Virginia Commonwealth University

VCU Massey Cancer Center

Clinical faculty

Mitchell S. Anscher
Douglas W. Arthur
Michael Chang
Laurie Cuttino
Paul G. Goetowski
Michael Hagan
Christopher R. Johnson
Drew Moghanaki
Tony Mustain
Michael Porrazzo
Michelle Proper
Shiyu Song
Elisabeth Weiss



Mitchell S. Anscher, M.D.
Professor and chairman
(804) 828-7232
manscher@mcvh-vcu.edu

Dr. Anscher received his B.S. from Stanford University in 1977, and his M.D. from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine in 1981. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury, Connecticiut in 1984, and his residency in radiation oncology at Duke University in 1987. He is board certified in both internal medicine and radiation oncology. He was on the faculty at Duke University School of Medicine from 1987-2006. His clinical interests focus on the treatment of patients with genitourinary malignancies, especially prostate cancer. He has expertise in the use of both external beam radiation therapy and brachytherapy. His research interests include clinical trials in prostate cancer, as well as laboratory and clinical research into the prevention and treatment of normal tissue injury after cancer therapy.
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Douglas W. Arthur, M.D.
Professor and vice chairman
(804) 828-7232
darthur@mcvh-vcu.edu

Dr. Arthur received his M.D. in 1989 from Wake Forest University’s Bowman Gray School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and completed his residency training in radiation oncology at the VCU School of Medicine in 1994. He completed his training with a clinical fellowship at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. His clinical and research interests include brachytherapy, management of breast and genitourinary malignancies, and soft tissue malignancies.
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Michael Chang, M.D.
Assistant professor
Chief, Radiation Oncology Service, Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center
(804) 828-7232
mchang@mcvh-vcu.edu

Dr. Chang received his bachelor's degree in microbiology from University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and his medical degree from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia in 1997. He completed his internal medicine internship at Portsmouth Naval Medical Center. He went on to complete his residency in radiation oncology at Virginia Commonwealth University and was named chief resident in his final year. He completed his training with a clinical rotation at the Netherlands Cancer Institute in Amsterdam. His clinical and research interests focus on the use of stereotactic radiotherapy in the treatment of central nervous system, thoracic, and breast malignancies and IMRT for prostate cancers. Dr. Chang sees patients at the Massey Cancer Center Stony Point and MCV Campus facilities.
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Laurie Cuttino, M.D.
Associate professor
(804) 828-7232
lcuttino@mcvh-vcu.edu

Dr. Cuttino holds a bachelor’s degree from Clemson University in chemical engineering with a minor in physics. She received her medical degree from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, where she completed an internship in internal medicine and residency training in radiation oncology. She was named Chief Resident in her final year of training. Dr. Cuttino has also completed a brachytherapy rotation at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, and was awarded a fellowship in prostate brachytherapy from the American Brachytherapy Society. Her research focuses on accelerated partial breast irradiation. Her clinical interests include brachytherapy and stereotactic radiosurgery. Dr. Cuttino sees patients with all tumor types at Henrico Doctors' Hospital.
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Paul G. Goetowski, M.D.
Assistant professor
Radiation oncology director, Community Memorial Healthcenter
(434) 774-2481
pgoetowski@mcvh-vcu.edu

Dr. Goetowski received his bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering with a minor in Physics from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, and his medical degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.  He trained in Radiation Oncology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison where he was Chief Resident.  Dr.Goetowski practiced initially in South Carolina, where he established one of the first Stereotactic Radiosurgery programs in the southeast, as well as significant experience in prostate and intravascular brachytherapy.  Dr. Goetowski is the Director of the Solari Radiation Therapy Center, and sees patients of all tumor types primarily in South Hill, VA.
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Michael Hagan, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor
National director of radiation oncology, Department of Veterans Affairs
(804) 828-7238
mphagan@vcu.edu

Dr. Hagan is a graduate of West Point and completed his medical training at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. His postgraduate medical education included an internship in internal medicine at Baylor and a radiation oncology residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Hagan also holds graduate degrees in nuclear engineering and biophysics from the University of Illinois, and he studied as a fellow of the Atomic Energy Commission at the Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago. As a senior investigator, Dr. Hagan was chief of cellular radiation biology at the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute in Bethesda, Maryland where he authored numerous articles on the biological repair of radiation injury. His laboratory efforts at the Massey Cancer Center are directed toward the improvement of cancer control through the use of radiation treatment. Although Dr. Hagan specializes in the treatment of genito-urinary cancers, his published works have reported treatment improvements for cancers of the breast, lung and colon, and the bladder and prostate.
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Christopher R. Johnson, M.D. 
Associate professor
(804) 828-7232
cjohnson6@mcvh-vcu.edu

Dr. Johnson is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the VCU School of Medicine. He received his pathology and radiation oncology training at VCU (1983–86). His clinical interests and investigations focus on alternative schedules of radiation therapy for the treatment of malignancies of the head and neck. He is the medical director of radiation oncology at the Massey Cancer Center at Hanover Medical Park.
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Drew Moghanaki, M.D.
Assistant professor
(804) 828-7238
dmoghanaki@mcvh-vcu.edu

Dr. Moghanaki is a graduate of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and completed his clinical training in radiation oncology at the University of Pennsylvania. His clinical training includes an internship in general surgery at Vanderbilt University. He received his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from California Polytechnic State University, and during medical school was a recipient of a Howard Hughes Medical Institute research fellowship to study the biology of breast cancer progression and metastases. He holds a masters degree in public health from UCLA, and his academic areas of interest include clinical trial development, community outreach, and palliative care. Dr. Moghanaki currently sees patients at the Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Massey Cancer Center at Stony Point, and Massey Cancer Center at the Medical College of Virginia.
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Tony Mustain, M.B.A.
Assistant professor
(804) 828-8573
tmustain@mcvh-vcu.edu

Mr. Mustain received his bachelor’s degree at the College of William and Mary and earned his M.B.A. at Virginia Commonwealth University. As practice administrator, Mr. Mustain is responsible for operational and financial management and the strategic development of the radiation oncology practice.
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Michael Porrazzo, M.D.
Assistant professor
Radiation oncology director, Spotsylvania Regional Cancer Center
(540) 498-4805
spmichael@vcu.edu

Dr. Porrazzo received his bachelor’s degree from Columbia University.  He attended medical school at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN and the University of Miami in Florida.  He completed his medical internship at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami and trained in Radiation Oncology at SUNY-Brooklyn.  He was an attending in the Department of Radiation Oncology in the Washington Hospital Center where he performed hundreds of brachytherapy procedures, including prostate seed implantation, cardiovascular brachytherapy and partial breast irradiation.  Dr. Porrazzo is currently the director of Radiation Oncology at the Spotsylvania Regional Cancer Center.
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Michelle Proper, M.D.
Assistant professor
(804) 828-7232
mproper@mcvh-vcu.edu

Dr. Proper received her bachelor degree in genetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her medical degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2003.  She completed her internship at Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago.  She went on to complete her residency at the University of Colorado at Denver and was named chief resident in her final year.  Her prior research activities included evaluating the response of liver tumors over time after stereotactic body radiation therapy and the normal liver tissue response to radiation. She has also looked at the outcomes of solid pediatric cancers and decreasing late effects to the brain of pediatric patients. Her current clinical interests include central nervous system tumors, pediatric cancers and stereotactic body radiation therapy.  She treats patients with stereotactic radiosurgery in the brain and stereotactic body radiation therapy for early stage lung and liver cancers, as well as for metastatic cancer.
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Shiyu Song, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate professor
Residency director
(804) 828-7232
ssong@mcvh-vcu.edu

Dr. Song received his M.D. in China and joined the Johns Hopkins Oncology Center as a research fellow in 1989. He participated in research projects to study new approaches for cancer therapy, including radioimmunotherapy and photodynamic therapy. He then received his Ph.D. in cancer biology from the University of Wisconsin, where he studied the mechanism of carcinogenesis by tumor viruses. He completed his internship at Marshfield Clinic/St. Joseph Hospital, Wisconsin and his residency training in radiation oncology at the University of Wisconsin Hospital. His clinical interests include head and neck cancers, lymphomas, lung cancer, and tumors of the central nervous system. His clinical research involves application of new technology such as IMRT and combined therapies in the management of head and neck cancer.
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Elisabeth Weiss, M.D.
Associate professor
(804) 628-9463
eweiss@mcvh-vcu.edu

Dr. Weiss received her M.D. in Germany in 1990 and her medical doctorate degree in 1991. She completed her residency training in radiation oncology in 1997 after attending programs in Berne, Switzerland, as well as Wuerzburg, Tuebingen and Goettingen, Germany. She was on the faculty at Goettingen University from 1997 to 2009 and received an academic teacher’s degree in 2004. Since 2004 she has been performing research at VCU Department of Radiation Oncology and joined the clinical faculty in 2008. Her clinical interests include treatment of lung cancer, benign diseases and CNS tumors. She has special expertise in stereotactic body radiotherapy and respiration management. Her research interests include clinical trials in lung cancer, as well as translational research into four-dimensional aspects of radiotherapy and development of image guided adaptive radiotherapy.
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