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Seungtaek L Choi, M.D.

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
Clinical Medical Director, Department of Genitourinary Medical 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
1840 Old Spanish Trail
Unit Number: 1150
Houston, TX 77054
Room Number: PTC1.2024

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

2000 Cornell University Medical College, New York, NY, MD, Medicine
1996 Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, BS, Nuclear Engineering

Postgraduate Training

7/2005-6/2006 Clinical Fellowship, Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, Dr. Thomas Buchholz
7/2001-6/2005 Clinical Residency, Radiation Oncology, University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA, Dr. James Douglas
6/2000-6/2001 Clinical Internship, Internal Medicine, UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, Dr. Jan Tillisch

Board Certifications

6/2006 American Board of Radiology

Experience/Service

Other Appointments/Responsibilities

Adjunct Member, The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Houston, TX, 12/2007-8/2008

Honors and Awards

1999 Alpha Omega Alpha
1999 Glickman Fellowship in Gynecological Oncology, New York Hospital, New York, NY
1996 Roy Axford Award for Outstanding Senior, Nuclear Engineering Department, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1995 Finalist in the American Nuclear Society Design Project Contest, American Nuclear Society
1995 Irving Kaplan Award for Outstanding Junior, Nuclear Engineering Department, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1995 National Engineering Honors Society, Tau Beta Pi
1995 National Nuclear Engineering Honors Society, Alpha Nu Sigma
1994 Park A. and Ann L. Hodges Prize for Scientific Writing

Professional Memberships

American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
Member, 2001-present

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Bian SX, Kuban DA, Levy LB, Oh J, Castle KO, Pugh TJ, Choi S, McGuire SE, Nguyen QN, Frank SJ, Nguyen PL, Lee AK, Hoffman KE. Addition of short-term androgen deprivation therapy to dose-escalated radiation therapy improves failure-free survival for select men with intermediate-risk prostate cancer. Ann Oncol 23(9):2346-52, 9/2012. e-Pub 2/21/2012. PMID: 22357249.
2. Castle KO, Hoffman KE, Levy LB, Lee AK, Choi S, Nguyen QN, Frank SJ, Pugh TJ, McGuire SE, Kuban DA. Is Androgen Deprivation Therapy Necessary in All Intermediate-Risk Prostate Cancer Patients Treated in the Dose Escalation Era? Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. e-Pub 7/24/2012. PMID: 22836052.
3. Vassiliev ON, Kudchadker RJ, Kuban DA, Frank SJ, Choi S, Nguyen Q, Lee AK. Dosimetric impact of fiducial markers in patients undergoing photon beam radiation therapy. Phys Med 28(3):240-4, 7/2012. e-Pub 8/27/2011. PMID: 21875820.
4. Kim MM, Hoffman KE, Levy LB, Frank SJ, Pugh TJ, Choi S, Nguyen QN, McGuire SE, Lee AK, Kuban DA. Prostate cancer-specific mortality after definitive radiation therapy: Who dies of disease? Eur J Cancer 48(11):1664-71, 7/2012. e-Pub 2/13/2012. PMID: 22336663.
5. Kim MM, Hoffman KE, Levy LB, Frank SJ, Pugh TJ, Choi S, Nguyen QN, McGuire SE, Lee AK, Kuban DA. Improvement in prostate cancer survival over time: a 20-year analysis. Cancer J 18(1):1-8, Jan-Feb, 1/2012. PMID: 22290249.
6. Iyengar P, Levy LB, Choi S, Lee AK, Kuban DA. Toxicity associated with postoperative radiation therapy for prostate cancer. Am J Clin Oncol 34(6):611-8, 12/2011. PMID: 21150565.
7. Zhu XR, Poenisch F, Song X, Johnson JL, Ciangaru G, Taylor MB, Lii M, Martin C, Arjomandy B, Lee AK, Choi S, Nguyen QN, Gillin MT, Sahoo N. Patient-specific quality assurance for prostate cancer patients receiving spot scanning proton therapy using single-field uniform dose. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 81(2):552-9, 10/1/2011. e-Pub 2/6/2011. PMID: 21300457.
8. Meyer J, Bluett J, Amos R, Levy L, Choi S, Nguyen QN, Zhu XR, Gillin M, Lee A. Spot scanning proton beam therapy for prostate cancer: treatment planning technique and analysis of consequences of rotational and translational alignment errors. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 78(2):428-34, 10/1/2010. e-Pub 1/25/2010. PMID: 20100641.
9. Kuban DA, Levy LB, Cheung MR, Lee AK, Choi S, Frank S, Pollack A. Long-term Failure Patterns and Survival in a Randomized Dose-Escalation Trial for Prostate Cancer. Who Dies of Disease? Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. e-Pub 5/2010. PMID: 20493642.
10. Frank SJ, Kudchadker RJ, Kuban DA, De Crevoisier R, Lee AK, Cheung RM, Choi S, Tucker SL, Dong L. A volumetric trend analysis of the prostate and seminal vesicles during a course of intensity-modulated radiation therapy. Am J Clin Oncol 33(2):173-5, 4/2010. PMID: 20010077.
11. Zhu XR, Sahoo N, Zhang X, Robertson D, Li H, Choi S, Lee AK, Gillin MT. Intensity modulated proton therapy treatment planning using single-field optimization: The impact of monitor unit constraints on plan quality. Med. Phys. 3(37):1210-1219, 3/2010.
12. Sejpal SV, Amos RA, Bluett JB, Levy LB, Kudchadker RJ, Johnson J, Choi S, Lee AK. Dosimetric Changes Resulting From Patient Rotational Setup Errors in Proton Therapy Prostate Plans. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 75(1):40-8, 9/1/2009. e-Pub 12/6/2008. PMID: 19058919.
13. Frank SJ, Kuban DA, Lee AK, Kudchadker RJ, Dong L, Cheung MR, Choi S, O'Daniel JC. Quanitfication of the prostate and seminal vesicles interfraction variation during IMRT treatment. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 3(71):813-20, 7/2008. e-Pub 1/2008.
14. Choi S, Schwartz DL, Farwell DG, Austin-Seymour M, Futran N. Radiation therapy does not impact local complication rates after free flap reconstruction for head and neck cancer. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 130(11):1308-12, 11/2004. PMID: 15545587.
15. Choi S, Wallner K, Merrick G, Cavanaugh W, Butler W. Treatment Margins Predict Biochemical Outcomes After Prostate Brachytherapy. The Cancer Journal 10:175-180, 2004.
16. Piyaporn B, Choi S, Frank SJ, Ma J, Elsayes KM, Kaur H, Choi H. MRI of the Prostate Cancer in Radiation Oncology: What Radiologists Need to Know. Radiographics. Submitted.

Invited Articles

1. Choi S. The role of magnetic resonance imaging in the detection of prostate cancer. J Urol 186(4):1181-2, 10/2011. e-Pub 8/2011. PMID: 21849178.
2. Choi S, Lee AK. Efficacy and Safety of Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone Agonists Used in the Treatment of Prostate Cancer. Drug Healthc Patient Saf 3(3):107-119, 2011. e-Pub 12/2011. PMCID: PMC3264425.
Other Articles
1. Choi S. Screening Colonoscopy Before Prostate Cancer Treated Can Detect Colorectal Cancers in Asymptomatic Patients and Reduce Rate of Rectal Complications Following Brachytherapy. Cancer. In Press.

Abstracts

1. Choi, S, Umfleet WE, Palmer MB, Nguyen QN, Pugh TJ, McGuire SE, Kuban DA, Lee AK. Comparison of Scanning Beam Proton Therapy (SBPT) to Intensity Modulated X-ray Therapy (IMRT) for Salvage Treatment of Prostate Cancer Patients with a Rising PSA. Accepted for presentation at ASTRO 2012, 10/2012.
2. Choi S, Amin M, Palmer M, Zhu XR, Nguyen QN, Pugh TJ, Kuban DA, Lee AK. Comparison of Intensity Modulated Proton Therapy (IMPT) to Passively Scattered Proton Therapy (PSPT) in the Treatment of Prostate Cancer. Int J Rad Oncol Biol Phys 81(2):S154-155, 10/2011.
3. Choi S, Johnson JL, de Crevoisier R, Dong L, Frank SJ, Lee AK, Cheung RM, Nguyen QN, Kuban DA. Comparison of Alignment using Transabdominal Ultrasound versus Computed Tomography for Prostate Cancer Patients treated with Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy and Androgen Deprivation Therapy. Oncology 24(4):S3, 4/2010.
4. Choi S, Johnson JL, de Crevoiser R, Dong L, O'Daniel J, Frank SJ, Lee AK, Cheung RM, Kuban DA. Quantification of the Volume Change and Interfractional Motion of the Prostate Undergoing Concurrent Androgen Deprivation Therapy and Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy. Int J Rad Oncol Biol Phys 75(3):S597, 2009.
5. Choi S, Frank SJ, Cheung RM, Lee AK, Kuban DA,. Outcome after External Beam Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer Patients under 60 Years of Age. Int J Rad Onc 72(1):S296 (#2285), 2008.
6. Kuban DA, Levy LB, Hamblin L, Lee AK, Cheung MR, Choi S, Frank SJ, O'Daniel J, Munsell MF. Preliminary Report of a Phase III Randomized Hypofractionation Study for Prostate Cancer. American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, 2007.
7. Lee AK, Kudchadker RJ, Amos RA, Johnson JL, Choi SL, Kuban DA, Cox JD, Mohan R, Gillin M, Dong L. Proton Therapy vs. IMRT for prostate cancer: a dosimetric comparison. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 69(3):S342, 2007.

Book Chapters

1. Nguyen Q, Choi S, Lee AK. Proton Therapy for the Treatment of Prostate Cancer. In: Prostate Cancer, 2011.
2. Choi S, Eifel PJ. Cervical Cancer. In: Handbook of Radiation Oncology: Basic Principles and Clinical Protocols. Jones and Bartlett Publishers: Boston, MA, 2009.
3. Choi S, Buchholz TA. Integration of Radiation Therapy and Systemic Therapy for Breast Cancer. In: Medical Radiology: Multimodel Concepts for Integration of Cytotoxic Drugs and Radiation Therapy. Springer-Verlag: New York, NY, 2006.

Last updated: 8/15/2013