Medical Residency Program

Dr. David R. Penberthy

Dr. David R. Penberthy, Residency Program Director

On behalf of the residents, faculty and staff in the Department of Radiation Oncology at UVA, thank you for your interest in UVA’s Radiation Oncology medical residency program.

Cancer care is delivered in a collegial, multidisciplinary environment at UVA, and radiation oncology is no exception. Residents enjoy a close relationship with faculty and trainees in other specialties that enriches their education immensely. Our nurses, physics, therapists, dosimetrists and other ancillary staff are comprised of a collection of committed professionals who provide an exceptional environment for learning.

Our program is relatively intimate, with a total complement of six residents. This allows us to provide resident educational opportunities based on individual needs. We strive to offer the best residency program of this size in the nation through a strong faculty commitment to residency training and an expectation for residents motivated to pursue excellence. The program provides a rich and supportive learning environment that fosters development of clinical skills and knowledge, but also scholarship and professionalism.

Residents are exposed to a broad mix of clinical experiences during their residency training and have the opportunity to pursue a wide range of research and scholarly activities as well as supplemental rotations in areas of special interest. UVA leads nationally in various areas including radiosurgery, brachytherapy, hypofractionation and palliative care, and our graduates leave especially adept in these domains. Our graduates pursue careers evenly split between academic and private practice, and we work hard to support each individual resident’s career development using a personalized approach that suits their goals.

In summary, we believe that UVA provides a superior clinical and academic environment for radiation oncology residency training. Our training program provides a fantastic atmosphere of learning where residents can gain their own identity as a clinician, allowing them to develop into compassionate radiation oncologists capable of providing modern, cutting-edge cancer care and making meaningful contributions to cancer research.

There are many ways for you to participate in some of our activities remotely. We’d love for you to join us for our Radiation Oncology Open Houses. Please see Ways to Participate for more information or follow us on Instagram!


David R. Penberthy, MD, MBA