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    Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy
    Sterotactic Body Radiation
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    Radiation Oncology
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    Primary Location:
    University of Alabama at Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center

Get to Know Dr. Chris M. Dobelbower

Radiation oncologist Dr. Chris Dobelbower is part of the personalized, multidisciplinary approach to treatment being used today at the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

The UAB Medicine Radiation Oncology team uses the most technically advanced, cutting-edge treatments for patients with cancer. Those treatments include intensity-modulated radiation therapy, external beam radiation therapy, stereotactic body radiation therapy and image-guided radiotherapy.

Dobelbower treats patients with a variety of thoracic malignancies, including pleural mesothelioma cancer. He works closely with fellow specialists such as oncologist Dr. Francisco Robert-Vizcarrondo and thoracic surgeon Dr. James Donahue.

Treatments are designed to shrink tumors, slow cancer growth, relieve cancer symptoms and sometimes kill cancer cells. They often are used in conjunction with surgery, chemotherapy and immunotherapy.

Dobelbower first came to the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2007 as a resident after studying nuclear engineering at Ohio State University. Most of his work is done at the Hazelrig Salter Radiation Oncology Center.

Specialties of Dr. Chris M. Dobelbower

  • Radiation therapy
  • Intensity-modulated radiation therapy
  • Stereotactic body radiation
  • Lung cancer
  • Pleural mesothelioma
  • Radioimmunotherapy

Dr. Chris M. Dobelbower’s Experience and Education

  • O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Medical College of Ohio (M.D.)
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital (Residency)
  • Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center (Internship)

Award and Certifications

  • Board certified in radiation oncology
  • Scholar, Center for Clinical and Translational Science
  • Scholar, General Clinical Research Center

Publications of Dr. Chris M. Dobelbower

  • Dobelbower, M.C. et al. (2020, August 31). Anchored Transponder Guided Lung Radiation Therapy. Practical Radiation Oncology.
  • Boggs, D.H. et al. (2019, November). Electromagnetic Transponder Based Tracking and Gating in the Radiotherapeutic Treatment of Thoracic Malignancies. Practical Radiation Oncology.
  • McDonald, A.M. et al. (2019, January 20). Longitudinal assessment of anchored transponder migration following lung stereotactic body radiation therapy. Journal of Applied Medical Physics.
  • Chun, S.G. et al. (2017, January). Impact of Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy Technique for Locally Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: A Secondary Analysis of the NRG Oncology RTOG 0617 Randomized Clinical Trial. Journal of Clinical Oncology.