Susan M. Rakfal, MD, FACRO

  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology
  • Medical Director and Chair, UPMC CancerCenter at UPMC McKeesport, Radiation Oncology
  • President Medical Staff, UPMC McKeesport

I provide leadership and clinical services in radiation oncology for UPMC McKeesport Hospital including clinical inpatient teaching for internal medicine and family medicine residents at the hospital. My clinical interests are general radiation oncology and Gamma Knife radiosurgery where I provide coverage. I serve as assistant medical director for the Via Oncology Pathways for pancreas, bone metastases, myeloma, and plasmacytoma and contribute to the thyroid pathway.

As president of the medical staff of UPMC McKeesport, I sit on the board of trustees for UPMC McKeesport Hospital and UPMC East Hospital. I serve as chair of the President’s Advisory Committee for UPMC McKeesport Hospital and also chair the Joint Conference of Hospital Board, Administration and Medical Leadership. I continue to participate in the Observation Work Team in the hospital as well as serve on other hospital committees.

Representative Publications

Gebhardt BJ, Rajagopalan MS, Gill BS, Heron DE, Rakfal SM, Flickinger JC, Beriwal, S.  Impact of dynamic changes to a bone metastases pathway in a large, integrated National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center network.  Practical Rad Oncol. 5:398-405, 2015.