, Dowlatshahi K, Elliott KW, Rusch TW. Am J Clin Oncol. 2010 2010 Aug 33(4):327-35. doi: 10.1097/COC.0b013e3181d79d9e. Radiation recall reaction with docetaxel administration after accelerated partial breast irradiation with electronic brachytherapy. Chen SS, Strauss JB, Shah AP, Rao RD, Bernard DA, Griem KL. Brachytherapy. 2009 2009 Jul-Sep 8(3):331-4. doi: 10.1016/j.brachy.2009.01.001. Epub 2009 May 15. Case report and dosimetric analysis of an axillary recurrence after partial breast irradiation with mammosite catheter. Shah AP, Dickler A, Kirk MC, Chen SS, Strauss JB, Coon AB, Turian JV, Siziopikou K, Dowlat K, Griem KL Med Dosim 2008 33(3):222-5.
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One important thing in radiation oncology is our ability to use our treatment to allow women to preserve their breasts when they’re diagnosed with breast cancer. So part of my role as a radiation oncologist is to explain to the woman with early-stage breast cancer that she has several options for treatment — it’s certainly her choice as to what she wants to pursue — but that we can offer more in terms of both good cure rate with a good cosmetic outcome as well.
The most rewarding thing is seeing someone that I treated several years ago, who comes back to see me for a checkup, and they’re cured of their cancer, and they’re doing perfectly fine. Their life has returned to normal, and they’re cured of cancer. And that’s a very, very rewarding thing to do.