Photo of Dr. Valicenti © 2009 UC RegentsRichard K. Valicenti has joined UC Davis Health System as professor and chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology, where he will lead the department’s clinical, research, education and administrative operations.

A renowned expert in radiation treatments for prostate cancer and other tumors, Valicenti has advanced the use of short-distance radioactive treatments (brachytherapy), image-guided radiation therapy, and combined radiation treatments to improve the care of patients with cancer.

He comes to UC Davis from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, where he joined the faculty in 1995 and quickly rose through the ranks to become a professor and clinical director of the program.  During his tenure there, he expanded clinical care and research with funding from the Department of Defense, Radiological Society of North America and National Cancer Institute.  He also developed and chaired clinical trials that offered new prostate-cancer treatments, including a phase II clinical trial to assess the effectiveness of multimodality therapies, which he will continue at UC Davis.

“I look forward to expanding the technology and services offered to radiation oncology patients at UC Davis,” said Valicenti.  “I’m deeply committed to delivering the highest level of clinical care and providing the most effective weapons possible to the fight against cancer.  I’m thrilled to be leading a radiation oncology team that shares these same commitments.”

At UC Davis, Valicenti will focus on translational and clinical research to advance understanding and treatment for many types of cancers. A devoted educator, he also will expand mentorship and training opportunities for medical students, residents and junior faculty.

“Our radiation oncology department has a great new facility in the cancer center with new equipment, and under Dr. Valicenti’s leadership, we look forward to growing our research and patient care programs and expanding our interactions with the communities we serve,” said Cancer Center Director Ralph deVere White.

Valicenti earned his bachelor’s degree in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, medical degree from Drexel University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, and a master’s degree in physics from Columbia University Graduate School in New York.  He completed his residency training in radiation oncology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, where he was an American Cancer Society Clinical Oncology Fellow.  As professor and chair of the radiation oncology department, Valicenti will receive an annual base salary of $148,800 per year.  Additional details regarding his compensation are available upon request.

The Department of Radiation Oncology is located within the National Cancer Institute-designated UC Davis Cancer Center, which cares for 9,000 adults and children each year from throughout the Central Valley and inland Northern California.  The Department of Radiation Oncology has a state-of-the-art facility and technologies, and offers high-quality patient care, provides progressive educational programs, and conducts basic and clinical research on innovative therapies.  For more information, visit