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Louis Harrison, MD, FASTRO
SENIOR PHYSICIAN EXECUTIVEChair Emeritus of the Department of Radiation Oncology
Program: Radiation Oncology
Cancer Focus: Basal Cell Carcinoma, Head and Neck Cancer, Merkel Cell Carcinoma, Oral Cavity or Throat Cancer, Skin Cancer (Nonmelanoma), Throat Cancer, Tongue Cancer
Dr. Harrison is the Chair Emeritus of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Moffitt Cancer Center. He is also the Senior Physician Executive at Moffitt. In this role as Senior Physician Executive, Dr. Harrison leads a variety of initiatives focused on Moffitt's growth and innovation, including new technologies and special projects and programs. He will also continue to work with Moffitt leadership to create new alliances and nurture the existing partnerships with other health systems which he was instrumental in creating. Dr. Harrison served as Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Moffitt from 2014-2021. During this period, he led the entire rebuilding of the Department and Program, including major faculty recruitments, technology developments, expansions to new markets and overall growth. The department more than doubled in size under his leadership. A key component in the FORT (Future of Radiation Therapy) research program, aimed at re-imagining the paradigms of radiation therapy treatments and developing new innovations in personalized, adaptive and biologically driven treatment programs. The Radiation Oncology research program grew exponentially under his tenure. He stepped down from the Chair role in February 2021 and now serves as Chair Emeritus. He received his MD degree from the S.U.N.Y. Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. He completed a Radiation Oncology Residency at Yale University School of Medicine, Yale-New Haven Hospital; and also served as Chief Resident. Following residency, Dr. Harrison joined the faculty at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. While at Memorial, he was the Chief of the Brachytherapy Service in the Department of Radiation Oncology as well as the Institutional Program Leader of the multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancer Disease Management Team. He joined the Continuum Health Partners (Beth Israel Medical Center, St. Luke's and Roosevelt Hospitals and NY Eye and Ear Infirmary) in 1997. At Continuum, Dr. Harrison served as Chairman and Gerald J. Friedman Endowed Chair of Radiation Oncology and Physician-in-Chief of Continuum Cancer Centers of New York. Dr. Harrison was also appointed as Professor of Radiation Oncology and Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He has served as Chairman of the Board and President of ASTRO, the leading radiation oncology professional society in the country, as well as President of the American Brachytherapy Society and President of the International Society of Intraoperative Radiation Therapy. The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) named Dr. Harrison as a 2017 ASTRO Gold Medalist, the highest honor bestowed upon ASTRO members who have made outstanding lifetime contributions in the field of radiation oncology. Dr. Harrison serves on the Board of Directors of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), where he also has been elected to the Executive Committee. Dr Harrison is the senior editor of the textbook Head and Neck Cancer: A Multidisciplinary Approach, now in its fourth edition. He is also a co-editor of Intraoperative Irradiation: Techniques and Results, now in its second edition. Dr Harrison has received numerous awards including the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, Clarence Dennis Society Prize, and the Henscke Award for Brachytherapy, the Physician of Excellence Award from the American Cancer Society and the Boyer Prize for Biomedical Research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
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