ASTRO   |   RT Answers

Letter from the Vice President

Summer 2017

LawtonWe all strive to have healthier patients with better outcomes. When you contribute to the ROI, you are supporting this goal because it allows the ROI to invest in promising researchers who are seeking innovative solutions to new and existing challenges in all aspects of radiation oncology care.

Our featured researcher in this issue of The Visionary, Nitin Ohri, MD of the Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine is exploring how a simple walking program as measured and guided through fitness trackers could lead to improved outcomes for patients receiving concurrent chemoradiotherapy. The ROI recognized the important potential of Dr. Ohri’s investigation to result in a relatively low cost way to improve our patients’ ability to tolerate radiation therapy and to make them healthier in the long run. The development of interventions such as this also help to secure radiation oncologists’ role as key stakeholders in the total care of our patients.

You can support researchers like Dr. Ohri—and improve your own health—by participating in the Running Strong 5K Run for the Future to Benefit the ROI, which will be held on Monday, September 25, at the 2017 ASTRO Annual Meeting in San Diego, California. The ROI 5K brings together hundreds of meeting attendees and their guests for a fun event dedicated to advancing radiation oncology research as all proceeds will directly support the work of the ROI. We deeply appreciate the generosity of the 5K sponsors and registrants and wish to extend a special thanks to Radiation Business Solutions, who is hosting the 5K for the eighth year in a row. Registration for the 5K is now open at and we hope to see you there in September.

Colleen A.F. Lawton, MD, FASTRO

Return to the table of contents.