Nina Sanford, M.D.

Chief of Gastrointestinal Radiation Oncology Service

  • Dedman Family Scholar in Clinical Care
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Radiation Therapy for Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal Cancers


Nina Sanford, M.D., Assistant Professor and Chief of Gastrointestinal Radiation Oncology Service, earned her medical degree from Harvard Medical School, followed by an internship in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a residency in radiation oncology at Harvard/Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital. She joined UT Southwestern’s Department of Radiation Oncology where she treats patients with gastrointestinal cancers, including the pancreas, liver and bile ducts, colorectum, anus, esophagus, and stomach.

Dr. Sanford is a member of a number of professional organizations, most notably the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the Radiological Society of North America, and the American Society for Radiation Oncology.

Meet Dr. Sanford

By treating a number of gastrointestinal areas, which include the pancreas, liver, anus, esophagus, and stomach, Dr. Sanford, is doing what she loves – helping others. She chose to pursue a career in radiation oncology because of the combination of high-quality technical care with meaningful patient interactions.

“Cancer treatment is a rapidly advancing medical field and it is exciting to be at the forefront of this revolution at UT Southwestern,” she says. “I strive with every patient to apply these new technologies in radiation therapy in a humane and meaningful way.”

Dr. Sanford joins a highly skilled gastrointestinal cancer care team after completing her radiation oncology residency at Harvard/Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital.

In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Sanford is involved with several clinical trials that assess the combination of high-dose radiation therapy with immunotherapy. Her research interests also include disparities in access to health care and pan-cancer outcomes research using large databases.

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Education & Training
  • Residency - Harvard/Brigham and Women's Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital (2014-2018), Radiation Oncology
  • Internship - Brigham and Women's Hospital (2013-2014), Internal Medicine
  • Medical School - Harvard Medical School (2009-2013)
Books & Publications

Clinical Focus

  • Radiation Therapy for Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal Cancers
  • Radiation Therapy for Gastrointestinal Cancer
  • Radiation Therapy for Pancreatic Cancer
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Radiation Therapy for Colorectal Cancer
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Liver Cancer
  • Radiation Therapy for Liver Cancer

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