"Polychromatic Peacock" by Shruti Jolly, MD

Volume 112, Issue 2

About the image: In Eastern folklore, the peacock is found in the presence of the gods and goddesses symbolizing compassion and benevolence. The Celtics believed in the ability of these birds to go to heaven, denoting the liberation of the human soul. In Native American culture as well as in Persian mythology, they are thought to safeguard from illness and misfortune. At a time when the global pandemic has brought fear and isolation, this work uses vibrant colors to display the splendor of a joyful singular peacock carrying good omen. The painting was completed utilizing acrylics on an 11" x 14" stretched canvas.

About the artist: I am a Professor of Radiation Oncology and Director of Brachytherapy at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. I take care of patients with gynecologic and thoracic malignancies, with a research focus on individualizing therapy and improving quality of cancer care. I started painting during residency. It continues to be a fulfilling outlet.

"Entrance to Death Valley" by Steven E. Schild, MD

Volume 112, Issue 1

About the image: During the midst of the Covid Pandemic, travel was quite limited but my wife, Lynn, and I drove to Death Valley to hike and explore. The park was empty as all the hotels were closed within the park. We were expecting a barren landscape with sand, snakes, and scorpions. However, we were surprised and amazed by the beauty of the park. The mountains are gorgeous and full of color and unforgettable sunsets. We were amazed. This picture of "the road to death valley" was taken with a Sony a7rii camera using a Tamron 28-200 lens. At some point in time, each of us will become familiar with the road to death valley.

About the artist: Steve Schild is a radiation oncologist at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. He attended Creighton University for undergraduate and medical schools and trained in radiation oncology at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. He passed the radiation oncology board exam in 1989 and his practice and research focused mostly on lung and prostate cancers. He was a ABR examiner. He is the radiation oncology vice chair of the Alliance respiratory malignancy committee, a member of the NCCN lung cancer guideline panel, and a member of the NCI thoracic malignancy steering committee. He has been a coauthor of >500 published manuscripts. His main hobbies are hiking and landscape photography with the goal of recording the nature beauty of the world around us.

"All Go Into the Light" by Michael Peckham

Volume 111, Issue 5

About the image: This painting was made in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic while in lockdown. Michael Peckham spent that time painting on a patch of land in the Wiltshire countryside of England on a steep hillside that leads down to an Iron Age fort. It is one of a series of images that reflect on isolation and our assumptions of reality. This particular work derives from the poem "They Are All Gone into theWorld of Light" by the seventeenth century poet and physician Henry Vaughan. In it, Vaughan has climbed the hill behind his house and, as the sun goes down, he reflects on the mystery of death and the purpose of life. Conjuring the image of an empty nest he wonders where thebird has gone and "what fair well or grove he sings in now, that is to him unknown" (Peckham M. Look back at now. Cadmium Books 2021).

Editorial comment by Anthony Zietman: When I became editor of the Red Journal, we decided to showcase the creativity and humanity of the radiation oncology team by placing their art on our cover. One of the first radiation oncologists to offer his work was Michael Peckham, and we were all struck by its visual and psychological profundity (https://www.redjournal.org/content/covergallery). This spring, a decade downstream, I turned to Professor Peckham once again, to close out my term with another of his moving pieces. He and I had been corresponding for several months, sorting through pictures from two of his more recent collections, when the exchange stopped. He had died, and the noble man had not let on to me that he was ill. I learned this from his son Robert, who took up the correspondence. I learned also that Michael had been delighted to work with the Red Journal and, shortly before he died, asked Robert to assist me with this final cover. And so, through this magnificent, mysterious, and moving painting I bid my own farewell to the readers of the Red Journal, while we, collectively, say a far deeper and more solemn farewell to Professor Sir Michael Peckham.

About the artist: Michael Peckham was a towering individual who for more than six decades graced the worlds of oncology, health policy, and art in equal measure. His early contributions came in the 1970s when, as a young clinical oncologist, he trained at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London and the Institut Gustave Roussy in Paris. His studies in vitro on the radiation sensitivity of cancer cells under Maurice Tubiana, and in the clinic at the Marsden, developed the scientific rationale behind the concept of "mantle" radiation therapy for Hodgkin Disease. He led the trials that developed the "British MOPP" chemotherapy regimen for the same disease, and then BEP for testicular cancer. He was one of the earliest champions of multi-disciplinary care. As a great linguist and devout believer in the value of post-war European collaboration, he went on, in the 1980s, to co-found the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO), the Federation of European Cancer Societies (FECS), and the European School of Oncology. He always drew a distinction between the approaches of European and US Oncology, and he believed the former to be "more holistic and gentler". In 1991 the British government appointed him as Director of the National Health Services Research and Development program from which he facilitated the establishment of the Cochrane Centre for systematic reviews of randomized trials across medicine. It is difficult to conceive a more illustrious scientific career with a more enduring legacy, and one imagines that his life would have been consumed by its demands, but that was not the case. He carried a second, equally illustrious, and parallel career in the world of art. His paintings, often themed around that which is obscure or concealed, have regularly been given solo exhibitions at major art centers aroundthe UK. Their insights into the inner self are, he stated, inspired by his experience in medical imaging during the early days of CT scanning.That which is hidden can be revealed. In his retirement he devoted his time to his art, first in Provence, and more recently back in the English countryside. Professor Sir Michael Peckham, a polymath and a colossus of twentieth century radiation oncology, died in August 2021.

"La Vue Depuis Le Louvre" by Loren Mell, MD

Volume 111, Issue 4

About the image: This photograph was taken with an iPhone X in late winter during a trip to the artist's favorite city, "La Ville Lumièr", for a research collaboration. After working with colleagues at the Institut Gustave Roussy, we visited the Jardin des Tuileries and the Louvre. This view from the interior of the museum was appealing artistically, both for capturing the tempo of a gray Paris day, and the progression of shapes, from les Pyramides du Louvre in the left foreground, to l'Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel at mid-left, and la Grande Roue at mid-right of the frame. In the distance, le Tour Eiffel peeks out from the left, and le Grand Palais centers the picture, waving the French flag.

About the artist: Dr. Loren Mell is a Professor of Radiation Medicine at the University of California San Diego. He was a member of his state champion photography team in high school, with second place entries in still life and animal categories, and has won other awards for photography. He took college courses in both view camera and human photography, and remains an aficionado of fine photography.

"Three Harps" by Evangelia (Eva) Katsoulakis, M.D.

Volume 111, Issue 3

About the image: Original Oil on canvas circa Covid 2020. She holds her harp just as she holds her heart. The musical notes of Edelweissare floating in the air. The Edelweiss flower is considered an image of purity and lasting love. "Your body is the harp of your soul and it isyours to bring forth sweet music from it or confused sounds"-Khalil Gibran

About the artist: I am a practicing radiation oncologist currently working for the VA. I also work with central office VA on various initiatives for both National Radiation Oncology as well as National Precision Oncology and am active in research. I hope that the radiation oncology community takes time to reflect and invest in advocacy for the future of Radiation Oncology. "Radiation therapy will survive, but the independent radiation oncologist may not. We must be prepared for this and adapt accordingly or risk being extinguished." Dr. Zeitman from Seminars in Radiation Oncology 2008: "The Future of Radiation Oncology: The Evolution, Diversification, and Survival of the Specialty. Wishing for abright future for our patients and our field as a whole."

"The Reach" by Terry J. Wall, J.D., M.D., FASTRO

Volume 111, Issue 2

About the image: "The Reach" is a silicon bronze finished in a dark French patina and mounted on a three foot, counterweighted, walnut pedestal. The work was inspired by a verse from a Robert Browning poem, which reads: "Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp,or what’s a Heaven for?" The bent wooden upright is cast from a weathered fence post from a quarter section of native prairie on the highplains that is still in the family.

About the artist: Terry J. Wall is a radiation oncologist/attorney practicing radiation oncology with TRI of Kansas City. Outside of medicine, Dr. Wall is an avid outdoorsman, with extensive worldwide experience in sea kayaking, caving, dogsledding, backpacking, wildlife photography and mountaineering and has built a cabin in a remote area of Northwest Ontario, Canada, which is accessible only by hiking and canoeing. He has farming operations in Oklahoma and Missouri.

"Bonn" by Harald Paganetti, PhD

Volume 111, Issue 1

About the image: "Bonn" is a 36 by 48 inch oil painting on canvas. It shows the Beethoven Monument, a large bronze statue of Ludwig van Beethoven that stands in the Münsterplatz in Bonn, Germany, Beethoven's birthplace. Beethoven was born in 1770 and many festivals around the world will celebrate his 250th birthday this year.
My wife and I moved from Bonn, Germany, to Boston more than 20 years ago, when I joined the MGH. Bonn is my wife's hometown and she always missed Bonn and all her friends and family, particularly strolling through the city center with the Beethoven Monument, which is a popular focal point when meeting with friends. A few years back I did this painting for her birthday, the black and white motif calling to mind the past. The painting shows the town square and the monument from a slight angle, ensuring the perspective corresponds to the viewing angle when entering our living room. In our house, "Bonn" is located across the room from "Sea", the painting of the New England ocean that appeared on the cover of Volume 107(2). This way, we have both the past and the present facing each other.

About the artist: Harald Paganetti is a Professor at Harvard Medical School and the Director of Physics Research at the Department of Radiation Oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital. When not engaging in research he enjoys spending time outdoors, playing tennis, and reading books about history. In addition, particularly during the long New England winters, he likes to paint.

"Team Building in Pandemic Times: Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Paint Night" by Kaitlyn Lapen, BS, Diana Lin, BS, Elaine Cha, BS, Helen Zhang, BS, and Erin F. Gillespie, MD

Volume 110, Issue 5

About the image: This work is comprised of five individual acrylic paintings on canvas that were digitally pieced together following a virtual research team-building event that occurred on May 18, 2020. This event was designed to replace an in-person "Paint Night" in New York City, which had been cancelled due to COVID-19. While sheltering in place across four states, the research team opted to come together (virtually) for a work-free evening of creativity and laughter. To create the individual paintings, the team followed instructions from a freely-available, online tutorial by Emily Mackey Art (.). The variation in interpretations by each author underscores how each member of a research team brings unique talents and perspective.

About the artist: This is a collaborative work submitted by Dr. Erin Gillespie's research team. Dr. Gillespie is an assistant attending radiation oncologist and health services researcher at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, New York, where she sponsors a Medical Student Clinical Research Fellowship funded in part by the Radiologic Society of North America and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Dr. Gillespie is passionate about research, education, and paying forward the help she has received from mentors in radiation oncology. She is fortunate to work with an enthusiastic, motivated team of medical students, including Kaitlyn Lapen (University of Illinois College of Medicine, MSKCC Research Fellow 2019-2020) who spearheaded this submission, Elaine Cha (University of Illinois College of Medicine, MSKCC Research Fellow 2019-2020) whose painting was selected by consensus to be the centerpiece, Diana Lin (Penn State College of Medicine, MSKCC Summer Research Fellow 2018) who organized this virtual event, and Helen Zhang (Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, MSKCC Research Fellow 2020-2021). Despite the wide range of artistic skill among members, the team enjoys exploring creative outlets outside of work to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

"Bell Peppers" by Elaine Cha

Volume 110, Issue 4

About the image: "Bell Peppers" is a 10 by 10 inch oil painting on canvas created using an underpainting technique. Keeping to thetraditional approach to still life artworks, the artist attempted to render the organic shapes and forms of the peppers as accurately aspossible, while also accentuating the interplay between light and shadows. The artist enjoys experimenting with color theory as shown herewith this double-split complementary color scheme, in a way exemplifying how beauty and wonder can be found in seemingly ordinary,everyday surroundings.

About the artist: Elaine Cha is a medical student at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She worked as a research fellow with theRadiation Oncology Department at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center under the mentorship of Dr. Erin Gillespie, and hopes tomatch into a radiation oncology residency program in the coming year. She enjoys painting with both acrylics and water-mixable oils in herspare time, a hobby that has been rekindled during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The Swan’s Peaceful Thoughts" by Youlia M. Kirova, M.D.

Volume 110, Issue 3

About the image: The Bois de Vincennes is the second largest park in Paris, after the Bois de Boulogne. It is located in the east of the city,on the edge of the 12th arrondissement. It contains the Chateau de Vincennes, a magnificent example of medieval architecture. Within theBois de Vincennes are secluded places to relax. One such location is a small island, situated in one of the lakes, where the local swans,peacocks, and ducks are rest quietly and seem happy to receive visitors. This is a magical and peaceful place, a sanctuary from the busybustle of Paris.

About the artist: I am a senior radiation oncologist and associate professor of radiation oncology who has loved hiking, walking and takingpictures of everything interesting from all around me ever since childhood. I always felt that being curious, and searching for interest in theworld around you, is a wonderful philosophy for a peaceful life.

“The Gift” by Gavin P. Jones, MD

Volume 110, Issue 2

About the image: The dissection of the hand is often said to be one of the most salient and memorable experiences in Anatomy instruction.There is something preternaturally human about our hands, which are always visible in front of us - the means by which we greet others,nourish ourselves, and actualize our identities in so many respects.I completed this charcoal drawing at conclusion of my Anatomy lab block in the first year of medical school as a personal, reflectivemeditation on my learning experience in that space. The hand of the cadaver is weatherworn and lifeless, but still appears to be openingitself up to the inquisitive advance of the scalpel with a beckoning gesture. It is intended as a statement both on the homology of humanform, and the relation between teacher and student transcending bounds of life and death.

About the artist: I am a PGY-3 Radiation Oncology resident at present, but I have loved drawing and painting for as long as I canremember - often spending hours as a child exploring the world around me with a pencil and a sketchbook in tow. I believe there is a specialrelationship between art and medicine in nearly every respect, but especially for its capacity to record both its scientific and humanisticmoments with unerring clarity.

Cover art for the HyTEC Special Issue

Volume 110, Issue 1

About the image: Dose/response images from the HyTEC reports, based on data from >10,000 patients, are a fusion of art and science to depict our field’s long-standing challenge to balance the desired effects of radiation on tumor with the unwanted normal tissue effects. High dose per fraction treatments, foundational to this HyTEC effort, appear to improve the therapeutic ratio (e.g. TCP/NTCP). Improvements in areas such as biology, immunology, statistics and data management (depicted at the balance-beam’s fulcrum) may help to further improve the therapeutic ratio. We pay homage to those who laid the groundwork for us, and who practiced in the days of wax crayons, film, viewboxes, paper tape, spools of wire, rulers, slide rules, and protractors, and also acknowledge the wonders of engineering, geometry, photon interactions and radiochemistry that make it all possible.

“In the Shape of a Spread Out Bragg Peak” by Atsushi Musha, D.D.S., Ph.D

Volume 109, Issue 5

About the image: I would like to share this image of Mount Arafune with the community of radiation oncologists. Characterized by a flat ridge and a sharp fall at its distal end, the mountain’s shape resembles the Spread-Out Bragg Peak (SOBP). SOBP is the effect of several stacked Bragg curves, and it is one of the most characteristic points of particle therapy. Incidentally, Mt. Arafune is located in the Gunma Prefecture, Japan, which houses its own particle therapy institute and the Gunma University Heavy Ion Medical Center. In particular, carbon ion beams are used in our institute. A trip to Gunma will definitely enrich one’s understanding of particle therapy.

About the artist: Atsushi Musha is a radiation oncologist and oral and maxillofacial surgeon in Japan. He is also an avid mountain climber, with Mt. Arafune being one of the peaks he has hiked.

“Ode to Life” by Evangelia (Eva) Katsoulakis, MD

Volume 109, Issue 4

About the image: Oil on canvas. “The empty swing set reminds us of this- that bad won’t be bad forever, and what is good can sometimes last a long, long time”. -Jacqueline Woodson

About the artist: I am a practicing radiation oncologist currently working for the VA. I enjoy serving the veteran population who gave so much to the United States. I love the arts. In addition to painting, I recently made a short film on Acid Attacks titled “BEAUTIFUL”. I feel empathy for the survivors, and this was one of the reasons I wanted to make a film on this subject. Perhaps in the future, film may be another art form that will be accepted by the red journal! Sky is the limit! Live life to the fullest and swing through life!

“Making Radiation Fun” by Rahul R. Parikh, M.D

Volume 109, Issue 3

About the image: Mr. Christian used all water based acrylics and finished each mask with a water based product called ‘Modge Podge’ which adds the shine. He usually starts each mask after consultation with Dr. Parikh, the patient’s preference of character, and the physics and dosimetry team (for beam directions). The next step is to draw a reference with acrylic water-based markers and then paint the magic from there. In some instances (as see in the center unicorn), he may use other items, such as Styrofoam and wig hair, for masks on areas that we know will not be in treatment fields. After the painting is completed, as routine practice, each treatment plan is QA’ed by our physics team and no beam attenuation has been noted to date. This has become a high-demand request in our department, as many adult patients have even requested their favorite characters to accompany them through the journey through radiation therapy.

About the artist: Dr Rahul Parikh is an Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology, practicing at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Health System. He is the Medical Director of the Proton Beam Therapy program and led the idea of creating a less anxiety-provoking environment for pediatric patients to receive proton beam therapy without the routine use of daily anesthesia. He relied on his artistic colleague in Radiation Therapy – Nishith Christian, RTT, who has painted numerous masks since 2018 for patients of all ages to help making receiving radiation therapy fun and with minimal anxiety.

“Polar Bear” by Jennifer R. Bellon, MD, FASTRO

Volume 109, Issue 2

About the image: These polar bears were photographed in the Beaufort Sea, off of Barter Island, Alaska. The polar bear, Ursus maritimus, is native to the Arctic Ocean. It is the world’s largest bear; adult males typically weigh 900-1500 pounds, and stand 8 feet tall. The polar bear is widely felt to be declining in population due to loss of the Arctic sea ice, which the bears need to hunt seals. They were named a threatened species by the Endangered Species Act of 2008 (worldwildlife.org).

About the artist: Jennifer Bellon MD, FASTRO is director of breast radiation oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA, and senior breast editor for the Red Journal. She is an avid traveler and outdoor photographer, with a passion for wildlife.

“Seven sisters - M45 - Subaru” by Masanori Someya, MD, PhD

Volume 109, Issue 1

About the image: This is an open star cluster in the Taurus, named M45 in the Messier Catalogue and also known as Seven Sisters of the Pleiades. Japanese name is ‘Subaru’. Blue reflection nebulae around the bright stars were considered to be dust cloud in the interstellar medium through which the stars are currently passing. This photograph was taken using a 10-inch diameter reflecting telescope and a Canon EOS 5D mark2, with a 60-minute exposure time.

About the artist: I am a radiation oncologist working at Sapporo Medical University Hospital in Sapporo, Japan. I started taking astrophotography when I was in high school. It is my pleasure to visualize the faint light from the deep sky and express it in photographs when I am tired from a day of clinical practice.

“Erice” by Loren Mell, MD

Volume 108, Issue 5

About the image: The photograph was taken with an iPhone X on July 29, 2019 in the town of Erice (pronounced EH-richay), in northwest Sicily, Italy. Situated on a hill overlooking the Tyrrhenian coast, Erice was a site of cultural significance during the Elymian, Phoenician, Hellenic, and Roman periods. The image is of a medieval road near the Castello di Venere, a castle built in the 12th-13th century by the Normans, over the site of a temple honoring Venus Erycina. The lines and rich texture of the road made for an interesting illustration.

About the artist: Dr. Loren Mell is a Professor of Radiation Medicine at the University of California San Diego. He was a member of his state champion photography team in high school, with second place entries in still life and animal categories, and has won other awards for photography. He took college courses in both view camera and human photography, and remains an aficionado of fine photography.

“Matera” by Colin Champ, PhD

Volume 108, Issue 4

About the image: This photograph was taken near the town center of Matera, Italy. It was taken during a trip to San Lorenzo Bellizzi, a nearby village high in the mountains in the Basilicata area. I was traveling with my wife to acquire a copy of my great-grandfather’s birth certificate from 1869 and to visit several wineries in the area. Matera, which has been continuously inhabited since the 10th millennium BCE, is a 2019 European Capital of Culture and was awarded World Heritage status by UNESCO in 1993. The striking city was dug into calcareous rock thousands of years ago, thus preserving it. The surrounding volcanic soils produce a wine from the Aglianico grape with exceedingly high quantities of polyphenols. The photo was taken with a Nikon D3300 using an 18-55mm zoom lens with vivid color saturation to highlight the red undertones in the photo.

About the artist: Colin Champ is an Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. He specializes in the treatment of breast cancer and lymphoma, and researches the impact of diet, exercise, and a healthy lifestyle on cancer treatment and survivorship. He has a personal interest in wine, traveling, food, and exercise, holding a degree as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He travels often with his wife to research and chronicle cultural diets around the world, which has led them to Italy a dozen times.

“The Watchers” by Finn von Eyben, PhD About the

Volume 108, Issue 3

About the image: “The Watchers” illustrates a group of featureless individuals gazing at computers, and might be read as a warning. In Denmark, where I live, a recent political scandal has erupted in which it was discovered that military intelligence services had misused the private data of citizens, passing some onto the intelligence services of other nations.

About the artist: The artist, Finn von Eyben, is a clinical oncologist and internist who began his career on a quite different path. As a young adult he performed as a jazz musician and composer collaborating with leading artists like Per Kirkeby and Inger Christensen. His music is available on several CDs. A few years ago he had an exhibition of his paintings in Odense, Denmark.

“Lockdown” by Nidhi Patni, MD

Volume 108, Issue 2

About the image: The unprecedented is being experienced by one and all across the globe. A tiny strand of RNA has curbed everything. Following the coronavirus pandemic, all activities have come to a grinding halt. Cities, roads, offices, colleges, schools, playgrounds, cinema halls, malls, airports and railway stations all wear a deserted look. There is hubbub in the hospital and screams of the thousands, who have been silenced forever. There is not a single human being who has not been affected by this malady.

There is a big pause, a pause on stressful, busy and hectic lives. But the dark clouds of this pause have not one, but many silver linings. Nature has revived, soft breeze ruffling the leaves is cleaner, we are hearing and seeing the birds which we have not seen since ages, sky is deeper blue, river beds are now easily visible.

This 6.5’ x 4.5’ oil painting on canvas is showing the blissful serenity of a village as it basks in the glory of sun during the lockdown. Though the word ‘lockdown’ brings gloom, anxiety and stress but here, I have shown its optimism using bright shades of reds, oranges and yellows radiating hope- this too shall pass!

After completing post graduation in Radiation Oncology from Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, I joined Bhagwan Mahaveer Cancer hospital, Jaipur. It is a tertiary care center and the only comprehensive cancer institute in the state of Rajasthan. I established its department of radiation oncology 23 years ago and have been part of its advancements since then. Providing healthcare to cancer patients is immensely challenging, both physically and emotionally. Singing, cooking, gardening and writing help me to rejuvenate. Besides these, I find painting to be very relaxing after a long and tiring day. It lifts my spirit and soothes my soul. It has taught me to be more observant, imaginative, innovative and patient which has helped me as a radiation oncologist as well.

About the artist: After completing post graduation in Radiation Oncology from Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, I joined Bhagwan Mahaveer Cancer hospital, Jaipur. It is a tertiary care center and the only comprehensive cancer institute in the state of Rajasthan. I established its department of radiation oncology 23 years ago and have been part of its advancements since then. Providing healthcare to cancer patients is immensely challenging, both physically and emotionally. Singing, cooking, gardening and writing help me to rejuvenate. Besides these, I find painting to be very relaxing after a long and tiring day. It lifts my spirit and soothes my soul. It has taught me to be more observant, imaginative, innovative and patient which has helped me as a radiation oncologist as well.

“Marie Curie” by Mira Pantano, MD

Volume 108, Issue 1

About the image: The “Marie Curie” image is a mixed-media art piece that was first graphically designed, and then printed and placed on canvas, incorporated with layers of paint and bright colors to bring the image to life while still maintain a vintage feel. In making this piece, it was really important to capture a snapshot of the scientists life. The background consists of a map of Poland in the year she was born layered with the atomic number 84, representing Marie’s nationality and pride for her country having discovered and named the element Polonium after it. The image also consists of the atomic number 88, representing Marie’s discovery of Radium, and a faded radiation symbol, representing her persistent devotion to her research, which gifted the world yet ultimately took her life. There is the Eiffel Tower, reminding viewers of Marie’s life in Paris, where she met her husband, became the first female professor in a French university, and conducted the research that led to her breakthrough discoveries. At the bottoms of the painting is Marie Curie’s quote reminding us to “be less curious about people and more curious about ideas”. Snippets of the quote can be read in the bubble letters as well. The artist symbolically captured this quote by adding a brain to the test tube Marie Curie is holding, reminding viewers to push their boundaries and bring light to their imaginations as their ideas could change the world we live in. Finally, the brain also represents the artist as it is her street art logo.

About the artist: Mira Pantano is a Senior Grants Administrator at the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. In this role, she is responsible for supporting the Department of Radiation Oncology with grant submissions to the NIH and other funding agencies. Mira is an Italian-American mixed-media street artist. She often refers to her art as ‘urban’ as it is inspired by street art, and is composed of many elements, varying from graphic design, wheat paste, acrylic, spray paint, markers, stencils, and magazine collages. Her art often includes bubble letters, paint drips and graffiti–finishing touches that give it a ‘street’ effect. Mira uses bright, colorful backgrounds, adding multiple layers to make each piece intriguing and unique.

“Endangered Species” by Mack Roach III, MD, FACR, FASTRO

Volume 107, Issue 5

About the image:Endangered Species” (Acrylic on canvas, Circa 1990) represents the piles of Black Men in America who have fallen victim to racial discrimination, resulting is heath disparities, social injustice and abuses by our criminal justice system.

About the artist: Dr. Roach is a Professor of Radiation Oncology and Urology in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of California San Francisco. He is recognized as an authority on the treatment of localized prostate cancer. Dr. Roach has co-authored well over 200 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and/or editorials. He has served on numerous the editorial boards and was appointed (2013) by President Obama to serve on a 6-year term on the National Cancer Advisory Board (NCAB) which is involved in defining the research agenda for our nation and been most active on the Sub-Committee on Global Health.

Dr. Roach served as Principle Investigator (PI) on two large Phase III Randomized Trials evaluating the role of whole-pelvic radiation in men with high risk prostate cancer (including nearly 4000 men). In addition to his work in prostate cancer, he has been very active in attempting to reduce health disparities in underserved populations. For example, he previously chaired the Special Populations Sub- Committee of the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG), and served as PI on a U-56 Grant to reduce health disparities jointly with investigators from San Francisco State University. He has been also been active working with outside the USA, working with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in an effort to improve the quality of Radiotherapy delivered in developing countries. Dr. Roach has published extensively on Race and Survival from Cancer and received numerous awards including the first UCSF Community Service Award, the “A Candle in the Dark Award” from Morehouse College, as well as Awards from the “100 Black Men” and the “HealthNet Wellness Award” for his work on race and health disparity.

“The Lone Tree” by Amod Saxena, MD

Volume 107, Issue 4

About the image: The current drawing was inspired by a patient, who was dying of advanced cancer. On his deathbed, in early Chicago winter, he described to me his wish: he hoped to see his favorite tree in his backyard, which stood alone, bare and stark waiting for spring bloom to cover its branches. The patient did not live to see the tree bloom! I imagined the tree in full bloom, this artwork is dedicated to my patient. I used color pencil and on a blank 5.5 in x 8.5 in white sketch paper.

About the artist: Dr. V. Amod Saxena is a professor at Rush University Medical Center and is an Emeritus Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology. He has been active in clinical and academic realm of Radiation Oncology since 1962, and practiced and taught this specialty in the U.K., Canada, USA and in US Armed Forces. Art has been his life passion and now that he has time on his hands, he loves to try his hands in art, inspired often by his patients and other life experiences. He uses several techniques and media for his artwork.

“Lunar Surface, 12 July 2019” by Jessica Burlile

Volume 107, Issue 3

About the image: Taken just days before the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s liftoff from Launch Complex 39A, this photograph of our lunar surface was taken through a Classic Celestron 8 telescope in a backyard in the suburbs of Boise, ID. The image is inverted due to the optics of the telescope, but Mare Tranquillitatis is visible as a “heart shaped” plain in the lower right quadrant of the photograph e the site where Neil Armstrong manually landed the Lunar Module just seconds before running out of fuel. Of the six Apollo missions that landed on the lunar surface, Aldrin, Armstrong, and Collins experienced the lowest total radiation dose, estimated at 0.18 rad.1,2 A bit of math reveals that the Apollo 11 astronauts experienced the equivalent of 106 Earth-days of radiation over the course of their 8 day, 3 hour, and 13 minute mission.3

1. English RA, Benson RE, Bailey JV, & Barnes CM. Apollo Experience Report – Protection Against Radiation. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Manned Spacecraft Center, Houston, TX. March 1973.
2. Rask J, Vercoutere W, Navarro BJ, & Krause Al. Radiation Educator Guide. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2008.
3. Radiation Sources and Doses. US Environmental Protection Agency. August 2019. Available at: https://www.epa.gov/radiation/radiationsources- and-doses#averagedoses.

About the artist: Jessica Burlile is a transitional resident at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, and will be joining the Mayo Clinic’s radiation oncology residency in 2021. Outside of medicine, she enjoys amateur astronomy and the dark skies found in the mountains of her home state of Idaho. During daylight hours you might find her on the golf course or at a rally racing event, and after work she enjoys lapsang souchong tea while reading poetry or playing Bach.

“Sea” by Harald Paganetti, PhD

Volume 107, Issue 2

About the image: “Sea” is an 36 by 48 inch oil painting on canvas showing the light reflecting on the ocean during a warm summer day off the coast of Gloucester, Massachusetts, near the artist’s house. Hanging in the artist’s living room, it brings New England’s beauty into the home.

About the artist: Harald Paganetti is a Professor at Harvard Medical School and the Director of Physics Research at the Department of Radiation Oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital. When not engaging in research he enjoys spending time outdoors, playing tennis, and reading books about history. In addition, particularly during the long New England winters, he likes to paint.

“A Perfect Rainbow Over Kauai” by Douglas Clark, MD

Volume 107, Issue 1

About the image: Rainbows in Hawaii are fairly common but a perfect rainbow at the beautiful Tunnels Beach on Kauai’s north shore is a rare and fleeting event. I had the good fortune of experiencing one during a recent walk.

About the artist: Douglas Clark is a practicing radiation oncologist in Grand Island, Nebraska.

“Classic Guitar” by Cam Nguyen, MD

Volume 106, Issue 5

About the image: Camera: Canon EOS. One may wonder if a linear accelerator and a classical guitar have anything in common? Interestingly, both share some common traits. Both are very sophisticated: the linac is admittedly a complex machine, however most master luthiers know that it takes a life time to master making the concert classical guitar. Both are affected by temperature, humidity, math, physics and inverse square law. While it takes a long time to become a radiation oncologist (a minimum of 13 years of higher education), it often takes as long, if not longer, to become a competent musician. Both have healing power, the linac relieves human pain/suffering in a physical sense, but one should not underestimate the healing power of music. Many cancer patients report positive effect when listening to their favorite music.

Skills developed during musical training – listening, empathy, attention to detail, relentless practicing, an aspiration to excellence, idealism, collaboration, and the emotional human touch – are skills highly valued in the practice of medicine. At our medical school, some medical students are also talented musicians.

About the artist: Dr. Cam Nguyen is associate professor of radiation oncology, Creighton University Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska. I enjoy photography and classical guitar performance. I love my day job! I support Classical Guitar Alive!, a non-profit organization that brings music to hospital, hospice, shelters, a concept pioneered by Tony Morris, the founder of Classical Guitar Alive! For more information, to support or to podcast the music for your patients in an oncology clinic, please visit and support Classical Guitar Alive! website: http://www.guitaralive.org/playlist.html.

I’d like to dedicate this image to Dr. Malcolm A. Bagshaw, a pioneer of our field, who also loved playing the guitar.

“Art of Friends” by Joo-Young Kim, M.D., PhD

Volume 106, Issue 4

About the image: The title and the image send out the message that the cure of patients with cancer is a form of art that can be achieved by many people’s harmonious efforts.

About the artist: I am a radiation oncologist working at the Proton Therapy Center of National Cancer Center, Korea. My working field is gynecologic cancer and pediatric cancer.
The title of the painting was given by myself and the image was designed by Ms. Mi Ryung Jung who has been leading various art activities of the children treated at our center. Many of the radiation oncology staff, residents, nurses, social workers, various hospital workers in addition to our pediatric patients contributed to coloring the art.

“Antelope Canyon” by Robert Hong, MD

Volume 106, Issue 3

About the image: I took this photo on April 16, 2019 inside Antelope Canyon located in Page, Arizona. These slot canyons were formed by rainwater flowing through the narrow passageways, picking up speed and sand, eroding away the rock. Over time, these corridors formed “flowing” shapes. This particular photo was taken with a 16mm lens, f4.8, iso6400, at 1/250s, handheld with available light. I had to use an extreme low position and low angle in order to capture this pair of rocks which I thought looked like the cresting waves that helped form them.

About the artist: Robert Hong, MD, is a radiation oncologist practicing in Northern Virginia. A passionate amateur photographer, his photos have been featured on the Flickr Blog and published in the Financial Times and the Washingtonian magazine.

“The Study in Blue and Gold” by Kathleen Schneekloth, MD

Volume 106, Issue 2

About the image: Painted while in residency in San Francisco, memories of home must have been the inspiration for this painting which is affectionately referred to, by the artist’s husband and children, as “The Study in Blue and Gold”. The acrylic painting shows the simple and stark beauty of South Dakota against the enormous blue sky.

About the artist: After medical school at Creighton University, Dr. Schneekloth did an Internal Medicine Residency and Radiation Oncology Residency at St. Mary’s Hospital in San Francisco, California under Dr. Jerome Vaeth. She completed a fellowship in HDR brachytherapy and worked in San Francisco for a number of years until, in 2002, she returned to her home state and now practices at Avera Cancer Institute at St. Luke’s Hospital in Aberdeen, SD.

“Reflections” by Bernie Lewinsky, MD

Volume 106, Issue 1

About the image: My #1 bucket list dream fulfilled...to visit Antarctica. I went as part of a photography workshop and flew into the Antarctic Peninsula from Punta Arenas, Chile. Crossing Drake’s Passage by sea is not my idea of fun! The mystique of the seventh continent unfolds the moment you step into the cold, crisp, pure air. A world so far away, so pristine, clean and uninhabited gives you a sense of what life in another planet must be like. The silence is deafening and mesmerizing. There are a myriad of icebergs of different shapes and every shade of blue imaginable.

It was a strenuous trip considering the clothes and garment layers required, the photographic equipment, along with the main mode of transportation...in and out of Zodiacs. Truly a trip of a lifetime!

I used Sony Alpha7RIII and Sony Alpha 7RII cameras with Sony 12-24mm F4.0 and Sony70-300mm F4.5-5.6 lenses.

About the artist: I am a radiation oncologist and nature photographer. I have been a member of ASTRO since its early formative years. I believe that nature photography provides a salutary environment in the clinics and is an important element that helps calm and relax patients. My photography has been featured in 30 cancer centers, mainly in the Los Angeles area. I am attracted to scenes in nature that provide a serene and calming environment.

“Dr. Salma Al-Karmi” by Christiane Sarah Burton, PhD

Volume 105, Issue 5

About the artist: I grew up in Ottawa, Ontario in Canada and I started taking art lessons when I was very young at the Ottawa School of Art in the Byward Market area. I was exposed to all styles of art such as acrylic, water color, pastel, sculpture, portrait and the history of great artists like Picasso and Van Gough. I remember being accepted to Canterbury High School for my artistic skills; however I turned them down because I would have needed to take three buses to get to Canterbury. Also my classes would be heavily focused on art and I wanted to focus more on science. That was one of the many forks in the road which led me to my current position e medical physics resident at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. My list of publications can be found here: https://scholar.google.com/ scholar?hl=en&as_sdt=0%2C47&q=christiane+burton&btnG=. Art is still a hobby of mine. I have connected with other scientists who do art for fun and I think my art (and art in general) brings people joy and culture. I think the type of art a person does reflects who they are. I like drawing exactly what I see, and that fits with my personality which is to call out things as I see them. Dr. Salma Al-Karmi was the TA for Organic Chemistry lab in my second year of undergraduate and her love for Chemistry inspired me to eventually joined the Chemistry lab she was working in. At the time, she was pursuing her Master’s degree.

About the image: I drew this portrait of my friend, Dr. Salma Al-Karmi, with a pencil and paper. I think she was comically posing in this image, perhaps deciding whether she wanted to get lunch or do more work on the computer.

“Photograph of Edinburgh at Sunset” by Steven E. Schild, MD

Volume 105, Issue 4

About the artist: I attended Creighton University, where I took a photography class after being accepted to medical school. I trained in radiation oncology at Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN), worked at Mayo Clinic in Florida from 1989 to 1992, and then worked at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. My work has focused on improving care for patients with lung and prostate cancers. I passed the American Board of Radiology examination in 1989 and have been a member of the American Society for Radiation Oncology since 1990. I am a coauthor on about 440 published, peer-reviewed manuscripts, which can be found at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=schild+se+or+schild+steven. I have written treatment guidelines and trials at Mayo Clinic and for the North Central Cancer Treatment Group and now work on the ALLIANCE. I was also previously an examiner for the American Board of Radiology. My hobbies are hiking and photography. Photo safaris are fun, and I hope you enjoy this photograph.

About the image: I took this picture on a trip to Edinburgh, Scotland. Scotland is beautiful, and I was able to capture hundreds of great images.

“Black Canyon Kayak” by Christopher N. Watson, MD

Volume 105, Issue 3

About the artist: Christopher Watson is a radiation oncologist practicing at the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis. He enjoys spending time outdoors and is a voracious consumer of audiobooks.

About the image: “Black Canyon Kayak” is an oil painting of a trip the artist took with his wife, Mariam, along the Colorado River, just south of the Hoover Dam. Two bald eagles live on the cliffs to the left, and the Emerald Cave lies ahead to the right. A short drive from Las Vegas, paddling along this river makes for a great day trip from that city.

“Happy as a Clam” by Samir H. Patel, MD

Volume 105, Issue 2

About the artist: I am a radiation oncologist at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona. I am always seeking an opportunity to capture the beauty of the underwater world through photography.

About the image: On a trip to the Great Barrier Reef near the Whitsunday Islands, the eye catching color of giant clams was quite notable. Their beautiful colors are largely due to algae living within the clam. I captured this photo while snorkeling, diving down to get a close up. Image was captured using an Olympus TG-5 with natural light.

“Santorini, Greece” by Leila Tchelebi, MD

Volume 105, Issue 1

About the artist: Dr. Leila Tchelebi is Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at Penn State Cancer Institute in Hershey, PA. She loves traveling and photography. She first began her foray into amateur photography in high school when she took classes at the International Center of Photography in New York City, where she grew up. Since then, she has taken ample photographs documenting her life and travels.

About the image: This photograph was taken on June 23, 2018 at 10:28 pm using an iPhone X. It depicts Fira, the capital of Santorini, one of the many Greek islands. The winding streets, cliffs that fall into the sea, and dizzying nightlife are a few of the elements that make this island a gem. One of the largest volcanic eruptions of all time occurred on the island 3600 years ago, leaving an indelible mark on Santorini and providing the structure of its current landscape.

"Girl with the Roses" by Meena Moran, MD

Volume 104, Issue 5

About the artist: Meena Moran is a Professor at Yale University School of Medicine in Radiation Oncology and is the director of Yale's Radiation Breast Program. In addition to being passionate about her family and her career, she finds balance in her life through her love for painting, drawing, and creating things.

About the image: The Red Journal Editorial Team was looking for a very specific piece of art work for this issue, which is focusing on celebrating women in the field of radiation oncology, and specifically, commemorating the life of Eleanor Montague for her amazing scientific contributions to the field, and as a role model for women entering radiation oncology. The editorial team chose this sketch made by Meena from one of her sketchbooks because of its extraordinary familiarity, young women now representing so many of our trainees. The roses were an optimistic and celebratory flourish. The girl with the roses is a sketch done very simply with Crayola magic markers on plain paper.

“The Wisdom of Self-Care” by Corey Foster, MD

Volume 104, Issue 4

About the artist: Dr Corey Foster is a radiation oncology resident in his fourth postgraduate year at the University of Chicago Medicine. He first discovered the joys of sketching as a child and often used this pastime as an outlet for creativity and relaxation. Inspiration for his artwork is frequently drawn from the natural beauty and wildlife that surrounded him while growing up in rural Pennsylvania. Birds of prey are particularly favored subjects after many years volunteering alongside his twin brother at Red Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania.

About the image: This recent drawing of a barn owl was spontaneously composed during a rare free afternoon using the only artistic materials on hand–8.5 x 11” copy paper and a mechanical lead pencil. It served as an opportunity to test the artist’s skills after taking a nearly decade-long break from sketching. The activity not only proved to be just as enjoyable as in years past, but also highlighted the importance of self-care and maintaining an identity outside of medicine during residency training. The completed work now hangs in his brother’s Boston apartment where it can remind him of their shared childhood memories.

“Rayleigh Scattering” by Sara J. Hardy, MD

Volume 104, Issue 3

About the artist: Sara J. Hardy is a PGY-4 in radiation oncology at the University of Rochester Medical Center as well as a board-certified neurologist who completed training at Johns Hopkins Medical Center in 2015. She is also a Holman Pathway trainee, with a research focus on cognitive changes from cancer and cancer treatments as well as other neurologic complications of cancer. She still uses art in her daily work. As part of her training, she helped create a program for pediatric patients being treated in the department where they either decorate their treatment mask at the end of treatment or paint a canvas.

About the image: This piece was painted with oil paints on canvas. It is a painting of the sun as the clouds advance across the sky, beginning to block the sun from view. The painting is done in the style of impressionism, attempting to capture a human experience of nature with a focus on the depiction of light and how that changes color. Because of the strokes used for the painting, it resembles the reflection of the sky in water.

“Bathing Grizzly” by Jeff Michalski, MD, FASTRO

Volume 104, Issue 2

About the artist: Jeff Michalski is Professor of Radiation Oncology at Washington University in St. Louis. He is deeply involved in clinical research and has led clinical trials in genitourinary cancers for the RTOG and NRG groups as well as pediatric cancer trials for the Children’s Oncology Group.

About the image: This was one of more than a dozen brown bears seen at the famous Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park in Alaska. Grizzly bears congregate at this river to feast upon sockeye salmon during the late summer spawning run. Photo was taken with Canon EOS 5D using a 70-200mm f/2.8 zoom lens.

“Bald Eagle” by Jennifer R. Bellon, MD

Volume 104, Issue 1

About the artist: I am a radiation oncologist at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. My practice focuses on breast cancer.

About the image: This photograph of a bald eagle was taken in Kachemak Bay, Alaska, near Homer. Nikon D500 at 135 mm, f6.3, 1/3200, iso 640.

“Hold Fast” by Ellen Cooke, PhD

Volume 103, Issue 5

About the artist: I am a radiation oncologist practicing in Wichita, Kansas with Wichita Radiology Group. I graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Science and Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine with my medical degree. I did an internship at Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas and radiation oncology training at the University of Utah, graduating in 2012. I am married, and mom of 3 young children. My love of physics contributed to both my desire to be a radiation oncologist and my love of photography. When capturing an image, my goal is to reproduce, in the most true-to-life form, the beauty and intrigue in front of me.

About the image: “Hold Fast” was shot with my iPhone 7 plus camera using the microfine exposure adjustment feature at the Arenal Oasis rainforest in La Fortuna, San Carlos, Costa Rica at the base of the Arenal volcano while on a family vacation. It has had very minimal processing. My typical camera of choice is a Sony NEX-6 mirrorless DSLR; however, speed of acquiring the image was necessary in this instance and I happened to have my iPhone in hand. My 6-year-old son’s love of frogs prompted a night walk through the rainforest where we were able to find a multitude of tropical amphibians. This red-eyed tree frog stole our hearts. In order to get this particular composition and lighting, we waited until there was complete darkness and used flashlights to search for frogs. The image was shot with foreground lighting provided by our flashlights and no flash.

“Orange and Black” by Finn Edler von Eyben, MD

Volume 103, Issue 3

About the artist: Finn Edler von Eyben was a jazz musician before he became a physician. He is a specialist in oncology, and worked one year as consultant at Tawam Hospital, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. He later worked one year as chief of Department of Internal Medicine, Queen Ingrid’s Hospital, Nuuk, Greenland. According to Researchgate, he has 145 publications, 2773 reads, and 1633 citations. He is an activist in favor of tobacco control.

About the image: Orange and black is an oil painting showing individuals in a seemingly weightless dance of joy in a calm, friendly, orange universe. There is a feeling of paradise in the painting. The painting shows little interaction between the individuals. Thus, the painting is like a photo of modern civilization.


“Prayer hall of the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco” by Michael H. Soike, PhD

Volume 103, Issue 2

About the artist: I am a PGY4 resident at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. I enjoy traveling and photography, using a Nikon D50. Kathryn Greven, a professor at the institution, has been an inspiration for continuing to pursue photography throughout residency.

About the image: Visiting the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, I was struck by intricate and massive arches of the prayer hall. For the shot, I sought an angle that created the appearance of seamless transition between the arches. In reality, the arches are separated by approximately 50 meters.


“Invisible Light of Botswana” by Kathryn M. Greven, MD

Volume 103, Issue 1

About the artist: I am a professor of radiation oncology at Wake Forest Medical Center. I enjoy experiencing the beauty of our world through my avocations of photography and travel.

About the image: Infrared photography captures longer wavelengths of light which are outside of the visible spectrum and thus “invisible light”. Digital cameras are converted by placing a filter in front of the sensor to block visible light and allow detection of infrared light. I am drawn to this type of photography because images take on an ethereal quality with slightly softer focus as well as unusual tones with green foliage reflecting light brightly and blue skies becoming very dark which accentuate clouds. Objects reflect infrared light differently than visible light so predicting the outcome of an image is uncertain and can be surprising. This image of wildebeests was captured during a safari in Botswana.


“Antelope Canyon” by Brooke Leachman, MD

Volume 102 Issue 5

About the artist: Dr. Brooke Leachman is a PGY5 resident in the Fox Chase Department of Radiation Oncology. She has been an avid amateur photographer since high school, concentrating mostly on portrait and travel photography. Although she never had the chance to work with Dr. Hanks, she was attracted to this department where his legacy continues to thrive. One of Dr. Hanks’ most important accomplishments was to develop new technologies to better treat and care for cancer patients through practical research and applications. Additionally, she and all the faculty and residents appreciate the tight-knit, collegial family atmosphere created by Dr. Hanks.

About the image: Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon located in north central Arizona, part of the Navajo nation. The native Navajo name for the upper area of the canyon means “place where water runs through rocks,” which accurately describes the geologic formation of the canyon from flash flooding.


“Bottoms Up” by Arno J. Mundt, MD

Volume 102 Issue 4

About the artist: AJ is Professor and Chair of the Department of Radiation Medicine and Applied Sciences at the University of California San Diego. He is passionate about travel and loves to learn about photography from the other amateur photographers in his department.

About the image: AJ’s lifelong love of Paris brought him back to the city of lights this past November. He has visited the Eiffel Tower numerous times and from many perspectives. This is perhaps one of the most interesting vantage points. It took about half an hour and 21 attempts to find the exact center beneath the Tower.


"Abies concolor 'Hoop-dee-doo'" by Cheryl Davison, MD

Volume 102 Issue 3

About the artist: Cheryl completed her residency training at Duke University Medical Center. She is currently a practicing Radiation Oncologist, and Medical Director of the Radiation Oncology department at the North Star Lodge Cancer Center of Virginia Mason Memorial in Yakima, Washington.
Cheryl and her husband, Mike, enjoy hiking the Cascade Mountains of the Pacific Northwest in pursuit of these fascinating mutations. To date, they have discovered, grafted, and named more than 250 cultivars, including numerous extremely rare specimens of the Pacific fir lineage. A collection of the Davison cultivars is on display at the Oregon Gardens, near Portland, and some have become available to the public from specialty tree nurseries.

About the image: Cheryl discovered this miniature fir specimen growing on a 50 meter tall Abies concolor conifer tree. The new cultivar was grafted and named 'Hoop-dee-doo' for the cheery song of the same name, and because the needles form curvilinear "hoops" of new growth as they emerge in the springtime. This dwarf conifer will be less than 1 meter tall at maturity, in contrast to the parent tree that will mature at 70 meters in height.
Cheryl’s hobby is tangentially related to her specialty. The newly discovered specimens originate from bud mutations on conifer trees, which over time, can become unusual congested growths on the trees. New cultivars are propagated by “surgically grafting” small branchlets (scions) of the mutation on to appropriately matched seedlings (understock).


“Not Completely Fallen” by Arno J. Mundt, MD

Volume 102 Issue 2

About the artist: AJ is Professor and Chair of the Department of Radiation Medicine and Applied Sciences at the University of California San Diego. He is passionate about travel and loves to learn about photography from the other amateur photographers in his department.

About the image: While at his 30th Medical School reunion in Ann Arbor, AJ was walking around the University of Michigan campus enjoying the fall foliage when he snapped this photo using his iPhone. It brought back memories of living in the Midwest and was a wonderful reminder that change is a constant, and often beautiful, part of life.


“Barcelona Bubble” by Daniel Low, PhD

Volume 102 Issue 1

About the artist: Dr. Daniel Low, PhD is a professor and the Vice Chair of Medical Physics in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of California at Los Angeles. Dr. Low has been an ASTRO member for almost 15 years and is an active researcher in Radiation Therapy Medical Physics. Dr. Low has been attempting to improve his photographic technique and composition, as well as expanding his technical skills.

About the image: This photograph was taken during a trip to Barcelona. Dr. Low was climbing the stairs of the Art Museum of Catalonia attempting to catch the sunset when he spied a large bubble blower. Not knowing what would come out of the photographs, he took pictures of the bubbles, following them as they blew in the wind. The photographs were luckily taken with a relatively dark background (the retaining walls of the museum’s hill) with a relatively light sky behind, reflecting a silhouette in the bubbles. By increasing the contrast, the reflection and the colors caused by the bubble surface light interference led to some spectacular images, including this one. The bubble blower was able to blow bubbles within bubble.


“Early dawn at Machu Picchu” by Jean-Marc Cosset, MD

Volume 101 Issue 5

About the artist: Jean-Marc Cosset is the former Head of the Oncology/Radiotherapy Department of the French Paris Institut Curie and was for a long time a member of the International Commission on Radiological Protection. He is still active in the field and is currently acting as the medical director of the Amethyst group for France.

About the image: Early dawn at Machu Picchu. Picture shot with an old-fashioned argentic Nikon camera, but, when shot, it was not expected to look like a scene from Lord of the Rings.


“Lone Cypress Milky Way” by Li Liu, MD

Volume 101 Issue 4

About the artist: I am a radiation oncologist practicing at Fresno Cancer Center in Fresno, California. I started taking photographs two years ago when I saw a Black Friday sale of a Sony a6000 mirrorless digital camera. Once I took a few testing shots, I was immediately hooked. I particularly love night photography. My work “Beauty Beyond Disaster” from July 2016 was featured in National Geographic as one of the Editor’s favorite submissions (http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/nature-photographer-of-the-year-2016/gallery/week-1all/16).

About the image: Lone Cypress within California’s scenic 17-mild drive in Pebble Beach is one of the most protected and photographed trees in North America. I always had this picture of the Milky Way rising from the calm Pacific Ocean and its reflection next to the Lone Cypress. However, in order to get that particular composition, the picture has to be taken from August to October when there is little or no moon. If that sounds easy, trying to find a night without hanging fog and calm water was mission impossible, until September 24, 2017.>


“Dancing with the Sail” by Yu Chen, PhD

Volume 101 Issue 3

About the artist: Yu Chen, Ph.D., full member of American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), worked as a medical physicist and senior researcher in Madison, Wisconsin for 10 years before his death in 2017 in a wind surfing accident. Dedication to his passions and to people in need was a theme throughout his life; he approached everything with uncommon focus and persistence. Dr. Chen loved medical physics research and technology development. Among his many achievements, he was the lead developer of the dynamic jaw and dynamic couch technologies, which became the commercial product TomoEDGETM Dynamic Jaws. In his spare time, Dr. Chen enjoyed running, snowboarding, skating, singing, and above all, windsurfing. He cared deeply for others, helping underprivileged children, volunteer teaching, or lending a hand to anyone who asked. Dr. Chen always put others' interests above his own; he was the best kind of human being you'd ever want to meet. While his loss is profoundly felt, we take comfort in knowing that he died while doing two things he loved: windsurfing and helping others. Tributes to Yu Chen can be found at https://www.facebook.com/YuChenForeverMissed/.

About the image: "Dancing with the Sail" is a freeze frame photo of Dr. Chen, extracted from a video he himself shot while windsurfing on Lake Mendota in Madison, Wisconsin. He began windsurfing in 2009, studied the sport assiduously on and off the water, practiced in all conditions, and became one of the area's best. His poetic form, gracefully arched body, and balletic balance were recognizable even at a distance. He became a volunteer windsurfing instructor for the Hoofer Sailing Club in 2012. While overseeing a student on May 31st, 2017, Dr. Chen was struck and killed by a motor boat. He was 43 years old. This artwork, representing strength, perseverance, and dedication, was submitted by his colleagues and friends from the radiation oncology community as a way to honor him, and to salute his amazing life.


"The A-bomb Dome: The Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima" by Osama Mohamad

Volume 101 Issue 2

About the artist: Osama Mohamad is a third year (PGY-4) radiation oncology resident in the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Before joining UTSW, he finished his MD PhD degree at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and a transitional year internship at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. He is currently in Chiba, Japan, doing research on carbon ion radiotherapy in the Hospital of Charged Particles at the National Institute of Radiological Sciences.

About the image: This picture was taken on August 26, 2017, of the A-bomb Dome (Genbaku Dōmu) at the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, Japan. Prior to World War II, this building was the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall. On August 6, 1945, the atomic bomb exploded over the city of Hiroshima. Located only 160 meters from the hypocenter of the bomb, all people inside the Promotion Hall died but the building did not collapse. After the war, it was decided to maintain this building as a symbol for World Peace. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. For the community of radiation oncologists, the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki provided invaluable lessons about the effects of radiation on the human body. The A-Bomb dome currently stands as a reminder of one of the most painful experiences for the people of the world. Not too far from this, the Flame of Peace has been burning since 1964 and will continue to burn until all nuclear weapons are eliminated from the entire earth.


“Sunset at Plaza San Telmo” by Meena Moran, PhD

Volume 101 Issue 1

About the artist: Meena Moran, Professor of Therapeutic Radiology and Director of the Yale Radiation Breast Program, and Pauline Truong, Clinical Professor of Radiation Oncology, BC Cancer Agency, University of British Columbia are breast radiation oncologists and former Associate Editors of the Red Journal’s Breast Cancer Section. Despite living on opposite coasts, they have been long-time friends whose lives, both professional and personal, share uncanny similarities too numerous to list.

About the image: The artwork, entitled "Sunset at Plaza San Telmo", is the first joint cover art submission to the Journal by 2 artists using 2 different media. The piece is a composite of a photograph taken by Meena (left panel) and an acrylic painting on canvas of the same subject by Pauline (right panel). The photo was taken on a warm September evening at Plaza San Telmo in Buenos Aires. Meena was unwinding after a busy day at Argentina's Surgical Mastology meeting when she looked up and saw a spectacular tree with far-reaching branches silhouetted against a glorious sunset. Thinking of her "obsessed tree lady" friend, she captured the moment and shared it with Pauline a few weeks later.


"Fan Dance" by Samuel Jang, PhD

Volume 100 Issue 5

About the artist: Samuel Jang is a medical student at University of Wisconsin. He spent his childhood both in Korea and in the United States. He has been working in radiation oncology research while a Howard Hughes Fellow at the University of Wisconsin Medical School and, if all goes to plan, will match into a radiation oncology residency in the coming year. In his spare time, he enjoys creating art and taking photos that are creative and personally meaningful. Dr Zietman’s presentation at ASTRO 2017 in San Diego, CA, inspired him to share his own artwork with the community.

About the image: I wanted to create something that is connected to my heritage. I decided that expressing the different aspects of the culture could be best done by collage. The shapes of the collage components would be simple enough to make a unified piece. I incorporated the idea of present day pop culture developing in Korea with the inclusion of rebellious flashy design and colors. I see this pop culture change with each visit. The traditional values are still preserved by timeless elements such as the yin and the yang in the Korean flag as well as Korean typography throughout the piece.


"2017 Solar Eclipse Diamond Ring" by Hiram A. Gay, PhD

Volume 100 Issue 4

About the author: Hiram A. Gay is a radiation oncologist at Washington University in Saint Louis specializing in genitourinary and head and neck cancer. Dr. Gay has been very active in raising awareness of the consequences of natural disasters since the catastrophe of Hurricane Maria.

About the image: This photo was taken on August 21, 2017, at 1:18 PM from the rooftop of the Forest Park Laclede Garage across the Center of Advanced Medicine, where the Washington University in Saint Louis Radiation Oncology Department is located. I took the image with the following parameters: Panasonic GH3, f5.6, -3 EV, H-PS45175 telephoto at maximum zoom, and a tripod without a solar filter (it was near totality). Initially, I transferred the photo to my cell phone and cropped it to make it larger. When I auto-rotated the photo on my cell phone, an interesting optical illusion where a thin ellipse of light across the sun all the way to the corona to the right of the picture appeared. This ellipse is not visible when the image is still. I am curious if others can reproduce this effect.


"Delay" by Tasneem Kaleem

Volume 100 Issue 3

About the author: Tasneem Kaleem is a third year radiation oncology resident in Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, Florida. She has a background in water color, photography, pastel drawing and dance. She spent time studying drawing in Rome, Italy in 2009. Her work has been displayed in many art shows and charities, and recently as a finalist in American College of Physicians 100th anniversary Art Exhibition in Boston, Massachusetts.

About the image: Delay is a pastel work addressing a common human experience in which we find ourselves physically close to many people but psychologically and emotionally distant. It happens often in malls, hospitals, airports and in other public places and is now intensified with technologic advances.


“Traffic Jam at 17K Feet” by Jiayi Huang, M.D.

Volume 100 Issue 2

About the artist: I am an Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. I specialize in the treatment of brain tumors, skull base tumors, spinal tumors and lymphoma. In my spare time, I enjoying photography, hiking, and travel.

About the image: Nepal, the home of the beautiful Himalayas and the tallest mountain in the world, is also one of the poorest country in the world. With almost 30 million people, it should have more than 100 radiation therapy machines to adequately cover the population, yet there are only 8 megavoltage external beam machines and 3 brachytherapy units in the entire country. Radiating Hope is a volunteer-run, non-profit organization, whose mission is to improve access to radiation therapy in the developing countries like Nepal. In April of 2017, I joined a team from Radiating Hope on a fundraising, 12-day trek to the Everest Base Camp to try to bring a new brachytherapy unit to Nepal. As our team is approaching the Everest Base Camp, with one last mountain to climb over and the Khumbu icefall in the backdrop, I noticed this picture of my team members of diverse age, sex, race, and ethnicity dotted along the entire mountain. To me, it captured the spirit that collaboration between people can push us to conquer difficult tasks.


“Abstract Reflections on Lake Baldwin” by Ken Cashon, M.S., DABR

Volume 100 Issue 1

About the artist: I have been practicing medical physics in the Orlando area for 22 years. I love technology and the fascinating methods used in photography and exploring different ways of seeing "normal things through a viewfinder. It is a great way to unwind at the end of the day. I have just begun my adventures in photography after spending many hours either on a computer or in a treatment vault, which I still do quite often. My fiancée is an abstract painter and I have many of her pieces of art in my office, which I share with visitors and patients. Now I have an opportunity to share what I see through photography.

About the image: After work one day, I took a stroll around of the many lakes near our center. The water was so clear and calm it was mirror like, reflecting the neighborhood surroundings in an "impressionistic" sense. I captured the image while a bird was flying over, and once I looked at it, I simply turned the photo upside down and saw a whole new neighborhood, with some of the water appearing as stars and dark sky. The photograph was taken with a Nikon D5100 camera, VR 18-55mm lens, 1/200 shutter at f/4.0.


“Morning Conference” by Leon Graff, MD

Volume 99 Issue 5

About the artist: In 1969, Samuel Hellman founded the Joint Center for Radiation Therapy at the Harvard Longwood Teaching Hospitals. He used the Harvard Business School case study model to teach oncologic principles, rotating between each affiliated institution. The onservice resident would present a current case. Dr Hellman and the attending physician used the Socratic method to generalize from case specifics. The painting depicts morning conference at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in 1976. Residents and staff clockwise from the lower left are Arnold Malcolm (former chair, Vanderbilt University), Martin Levene (co-founder, Joint Center for Radiation Therapy, JCRT), Robert Goodman (former chair, University of Pennsylvania), Chris Rose (Chief Clinical Officer Radiation Oncology, US Oncology), Anatoly Dritschilo (chair, Georgetown University), Abraham Marck (head of the Gynecology section at JCRT), Anthony Piro (former chair, Tufts University), Jay Harris (vice-chair, Harvard Radiation Oncology Program), Leslie Botnick (Chief Medical Officer and Founder, Vantage Oncology), Samuel Hellman, James Belli (former chair, University of Texas in Galveston), John Chaffey (head, Brigham and Women’s Division of JCRT), Ralph Weichselbaum (chair, University of Chicago), William Bloomer (former chair, Mt. Sinai and University of Pittsburgh), J. Robert Cassady (former chair, University of Arizona, Lahey Clinic), and Leon Graff (the artist).

About the painting: Leon Graff, a South Africaneborn artist, has been exhibiting his vibrant and lively paintings for years. His works have been shown in Boston, London, Montreal, New York, Nova Scotia, and Philadelphia in galleries, group exhibitions, juried art shows, and several one-man shows. Trained in both South Africa and London, his medium of choice is acrylic paint. His brightly colored renderings capture feelings of humor, spontaneity, and movement. He loves to paint buildingscapes, flowerscapes, landscapes, and peoplescapes. In addition to his passion for painting, Leon has served as the technical director of the Joint Center for Radiation Therapy in Boston, the University of Pennsylvania Department of Radiation Oncology, and the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.


“Yin and Yang at Sunset Cliffs” by Kevin L. Moore, MD

Volume 99 Issue 4

About the artist: I am a medical physicist at UC San Diego and an amateur photographer. I bought my first DSLR while still a resident at Washington University in St. Louis in 2009 and was immediately hooked, particularly with long-exposure photography. More of my work can be found at the UCSD Department of Radiation Medicine and Applied Sciences webpage: ucsd.radmedicine.org.

About the image: Although this west-facing outcrop is part of the appropriately named “Sunset Cliffs” region of San Diego, this image was in fact captured in the early morning. The diffuse overhead lighting provided even illumination of the cliffs, while the long 50-second exposure smoothed out the crashing waves, giving the image the peaceful, serene quality that I find myself constantly trying to achieve in my photography.


“Earth Being Born” by Sue S. Yom MD, PhD

Volume 99 Issue 3

About the artist: Sue S. Yom is an associate professor at the University of California, San Francisco and a Deputy Editor for the Red Journal. In these unsettled times, she finds hope in the serene, immutable processes of our natural world.

About the image: This was snapped “on the fly” with an iPhone SE 12-megapixel camera from a helicopter flying over a live lava flow on Big Island, Hawaii. The red-hot areas are the molten lava, and the steam is aerosolized sulfuric acid gas rising up from the cracks in the ground containing the lava below. According to Hawaiian legend, the various forms of lava represent the body of the goddess Pele. The lava is considered sacred and you are not supposed to touch or disturb it.


“The Light Between Oceans” by Eva Katsoulakis, PhD

Volume 99 Issue 2

About the artist: Eva Katsoulakis has a passion and joy for discovering answers to complexities and the beauty found in radiation and the arts, and continues to strive for quality. She has a deep appreciation for beauty within the human spirit and the natural world and hopes to continue developing her artistic pursuits while caring for her patients. She is a radiation oncologist currently practicing in New York.

About the painting: The Light Between Oceans. Oil on Canvas. This painting was inspired after the last ASTRO meeting in Boston. The foliage accent colors highlight brighter days to come as the two characters exit the dark forest. Do not miss out on chance meetings as you never know where they could take you. You never know where you could take someone else.


“Stonehenge” by Ronald C. McGarry, PhD

Volume 99 Issue 1

About the artist: Ronald C. McGarry is a Professor in the Department of Radiation Medicine at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. A native of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, he graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Ph.D. in Immunology, later completing his M.D. at the University of Calgary, Alberta. His interests outside of his field include trapshooting, photography, and history.

About the picture: Stonehenge was photographed in the early morning on a trip to England. To enter the henge, you must find the right tour guide and be there very early in the morning since the number of people allowed to enter the stones daily is very limited. At the information center, the officials give you stern warnings to touch absolutely nothing. They have a bluestone there like the ones that form the monument and warn that “if you must touch a bluestone, touch this one!” As you can see, the sun was not high in the sky and the flare between the stones was not added. Seeing Stonehenge close up is a not-to-be-missed opportunity since it is one of the most iconic archaeological sites in the world. The crisp early morning peace and the few people there made for a great photo opportunity. The picture was shot with a Canon Rebel T3 EOS camera with a Canon IS 18-135mm, 3.5-5.6 lens.


“Lakeshore Vista” by Varun Sehgal PhD

Volume 98 Issue 5

About the artist: Varun Sehgal is a Professor of Medical Physics at the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of California, Irvine.

About the image: This image was taken on a beautiful late summer afternoon on the pristine shores of Lake Tahoe in South Lake Tahoe, California.


“Follow the Yellow Brick Road” by Michael Baum, MD

Volume 98 Issue 4

About the artwork: I painted this about a year ago, having recently recovered from major surgery. Here you see me as an old man with a walking stick striding out from the shadows into the sunlight on a path in Hampstead Heath, London’s equivalent of Central Park. I love the Heath and can see it from my study window at home as I am writing. Holding my left hand, skipping alongside me, is my youngest grandson Jake. I look steadfastly into the future at the “yellow brick road” that reaches a vanishing point at the Land of Oz. Jake looks at the red poppies as he still enjoys the curiosity of childhood. He has just turned eight, and I eighty on the 31st of May. “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” was written by the American author L. Frank Baum, who is no relative of mine. Baum is German for tree, and the trees in the painting are there for two reasons, the family name and the family tree. The importance of the tree and its fractal geometry in health and in our understanding of cancer has been described in an essay I wrote for the New England Journal of Medicine in 2015.1

1Baum. M, Why Does the Weeping Willow Weep? Reconceptualizing Oncogenesis in Breast Cancer. N Engl J Med 373;13, September 24, 2015

About the artist: Michael Baum qualifed in medicine at Birmingham University Medical School in the United Kingdom in 1960. He held Chairs of Surgery at Kings College London from 1980 to 1990, the Institute of Cancer Research from 1990 to 1995, and the University College London from 1995 to 2001. He has been President of the British Oncology Association and the European Breast Cancer Conference, and the Chairman of the Psychosocial Committee of the National Cancer Research Institute. He has been awarded the William McGuire Prize in the United States, the Charles Gross Prize in France, the St. Gallen Prize in Switzerland, the gold medal of the International College of Surgeons for his research into the treatment of breast cancer, and most recently, the gold medal for therapeutics from the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries in England. He was one of the first to challenge the doctrine of radical mastectomy and lead the ?rst trial that demonstrated that tamoxifen could increase cure rates for breast cancer patients. He was also the first to describe psychometric instruments to measure quality of life in cancer sufferers. Most recently, he has led the first trial to demonstrate that one shot of intraoperative radiation therapy could replace 6 weeks of post-operative treatment in selected cases. Although trained in surgery, he earned an honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Radiologists in 1998 for his services to oncology. He regards himself as a radiation oncologist in spirit, and by his practice in the final years of his career, if not technically by training.

On retiring as a professor of surgery at the University College London, he spent the rest of his career teaching and promoting “Medical Humanities,” including fine art, literature, and philosophy. He recently published his memoir, Breast Beating: One Man’s Odyssey in the Search for an Understanding of Breast Cancer, the Meaning of Life, and Other Simple Questions. His first novel, The Third Tablet of the Holy Covenant, was published in November 2013. A collection of his philosophical essays, The Scepticaemic Surgeon, was published by Nova, New York, in 2014. He is married to Judy, and they have 3 children, and 9 grandchildren.

Other interests include painting, the history of art, philosophy of science, theatre, modern literature, and the history of modern and ancient states of Israel.


Leather Work Representation of the “Great Wave Off Kanagawa” by Hokusai by Hisashi Sato, MD

Volume 98 Issue 3

About the artwork:This piece of leather work is a representation of the “Great Wave Off Kanagawa,” one of the “Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji” printed by the famous Japanese ukiyo-e artist Hokusai. The outline was carved into tanned leather with a swivel cutting knife, and the shadow was created with a stamping rod and a hammer. The light and shadow were completed with antique finish. This particular piece of leatherwork is used to cover a percutaneous transhepatic cholangiodrainage bag that the artist fixes onto his belt daily. More commonly, the leatherwork is used by the artist for design of wallets.

About the artist: Hisashi Sato, MD, is a Fukushima native and a staff radiation oncologist in the Department of Radiation Oncology, Fukushima Medical University in Japan. At the age of 39, he had multi-focal liver cancer as a result of type B chronic hepatitis and cirrhosis, but he was saved by a living-donor liver transplantation from his elder brother. He began leather-crafting as a means to both conceal and decorate his biliary drainage bags and has since moved on to create other leather crafts. Since the time before his liver transplantation, Dr. Sato has been working as a JASTRO board-certified radiation oncologist in Fukushima. After the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, in which a great earthquake followed by tsunami led to the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant and the release of radioactive materials in the region, Dr. Sato has also been actively involved in risk communication with the residents, many of whom still suffer from often exaggerated rumors and misunderstandings of radiation-related hazard.


“Boneyard Sunrise, Capers Island, South Carolina” by John Schuler, MD

Volume 98 Issue 2

About the artwork:This photograph was taken on Capers Island, an uninhabited barrier island just north of Charleston, SC. The island sits on the southern edge of the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge that has more than 66,000 acres of class I wilderness and represents the largest undeveloped stretch of coastline on the eastern seaboard. Once inhabited by the Sewee Indians, a small tribe of Native Americans indigenous to the Lowcountry, this area has remained essentially unchanged since the arrival of Europeans to North America and provides a unique glimpse into the world encountered by the European settlers when they discovered the beaches of present-day South Carolina. Like many South Carolina barrier islands, Capers Island has a “boneyard,” a stretch of beach containing the remnants of a maritime forest claimed by the inexorable forces of erosion. In this photograph, the boneyard provides a unique foreground for a dramatic sunrise over the Atlantic witnessed after a night of barrier island kayak camping.

About the artist: I am the chief resident in radiation oncology at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. In my free time, I explore the marshes and barrier islands of the Lowcountry by sea kayak. Travelling by sea kayak affords one incredible views of pristine areas essentially untouched by human development; however, it produces unique challenges for the photographer as it can be difficult to keep an expensive camera dry. Although I have been unable to routinely kayak with my DSLR, an old photography adage is that “the best camera is the one you have with you.” This image was captured with an iPhone 5.


“The Binary System on Lake Michigan” by Charlene Tan, Ph.D., DABR

Volume 98 Issue 1

About the artwork: In the olden days, lighthouses provided a waterway safety guide. In the modern world, red and green buoys and lights serve as navigation aids for waterway traffic day and night. The pier light signals and the lights from the lighthouses on Lake Michigan are fascinating. Each day, the red (blinking even numbers) and green (blinking odd numbers) pier lights on the harbors flash alternately every few seconds from dusk to dawn. Those pier lights form a beautiful binary system guiding the boats in an orderly fashion into and out of the harbors. Because the red and green pier lights are not designed to be “on” at the same moment, a long exposure technique was used to capture both lights “on” in the same image. This photo was taken at Holland Harbor in Michigan. The reflection of the lights is slightly tilted towards the direction of the wind.

About the artist: Charlene Tan, Ph.D., a California-based medical physicist, moved for a period of time to work in locum positions. While traveling, she pursued her passion for photography. During her time at Sparrow Hospital, East Lansing, Michigan, she frequently visited the west coast of Lake Michigan, and was amazed by the variety of its lighthouses.


“The Fire” by George D. Wilson, PhD

Volume 97 Issue 5

About the artwork: Painting has always been a sporadic hobby of mine, but like many hobbies it is governed by the constraints of family life and work. This particular painting was inspired by the events of New Year’s Eve 2002. I had arrived in the USA in July 2002 with my wife, Kay, and three children to take up a position with fellow Brits, Mike Joiner, Brian Marples, and Simon Scott at the Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit after spending 18 years at the Gray Laboratory (or Gray Cancer Institute as it became). We had moved into our house in September and had an armada (13 adults and children) of family and friends come over from the UK and stay with us to celebrate Christmas and New Year. On the fateful night, we had a small firework display in the garden at around 10:00 p.m. Fearful of the many young children, I had gathered up the “spent” fireworks and placed them in a cardboard box and stowed them, safely I thought, on top of a fridge/freezer in the garage. At approximately 12:30 a.m. the fire alarms went off in the house and we quickly discovered a fire in the garage. Everyone evacuated safely and the fire department was alerted. Unfortunately before they arrived, the petrol tanks in our 2 cars in the garage exploded and the fire and flames spread like wildfire from the garage to the roof space and across the house in minutes. We stood helplessly in the backyard as the fireman struggled for over 3 hours to extinguish the fire. The roof and the second floor of the house had gone and the rest was damaged by smoke and water. Fellow radiobiologist, Brian Marples, who was at the party with his family, lost his car which was parked next to the garage. The next few weeks were devastating, but 10 months later we moved back into what was essentially a new house. It was 2 years later before I painted the cover picture and probably 10 years before we had a firework party again!

About the artist: George Wilson, PhD, is Chief of Radiation Biology at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan, and Vice-Chair of the Science Council at ASTRO. He was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and graduated from the University of Liverpool. After postdoctoral positions in the University of Birmingham and University of London, he joined the staff of the Gray Laboratory in 1984 working with Nic McNally to realize the potential of flow cytometric measurements of Tpot using bromodeoxyuridine in patients undergoing radiation therapy. His current interests include combining radiation with molecular targeted agents, cancer stem cells, molecular imaging and genomics.


“New constellations for recently extinct species” by David Craft, PhD

Volume 97 Issue 4

About the artwork: I find inspiration in nature and in the variety of life on Earth. The intricate relationships across all species and the physical forms of plant and animal life that are continually evolving, filling niches previously nonexistent, astound the active observer. As a practicing scientist who briefly overlapped with Michael Goitein at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and was always impressed with his “physicist’s eye view” in oncology and his strive towards simplicity and clarity, I am continually looking for robust and clear solutions to challenging problems in oncology. Nature serves to both humble me and to remind me that there are many ways to solve a problem. Nature is also the subject of oncology, and so it is doubly important and relevant to me: to study biology, from cells up to ecosystems, is to understand cancer better. I painted “New Constellations” as an homage to the creatures and plants that we have lost as a result of our carelessness towards the natural world. It is painted in acrylic on a 4 foot by 4 foot canvas. I believe that education, another one of Michael’s passions, is vital for moving the human race to a place where respect for the natural world is a central priority.

About the artist: David Craft is a mathematician in the Radiation Oncology Department at Massachusetts General Hospital, an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School, and an Associate Member at the Broad Institute. He helped bring multi-criteria optimization to treatment planning and is currently working on combining genomics, biology, and mathematics for personalized medicine in oncology. David is an avid nature explorer, musician, and sometimes painter. He is the author of a book on finding edible plants, Urban Foraging, and also recently published a book on mathematics, Some of Infinity: Peaks in the Landscape of Mathematics.


“Prayer Flags, Lumbini, Nepal” by Steven Lau, MD, PhD

Volume 97 Issue 3

About the artwork: Buddhist prayer flags are commonly found across portions of Asia. Various sutras or mantras are written on them, and they are used to bring good fortune to places where they are hung. The flags in this image were found in Lumbini, Nepal, which is thought to be the birthplace of the Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama.

About the artist: Steven Lau is a PGY-4 radiation oncology resident at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. His hobbies include photography, swimming, and running.


“A Lazarus Taxon 2.0” by Robert Hong, MD

Volume 97 Issue 2

About the artwork:This is inspired by a photo by Arnold Odermatt which was exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago. Well known for his pictures of accident scenes, he often returned to the same sites he had photographed to shoot them again once they were free of people.This photo was taken in the early morning hours in the Holland Tunnel, which connects New York City to New Jersey, during a rare traffic-free period.

About the artist: Robert Hong, MD, is Medical Director at Virginia Hospital Center’s Hitt Family Center for Radiation Oncology. A passionate amateur photographer, his photos have been featured on the Flickr Blog and published in the Financial Times and the Washingtonian magazine.


"La Dance d'un Cygne (The Dance of a Swan)" by Meena S Moran, MD

Volume 97 Issue 1

About the Painting: I recently completed this painting after a trip to Vietnam. A colleague who traveled with me had purchased an oil painting during the trip for his breast center. I remember thinking, "This is not what I would envision hanging on the walls of a breast center for my patients. It is too harsh, too edgy". The picture was of a flamenco dancer in flamboyant ruffled red dress. Her hair was jet black, and the perspectives of her body and dress were very sharp, angled and edgy. I used this vision of my colleague's purchase as a counterinspiration, "What I would envision if my own patients were to be looking at a painting of a dancing woman at our breast center? She would have to be beautiful, graceful, elegant, soft. The colors would need to be soothing and calming. Her movements would need to be smooth, natural and flowing, yet powerful and intentional."

About the artist: Meena Moran, MD, lives in Guilford, Connecticut, and is a radiation oncologist at Yale University School of Medicine. After medical school at Cornell University in New York City, she moved to Connecticut to do her residency and is now a professor of therapeutic radiology and the director of the Yale Radiation Breast Program. She has a love for travel and various different art mediums, and often gets inspiration from things in her academic career.


“Juxtaposition of Fall and Winter Colors in Michigan” by Mukesh K Nyati, Ph.D.

Volume 96 Issue 5

About the Image: Ann Arbor is the home to the University of Michigan, named after the wives of the village’s founders and the stands of bur oak trees. The name holds true for the town’s natural green treasure of trees, vines, shrubs, and flowers. After the beautiful summer, the leaves turn vividly colorful before they shed from the trees to prepare for the winter as the colorful landscape turns monochrome. However, playful nature always has surprises and something new to offer to the sight! Last year (2015), in the month of November, a few pear trees in my neighborhood held their beautiful golden leaves to welcome the snowfall, creating this stunning winter landscape with all white snow, magnificent golden fall colors, and sturdy evergreens, to show a juxtaposition of fall and winter colors, which really justify the slogan “Pure Michigan.” EXIF information: Nikon D800 body, 70-200mm AFS, F/2.8 lens @70mm, Aperture 6.3, ISO 100, Speed 1/80.

About the artist: Mukesh K Nyati, Ph.D., is currently working as an associate professor in the department of radiation oncology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. His main area of research lies in the oncoproteins stability and cancer therapy and developing new radio-sensitizers. He has been developing his photography skills for more than 20 years. His interests are not limited to one over another style; he loves to click portraits, flowers, bugs, and birds that he finds around his home in Ann Arbor.


“Moonbow” by Bernie Lewinsky, MD

Volume 96 Issue 4

About the Image: In April, May or June, when the majestic Yosemite Fall is full from the snow-melt, a special event can be seen. At that time of the year, the moon rises and is perpendicular to the fall. At full moon, if the skies are clear, a “moon bow” forms at the base of the fall. This year (11-12 PM, June 20, 2016) was particularly special and dramatic. Photograph taken with a Sony Alpha 7R II, 70-200 mm lens, on a tripod!

About the artist: About Bernie Lewinsky, radiation oncologist/landscape photographer: I have been practicing (and still am) radiation oncology since 1974. Landscape photography has always been my haven and mental health companion. The rigors and challenges we face in radiation oncology (and life!!) are balanced by my love of photography. I have shared my work with my patients and have had a special bond with them since much of my work has been in the Southwest, areas that many patients have visited themselves. They feel a bond and a nostalgic moment in times of need and fear. My most satisfying compliment comes when patients are sorry that their treatments came to an end because while coming to get them, they had a built-in escape to nature and their past. Mission accomplished i.e. The Healing aspects of Nature photography!

You can view more of my work at www.lewinskyphotography.com.


“Sun Crying” by Mack Roach III, MD, FASTRO

Volume 96 Issue 3

The piece of art: This wood block was created by the artist to make Christmas cards (note the residual red paint) in 1982 and represents his first and only attempt to work in this medium. It was only used that year and later framed. It depicts the suffering of the innocent and recognition of this suffering by the Sun. It draws on both Christian and African themes by showing Jesus (with a crown of thorns on the cross) while at the same time humanizing the Sun. Photo Credit: Reginald Rector, MD.

About the artist:Mack Roach III, MD, FASTRO, is a professor of radiation oncology and urology at the University of California, San Francisco. He is best known as an expert in the definitive use of radiation to treat prostate cancer and for his leadership as principle investigator on phase 3 prostate cancer trials RTOG 9413 and 0924. For his work on cancer outcomes in underserved communities, he received the HealthNet Wellness Award in 1994, was awarded the first UCSF Community Service award in 2007, and the Sacramento Community Cancer Coalition Award in 2010. In 2012, he was appointed by President Obama to serve as the only radiation oncologist on the National Cancer Advisory Board where he has been active in the subcommittee on global health and in efforts to improve communications between the NCI and cooperative groups. He sees himself transitioning back into art, as his career in medicine wanes.


Midsummer Sunrise by Katherine Egan Bennett, Managing Editor of the “Red Journal”

Volume 96 Issue 2

About the artist: Katherine Egan Bennett is the Managing Editor of the Red Journal and has the pleasure of working with Dr. Zietman, the editorial board and all the devoted authors. She has dabbled in photography since her youth in Texas and enjoys taking pictures during her travels. Her husband, Bjorn, is the great grandson of Colonel Lundeberg and grew up vacationing at Bommersvik. You can see the entire gallery of Red Journal cover art at http://www.redjournal.org/content/covergallery.

About the image:This image was taken at Bommersvik, a Fo¨rbundskola (Union College), run by the Swedish Social Democratic Youth League (SSU) located about an hour from Stockholm, Sweden, near the town of So¨derta¨lje. The property was sold to the SSU by Colonel Gerdt August Lundeberg, son of former Swedish Prime Minister Christian Lundeberg who is most famous for signing the papers in 1905 to give Norway its full independence from Sweden.


A Self-Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by Anthony Zietman, MD and Editor-in-Chief of the "Red Journal"

Volume 96 Issue 1

About the artist: Anthony Zietman has practiced radiation oncology, first in the UK and then in the United States, for three decades. When he became Editor-in-Chief of the "Red Journal" in 2011, he chose to use the journal cover as a stage to reveal the creativity and humanity of the individual members of the radiation oncology team. Every cover for the last five years has showcased the artistic talent of our colleagues, from painting to sculpture, and from photography to furniture. It is a great source of editorial pride that this feature has remained so popular. You can see the entire gallery of Red Journal cover art at http://www.redjournal.org/content/covergallery. We welcome submissions from you and your radiation oncology treatment team at http://ees.elsevier.com/rob/.

About the art: "A self-portrait of the artist as a young man" in pen, ink, and charcoal. As a medical student it proved a great release from tension to sketch, a diversion that was quick, convenient, and totally absorbing. I always chose black and white over color because the latter was too time consuming, and could easily be interrupted by the sound of the beeper.


The Brachial Plexus: An Abstract View by Nicholas G. Zaorsky, MD

Volume 95 Issue 5

About the artist: Nicholas G. Zaorsky, MD, completed medical school at Temple University School of Medicine, was a research fellow in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Thomas Jefferson University, and is currently a chief resident in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Fox Chase Cancer Center. He first started medical illustration as an undergraduate student; subsequently, the illustrations were woven into research articles, books, grants, and patient educational resources. He is currently using medical illustration to create multimedia aids that help patients understand core concepts of multidisciplinary care in oncology, and some of the work is featured on www.cancerquest.org.

About the image: The roots (C5-8; T1-3) are at the top and are in colors ranging from blue to green. The image as made using pastels on a heavyweight paper with a cold press surface. It was then photographed and imported into Adobe Photoshop, where digital modifications were performed.


Elephant, Amboseli, Kenya by Jennifer Bellon, MD

Volume 95 Issue 4

About the photographer: I am a radiation oncologist at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. My practice focuses on breast cancer.

About the photograph: This photograph of a lone bull elephant was taken in Amboseli National Park, Kenya. This was taken with a Nikon D810, f7.1, 1/1250.


“Falling for Fall” by Pauline Truong, MD

Volume 95 Issue 3

About the art: “Falling for Fall” is an original acrylic painting on canvas, depicting the glorious colors of the Canadian maple in autumn.

About the artist: Pauline Truong is a radiation oncologist at the British Columbia Cancer Agency, Clinical Professor at the University of British Columbia, and Associate Editor of the Red Journal’s Breast Section. She loves to paint in her spare time. Pauline’s fascination with trees and the vibrant colors and light of the west coast happily find their way into her artwork. The publication of her birch piece on the journal’s April 2013 cover gave her the courage to “branch out” artistically. Since then, her work has been juried into exhibits in Canada and the United States. Some, shockingly, have been sold to total strangers.


“Radioactivity” by Taylor Dunbar

Volume 95 Issue 2

About the image: This piece was completed forever ago, and remained nameless for just as long. It started as a simple drawing exercise on a folded scrap piece of paper, but turned into something else: the "green lady." The portrait of the Comtesse d’Haussonville by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres served as the model for a master copy drawing assignment. Yet a purposeful decision was made to gift the subject with unnaturally colored features. Her skin was turned green, hair purple, and her dress glowed in gold.

The artwork was created in the spirit of the power of transformation, mutation, and changing nature and history alike. Yet it was not until my time working in radiation oncology that this piece was finally united with a fitting title. Owing to its inherent transformative properties, radiation has historically and culturally incited fear, fascination, and a blurring between the lines of science and science fiction. The potential to alter bodies, fight cancer, transform political and social climates, and engender superhero fantasies, among other things, ushered in a new age of industrial, scientific, and medical discovery. Radioactivity plays on the dichotomy of the dangers and utilities of a force that can both damage bodies, and save lives. It is an image that pays homage to the unique history, heroes, and advancements of the field of Radiation.

About the artist:Taylor Dunbar, a New Jersey native, moved to San Francisco 3 years ago with a passion for creation, innovation, and a commitment to curiosity in tow. Motivated by wanderings through redwood forests, chasing pink cloud sunsets along ocean highways, and climbing the city’s concrete mountains, Taylor finds inspiration in the intersection of science, nature, and culture. In her art, she explores themes related to the complex relationships between humans and the natural world. Taylor works as a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of California, San Francisco.


“A Walk in the Park” by John Eley

Volume 95 Issue 1

About the image: The primary medium is acrylic on canvas. The painting was then digitally photographed for editing and adding false colors with MATLAB computer codes. The figures were inspired by subjects that the photographer captured during his travels in Germany.

About the artist: John Eley was born and grew up in Jackson, Mississippi, with his parents and two sisters. He studied physics at the College of Charleston in South Carolina, where he met his wife Dargan. He completed graduate programs in medical physics at Louisiana State University and the University of Texas GSBS and also studied at the GSI Helmholtz Center for Heavy Ion Research in Darmstadt. Dr. Eley currently works at the University of Maryland School of Medicine where his research focuses on the design of new treatment strategies using particle beams.


“Time-Is-the-Secret Garden” by Hyun Kim, MD

Volume 94 Issue 5

About the image: This photograph was taken in Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. While attempting to tour the impeccably maintained garden with our young children, we stumbled upon this forgotten corner. It was a serene reminder in this age of seeking the new and disposable that there is a unique sentiment found in the beauty that comes with time. This picture was taken with a Canon EOS 40D, 28-135 mm lens.

About the artist: Hyun Kim is a radiation oncology resident at Thomas Jefferson University. His interests include innovation, photography,tennis, and spending time with his wife and four daughters.


“Ke’anae Shoreline in Maui” by Christine Chang-Halpenny

Volume 94 Issue 4

About the Artwork: This photo was taken at the Ke’anae shoreline on the northeast coast of the Hawaiian island of Maui. Ke’anae was historically a taro farm and stands along the famed “road to Hana” drive. The shoreline is tumultuous, with constantly crashing waves. The rocks are formed from black lava that originated from the Haleakala (or “house of the sun”) volcano of East Maui.

About the Artist: Christine Chang-Halpenny is a resident physician at Southern California Kaiser Permanente. She grew up in Miami, Florida, and attended undergraduate and medical school at Stanford University. She enjoys traveling, sci-fi, and spending time with family and friends.


"Evolutionary Divergence" by Young-Woo Cho

Volume 94 Issue 3

About the Artwork: This piece is a reminder of my introduction to the field of biology; never having been taught formally, I researched concepts of biological evolution on my own and thought it would be interesting to design creatures with fantastical biology to express the theory. Visible are the skeletons of the creatures that have diverged from a single species of my imagination through natural selection, entangled in the veins and arteries of a circulatory system. Looking back, the portrayed organisms do not make the most practical biological sense; nonetheless, it marked the beginning of my serious interest in the subject.

About the Artist: I am an undergraduate student studying biochemistry, art, and art history at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. This last summer, I was formally introduced to radiation oncology when I worked as a researcher in the laboratory of Republic of Korea's National Cancer Center. I have had an interest in drawing and the sciences since childhood and have looked for ways to express scientific knowledge through my artwork. My technique involves using fine pens and markers to create detailed figures on paper. I plan to continue creating artwork based on what I learn from the sciences.


“The Ghostly Glow of Uranium Glass” by Ronald C. McGarry, MD, PhD

Volume 94 Issue 2

About the Image: Pictured is a uranium colored flint glass vase circa 1870, maker uncertain, probably British, photographed under near UV light. Uranium glass (aka Vaseline or Canary glass) is colored with up to 3% uranium salt per weight. This glass is a distinct yellow in white light, but fluoresces brightly under near UV. The discovery of uranium oxide (probably as the yellow colored U3O8) was announced by the German chemist Martin Heinrich Klaproth to the Royal Prussian Academy of Science in 1789. Elemental uranium was not purified until 1841. The main source of the crude ore (pitchblend) was the silver mines in the Ore Mountains, on the German/Czech border which were actively worked beginning in the 1500s. These mines were the source of the pitchblend used in Marie Curie’s famous discovery of radium. Debatably, uranium glass was created by the Romans as early as 79 AD, but it was first well documented when presented to Princess (later Queen) Victoria in 1825. It was attractive as a novelty to the Victorians because it tended to fluoresce at twilight and under gaslight, losing favor when electric light became common. Different colors of uranium glass exist depending upon the chemical compound used ranging from yellow to topaz.

About the Artist: Ronald C. McGarry is a professor in the Department of Radiation Medicine at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. A native of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, he graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a PhD in immunology, later completing his MD at the University of Calgary in Alberta. Outside interests include trapshooting, photography, and history.


"Trout Fishing" by Michael Farris, M.D.

Volume 94 Issue 1

About the Image: This photograph was taken while trout fishing at Wilson Creek in North Carolina. On close view, you can even see the fishing line floating in the corner of the frame. On this particular day, the light was shining through the pines just right, a cool breeze was blowing, and the fish were biting on nearly every cast. There are few things more peaceful than fishing in the North Carolina mountains.

About the Photographer: Michael Farris, MD, is currently a resident in radiation oncology at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salam, NC. He grew up in Morganton, NC, was homeschooled by his mother and lived on a farm raising chickens, ducks, and hogs. Before medical school, he worked in several saw mills peeling the bark from poplar trees to make house siding. He was mentored as a medical student by a local radiation oncologist Greg Jones, MD, and decided to follow in his footsteps. Outside of clinic, his interests include drawing, painting digital illustration, video editing, building computers, trout fishing, and juggling.


“Bamboo” by Glenn Bauman, MD

Volume 93 Issue 5

About the Image: “Bamboo” was taken during a trip to Sri Lanka and the Maldives in July 2015. The Peradeniya Botanical Garden is located outside the city of Kandy and had its origins as a botanical garden as early as the 1300s. The garden as it currently exists was established in 1810 and currently spans more than 147 acres. Highlights of the collection of more than 4000 plant species included stands of Burmese giant bamboo, capable of growing to 130 feet with a 10-inch diameter stem. The striations and clustering of the bamboo creates a striking pattern, reminiscent of striated muscle bundles. The image was taken with a Panasonic Lumix camera with postprocessing in Adobe Lightroom.

About the Photographer: I completed my specialty training in radiation oncology at Western University, London, Ontario, Canada. I developed an interest in photography during my Fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco, and it has been a great fit with the trips that are an important focus for our family. As a photographer, I find myself drawn to patterns and repetition in nature that echo the biomedical images and structures we deal with in our specialty.


The Polar Vortex Park by George Rodrigues, MD, PhD, FRCPC

Volume 93 Issue 4

About the Image: This photograph was taken at Coal Oil Point, Little Eagle Harbour, near Tobermory, Ontario. This location is near the Bruce Peninsula National Park, which is one of the largest protected forested areas in Southern Ontario. The picture was taken at midafternoon during winter with an iPhone 6 Plus.

About the Photographer: George Rodrigues is a radiation oncologist and clinician scientist at the London Health Sciences Centre in London, Ontario, Canada. He focuses on lung and genitourinary cancers as well as brain metastases.


Dawn Patrol at Tourmaline Surf Park by Kevin L. Moore, PhD

Volume 93 Issue 3

About the Artwork: In addition to its aesthetic value, all of the surfers in the photo are clinical faculty in the UC San Diego Department of Radiation Medicine and are active researchers that have published work in the Red Journal. A weekly tradition, this pre-dawn meeting was captured on a Thursday just before sunrise in Pacific Beach (San Diego), after which time we all surfed together and then went into the clinic to fulfill our respective duties.

About the Artist: I am a medical physicist at UC San Diego and an amateur photographer. I bought my first DSLR while still a resident at Washington University in St. Louis in 2009 and was immediately hooked, particularly with long-exposure night photography. Since moving to San Diego in 2012, I have added surfing to my list of hobbies, providing this nice opportunity to combine my two outside-of-work passions.


"The Magic of the Horse" by Brandi R. Page, MD

Volume 93 Issue 2

About the Image: The sculpture starts out as inanimate, dormant wire, composed of several different colorful alloys and compiled in a continuous, uninterrupted fashion. Over time, the wire takes on a semblance of personality, movement, and emotion, created in a space filled with music, most notably from Beethoven or Bach. Much like Michelangelo once said, "I saw the angel in the marble, and I carved to set him free," the sculpture emerges by itself and it is the artist’s job to allow it to come alive. In a collaborative effort, the photograph is courtesy of photographer and fellow radiation oncologist Kathryn Greven, MD, FASTRO.

About the artist: Brandi R. Page, MD, is completing a Translational Radiation Oncology fellowship at Wake Forest University and will be joining the faculty at Johns Hopkins University. She is fascinated with her favorite subject, the horse, which conveys the emotional qualities of freedom, happiness, and strength. Her artwork has been on display with the Wake Forest University Arts and Health Program in the Medical College, Executive Suite, and Family Medicine Galleries for students, staff, and patients to enjoy.


"It's a Miniature World" by Patricia Eifel, MD, FASTRO

Volume 93 Issue 1

About the Image: My adult introduction to the world of miniatures and miniaturists began with the building of a dollhouse for our oldest granddaughter, but I think my love of things small began during childhood trips to the amazing miniature Thorne rooms at the Art Institute of Chicago. Today I am particularly fascinated by the techniques used in fine miniature furniture making. The photo on this month’s cover was taken in the parlor of my latest construction. The centerpiece is a 1:12 scale reproduction of a Louis XVI commode that I made during a workshop given by renowned English miniaturist, Geoff Wonnacott. There is something enormously satisfying about starting with a piece of marble, scraps of veneer, and a little pile of stripwood and (15 or 20 hours later) finishing with a piece that, when photographed, can almost be confused with the real thing. Other items in the photograph include a silver tea caddy by the late Obadiah Fisher, a silver frame by Enrique Quintinar, and a miniature reproduction of "Young Girl Reading (after Fragonard)" painted by Judith Weffler Nef.

About the artist: Patricia Eifel is Professor of Radiation Oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center where she has practiced for more than 25 years. She has published and lectured widely in her specialty area of gynecologic malignancy. She is also a past ASTRO president, ASTRO and ACR fellow, and senior editor of Practical Radiation Oncology. In addition to being a miniature enthusiast, she is an avid photographer and amateur pianist.