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Release: July 25, 2001
Buatti named head of new UI department of radiation oncology
IOWA CITY, Iowa The University of Iowa has announced that John M.
Buatti, M.D., has been named head of the newly established department of radiation
oncology. The position became effective July 1.
Earlier this year, the Board of Regents, State of Iowa approved the creation
of the new department, which is the 22nd department within the UI College
of Medicine. Radiation oncology describes the treatment of cancer using radiation.
"We are delighted that Dr. Buatti will serve as head of radiation oncology,"
said Robert P. Kelch, M.D., dean of the College of Medicine. "His expertise
in developing and using stereotactic radiosurgery and stereotactic radiotherapy
techniques to treat cancer make him an ideal choice to lead this new UI department."
"Stereotactic" refers to a technique that permits physicians to
more accurately treat the tumor target by using a combination of images and
computerized mathematical modeling that is linked to patient treatment. Radiosurgery
refers to a treatment that uses a single high dose of radiation, while stereotactic
radiotherapy is a treatment that uses stereotactic techniques to deliver a
series of lower doses of radiation.
Kelch added that Buatti's leadership would help keep UI Health Care at the
forefront of developing radiation oncology treatments. The new department
was formed from the radiation oncology division in the UI department of radiology.
Prior to his promotion to head of radiation oncology, Buatti was vice chairman
of radiology and director of the radiation oncology division.
"I am honored and excited to be the first head of the new department
of radiation oncology," Buatti said. "This department is unique
in its balanced focus on the study of clinical radiation therapy, the applied
physics of this treatment delivery and the free radical biology basis for
cancer. The opportunity to improve cancer treatment through the work of this
dynamic and multidisciplinary group is great."
Buatti earned his medical degree from Georgetown University where he also
received his bachelor's degree with a double major in biology and philosophical
theology. Buatti joined the faculty of the UI College of Medicine in 1999
as a professor of radiology. He moved to the UI from the University of Florida
Shands Cancer Center where he served as an associate professor of radiation
oncology and a clinical associate professor of neurosurgery.
Buatti's clinical practice and research efforts focus on improving treatment
of central nervous system disease as well as developing cancer treatments
by application of advanced radiation delivery technologies such as stereotactic
Researchers at the UI are currently investigating the application of infrared
optic guidance in combination with three-dimensional ultrasound imaging for
the radiation treatment of prostate cancer. The study, which is being done
in collaboration with researchers at Community Medical Center in Toms River,
N.J., has received funding from the National Cancer Institute.
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