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Eric A. Strom, M.D, F.A.C.R.

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

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

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

1982 Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, IL, MD, Honors Program in Medical Education
1978 Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, BS, Honors Program in Medical Education

Postgraduate Training

1/1986-1/1990 Clinical Residency, Radiation Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
1/1983-1/1985 Clinical Residency, Internal Medicine, University of Kentucky Medical Center, Lexington, KY
1/1982-1/1983 Clinical Internship, Internal Medicine, University of Kentucky Medical Center, Lexington, KY

Board Certifications

6/1990 American Board of Radiology
1/1985 American Board of Internal Medicine


Academic Appointments

Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Health Sciences, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 1/2002-9/2006

Administrative Appointments/Responsibilities

Medical Director, Department of Radiation Oncology, Nellie B. Connally Breast Center, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 3/1999-9/2012

Honors and Awards

2006-present Fellow, American College of Radiology, American College of Radiology

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Shaitelman SF, Schlembach PJ, Arzu I, Ballo M, Bloom ES, Buchholz D, Chronowski GM, Dvorak T, Grade E, Hoffman KE, Kelly P, Ludwig M, Perkins GH, Reed V, Shah S, Stauder MC, Strom EA, Tereffe W, Woodward WA, Ensor J, Baumann D, Thompson AM, Amaya D, Davis T, Guerra W, Hamblin L, Hortobagyi G, Hunt KK, Buchholz TA, Smith BD. Acute and Short-term Toxic Effects of Conventionally Fractionated vs Hypofractionated Whole-Breast Irradiation: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Oncol 1(7):931-41, 10/1/2015. e-Pub 8/2015. PMCID: PMC4635441.
2. Shaitelman SF, Tereffe W, Dogan BE, Hess KR, Caudle AS, Valero V, Stauder MC, Krishnamurthy S, Candelaria RP, Strom EA, Woodward WA, Hunt KK, Buchholz TA, Whitman GJ. Role of Ultrasonography of Regional Nodal Basins in Staging Triple-Negative Breast Cancer and Implications For Local-Regional Treatment. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 93(1):102-110, 9/1/2015. e-Pub 5/16/2015. PMID: 26279028.
3. Strom EA, Amos RA, Shaitelman SF, Kerr MD, Hoffman KE, Smith BD, Tereffe W, Stauder MC, Perkins GH, Amin MD, Wang X, Poenisch F, Ovalle V, Buchholz TA, Babiera G, Woodward WA. Proton partial breast irradiation in the supine position: Treatment description and reproducibility of a multibeam technique. Pract Radiat Oncol 5(4):e283-90, Jul-Aug, 7/2015. e-Pub 3/21/2015. PMID: 25804105.
4. McCormick B, Winter K, Hudis C, Kuerer HM, Rakovitch E, Smith BL, Sneige N, Moughan J, Shah A, Germain I, Hartford AC, Rashtian A, Walker EM, Yuen A, Strom EA, Wilcox JL, Vallow LA, Small W, Pu AT, Kerlin K, White J. RTOG 9804: A prospective randomized trial for good-risk ductal carcinoma in situ comparing radiotherapy with observation. J Clin Oncol 33(7):709-15, 3/1/2015. e-Pub 1/20/2015. PMCID: PMC4334775.
5. Rueth NM, Black DM, Limmer AR, Gabriel E, Huo L, Fornage BD, Dogan BE, Chavez-MacGregor M, Yi M, Hunt KK, Strom EA. Breast conservation in the setting of contemporary multimodality treatment provides excellent outcomes for patients with occult primary breast cancer. Ann Surg Oncol 22(1):90-5, 1/2015. e-Pub 9/24/2014. PMID: 25249256.
6. Thaker NG, Hoffman KE, Stauder MC, Shaitelman SF, Strom EA, Tereffe W, Smith BD, Perkins GH, Huo L, Munsell MF, Pusztai L, Buchholz TA, Woodward WA. The 21-gene recurrence score complements IBTR! Estimates in early-stage, hormone receptor-positive, HER2-normal, lymph node-negative breast cancer. Springerplus 4:36, 2015. e-Pub 1/30/2015. PMCID: PMC4318826.
7. Shaitelman SF, Buchholz TA, Hunt KK, Hortobagyi GN, Schlembach P, Arzu I, Bloom E, Chronowski G, Dvorak T, Grade E, Hoffman KE, Perkins GH, Reed V, Shah S, Stauder MC, Strom EA, Tereffe W, Woodward WA, Ensor J, Smith BD. Hypofractionated whole breast irradiation results in less acute toxicity and improved quality of life at six months compated to conventionally fractionated whole breast irradiation: results of a randomized Trial. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 90(5):1264, 12/1/2014. PMID: 25539386.
8. McBride A, Allen P, Woodward W, Kim M, Kuerer HM, Drinka EK, Sahin A, Strom EA, Buzdar A, Valero V, Hortobagyi GN, Hunt KK, Buchholz TA. Locoregional recurrence risk for patients with T1,2 breast cancer with 1-3 positive lymph nodes treated with mastectomy and systemic treatment. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 89(2):392-8, 6/1/2014. e-Pub 4/7/2014. PMID: 24721590.
9. Yang J, Woodward WA, Reed VK, Strom EA, Perkins GH, Tereffe W, Buchholz TA, Zhang L, Balter P, Court LE, Li XA, Dong L. Statistical modeling approach to quantitative analysis on inter-observer variability in breast contouring. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 89(1):214-221, 5/1/2014. e-Pub 3/7/2014. PMCID: PMC3997068.
10. MacDermed DM, Houtman KM, Thang SH, Allen PK, Caudle AS, Gainer SM, Hunt KK, Perkins GH, Shaitelman SF, Smith BD, Strom EA, Tereffe W, Woodward WA, Buchholz TA, Hoffman KE. Therapeutic radiation dose delivered to the low axilla during whole breast radiotherapy in the prone position: implications for targeting the undissected axilla. Pract Radiat Oncol 4(2):116-122, Mar-Apr, 3/2014. e-Pub 7/12/2013. PMID: 24890352.
11. Takiar V, Akay CL, Stauder MC, Tereffe W, Alvarez RH, Hoffman KE, Perkins GH, Strom EA, Buchholz TA, Ueno NT, Babiera G, Woodward WA. Predictors of durable no evidence of disease status in de novo metastatic inflammatory breast cancer patients treated with neoadjuvant chemotherapy and post-mastectomy radiation. Springerplus 3:166, 2014. e-Pub 3/31/2014. PMCID: PMC3977020.
12. Weksberg DC, Allen PK, Hoffman KE, Litton JK, Strom EA, Shah RR, Kuerer HM, Hunt KK, Buchholz TA, Mittendorf EA. Outcomes and predictive factors for salvage therapy after local-regional recurrence following neoadjuvant chemotherapy and breast conserving therapy. Ann Surg Oncol 20(11):3430-7, 10/2013. e-Pub 5/30/2013. PMID: 23720073.
13. Wang X, Zhang X, Li X, Amos RA, Shaitelman SF, Hoffman K, Howell R, Salehpour M, Zhang SX, Sun TL, Smith B, Tereffe W, Perkins GH, Buchholz TA, Strom EA, Woodward WA. Accelerated partial-breast irradiation using intensity-modulated proton radiotherapy: do uncertainties outweigh potential benefits? Br J Radiol 86(1029):20130176, 9/2013. e-Pub 5/31/2013. PMCID: PMC3755395.
14. Takiar V, Strom EA, Baumann DP, Meric-Bernstam F, Alvarez RH, Gonzalez-Angulo AM. Locoregional Interaction of Ixabepilone (Ixempra) After Breast Cancer Radiation. Oncologist 18(3):265-70, 2013. e-Pub 2/12/2013. PMCID: PMC3607521.
15. Skinner HD, Strom EA, Motwani SB, Woodward WA, Green MC, Babiera G, Booser DJ, Meric-Bernstam F, Buchholz TA. Radiation dose escalation for loco-regional recurrence of breast cancer after mastectomy. Radiat Oncol 8(1):13, 2013. e-Pub 1/11/2013. PMCID: PMC3552737.
16. Kim MM, Dawood S, Allen P, Sahin AA, Woodward WA, Smith BD, Strom EA, Hunt KK, Meric-Bernstam F, Gonzalez-Angulo AM, Buchholz TA. Hormone receptor status influences the locoregional benefit of Trastuzumab in patients with non-metastatic breast cancer. Cancer 118(20):4936-43, 10/15/2012. e-Pub 4/17/2012. PMID: 22511276.
17. Iyengar P, Strom EA, Zhang YJ, Whitman GJ, Smith BD, Woodward WA, Yu TK, Buchholz TA. The value of ultrasound in detecting extra-axillary regional node involvement in patients with advanced breast cancer. Oncologist 17(11):1402-1408, 9/2012. PMID: 22982581.
18. Pinnix C, Perkins GH, Strom EA, Tereffe W, Woodward W, Oh JL, Arriaga L, Munsell MF, Kelly P, Hoffman KE, Smith BD, Buchholz TA, Yu TK. Topical hyaluronic acid vs. standard of care for the prevention of radiation dermatitis after adjuvant radiotherapy for breast cancer: single-blind randomized phase III clinicl trial. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 83(4):1089-94, 7/15/2012. e-Pub 12/14/2011. PMID: 22172912.
19. Akay CL, Meric-Bernstam F, Hunt KK, Grubbs EG, Bedrosian I, Tucker SL, Kuerer HM, Hoffman KE, Babiera GV, Strom EA, Buchholz TA, Mittendorf EA. Evaluation of the MD Anderson prognostic index for local-regional recurrence after breast conserving therapy in patients receiving neoadjuvant chemotherapy. Ann Surg Oncol 19(3):901-907, 3/2012. e-Pub 8/2011. PMID: 21861223.
20. Wang X, Pan T, Pinnix C, Zhang SX, Salehpour M, Sun TL, Gladish G, Strom EA, Perkins GH, Tereffe W, Woodward W, Hoffman KE, Buchholz TA, Yu TK. Cardiac motion during deep-inspiration breath-hold: implications for breast cancer radiotherapy. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 82(2):708-14, 2/1/2012. e-Pub 3/26/2011. PMID: 21444161.
21. Nagar H, Mittendorf EA, Strom EA, Perkins GH, Oh JL, Tereffe W, Woodward WA, Gonzalez-Angulo AM, Hunt KK, Buchholz TA, Yu TK. Local-regional recurrence with and without radiation therapy after neoadjuvant chemotherapy and mastectomy for clinically-staged T3N0 breast cancer. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 81(3):782-7, 11/1/2011. e-Pub 8/30/2011. PMID: 21885207.
22. Wang X, Amos RA, Zhang X, Taddei PJ, Woodward WA, Hoffman KE, Yu TK, Tereffe W, Oh J, Perkins GH, Salehpour M, Zhang SX, Sun TL, Gillin M, Buchholz TA, Strom EA. External beam accelerated partial-breast irradiation (APBI) using multiple proton beam configurations. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 80(5):1464-72, 8/2011. e-Pub 8/2010. PMID: 20708848.
23. Reddy JP, Levy L, Oh JL, Strom EA, Perkins GH, Buchholz TA, Woodward WA. Long-Term Outcomes in Patients with Isolated Supraclavicular Nodal Recurrence After Mastectomy and Doxorubicin-Based Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 80(5):1453-7, 8/2011. e-Pub 12/2010. PMID: 21168284.
24. Albert JM, Buzdar AU, Guzman R, Allen PK, Strom EA, Perkins GH, Woodward WA, Hoffman KE, Tereffe W, Hunt KK, Buchholz TA, Oh JL. Prospective randomized trial of 5-fluorouracil, doxorubicin, and cyclophosphamide (FAC) versus paclitaxel and FAC (TFAC) in patients with operable breast cancer: impact of taxane chemotherapy on locoregional control. Breast Cancer Res Treat 128(2):421-7, 7/2011. e-Pub 5/8/2011. PMID: 21553292.
25. Albert JM, Gonzalez-Angulo AM, Guray M, Sahin A, Tereffe W, Woodward WA, Strom EA, Hunt KK, Tucker SL, Buchholz TA. Patients with only 1 positive hormone receptor have increased locoregional recurrence compared with patients with estrogen receptor-positive progesterone receptor-positive disease in very early stage breast cancer. Cancer 117(8):1595-601, 4/15/2011. e-Pub 11/8/2010. PMID: 21472707.
26. Arun BK, Dhinghra K, Valero V, Kau SW, Broglio K, Booser D, Guerra L, Yin G, Walters R, Sahin A, Ibrahim N, Buzdar AU, Frye D, Sneige N, Strom E, Ross M, Theriault RL, Vadhan-Raj S, Hortobagyi GN. Phase III randomized trial of dose intensive neoadjuvant chemotherapy with or without G-CSF in locally advanced breast cancer: long-term results. Oncologist 16(11):1527-34, 2011. e-Pub 10/31/2011. PMID: 22042783.
27. Beadle BM, Woodward WA, Middleton LP, Tereffe W, Strom EA, Litton JK, Meric-Bernstam F, Theriault RL, Buchholz TA, Perkins GH. The impact of pregnancy on breast cancer outcomes in women </=35 years. Cancer 115(6):1174-1184, 3/2009. e-Pub 2/2009. PMID: 19204903.


1. Strom EA, Ovalle V. Initial clinical experience using protons for accelerated partial-breast irradiation: Longer-term results. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 90(3):506-508, 11/2014. e-Pub 9/2014. PMID: 25304946.

Last updated: 11/16/2015