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Deborah Anne Frassica, M.D.

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Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences

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Expertise: Breast Cancer, Cancer, External Beam Radiation Therapy, Gastrointestinal Cancers, Image-Guided Radiation Therapy, Metastatic Bone Disease, Oncology, Pediatric Radiation Oncology, Prostate Cancer, Radiation Oncology, Sarcoma ...read more

Research Interests: Sarcoma; Breast Cancer

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Background

Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences
Associate Professor of Oncology

Over two decades ago, when she was still in medical school, Dr. Frassica decided which medical specialty she would pursue.

“Working with cancer patients was the thing I found most gratifying and challenging. Radiation oncology offered what I thought was an excellent opportunity to interact with patients, and to provide treatment that I felt was generally well-tolerated and able to provide relief for their disease,” says Dr. Frassica, of radiation oncology.

To this day, she has no regrets.

Having served as the Radiation Oncology Residency Program Director for nine years, Dr. Frassica instilled that same level of interest in the profession to medical residents. Continuing to work one-on-one with trainees in the clinic, she remains pleased to share with physicians-in-training the explosive growth that has taken place in the field during her career.

“In radiation oncology, there have been tremendous technical advances to allow us to deliver radiation in a much better fashion, with greater homogeneity of dose,” Dr. Frassica says, noting that these improvements have opened up better and often less invasive treatment options for breast cancer patients. For instance, many patients who once had no choice but to undergo a mastectomy can now undergo a combination of lumpectomy and radiation instead.

Dr. Frassica considers herself fortunate to be a part of Johns Hopkins, whose patients are often among the first to benefit from technological breakthroughs made by the institution’s scientists. “The research base here is tremendous,” she says.

While she acknowledges that the pace of research for those awaiting treatment advances can seem slow, Dr. Frassica is confident that strides will continue to be made, as they have during her tenure as a radiation oncologist. “The volume of research will gradually move from the lab into the clinic, and we will continue to find better and better treatments,” she says.

Dr. Deborah Frassica completed residency training in radiation oncology at the Mayo Clinic and served in the United States Navy as a radiation oncologist for ten years prior to joining the faculty at Johns Hopkins in 1998.

Dr. Frassica practices at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Green Spring Station, and Central Maryland Radiation Oncology, which is a joint collaboration between Johns Hopkins and University of Maryland Medical Center located in Columbia, MD.



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Titles

  • Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences
  • Associate Professor of Oncology

Education

Degrees

  • MD, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (1984)

Residencies

  • Mayo Clinic Medical School College of Medicine / Radiation Oncology (1988)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Radiology / Radiation Oncology (1988)

Research & Publications

Clinical Trial Keywords

Adjuvant therapy for pancreatic cancer, Pre-operative radiotherapy for retroperitoneal sarcoma, Sarcoma, Breast Cancer

Activities & Honors

Honors

  • Directors Teaching Award in Clinical Science, Johns Hopkins Oncology Center, 2000
  • Directors Teaching Award in Clinical Science, The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, 2002
  • Directors Teaching Award in Clinical Science, The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, 2005
  • Association of Residents in Radiation Oncology Teacher of the Year Award, JHU Radiation Oncology Program, 2002
  • Association of Residents in Radiation Oncology Teacher of the Year Award, JHU Radiation Oncology Program, 2005

Memberships

  • American Society of Oncology
  • American Society of Radiation Oncology 
  • Mid-Atlantic Society of Radiation Oncology
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