Weill Cornell Radiation Oncology

Chairman's Message

JUNE 2015

Dr. Silvia Formenti is the Chair of Newly Established Department of Radiation Oncology Effective April 15, 2015

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Silvia Formenti, an international expert in the use of radiation therapy for the treatment of cancer, is appointed Chair of the newly established Department of Radiation Oncology at Weill Cornell Medical College and Radiation Oncologist-in-Chief at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, effective April 15. She has also been named Associate Director of Radiation Oncology at the Sandra and Edward Meyer Cancer Center at Weill Cornell. Dr. Formenti was Chair of Radiation Oncology at New York University Langone Medical Center.

In her new roles, Dr. Formenti will expand and enhance the existing radiation oncology program, building upon its reputation of excellence in translational research to better investigate, target and treat individual patients’ unique cancers. Faculty in the department will investigate precision medicine approaches to radiation oncology, focusing on combining radiotherapy with immunotherapy and other modifiers of the tumor microenvironment to design advanced treatments and therapies that are tailored to each patient’s individual tumor.

 A recognized leader in radiation oncology and breast cancer research, Dr. Formenti’s groundbreaking work has transformed the paradigm in radiation biology, demonstrating the efficacy of combining radiotherapy with immunotherapy to control cancer cell growth in solid tumors. She has published more than 170 scholarly papers in high-impact journals such as JAMA and the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Dr. Formenti received her medical degree in Italy from the University of Milan, where she attained board certification in medical oncology, radiology and radiation oncology. She was awarded a competitive grant from the Italian National Research Council (Comitato Nazionale Ricerca or CNR) to work in human monoclonal antibodies against colorectal cancer at the University of Southern California Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. A recipient of an Audrey Meyer Mars career development award from the American Cancer Society, she performed AIDS and lymphoma research, and then completed her residency and attained board certification in radiation oncology.

 November 2014

The Division of Radiation Oncology at Weill Cornell Medical College Is pleased to announce the appointment of Leonard A. Farber, M.D. as Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology and Clinical Director of Radiation Oncology at 21 West Broadway.


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same. Our doctors encourage all to learn about the disease, and the factors believe greater the risk for developing breast cancer. We have made a lot of progress but still have a long way to go.  


Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center honored Dr. Nori with the “Distinguished Service Award” for his outstanding contributions to Memorial as Chief of the Brachytherapy Service. Dr. Nori introduced many innovative cancer treatment programs for lung, gynecologic and genitourinary cancers which have become the standard of care currently.

Dr. Nori also participated as Principal Investigator in many National Cancer Institute Brachytherapy studies to standardize brachytherapy practice across the U.S.  He has trained over 200 residents who have become leaders in various academic centers in the U.S. and abroad.

Dr. Nori is currently Professor and Chairman, Department of Radiation Oncology at New York Hospital Queens and Professor and Executive Vice-Chairman, Department of Radiation Oncology at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell

october 2014

Breast Cancer Symposium Displays Range of Breast Health Care, Developments at Weill Cornell.    At Weill Cornell's seventh annual Breast Cancer Symposium, experts from several Medical College departments spoke to a general audience about the latest breakthroughs, treatments and therapies for breast cancer, presenting the full range of comprehensive care at the Weill Cornell Breast Center.

Dr. Akkama Ravi, Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology, spoke about the next advancement in radiation therapy. The new techniques concentrate irradiation to the tumor area and away from the normal tissue. 


June 2014

Dr. Nori was honored with the highest civilian award in the U.S., the “Ellis Island Medal of Honor” for his exemplifying and outstanding quality in both his personal and professional life and for making enduring contributions to the U.S. and the world.  Both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate recognize this Ellis Island Medal of Honor and these honorees are listed in the Congressional Record.

APRIL 2014

ASTRO Abstract Acceptances

 A record number of resident abstracts from New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College have been accepted to this year’s annual American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) meeting that will be held in San Francisco, CA. Among the group of 6 residents, 2 oral presentations and 7 poster presentations will be featured. Dr. Alex Stessin’s oral presentation is entitled “MAP Kinase Signaling Differences between Neural Stem Cells and Glioma Cells Provide a Mechanism for Selective Neuroprotection during Cranial Irradiation” and Dr. Alex Herskovic’s oral presentation will discuss the “Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of Trans-Oral Robotic Surgery Versus Radiation (+/- Chemotherapy) for Locally Advanced Tonsillar Cancer”.