UPMC Hillman Cancer Center

Dwight E. Heron, MD, FACRO, FACR

Dwight Heron
Chairman of Radiation Oncology at UPMC Shadyside
Vice Chairman of Clinical Affairs, Department of Radiation Oncology at UPCI
Director of Radiation Oncology Services at UPMC CancerCenter
Professor of Radiation Oncology and Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Professor, Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Contact Information

Contact Information

UPMC Shadyside
5230 Centre Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Phone: 412-623-6720
Email: deh5@pitt.edu
Fax: 412-623-6725

Administrative Assistant
Name: Hillary Barron
Phone: 412-623-6723
Email: barronhj@upmc.edu
Fax: 412-647-1161

Research Keywords

Research Keywords

Radiation oncology; stereotactic radiosurgery; SRS; intensity-modulated radiation therapy; IMRT; stereotactic body radiation therapy; SBRT; cancer; radiation therapy; image-guided radiation therapy; IGRT; head and neck cancer; lung cancer; cancer disparities; stereotactic ablative radiotherapy; SABR; high-dose rate brachytherapy; HDR

Research Summary

Research Summary

Dr. Heron specializes in stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR), high-dose rate brachytherapy, intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), intraoperative radiotherapy, and interstitial hyperthermia. Dr. Heron has been a thought leader in advanced radiation therapy techniques and innovative use of radiosurgery in central nervous system, recurrent head & neck, prostate and pancreatic cancers.

Selected Publications

Selected Publications

  • Michalski D, Huq MS, Bednarz G, Heron DE. The use of strain tensor to estimate thoracic tumors deformation. Med Phys. 2014 Jul;41(7):073503. PubMed Link
  • Ling DC, Kabolizadeh P, Heron DE, Ohr JP, Wang H, Johnson J, Kubicek GJ. Incidence of hospitalization in patients with head and neck cancer treated with intensity-modulated radiation therapy. Head Neck. 2014 Jul 2. PubMed Link
  • Fernando HC, Landreneau RJ, Mandrekar SJ, Nichols FC, Hillman SL, Heron DE, Meyers BF, DiPetrillo TA, Jones DR, Starnes SL, Tan AD, Daly BD, Putnam JB Jr. Impact of brachytherapy on local recurrence rates after sublobar resection: results from ACOSOG Z4032 (Alliance), a phase III randomized trial for high-risk operable non-small-cell lung cancer. J Clin Oncol. 2014 Jun 30. PubMed Link
  • Allison RR, Ambrad AA, Arshoun Y, Carmel RJ, Ciuba DF, Feldman E, Finkelstein SE, Gandhavadi R, Heron DE, Lane SC, Longo JM, Meakin C, Papadopoulos D, Pruitt DE, Steinbrenner LM, Taylor MA, Wisbeck WM, Yuh GE, Nowotnik DP, Sonis ST. Multi-institutional, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial to assess the efficacy of a mucoadhesive hydrogel (MuGard) in mitigating oral mucositis symptoms in patients being treated with chemoradiation therapy for cancers of the head and neck. Cancer. 2014 May 1;120(9):1433-40. PubMed Link
  • Horne ZD, Clump DA, Vargo JA, Shah S, Beriwal S, Burton SA, Quinn AE, Schuchert MJ, Landreneau RJ, Christie NA, Luketich JD, Heron DE. Pretreatment SUVmax predicts progression-free survival in early-stage non-small cell lung cancer treated with stereotactic body radiation therapy. Radiat Oncol. 2014 Jan 30;9:41. PubMed Link
  • Riley C, Yang Y, Li T, Zhang Y, Heron DE, Huq MS. Dosimetric evaluation of the interplay effect in respiratory-gated RapidArc radiation therapy. Med Phys. 2014 Jan;41(1):011715. PubMed Link
  • Vivas EX, Wegner R, Conley G, Torok J, Heron DE, Kabolizadeh P, Burton S, Ozhasoglu C, Quinn A, Hirsch BE. Treatment outcomes in patients treated with CyberKnife radiosurgery for vestibular schwannoma. Otol Neurotol. 2014 Jan;35(1):162-70. PubMed Link
  • Li T, Li X, Yang Y, Zhang Y, Heron DE, Huq MS. Simultaneous reduction of radiation dose and scatter for CBCT by using collimators. Med Phys. 2013 Dec;40(12):121913. PubMed Link
  • Vargo JA, Verma V, Kim H, Kalash R, Heron DE, Johnson R, Beriwal S. Extended (5-year) outcomes of accelerated partial breast irradiation using MammoSite balloon brachytherapy: patterns of failure, patient selection, and dosimetric correlates for late toxicity. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2014 Feb 1;88(2):285-91. PubMed Link
  • Leeman JE, Clump DA, Flickinger JC, Mintz AH, Burton SA, Heron DE. Extent of perilesional edema differentiates radionecrosis from tumor recurrence following stereotactic radiosurgery for brain metastases. Neuro Oncol. 2013 Dec;15(12):1732-8. PubMed Link

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Collaborations

Collaborations

Current Internal Collaborators

Umamaheswar Duvvuri, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology
Member - Head and Neck Cancer Program (HNCP)

Michael Epperly, PhD
Professor of Radiation Oncology
Member - Lung Cancer Program (LCP)

Robert Ferris, MD, PhD
Hillman Professor of Oncology and Professor of Otolaryngology, of Immunology, and of Radiation Oncology
Member - Cancer Immunology Program (CIP)
Member - Head and Neck Cancer Program (HNCP)

Joel Greenberger, MD
Professor and Chairman, Department of Radiation Oncology
Member - Lung Cancer Program (LCP)

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