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University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics

Madison, Wisconsin

RT UWHC

This center is located near Lake Mendota on the West end of the University of Wisconsin campus. The building also houses the UW Medical School clinical programs, the UW School of Nursing and the UW Carbone Comprehensive Cancer Center (UWCCC). The UWCCC, which includes the radiation oncology department, is nationally recognized as a leader in cancer research, education and treatment. UW Hospital is a 566-bed facility that ranks among the finest academic medical centers in the United States. Frequently cited in publications listing the nation's best health care providers, UW Hospital and Clinics is recognized as a national leader in fields such as cancer treatment, pediatrics, ophthalmology, surgical specialties and organ transplantation.  The fourfold mission of the hospital includes excellence in patient care, teaching, research and community outreach. The radiation oncology department treats a wide variety of primary tumors and other conditions utilizing modern equipment and a team of well trained specialists. In addition to the primary department, there is also a radiation oncology clinic on the East side of Madison in which students and staff rotate.

About the Facility:

  • # of and description of treatment machines
    • At the main campus, we have 2 Linear Accelerators (Varian TrueBeam machines), 2 Tomotherapy machines and a ViewRay treatment machine.  Our East Clinic department has one linear accelerator (Varian TrueBeam), which is identical to those at the main campus.  All of our linear accelerators have comprehensive IGRT capabilities, respiratory gating, and surface tracking.  We offer several special procedures, including Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Stereotactic Body Radiosurgery, Fractionated Stereotactic Radiation Therapy, Pulsed-Reduced Dose Rate Radiation Therapy, IMRT, IGRT (on tomotherapy and using cone-beam CT), TBI and many different types of brachytherapy procedures.
    • We have a Siemens wide-bore CT scanner for simulation. There is a portable CT scanner in the brachytherapy suite for those procedures.
    • We use electronic charting for all aspects of clinic and treatment.
  • # of physicians, therapists, average # of patients treated per day
    • We have 11 physicians and 8 residents.  Each of our physicians have their own specialties and many are considered experts in their fields.  A lot of our patients are on clinical trials because of this.  Our residents teach all of our cancer lectures and also help teach the students while they are in their dosimetry rotation.  Everything we do has a teaching component to it.
    • We have 24 therapists.  The therapists rotate every six months- year, so there is consistency amongst the staff members on the treatment machines from day to day. 
    • We treat around 100 patients each day on the five machines.  We treat patients from 7:30 – 6 each day, so we have an early and late shift of therapists.

Education Director is Amy Heath, MS, RT(T)

RT Heath

aheath@uwhealth.org