Hayeon Kim, PhD, DABR

  • Clinical Associate Professor, Radiation Oncology
  • Chief Medical Physicist, UPMC CancerCenter

I am a clinical associate professor and chief medical physicist at the radiation oncology department in Magee Womens Hospital of UPMC Hillman Cancer Center. As a chief physicist, I manage the department’s physics and dosimetry group.I provide a full range of clinical physics support including image guided radiation therapies (IGRT), image guided HDR brachytherapy (IGBT), IMRT, SBRT, machine QA, patient specific QA, 4DCT, DIBH, and treatment planning. I also perform credentialing and data submissions for national and international clinical trials.I am also actively involved in teaching physician residents, physics residents and dosimetry trainees and perform clinical research projects. My main clinical research area and achievement are following:

1) Health Economics and Cost Effectiveness Analyses of Various Radiation Therapy Techniques

2) Image Guided Brachytherapy for Breast and Gynecological Cancers

3) Image Guided Radiation Therapy for Breast and Gynecological Cancers

4) Clinical Trials in Radiation Therapy for Breast and Gynecological Cancers


1) AAPM Brachytherapy Subcommittee for Working Group on Brachytherapy Clinical Applications

2) NRG Oncology/RTOG Medical Physics Subcommittee: GYN/Image Guided Brachytherapy Liaison

3) Primary Medical Physicist/Physics PI for NRG GY017 Clinical Trial:

Anti PD-L1 (Atezolizumab) as an Immune Primer and Concurrently with Extended Field Chemoradiotherapy for Node Positive Locally Advanced Cervical Cancer.

1) Peer Reviewer: Brachytherapy Journal

2) Peer Reviewer: Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy

3) Peer Reviewer: International Journal of Radiation Oncology* Biology* Physics

Teaching Activities:

1) Supervise physician residents, medical students and fellows for clinical research projects:

I co-authored with those learners for 35+ peer reviewed publications and 50+

presentations at the national/international conferences.

2) Teach physician residents and medical students for day to day clinical procedures and radiation physics: One of core faculty for ACGME

3) Teach physics residents for clinical radiation therapy physics

4) Serve as medical physics faculty for UPMC Medical Physics Residency program recognized by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs (CAMPEP)

Representative Publications

1. Hayeon Kim, M.S. Huq, Christopher Houser, Ron Lalonde, Sushil Beriwal, Dwight Heron. Early Clinical Experience with Varian Halcyon V2 Linear Accelerator: Dual -Isocenter IMRT Planning and Delivery with Portal Dosimetry for Gynecological Cancer Treatments. J Appl Clin Med Phys. 2019 Nov;20(11):111-120. PMID: 31660682

2. Hayeon Kim, John A. Vargo, Diane C. Ling, Sushil Beriwal, Kenneth J. Smith. Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of Upfront SBRT for Oligometastatic Stage IV Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Based on Mutational Status. Am J Clin Oncol. 2019 Nov;42(11):837-844. PMID: 31644441

3. Hayeon Kim, M. Saiful Huq, Dwight E. Heron, Ron Lalonde, Christopher J. Houser, Colin E. Champ and Sushil Beriwal. Assessment of Deep Inspiration Breath Hold Technique Setup Reproducibility Using Mega Voltage Imaging for Left Breast Cancer Radiation Therapy - Integrated Network Study. Med Dosim. 2019 S0958-3947(19): 30059-7. PMID: 31153678

4. Ling DC, Vargo JA, Glaser SM, Kim H, Beriwal S. Outcomes after definitive re-irradiation with 3D brachytherapy with or without external beam radiation therapy for vaginal recurrence of endometrial cancer. Gynecol Oncol. 2019 Mar;152(3):581-586. PMID: 30600093

5. Kalash R, Glaser SM, Rangaswamy B, Horne ZD, Kim H, Houser C, Beriwal S. Use of Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Cervical Cancer Patients with Incomplete Response on Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography After Image-Based High-Dose-Rate Brachytherapy. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 2018 Nov 15;102(4):1008-1013. PMID: 29559287

6. Hayeon Kim, Christopher J Houser, Ronny Kalash, Carly A. Maceil, Brett Palestra, Deborah Malush, Sushil Beriwal. Workflow and Efficiency in MRI -Based High Dose Rate Brachytherapy for Cervical Cancer in a High-Volume Brachytherapy Center. Brachytherapy 2018; 17 (Sept-Oct):753-760. PMID: 29844009

7. Brian J Gebhardt, John A Vargo, Hayeon Kim, Christopher J Houser, Scott M Glaser, Paniti Sukumvanich, Alexander B Olawaiye, Joseph L Kelley, Robert P Edwards, John T Comerci, Madeleine Courtney-Brooks. Image-based Multichannel Vaginal Cylinder Brachytherapy for the Definitive Treatment of Gynecologic Malignancies in the Vagina. Gynecologic Oncology 2018 August; 150 (2):293-299. PMID: 29929925

8. Hayeon Kim, John A Vargo, Sushil Beriwal, David A Clump, James P Ohr, Robert L Ferris, Dwight E Heron, M. Saiful Huq, Kenneth J Smith. Cost Effectiveness Analysis of Salvage Therapies in Loco regional Previously-Irradiated Head and Neck Cancer. Head and Neck 2018; 1-9. PMID: 29537684

9. Brian J Gebhardt, Beant Gill, Scott M Glaser, Hayeon Kim, Chris J Houser, Joseph Kelley, Paniti Sukamvanich, Robert Edwards, John Comerci, Alexander Olawaiye, Madeleine Courtney-Brooks, Michelle Boisen, Jessica Berger. Image-Guided Tandem and Cylinder Brachytherapy as Monotherapy for Definitive Treatment of Inoperable Endometrial Carcinoma. Gynecol Oncol. 2017 Nov; 147(2):302-308. PMID: 28923412

10. Hayeon Kim, Malolan S. Rajagopalan, Sushil Beriwal, Kenneth Smith. Cost Effectiveness Analysis of Stereotactic Radiosurgery Alone Versus Stereotactic Radiosurgery with Upfront Whole Brain Radiation Therapy for Brain Metastases. Clin Oncol (R Coll Radiol). 2017 Oct; 29(10):e157-e164. PMID: 28552517