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Matthew Michael Ladra, M.D., M.P.H.
Director, Pediatric Radiation Oncology, Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center at Sibley Memorial Hospital
Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences
Expertise: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), Head and Neck Cancers, Leukemia, Pediatric Radiation Oncology, Primary central nervous system (CNS) lymphoma, Rhabdomyosarcoma, Soft Tissue Sarcoma, Spine Tumors ...read more
Research Interests: Pediatric Rhabdomyosarcoma; Proton Therapy
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Matthew Ladra, M.D., M.P.H., is the director of pediatric radiation oncology for the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, a clinical collaboration with Children’s National Medical Center, where Dr. Ladra serves as faculty in the department of pediatric oncology. He is also an assistant professor of radiation oncology and molecular radiation sciences at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
Dr. Ladra will lead the Johns Hopkins National Proton Therapy Center’s pediatric program in partnership with Children’s National Medical Center. The center will begin treating pediatric patients in the fall of 2019. Previously, he served as the director of pediatric radiation at the Provision Center for Proton Therapy in Tennessee. He also completed a 2-year fellowship in pediatric proton therapy at the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Francis H. Burr Proton Center.
Dr. Ladra is one of a handful of radiation oncologists whose research and clinical efforts focus exclusively on pediatric patients. He is frequently invited to speak on pediatric radiation oncology topics internationally and across the U.S. and has published extensively on the subject through original research book chapters and review articles. Dr. Ladra’s research efforts focus mainly on pediatric rhabdomyosarcoma treatment, early phase clinical trials involving radiation and non-chemotherapeutic agents, and reducing neurocognitive toxicity for pediatric brain tumor patients.
He is board certified in radiation oncology by the American Board of Radiology.
- Director, Pediatric Radiation Oncology, Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center at Sibley Memorial Hospital
- Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences
Departments / Divisions
- Radiation Oncology at Sibley Memorial Hospital
- Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences - Molecular Radiation Science
- MD, Tulane University School of Medicine (2007)
- University of Washington Medical Center / Radiation Oncology (2012)
- Massachusetts General Hospital / Radiation Oncology (2014)
Research & Publications
View Dr. Ladra's clinical trials at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center at Sibley Memorial Hospital.
Rao AD, Chen Q, Ermoian RP, Alcorn SR, Figueiredo MLS, Chen MJ, Dieckmann K, MacDonald SM, Ladra MM, Kobyzeva D, Nechesnyuk AV, Nilsson K, Ford EC, Winey BA, Villar RC, Terezakis SA. "Practice patterns of palliative radiation therapy in pediatric oncology patients in an international pediatric research consortium." Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2017 Nov;64(11). doi: 10.1002/pbc.26589. Epub 2017 Jul 11.
Shen CJ, Hu C, Ladra MM, Narang AK, Pollack CE, Terezakis SA. "Socioeconomic factors affect the selection of proton radiation therapy for children." Cancer. 2017 Oct 15;123(20):4048-4056. doi: 10.1002/cncr.30849. Epub 2017 Jun 27.
Ladra MM, Wang KK, Terezakis SA. "Pencil-beam scanning for pediatric rhabdomyosarcoma: Promise and precautions." Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2016 Oct;63(10):1698-9. doi: 10.1002/pbc.26103. Epub 2016 Jun 14.
Ladra MM, Mandeville HC, Niemierko A, Padera TP, Friedmann AM, MacDonald SM, Ebb D, Chen YL, Tarbell NJ, Yock TI. "Local failure in parameningeal rhabdomyosarcoma correlates with poor response to induction chemotherapy." Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2015 Jun 1;92(2):358-67. doi: 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2015.01.049. Epub 2015 Apr 8.
Lucas JT Jr, Ladra MM, MacDonald SM, Busse PM, Friedmann AM, Ebb DH, Marcus KJ, Tarbell NJ, Yock TI. "Proton therapy for pediatric and adolescent esthesioneuroblastoma." Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2015 Sep;62(9):1523-8. doi: 10.1002/pbc.25494. Epub 2015 Mar 27.
Activities & Honors
- Children's Oncology Group
- American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
- American College of Radiology
Videos & Media
Recent News Articles and Media Coverage
"Washingtonian's 40 Under 40." Washingtonian Magazine. (04/05/2017)
"Matthew Ladra to Head New Johns Hopkins and Children's National Health System Pediatric Radiation Oncology Program at Sibley Memorial Hospital." Johns Hopkins Medicine. (08/30/2016)
"Sibley Memorial Hospital, Children's National announce key hire for proton therapy." Washington Business Journal. (08/30/2016)
"Proton Therapy in East Tennessee: A Healing Environment." Medical Tourism Magazine. (10/13/2015)
"First child treated at Provision proton therapy center." Knoxville News Sentinel. (11/26/2014)
"Dr. Ladra Speaks About Proton Therapy for Pediatric Cancer Patients." Provision Healthcare. (09/24/2014)