Biography

Chika Nwachukwu, M.D., Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Nwachukwu’s focus is on both breast and gynecologic cancers.

Dr. Nwachukwu received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and her medical degree from Mayo Medical School. Following that, she went on to complete her internship at Massachusetts General Hospital and her radiation oncology training at Stanford University Hospitals in California, where she also served as chief resident.

Her research interests are in gynecologic malignancies, women’s health, and global oncology initiatives with the goal of expanding the role of radiation oncologists in achieving more equitable health care for all global citizens through humanitarian outreach, education, and research.

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Meet Dr. Nwachukwu

Breast and gynecological cancer specialist in Dallas

Chika Nwachukwu, M.D., Ph.D., focuses on treating a variety of cancer sites with both external beam radiation therapy and brachytherapy, a type of radiation treatment that uses applicators to place a radioactive source directly next to or within a tumor. A highly trained board-certified radiation oncologist, she is an integral part of both the breast and gynecologic cancer teams at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

It was in medical school where she found herself drawn to cancer patients and after completing her Ph.D. in cancer biology when she knew treating oncology patients was her desired path.

“I was excited about radiation oncology because not only did it give me meaningful interactions with delicate and extremely vulnerable patients, but the field is very evidence-driven and I would be able to directly apply my research interests in a way that is beneficial or applicable to patients.”

Dr. Nwachukwu’s philosophy in treating cancer is to communicate the information and treatment options in a way that patients understand.

“I want patients to be intimately involved in their care and decision-making,” she says. “The diagnosis of cancer is very daunting for most patients and the goal is to help them get through the treatments as much as we can, and, where possible, get them back to a new sense of normality.

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Education & Training
  • Residency - Stanford University Medical Center (2015-2019), Radiation Oncology
  • Internship - Massachusetts General Hospital (2014-2015), Internal Medicine
  • Medical School - Mayo Medical School (2010-2014)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American Brachytherapy Society (ABS) (2018)
  • African Organization for Research and Training in Africa (AORTIC) (2017)
  • International Cancer Expert Corp (ICEC) (2017)
  • Radiologic Society of North America (RSNA) (2017)
  • American Association for Women Radiologists (AAWR) (2016)
  • American College for Radiation Oncology (ACRO) (2016)
  • American Association of University Women (AAUW) (2011)
  • American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) (2011)
  • American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) (2007)
Honors & Awards
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Medical Association Selected Fellow 2016
  • American Association of University Women Fellowship 2012-2013
  • Rodney L. Million Fund for Innovation in Clinical Care 2017
  • Stanford University, Center for Innovation in Global Health - SEED Grant 2016-2018
  • African Cancer Leaders Institute (ACLI) Bursary Award 2017
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Loan Repayment Program 2017-2019
  • American Association of University Women Fellowship 2012-2013
  • The University of Chicago Cancer Biology Training Grant 2007-2010
  • Susan G. Komen for the Cure - AACR Minority Scholar in Cancer Research Award 2007
  • Bernice Goldblatt Fellowship 2006-2007
Books & Publications
Research
  • Women's health
  • Gynecologic malignancies
  • Global oncology initiatives with the goal of expanding the role of radiation oncologists in achieving more equitable health care for all global citizens through humanitarian outreach, education, and research

Clinical Focus

  • Gynecologic Cancers
  • Cervical Cancer
  • Uterine Cancer
  • Breast Cancers
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Radiation Therapy for Cancer
  • Vaginal Cancer
  • Vulvar Cancer
  • Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer

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