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Cristina M. DeCesaris
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Cristina M. DeCesaris, MD

Languages spoken: English

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  • Cristina DeCesaris, MD, a Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) physician, is a clinical track assistant professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Utah. She is a member of the multidisciplinary Central Nervous System, Gynecology, and Pediatric teams.

    Dr. DeCesaris’s clinical expertise is in delivering intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), image guided radiation therapy (IGRT), volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT), proton pencil-beam scanning (PBS) radiotherapy, and high dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy.

    Dr. DeCesaris earned dual bachelor’s degrees in Neurobiology and Physiology as well as Psychology at The University of Maryland in College Park, MD. She went on to complete medical school at the Rutgers University’s Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine and residency at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, MD. She is passionate about education, clinical research, and equitable delivery of healthcare. She is a member of many committees at the University of Utah. She is currently a member of many American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) and American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), where she serves as a mentor training young physicians in critical review of medical literature. She is involved in prospective clinical trials and has completed clinical and database research.

    Patient Rating

    4.8 /5
    ( out of 63 reviews )

    The patient rating score is an average of all responses on our patient experience survey. The rating averages scores for all questions about care from our providers.

    The scale on which responses are measured is 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

    Patient Comments

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    Patients are de-identified for confidentiality and patient privacy.

    September 24, 2023
    HUNTSMAN CANCER CENTER

    Very good. She listens. She treats me with respect

    September 16, 2023
    HUNTSMAN CANCER CENTER

    Very nice

    August 31, 2023
    HUNTSMAN CANCER CENTER

    Dr. Decesaris was very calm and cordial throughout the meeting. She asked & answered questions pertinent to the case and made me feel at ease throughout.

    July 22, 2023
    HUNTSMAN CANCER CENTER

    She has been a great asset for Josh's care.

    July 04, 2023
    HUNTSMAN CANCER CENTER

    Listened very well and instilled confidence

    June 18, 2023
    FARMINGTON HEALTH CENTER

    Im very grateful Dr. Decesaris took time to explain everything clearly and answered each of our questions.

    May 27, 2023
    HUNTSMAN CANCER CENTER

    She was very informative, knowledgeable, professional, and compassionate.

    May 22, 2023
    HUNTSMAN CANCER CENTER

    Doctor Decesaris is the best (not sure if I spelled her name right) but regardless ,she is wonderful. She even calls me out on issues that we don't agree on and I greatly appreciate that. The fact she is willing to fight for her patients and look out for their best interest. She is absolutely the best.

    May 04, 2023
    HUNTSMAN CANCER CENTER

    Kind, Professional, Inspiring Trust.

  • Cristina DeCesaris, MD, a Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) physician, is a clinical track assistant professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Utah. She is a member of the multidisciplinary Central Nervous System, Gynecology, and Pediatric teams.

    Dr. DeCesaris’s clinical expertise is in delivering intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), image guided radiation therapy (IGRT), volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT), proton pencil-beam scanning (PBS) radiotherapy, and high dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy.

    Dr. DeCesaris earned dual bachelor’s degrees in Neurobiology and Physiology as well as Psychology at The University of Maryland in College Park, MD. She went on to complete medical school at the Rutgers University’s Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine and residency at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, MD. She is passionate about education, clinical research, and equitable delivery of healthcare. She is a member of many committees at the University of Utah. She is currently a member of many American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) and American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), where she serves as a mentor training young physicians in critical review of medical literature. She is involved in prospective clinical trials and has completed clinical and database research.

    Board Certification and Academic Information

    Academic Departments Radiation Oncology -Primary

    Education history

    Professional Other ASCO Journals Editorial Fellow Fellow
    Radiation Oncology - University of Maryland Medical Center Resident
    Chief Resident Radiation Oncology - University of Maryland Medical Center Chief Resident
    Radiation Oncology - University of Maryland Medical Center Resident
    Internship Internal Medicine - Lankenau Medical Center Intern
    Radiation Oncology - Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Clinical Research Fellow
    Professional Medical Medicine - Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School M.D.
    Neurobiology/Physiology - University of Maryland B.S.
    Undergraduate Psychology - University of Maryland B.S.

    Selected Publications

    Journal Article

    1. DeCesaris CM, Pollock A, Zhang B, Poirier Y, Kowalski E, Paulosky K, Mishra MV, Nichols E (2020). Assessing the Need for Adjusted Organ-at-Risk Planning Goals for Patients Undergoing Adjuvant Radiation Therapy for Locally Advanced Breast Cancer with Proton Radiation. Pract Radiat Oncol, 11(2), 108-118. (Read full article)
    2. Moran BJ, Koroulakis A, DeCesaris C, Braccioforte MH, Amin N, Agarwal M (2020). Long-term outcomes of a prospective randomized trial of 131Cs/125I permanent prostate brachytherapy. Brachytherapy, 20(1), 38-43. (Read full article)
    3. Snider JW, Molitoris J, Shyu S, Diwanji T, Rice S, Kowalski E, DeCesaris C, Remick JS, Yi B, Zhang B, Hall A, Hanna N, Ng VY, Regine WF (2020). Spatially Fractionated Radiotherapy (GRID) Prior to Standard Neoadjuvant Conventionally Fractionated Radiotherapy for Bulky, High-Risk Soft Tissue and Osteosarcomas: Feasibility, Safety, and Promising Pathologic Response Rates. Radiat Res, 194(6), 707-714. (Read full article)
    4. Poirier Y, Becker S, DeCesaris C, Culberson W, Draeger E, Gerry AJ, Johnstone CD, Gibbs A, Vujaskovic Z, Jackson IL (2020). The Impact of Radiation Energy on Dose Homogeneity and Organ Dose in the Göttingen Minipig Total-Body Irradiation Model. Radiat Res, 194(5), 544-556. (Read full article)
    5. DeCesaris C, Rao AD (2020). Characterizing the Risk of Vertebral Body Fractures in Patients Receiving Chemoradiotherapy for Esophageal Cancer. JAMA Netw Open, 3(9), e2014340. (Read full article)
    6. DeCesaris CM, Berger M, Choi JI, Carr SR, Burrows WM, Regine WF, Simone CB 2nd, Molitoris JK (2020). Pathologic complete response (pCR) rates and outcomes after neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy with proton or photon radiation for adenocarcinomas of the esophagus and gastroesophageal junction. J Gastrointest Oncol, 11(4), 663-673. (Read full article)
    7. DeCesaris CM, McCarroll R, Mishra MV, Glass E, Greenwald BD, Carr S, Burrows W, Mehra R, Regine WF, Simone CB 2nd, Choi JI, Molitoris JK (2020). Assessing Outcomes of Patients Treated With Re-Irradiation Utilizing Proton Pencil-Beam Scanning for Primary or Recurrent Malignancies of the Esophagus and Gastroesophageal Junction. J Thorac Oncol, 15(6), 1054-1064. (Read full article)
    8. Zhu M, Kaiser A, Mishra MV, Kwok Y, Remick J, DeCesaris C, Langen KM (2019). Multiple Computed Tomography Robust Optimization to Account for Random Anatomic Density Variations During Intensity Modulated Proton Therapy. Adv Radiat Oncol, 5(5), 1022-1031. (Read full article)
    9. Koroulakis A, Rice SR, DeCesaris C, Knight N, Nichols EM (2019). Perceptions and Patterns in Academic Publishing: A Survey of United States Residents in Radiation Oncology. Adv Radiat Oncol, 5(2), 146-151. (Read full article)
    10. Chinniah C, Aguarin L, Cheng P, DeCesaris C, Cutillo A, Berman AT, Frick M, Doucette A, Cengel KA, Levin W, Hahn S, Dorsey JF, Simone CB 2nd, Kao GD (2019). Early Detection of Recurrence in Patients With Locally Advanced Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer via Circulating Tumor Cell Analysis. Clin Lung Cancer, 20(5), 384-390.e2. (Read full article)
    11. DeCesaris CM, Rice SR, Bentzen SM, Jatczak J, Mishra MV, Nichols EM (2019). Quantification of Acute Skin Toxicities in Patients With Breast Cancer Undergoing Adjuvant Proton versus Photon Radiation Therapy: A Single Institutional Experience. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys, 104(5), 1084-1090. (Read full article)
    12. Frick MA, Kao GD, Aguarin L, Chinniah C, Swisher-McClure S, Berman AT, Levin WP, Cengel KA, DeCesaris C, Hahn SM, Dorsey JF, Simone CB 2nd (2018). Circulating Tumor Cell Assessment in Presumed Early Stage Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Patients Treated with Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy: A Prospective Pilot Study. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys, 102(3), 536-542. (Read full article)
    13. Berman AT, DeCesaris CM, Simone CB 2nd, Vachani C, DiLullo G, Hampshire MK, Metz J, Hill-Kayser C (2016). Use of Survivorship Care Plans and Analysis of Patient-Reported Outcomes in Multinational Patients With Lung Cancer. J Oncol Pract, 12(5), e527-35. (Read full article)

    Case Report

    1. DeCesaris C, Amin NP, Hundal J, Vujaskovic Z, Agarwal M (2018). Hyperthermia and Hyper-fractionated Radiation for a Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma Progressing on Standard Therapy: A Case Report. Adv Radiat Oncol, 4(1), 4-9. (Read full article)

    Letter

    1. DeCesaris C, Rice SR, Bentzen SM, Jatczak J, Mishra MV, Mossahebi S, Nichols EM (2019). In Reply to Tommasino et al. [Letter to the editor]. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys, 105(3), 677-678. (Read full article)
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