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Amol J Ghia, MD

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Division of Radiation Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Office Address

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
1515 Holcombe Blvd
Unit Number: 0097
Houston, TX 77030

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

2004 University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, CO, MD, Medicine
2000 Duke University, Durham, NC, BS, Cum Laude, BS with Distinction in Psychology and Neuroscience Certificate

Postgraduate Training

7/2008-6/2012 Clinical Residency, Radiation Oncology, Huntsman Cancer Institute, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, Dennis C. Shrieve, M.D., P.D.
7/2006-6/2008 Research Fellowship, Physician Scientist Training Grant (T-32), University of Wisconsin Cancer Center, Madison, WI, Paul M. Harari, M.D.
7/2004-6/2006 Clinical Residency, Neurosurgery, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, Robert J. Dempsey, M.D.

Honors and Awards

2011 Roentgen Resident Research Award, Radiological Society of North America
2007 AACR-Eli Lilly Travel Award, AACR-NCI-EORTC International Conference
2006 Physician Scientist Training Program in Cancer Medicine (Grant T-32), University of Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Center
2001 Exceptional Summer Student Award, NINDS (NIH)
2000 Community Action Award (Lars Lyon Volunteer Service Award Dinner), Duke University
2000 Howard Hughes Fellowship and Forum for Neuroscience, Duke University

Professional Memberships

American Brachytherapy Society (ABS)
Member, 2009-present
American Radium Society (ARS)
Member, 2009-present
American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS)
Member, 2009-present
American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS)
Member, 2009-present
American Society for Radiology Oncology (ASRO)
Member, 2008-present
American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
Member, 2007-present
Association of Residents in Radiation Oncology (ARRO)
Member, 2008-present
Radiation Research Society (RRS)
Member, 2009-present
Radiological Society of North America (RSNA)
Member, 2009-present
Utah Medical Association (UMA)
Member, 2009-present

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Ghia AJ, Mahajan A, Allen PK, Armstrong TS, Lang FF, Gilbert MR, Brown PD. Supratentorial gross-totally resected non-anaplastic ependymoma: population based patterns of care and outcomes analysis. J Neurooncol 115(3):513-20, 12/2013. e-Pub 10/2/2013. PMID: 24085643.
2. Ahmed KA, Allen PK, Mahajan A, Brown PD, Ghia AJ. Astroblastomas: A SEER Based Patterns of Care Analysis. World Neurosurg. e-Pub 10/16/2013. PMID: 24141003.
3. Ghia AJ, Chang EL, Allen PK, Mahajan A, Penas-Prado M, McCutcheon IE, Brown PD. Intracranial Hemangiopericytoma: Patterns of Failure and the Role of Radiation Therapy. Neurosurgery 73(4):624-30; discussion 630-1, 10/2013. e-Pub 7/2013. PMID: 23839520.
4. Wagner AE, Pappas L, Ghia AJ, Gaffney DK. Impact of tumor size on survival in cancer of the cervix and validation of stage IIA1 and IIA2 subdivisions. Gynecol Oncol 129(3):517-21, 6/2013. e-Pub 3/23/2013. PMID: 23528928.
5. Ghia AJ, Allen PK, Mahajan A, Penas-Prado M, McCutcheon IE, Brown PD. Intracranial hemangiopericytoma and the role of radiation therapy: a population based analysis. Neurosurgery 72(2):203-9, 2/2013. e-Pub 11/2012. PMID: 23149953.
6. Ghia AJ, Gonzalez VJ, Tward JD, Stroup AM, Pappas L, Gaffney DK. Primary vaginal cancer and chemoradiotherapy: a patterns-of-care analysis. Int J Gynecol Cancer 21(2):378-84, 2/2011. PMID: 21270620.
7. Ghia AJ, Neeley ES, Gaffney DK. Postoperative radiotherapy use and patterns of care analysis for node positive or parametria positive cervical cancer. Gynecol Oncol 119(3):411-6, 12/2010. e-Pub 9/2010. PMID: 20817225.
8. Ghia AJ, Shrieve DC, Tward JD. Adjuvant radiotherapy use and patterns of care analysis for margin-positive prostate adenocarcinoma with extracapsular extension: postprostatectomy adjuvant radiotherapy: a SEER analysis. Urology 76(5):1169-74, 11/2010. e-Pub 8/2010. PMID: 20709371.
9. Gondi V, Tome WA, Marsh J, Struck A, Ghia A, Turian JV, Bentzen SM, Kuo JS, Khuntia D, Mehta MP. Estimated risk of perihippocampal disease progression after hippocampal avoidance during whole-brain radiotherapy: safety profile for RTOG 0933. Radiother Oncol 95(3):327-31, 6/2010. e-Pub 4/2010. PMCID: PMC2981132.
10. Li C, Iida M, Dunn EF, Ghia AJ, Wheeler DL. Nuclear EGFR contributes to acquired resistance to cetuximab. Oncogene 28(43):3801-13, 10/2009. e-Pub 8/2009. PMCID: PMC2900381.
11. Kruser TJ, Armstrong EA, Ghia AJ, Huang S, Wheeler DL, Radinsky R, Freeman DJ, Harari PM. Augmentation of radiation response by panitumumab in models of upper aerodigestive tract cancer. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 72(2):534-42, 10/2008. PMCID: PMC2927815.
12. Ghia A, Tomé WA, Thomas S, Cannon G, Khuntia D, Kuo JS, Mehta MP. Distribution of brain metastases in relation to the hippocampus: implications for neurocognitive functional preservation. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 68(4):971-7, 7/2007. e-Pub 4/2007. PMID: 17446005.
13. Ghia AJ, Tward JD, Anker CJ, Boucher KM, Jensen RL, Shrieve DC. Radiosurgery for melanoma brain metastases: the impact of hemorrhage on local control. Journal of Radiosurgery and SBRT. Submitted.

Editorials

1. Ghia AJ, Sulman EP. Effect of tumor subtype on survival and the graded prognostic assessment for patients with breast cancer and brain metastases. Breast Diseases: A Year Book Quarterly 24(2):175-176, 7/2013.
2. Ghia AJ. Predicting Survival in Women With Breast Cancer and Brain Metastasis: a Nomogram Outperforms Current Survival Prediction Models. Breast Diseases: A Year Book Quarterly 24(1), 2013.
3. Ghia AJ. Salvage Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Breast Cancer Brain Metastases: Outcomes and Prognostic Factors. Breast Diseases: A Year Book Quarterly 23(4):354-355, 2012.

Abstracts

1. Christensen, E, Klawikowski S, Garg A, McAleer M, Rhines L, Yang J, Brown P, Chang E, Settle S, Ghia A. Outcomes in stereotactic body radiotherapy for spinal tumors: an updated MD Anderson experience with patterns of failure analysis. Neuro-Oncology 15 (suppl 3):iii179, 11/2013.
2. Weksberg DC, Yang JN, Tam AL, McAleer MF, Li J, Ghia AJ, Wang XA, McRae SE, Settle SH, Rhines LD, Chang EL, and Brown PD. A prospective study using implanted fiducial markers to assess treatment accuracy in spinal stereotactic body radiation therapy. American Radium Society 95th Annual Meeting, Scottsdale, AZ, 2013.
3. Ghia AJ, Mahajan A, Allen PK, Armstrong TS, Lang FF, Gilbert MR, Brown PD. Supratentorial gross-totally resected non-anaplastic ependymoma: population based patterns of care and outcomes analysis. American College of Radiation Oncology Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, 2013.
4. Ghia AJ, Allen PK, Mahajan A, Penas-Prado M, McCutcheon IE, Brown PD. Intracranial hemangiopericytoma and the role of radiation therapy: a population based analysis. 14th Annual Brain Tumor Update and 3rd Annual International Symposium on Long-Term Control of Metastases to the Brain, Las Vegas, NV, 2012, 2012.
5. Beck RE, Gaffney DK, Ghia AJ, Poppe MM. Survival Benefit for Surgery following Radiotherapy for Early Stage Cervical Adenocarcinoma: Data from the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) Program. American Radium Society 94th Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, 2012.
6. Wagner A, Pappas L, Ghia A, Gaffney D. Impact of Tumor Size on Survival in Cancer of the Cervix. International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics 81(2 (Supp)):S459, 10/2011.
7. Ghia AJ, Jensen RL, Shrieve AF, Shrieve DC. Analysis of factors which influence local control following SRS for brain metastases. 10th Biennial Congress and Exhibition of the International Stereotactic Radiosurgery Society, Paris, France, 2011.
8. Ghia AJ, Fischbach AJ, Kringlen MW, Harker CP, Watson GA. Yttrium-90 Microspheres (Therasphere) in the Treatment of Primary and Metastatic Liver Tumors: A Retrospective Analysis. International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics 78(3 (Supp)):S322, 11/2010.
9. Ghia AJ, Shrieve DC, Tward JD. Adjuvant Radiotherapy Use and Patterns of Care Analysis for Margin Positive Prostate Adenocarcinoma with Extracapsular Extension. International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics 75(3 (Supp)):S309, 11/2009.
10. Gondi V, Tome WA, Marsh J, Struck A, Ghia A, Turian JV, Bentzen SM, Kuo JS, Khuntia D, Mehta MP. Estimated Risk of Perihippocampal Disease Progression after Hippocampal Avoidance during Whole-brain Radiotherapy: Comprehensive Multi-institution Review of 371 Patients with 1133 Brain Metastases. International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics 75(3 (Supp)):S236, 11/2009.
11. Ghia AJ, Tome W, Thomas S, Cannon G, Mehta M, Kuo J. Distribution of brain metastases in relation to the hippocampus. AANS/CNS Section on Tumors Seventh Biennial Satellite Symposium, Washington D.C. 2007.
12. Ghia AJ, Tome W, Thomas S, Cannon G, Mehta M, Kuo J. Distribution of brain metastases in relation to the hippocampus. American Association of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting, Washington D.C. 2007.
13. Ghia AJ, Harari PM, Jaradat HA, Connor NP, Tome WA. Normal tissue avoidance and target coverage for oropharynx cancer: radiation technique and patient perceptions regarding quality of life. Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancer Symposium, Palm Springs, CA, 2007.
14. Wheeler DL, Ghia AJ, et. al. Role of Src family kinases in acquired resistance to cetuximab. AACR-NCI-EORTC International Conference on Molecular Targets and Cancer Therapeutics, San Francisco, CA, 2007.
15. Ghia AJ, Theodore W. Imaging 5-HT1A Receptors in Epilepsy: [18F]FCWAY PET and Volumetric MRI. Summer Research Fellowship Poster Day, NINDS, NIH, Bethesda, MD, 7/2001.

Book Chapters

1. Komaki R, Ghia AJ. Brain Metastases from Lung Cancer. In: Lung Cancer, 4th. Ed(s) JA Roth, WK Hong, R Komaki. Wiley-Blackwell: Oxford. In Press.
2. Ghia AJ, Komaki R. Brain Metastases from Lung Cancer. In: Primary Tumor to Brain Metastasis: Tumor to Tumor. Ed(s) MA Hayat. Springer Science and Business Media. In Press.
3. Ghia AJ, Choi S. Role of Traditional and Stereotactic Radiation in RCC. In: Renal Cell Carcinoma. Ed(s) N Tannir. Oxford University Press. In Press.
4. Ghia AJ, Gaffney DK. Radiotherapy for vulvar and vaginal cancer. In: Textbook of Gynaecological Oncology, 2nd. Ed(s) A Ayhan, M Gultekin, P Dursun. Gunes Publishing: Ankara, 2011.
5. Ghia AJ, Proctor M. Pediatric Spinal Infection. In: Principles and Practice of Pediatric Neurosurgery. Ed(s) AL Albright, IF Pollack, PD Adelson. Thieme Medical Publishers: New York, 2007.

Last updated: 12/31/2013