Dr. Ritsuko U. Komaki - MD Anderson Cancer Center

Ritsuko U. Komaki M.D.

Thoracic Radiation Oncology, Program Director

About Ritsuko U. Komaki

Dr. Ritsuko Komaki at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston has been a leader in the field of radiation oncology for more than 30 years, staying attuned to the latest advancements.

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Board Certified in Radiation Oncology

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Team Leader

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30+ Years of Experience

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Excellence in Research

She is a strong proponent of proton therapy, which targets tumors with exact precision while minimizing side effects and sparing nearby healthy tissues. Ritsuko was part of a team that pioneered pencil beam proton therapy and intensity modulated proton therapy (IMPT).

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Ritsuko U. Komaki M.D.


Thoracic Radiation Oncology, Program Director

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University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center


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M.D. Anderson is one of the few centers in the country offering patients a variety of radiation oncology advancements.  She has authored or co-authored more than 500 peer-reviewed research articles or book chapters. Her latest article involved a study of patient-reported symptoms with non-small cell lung cancer undergoing photon chemo-radiation therapy.

She graduated from the Hiroshima University School of Medicine, completed her residency in radiation oncology at the Medical College of Wisconsin and finished her fellowship at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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Last Modified March 1, 2018
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