Department of Radiation Oncology

Welcome: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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The Department of Radiation Oncology fully embraces the values of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in all aspects of its three-part mission of excellence in patient care, basic and translational research, and the education of residents and students.  Our advocacy for these values takes many forms across the landscape of our department. At its foundation is the investment of our leadership, faculty, trainees and staff in programs and initiatives that strive to promote cultural humility and facilitate equity.  In the following pages, we highlight some of the resources and programs through which we commit to furthering DEI. These pages contain educational resources on topics pertinent to diversity and inclusion, as well as a guide to communities and advocacy groups within Radiation Oncology and Penn Medicine. We invite you to visit the site regularly, as we continue to update resources, add information on ongoing initiatives, and expand educational material. 

LGBTQ Patient Centered Care

Penn Medicine provide free Contining Education training and courses in LGBTQ Patient Centered Care;  download this brochure ( pdf or jpg (may need to right mouse click)) for details and links.    


Diverse Jobs in Radiation Oncology

Jobs for your Future

"Jobs for your Future" (click here:  Diversity jobs in Radiation Oncology) is a video starring many key player in our Department of Radiation Oncology. It is a resource geared towards high school students to describe the numerous careers available in our field. Watch "Jobs for your Future" at this link: Click Here!


High School Outreach



Pride Month: June 2021

June is LGBTQ pride month!

We have curated a series of engaging events and educational material to honor the LGBTQ+ community, including the material shown below and circulated each Thursday.

Pride Month

Notable LGBTQ+ Individuals

Let's take a moment to recognize and celebrate the amazing contributions of individuals to LGBTQ equity and inclusion...
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LGBTQ+ representation in the media!



Juneteeth 2021

Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865 as the day that slavery was effectively ended in the United States.  The Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 declared the freedom of all those enslaved in the United State. However, this decree wasn’t enforced in the most western Confederate state of Texas until June 19, 1865 when  Union troops arrived in its city of Galveston Bay. 

Join with us in honoring this important day in United States history. 

If you are looking for additional educational resources, please consider the programs offered through Academics for Black Wellness and Survival.  The next program starts on Saturday, June 19th, 2021.


Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: May 2021

Black History Month: February 2021

Black History Month Sock Drive
Thanks to our incredible Rad Onc team members, we collected over 400 socks, 600 granola bars and many, many other food and toiletry items during the month of February 2021. Items were donated to Philly Unknown to be distributed to those in need in the Philadelphia community on April 21, 2021.

Black History Quizzo:
Congratulations to Susan Mazzoni - winner of the Black History Month Quizzo! In recognition of her first place finish, Susan is receiving a Penn Medicine, Radiation Oncology jacket.  We extend a thank you to all of the other individuals and teams who participated in this contest.


Minority Men in Medicine


Hispanic Heritage Month 2021


School Drive 2021


Donation Opportunities


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Radiation Oncology 

Radiation Oncology works in alignment with the Office of Inclusion and Diversity at Penn Medicine in pursuit of innovative and impactful initiatives that strengthen the culture of inclusion and promotion of equity in our community.  In Radiation Oncology, these initiatives are led by Vice Chair for Inclusion, Diversity and Equity, Theresa Busch PhD, working in partnership with our Rad Onc Committee for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.  In parallel with this committee, three subcommittees work toward goals in their individual areas of DEI focus in education and resources, messaging and patient engagement, and community outreach. We  invite  all who are interested to join  our  DEI committee.   Please contact  Chief of  Staff,  Lora Furman ( or Dr. Theresa Busch ( for more information. 

Mission of the Radiation Oncology Committee for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI):

Radiation Oncology is committed to ensuring that inclusion, equity and diversity are embedded in the way we function as a department, from recruitment of employees, to the ongoing education and sponsorship of team members, to our interactions with patients and presence in the community.  We engage our peers and colleagues in furthering an inclusive culture that values the strength of diversity, and we work to grow involvement in initiatives that support this culture at the level of our department. 

Mission of the DEI Education and Resources Subcommittee:

The Radiation Oncology Subcommittee on Resources and Education for diversity, equity and inclusion  was established to  support and further these values within our department.  With the resources that our committee develops, we seek  to promote the awareness of unconscious bias  and  racism, advance cultural awareness,  and support inclusion. We  look to initiate  forums  and discussions  for ongoing engagement on these topics.  

Mission of the DEI Messaging and Patient Engagement Subcommittee: 

The  Diversity, Equity and Inclusion  Subcommittee on Messaging and Patient Engagement seeks to build understanding of equity and inclusion  within our Radiation Oncology patient community.  We  act to foster  and strengthen  patient  support  and engagement  groups  in Radiation  Oncology,  working to  identify  disparate  needs that  may affect  our  community  of patients  regardless of  race, gender,  socioeconomic  status  or other  identities.      

Mission of the DEI Community Outreach Subcommittee:

The Radiation Oncology Subcommittee on Community Outreach for diversity, equity and inclusion strives to bring these values into the communities where we work and live. It is our mission to identify, innovate and participate in opportunities to further an inclusive culture that extends beyond the walls of our clinics to the community at large. 

Come join us! 

Members of Radiation Oncology Committee for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)

Manuj Agarwal  Jacqueline Hall
Stephen Avery Michael LaRiviere
Cordelia Baffic Courtney Misher
Lara Brachman-Goldstein Fern Nibauer-Cohen
Theresa Busch Neal Niznan
Keith Cengel Ima Paydar
Ashley Cifarelli Tara Ryan
Crystal Conn Andrea Rycroft
Lora Furman Tamar Smith
Emily Gores Anne Thompson
Dionne Graves Ioannis Verginadis



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