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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 radiosurgery.

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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