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ROI's newest researchers, Trustee Dr. Christopher M. Rose, Annual 5K in San Antonio (Summer 2018 Vol. 8 No. 2)

2018 Publication Award Nominations Due Friday
Join the competition for this honor by submitting a nomination by July 20 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time.
5K Run for the Future: It’s Time to Start Training
Registration for the ROI 5K at the ASTRO Annual Meeting is open. Race with us on the famous San Antonio River Walk!
Be a Sustaining Member with a Monthly Gift to the ROI
You can now make a monthly recurring gift to the ROI.
Join Us for a Financial Planning Seminar
Get your questions about the new tax law and charitable giving answered at the 2018 ASTRO Annual Meeting.
Letter from the Board
Trustee Christopher M. Rose, MD, FASTRO discusses the ROI’s commitment to excellence in research on the life-saving and quality of life benefits of radiation therapy.
New Leadership Supporters
See who has joined or renewed their commitment to the Founders’ Circle or the President’s Circle in 2018.
New ROI Awards are Responsive to Practical Needs
The ROI selected five outstanding research teams to receive its 2018 Innovative Projects in Radiation Oncology awards.
Residents Racing for Research
ARRO has joined in support of the 9th Annual 5K Run for the Future to benefit the ROI by organizing a team of runners.
Donor Spotlight
Founders’ Circle donor Drew Moghanaki, MD, MPH, is inspired by the ROI’s mission and encourages others to give early to watch their investments grow.
What is Legacy?
Leaving a legacy is about your impact on the world.
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Donor Spotlight

Drew Moghanaki, MD, MPH

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Dr. Moghanaki is an associate professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, and director of the clinical radiation oncology program at the Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia. Dr. Moghanaki is a member of the ROI Founders’ Circle.

Why did you decide to become a radiation oncologist?

I have Dr. Prabhakar Tripuaneni to thank for introducing me to the field. I had been basking in the idea of becoming an academic surgical oncologist during an extramural Howard Hughes Medical Institute research fellowship during medical school when he helped me appreciate how much more opportunity there may be in radiation oncology. I wanted to tackle a tough field in medicine that is rapidly changing, while also being directly involved with patients and families who are undergoing very difficult situations.

How do you envision the future of the field of radiation oncology evolving?

I continue to believe in a day when all oncologists engage in a true multi-disciplinary model of care. It’s in these settings where I’ve seen the best decisions made for patients, given the opportunity to better appreciate the value that different treatments have to offer. Such a model of care will become increasingly important as genomic and imaging biomarkers are used more frequently, and the benefits of stereotactic radiotherapy become more widely appreciated for patients with oligoprogressive disease.

You use social media on a regular basis. What would you tell others in radiation oncology about using social media?

I have really enjoyed my time on Twitter. It continues to broaden my intellectual horizons, and allows me to keep up to date with a diverse array of discoveries across a range of areas that I would otherwise not be able to do. It offers an opportunity to escape our conventional way of daily thinking, to learn from colleagues in various specialties from around the world. While almost always educational, it can also provide for some intellectual entertainment at times. Particularly when subject matter experts debate controversial topics in a public forum and recognize the need to tread carefully since “everyone” is watching.

What prompted your decision to make a financial contribution to the Radiation Oncology Institute?

The time had finally come to support ROI after learning that Dr. Jason Efstathiou had joined. He and I have been working closely for a number of years serving ASTRO as chairs of the Genitourinary Scientific Committee. Perhaps it was peer-pressure, but it actually felt only natural to come on board and make a contribution at the same level of the Founders’ Circle.

Were there any other reasons that inspired you to join?

I had actually been inspired by ROI’s mission ever since I learned of the grant that was awarded to Dr. Christopher Slatore in 2013. He is a research pulmonologist at the VA Medical Center in Portland Oregon and was funded to prospectively study patient reported quality of life outcomes after lung cancer surgery or SBRT for stage I NSCLC. This ROI-funded work resulted in not only multiple publications that I was fortunate enough to co-author, but actually contributed to the design of the phase III Veterans Affairs Lung Cancer Surgery or Stereotactic Radiotherapy trial that we activated in 2017.

What would you say to encourage young doctors like yourself to support ROI?

It’s easy for clinicians to compartmentalize the idea of philanthropy as something that is better suited for folks near retirement. But that approach minimizes the period of time one would be engaged to watch their investments grow. So, my advice is to get on board earlier to be a part of the growth.