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Reshma Jagsi, MD, DPhil

Radiation Oncology

Reshma Jagsi, MD, DPhil, is Professor and Deputy Chair in the Department of Radiation Oncology and Director of the Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine at the University of Michigan. She graduated first in her class from Harvard College and then pursued her medical training at Harvard Medical School. She also served as a fellow in the Center for Ethics at Harvard University and completed her doctorate in Social Policy at Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar.

Dr. Jagsi’s medical research focuses on improving the quality of care received by breast cancer patients, both by advancing the ways in which breast cancer is treated with radiation and by advancing the understanding of patient decision-making, cost, and access to appropriate care. Her social scientific research includes research into issues of bioethics arising from cancer care and research regarding gender issues, including studies of women's representation in the medical profession. She is the author of over 150 articles in peer-reviewed journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine and JAMA. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health through multiple R01 awards and a P01 grant, as well as by numerous philanthropic foundations, including the American Cancer Society, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Doris Duke Foundation.

Dr. Jagsi is active in National Cancer Institute cooperative groups for clinical trials, including serving as the radiation oncology liaison for the Breast Committee of SWOG, as a representative on the National Cancer Institute’s BOLD task force, and as an active committee member in NRG and the TBCRC. Dr. Jagsi serves on the Steering Committee of the Early Breast Cancer Trialists Collaborative Group and chaired the Research Committee of the Radiation Oncology Institute for seven years and served as Senior Editor for breast cancer at the International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics. She has been elected to the Board of Directors of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the Steering Committee of the Group on Women in Medicine and Science of the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC). In recognition of her research contributions, she has been honored with inclusion in the American Society of Clinical Investigation.


Health Policy, Medical Ethics.

  • Medical School or Training
    • Harvard Medical School, 2001
  • Residency
    • Massachusetts General Hospital, Radiation Oncology, MA, 2006
  • Board Certification
    • Radiation Oncology
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