When Arnab Chakravarti, MD, Chair of Radiation Oncology, began trying to entice Dr. Julia White to leave the Medical College of Wisconsin for Ohio State, she had an important decision to make. She could either coast along, enjoying the fruits of many years of labor, or she could accept the challenge of building a program in breast radiation oncology at Ohio State. Fortunately for us, Dr. White chose Ohio State.
Dr. White joined the faculty in February 2012. Clinically, she is interested in developing new methods to individualize breast radiation treatment for patients. Dr. White does this by developing and implementing new technologies such as, prone, conformal, partial breast and image guided therapies. These techniques improve patient’s outcomes because they variably shorten treatment, are more targeted, and they better avoid healthy tissue and organs that are close to the tumor site.
It was her focused interest in new technologies that led to Dr. White’s national prominence. She has held many positions in national organizations, and since 2007 Dr. White has served as Chair of the Breast Cancer Committee for the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG). This group receives NCI funding to conduct clinical trials, so in this role, Dr. White oversees all of the breast radiation clinical trials. Nearly ~7000 breast cancer patients will be ultimately enrolled in clinical trials under Dr. White’s oversight.