Moffitt Cancer Center Hires New Radiation Oncology Chair

September 02, 2014

TAMPA, Fla. Louis B. Harrison, M.D., has joined Moffitt Cancer Center as Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology, and Senior Member. Moffitt's Radiation Oncology program is renowned for its expertise, with a well-recognized faculty of cancer specialists who provide comprehensive cancer care for tumors at all anatomical locations, as well as an array of clinical research trials aimed at improving outcomes by seeking more personalized approaches to care. 

“Dr. Harrison is an internationally recognized and extensively published expert in the areas of head and neck cancer, sarcomas and intraoperative brachytherapy. His leadership will help provide our patients with the most innovative radiation oncology care,” said Douglas Letson, M.D., Physician-in-Chief and executive vice president at Moffitt.

Harrison is a Fellow of the
American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO),  which is the largest radiation oncology society in the country. He has served ASTRO as a former member of the board, chairman of the board, as well as its President. Harrison has been a former president and board member of both the American Brachytherapy Society and the International Society for Intraoperative Radiation Therapy. He currently serves on the boards of the Radiation Oncology Institute as well as the Eastern division of the American Cancer Society

"It is a true privilege to join one of America's most respected cancer centers, and I believe Moffitt is poised to make important discoveries and contributions to cancer care and research. I am looking forward to working with the faculty and staff at Moffitt to enhance the Radiation Oncology program, and foster new discoveries and improvements to cancer care," said Harrison.

Prior to joining Moffitt, Harrison served as the Physician-in-Chief for the Continuum Cancer Centers of New York and was the Gerald J. Friedman Chair and Chairman of Radiation Oncology at Beth Israel Medical Center and St. Luke's and Roosevelt Hospitals of the Mount Sinai Health System. He was Professor of Radiation Oncology and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. 

Harrison is also the senior editor of the textbook Head and Neck Cancer: A Multidisciplinary Approach, now in its fourth edition. He is a co-editor of Intraoperative Irradiation: Techniques and Results, now in its second edition. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Clarence Dennis Society Prize, the Henscke Award for Brachytherapy, the Physician of Excellence Award from the American Cancer Society and the Boyer Prize for Biomedical Research. His research focuses on developing treatment programs that prioritize organ and function preservation for head and neck cancers, as well as multidisciplinary re-treatment strategies for recurrent cancers and second malignancies. 

Harrison received his M.D. from the State University of New York- Downstate Medical Center and was Alpha Omega Alpha.  He completed his residency in Radiation Oncology at Yale University School of Medicine.

About Moffitt Cancer Center
Located in Tampa, Moffitt is one of only 41 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research, its contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt is the top-ranked cancer hospital in the Southeast and has been listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of the “Best Hospitals” for cancer since 1999. With more than 4,500 employees, Moffitt has an economic impact on the state of nearly $1.6 billion. For more information, visit, and follow the Moffitt momentum on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.