|Schedule An Appointment||Clinical Office Address|
|(801) 581-2396||Huntsman Cancer Hospital
1950 Circle of Hope
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
David Gaffney, MD, PhD, is vice-chair, medical director, and professor of radiation oncology at the University of Utah School of Medicine and Huntsman Cancer Institute. His primary clinical interests are in the radiotherapeutic management of gynecological cancers, breast cancers, and lymphoma. His main research interests are in clinical trial development, prognostic markers, and secondary cancers.
Dr. Gaffney is interested in clinical trials that improve survival and quality of life for cancer patients. He serves as a co-Chair for the National Cancer Institute Gynecologic Cancer Steering Committee and previously was chair of the Gynecologic Working Group for the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG). The RTOG is a multi-institutional cooperative cancer research organization that conducts clinical trials. He is active in the Gynecologic Cancer Intergroup, a worldwide organization of clinical trial groups. Dr. Gaffney chairs the American College of Radiology Radiation Oncology Appropriateness Criteria Gynecologic panel and is an editor for the ACR Journal Advisor for gyncologic radiation oncology. Dr. Gaffney also chairs the Clinical Cancer Investigation Committee at the University of Utah and Huntsman Cancer Institute and serves as a Senior Editor for the International Journal of Gynecologic Cancer, Gynecologic Oncology, and the American Journal of Clinical Oncology.
In addition, Dr. Gaffney is interested in radiation sensitizers, which are drugs that make cancer cells more sensitive to the effects of radiation therapy. Dr. Gaffney enjoys working with medical students and residents on a wide variety of projects.
Dr. Gaffney received his PhD in biochemistry from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1990 and his MD from the same institution in 1992. He completed an internship at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, and a residency in radiation oncology at the University of Utah School of Medicine.
Board Certification and Academic Information
|Academic Departments||Radiation Oncology - Professor
|Board Certification||American Board of Radiology (Radiation Oncology)
|Cancer Center Programs||Experimental Therapeutics
The Patient Rating score is an average of all responses to care provider related questions on our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey.
Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.
UofU Patient March 31, 2015
Best place in the world if you have to have cancerUofU Patient March 03, 2015
Dr Gaffney was easy to understand as he explained things to me and answered my questions.UofU Patient February 20, 2015
Dr Gaffney is always nice, very intelligent man!UofU Patient February 03, 2015
Gassney and Rosenthal provided great care.UofU Patient January 06, 2015
goodUofU Patient December 06, 2014
The hospital has the most caring and wonderful doctors.UofU Patient October 11, 2014
It was a good experience.UofU Patient August 06, 2014
everyone i worked with at the huntsman was amazing. They were even nice and treated my husband well too. i would recommend them for sure and i would love to go back there if i had the chance to. hopefully not as a patience thou. cuz cancer isn't really fun at allUofU Patient July 18, 2014
Dr Gaffney has a very good personality and I enjoy his pleasant attitude.UofU Patient July 05, 2014
Dr. Gaffney is always great,very knowledgeable and kind. The questions that the doctor that came in first asked gave me pause. He asked if I had my mammogram that day when I've had a double mastectomy. I wasn't reassured at all. Thank goodness Dr. Gaffney came in!UofU Patient June 14, 2014
Dr. Gaffney and Dr. Williams always seem genuinely interested and concerned, as well as very competent, and they make me feel like they have plenty of time to spend with me. I appreciate this very much.UofU Patient May 31, 2014
I needed an ultrasound of my breast in addition to my mammogram and I didn't have to wait long. The radiology fellow was very good, professional and kind. The radiologist was also very good, but waited until 10 minutes into our conversation to report to me that my mammogram looked clear and that they were looking for a benign papilloma in my milk ducts; that information would have been a great way to start our conversation.UofU Patient May 15, 2014
I have already recommended Dr. Gaffney to others.UofU Patient March 28, 2014
posed for photos with patient even!UofU Patient February 14, 2014
The bestUofU Patient January 31, 2014
GoodUofU Patient January 25, 2014
This was an annual checkup. No insight given for continuing pain at incision sites.UofU Patient January 18, 2014
definitely recommend this placeUofU Patient January 16, 2014
I have always found Dr. Gaffney to be a very caring person about me personally. He puts me at ease and makes me feel like I am a person to him and not just a name on a chart.UofU Patient September 30, 2013
I love everyone who has ever seen me in my 3 1/2 years of going to the Huntsmans.UofU Patient September 26, 2013
I have felt very good about my experiences at the Huntsman and that I have received the best care and concern.UofU Patient September 20, 2013
Every person who has seen me at Huntsman Cancer Institute has been professional, forthcoming with information, kind as an angel and concerned about me individually. I've never experienced such loving care for anything in my life. If I could, I'd live in a back room at Huntsman and come out every morning to soak up the healing, positive energy I feel within the building itself and from the wonderful people and facilities. I have to go back to Arizona where I live but I am looking forward to my three month visits at Huntsman with Dr. Gaffney, Dr. Soisson and RN Colleen, and the rest of the dear staff. If I could only sit in the lobby and hear the pianist I feel I'd be well and wise in no time. Please thank him for his generosity of time and talent. I listen to him for as long as he plays everytime.UofU Patient April 29, 2013
In that my appt was changed at my request and squeezed into the morning schedule, I was amazed at the unhurried time I felt I had with the nurse, resident and doctor. Thank you.UofU Patient April 29, 2013
care provider staff was very professional.UofU Patient April 25, 2013
Dr. Gaffney is extremely easy to talk with and his positive attitude makes the entire process easy and comfortable.UofU Patient April 08, 2013
I liked the fact that Dr. Gaffney came in personally, and did the followup check. He was personable and informative, as he always is.UofU Patient March 26, 2013
Dr. Gaffney has always been very informative and clear on every step. I have full faith and confidence in his ability.UofU Patient March 05, 2013
Everyone was very nice and compassionate with my situation.UofU Patient March 04, 2013
I already have recommended Dr. Gaffney to another friend who has just been dx'd with breast cancer.UofU Patient January 21, 2013
Everyone was spookier friendly!UofU Patient January 21, 2013
Dr. Gaffney was awesome...my husband and I are not neophytes in regards to health care and my diagnosis. He treated us with respect and intelligence.UofU Patient December 06, 2012
Dr. Gaffney is a good listener and very nice! Very smart also. Dr. Wagner is also very good.UofU Patient September 10, 2012
Dr. Gaffney maintained eye contact for several seconds after the exam and before he left. I felt like a human being to him