Christopher J. Houser, MS

  • Clinical Instructor, Radiation Oncology
  • Medical Physicist, UPMC CancerCenter

I provide physics support to clinical radiation oncology at UPMC Cancer Center/University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute. My clinical interests are MRI/CT applicator reconstruction techniques in HDR/LDR brachytherapy treatment planning and delivery.

Teaching Activities:

Hands-on clinical medical physics teaching and training to rad-onc residents, medical students, and other visitors from abroad

Representative Publications

Gill BS, Kim H, Houser CJ, Kelley JL, Sukumvanich P, Edwards RP, Comerci JT, Olawaiye AB, Huang M, Courtney-Brooks M, Beriwal S. MRI-guided high-dose-rate intracavitary brachytherapy for treatment of cervical cancer: the University of Pittsburgh experience. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2015 Mar 1;91(3):540-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2014.10.053. Epub 2015 Jan 30.PMID:25680598

Vargo JA, Kim H, Houser CJ, Sukumvanich P, Olawaiye AB, Kelley JL, Edwards RP, Comerci JT, Huang M, Courtney-Brooks M, Beriwal S. Image-based multichannel vaginal cylinder brachytherapy for vaginal cancer. Brachytherapy. 2015 Jan-Feb;14(1):9-15. doi: 10.1016/j.brachy.2014.10.001. Epub 2014 Nov 12. PMID: 25456026

Vargo JA, Kim H, Houser CJ, Berhane H, Sukumvanich P, Olawaiye AB, Kelley JL, Edwards RP, Comerci JT, Huang M, Courtney-Brooks M, Beriwal S. Definitive salvage for vaginal recurrence of endometrial cancer: the impact of modern intensity-modulated-radiotherapy with image-based HDR brachytherapy and the interplay of the PORTEC 1 risk stratification.Radiother Oncol. 2014 Oct;113(1):126-31. doi:10.1016/j.radonc.2014.08.038. Epub 2014 Sep 18 PMID: 25241996

Vargo JA, Boisen MM, Comerci JT, Kim H, Houser CJ, Sukumvanich P, Olawaiye AB, Kelley JL, Edwards RP, Huang M, Courtney-Brooks M, Beriwal S. Neoadjuvant radiotherapy with or without chemotherapy followed by extrafascial hysterectomy for locally advanced endometrial cancer clinically extending to the cervix or parametria. Gynecol Oncol. 2014 Nov;135(2):190-5. doi: 10.1016/j.ygyno.2014.09.001. Epub 2014 Sep 9. PMID: 25218303

Gill BS, Kim H, Houser C, Olsen A, Kelley J, Edwards RP, Comerci J, Sukumvanich P, Olawaiye AB, Huang M, Courtney-Brooks M, Beriwal S. Image-based three-dimensional conformal brachytherapy for medically inoperable endometrial carcinoma. Brachytherapy. 2014 Nov-Dec;13(6):542-7. doi: 10.1016/j.brachy.2014.07.002. Epub 2014 Aug 7. PMID: 25127122

Kim H, Huq MS, Houser C, Beriwal S, Michalski D. Mapping of dose distribution from IMRT onto MRI-guided high dose rate brachytherapy using deformable image registration for cervical cancer treatments: preliminary study with commercially available software. J Contemp Brachytherapy. 2014 Jun;6(2):178-84. doi: 10.5114/jcb.2014.43240. Epub 2014 Jun 3. PMID:25097559

Kim H, Rajagopalan MS, Houser C, Beriwal S: Dosimetric comparison of multichannel with one single-channel vaginal cylinder for vaginal cancer treatments with high-dose-rate brachytherapy. Brachytherapy. 2014 May-Jun;13(3):263-7. doi: 10.1016/j.brachy.2013.08.009. Epub 2013 Sep 27.