Daphne A. Haas-Kogan, MD, has been appointed chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center (DF/BWCC) effective July 1, 2015, and will be appointed professor at Harvard Medical School. She will also be the Endowed Professor of Radiation Oncology at Brigham and Women’s Health Care. In this role, Haas-Kogan will be responsible for formulating and directing the educational, research and clinical activities of the Department of Radiation Oncology.
Haas-Kogan has held a number of positions at University of California, San Francisco’s (UCSF) Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, most recently as program director and vice chair in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Care Center and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital and professor of Radiation Oncology and Neurological Surgery. Previously, she was the residency program director and vice-chair for Research and Education.
She has an active laboratory-based research program that is investigating novel therapeutic agents for adult and childhood brain tumors as well as pediatric malignancies. Dr. Haas-Kogan is the principle investigator for several clinical trials, including investigator-initiated studies and cooperative group trials run by the Children’s Oncology Group and the Pacific-Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Consortium.
“Dr. Haas-Kogan brings extraordinary expertise and leadership that will greatly benefit our patients, faculty, staff and learners,” said Edward J. Benz, Jr., MD, president and CEO of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. “Her research interests also fit well with our current efforts, and we are delighted that she will be joining us to lead such an important area of our joint cancer program."
“A collaborative leader, Dr. Haas-Kogan brings a depth and breadth of experience in patient care, research and teaching which will enrich our radiation oncology service and benefit the patients we serve,” said Betsy Nabel, MD, president of Brigham and Women’s Health Care. “We look forward to building on the tradition of excellence in Radiation Oncology under her leadership.”
After receiving a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and molecular biology at Harvard University, Haas-Kogan received an MD from University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. She completed an internal medicine residency at California Pacific Medical Center and radiation oncology residency at University of California, San Francisco, where she was also chief resident and a post doctoral fellow.
Haas-Kogan is succeeding Jay R. Harris, MD who served as chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Dana-Farber, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital, which constitute the Longwood Radiation Oncology Center, for 15 years. He will continue to be on the DF/BWCC staff as a clinician and researcher.