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Jason Rockhill, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Locations of Practice

SCCA Proton Therapy

1570 N 115th Street
Seattle, WA 98133

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Dr. Rockhill is a radiation oncologist who specializes in treating patients with cancers of the brain and nervous system. He is the program and disease site lead for central nervous system and brain tumors at the University of Washington Department of Radiation Oncology, co-director at the Harborview – Gamma-Knife Center, and co-director at UWMC Neuro Oncology Clinic.  Dr. Rockhill practices at UWMC and Harborview.

Patient Care Philosophy

“Being diagnosed with a brain tumor strikes at the very core of an individual. My role is to be part of a multidisciplinary team that provides the best possible support, education & treatment of the individual so they do not have to journey alone.”

Education and Training

College: Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, CA, 1989

Medical Education: University of Illinois College of Medicine Urbana/Champaign, Champaign, IL, 1998

Pre/Post-Doctoral: University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign, Champaign, IL, 2000

Internship: University of Illinois College of Medicine Urbana/Champaign, Internal Medicine,  Champaign, IL, 2000

Residency: University of Washington Cancer Center, Radiation Oncology, Seattle, WA, 2004

Published Works

Fink JR, Carr RB, Matsusue E, Iyer RS, Rockhill JK, Haynor DR, Maravilla KR “Comparison of 3 Tesla proton MR spectroscopy, MR perfusion and MR diffusion for distinguishing glioma recurrence from posttreatment effects.” Journal of magnetic resonance imaging : JMRI 2012 Jan; 35; 1; 56-63

Matsusue E, Fink JR, Rockhill JK, Ogawa T, Maravilla KR “Distinction between glioma progression and post-radiation change by combined physiologic MR imaging.” Neuroradiology 2010 Apr; 52; 4; 297-306

Rockne R, Rockhill JK, Mrugala M, Spence AM, Kalet I, Hendrickson K, Lai A, Cloughesy T, Swanson KR “Predicting the efficacy of radiotherapy in individual glioblastoma patients in vivo: a mathematical modeling approach.” Physics in medicine and biology 2010 Jun; 55; 12; 3271-85

Sales L, Rockhill JK “Cancer pain emergencies: is there a role for radiation therapy?” Current pain and headache reports 2010 Dec; 14; 6; 483-8

Wang CH, Rockhill JK, Mrugala M, Peacock DL, Lai A, Jusenius K, Wardlaw JM, Cloughesy T, Spence AM, Rockne R, Swanson KR “Prognostic significance of growth kinetics in newly diagnosed glioblastomas revealed by combining serial imaging with a novel biomathematical model.” Cancer research 2009 Dec; 69; 23; 9133-40

Rockne R, Rockhill JK, Swanson KR “A mathematical model for brain tumor response to radiation therapy.” Journal of mathematical biology 2009 Apr; 58; 4-5; 561-78

Li H, Liu N, Rajendran GK, Gernon TJ, Rockhill JK, Schwartz JL, Gu Y “A role for endogenous and radiation-induced DNA double-strand breaks in p53-dependent apoptosis during cortical neurogenesis.” Radiation research 2008 May; 169; 5; 513-22

Spence AM, Muzi M, Swanson KR, O’Sullivan F, Rockhill JK, Rajendran JG, Adamsen TC, Link JM, Swanson PE, Yagle KJ, Rostomily RC, Silbergeld DL, Krohn KA “Regional hypoxia in glioblastoma multiforme quantified with [18F]fluoromisonidazole positron emission tomography before radiotherapy: correlation with time to progression and survival.” Clinical cancer research : an official journal of the American Association for Cancer Research 2008 May; 14; 9; 2623-30

Rockhill JK “Advances in radiation therapy for oncologic pain.” Current pain and headache reports 2007 Aug; 11; 4; 270-5

Douglas JG, Rockhill JK, Olson JM, Ellenbogen RG, Geyer JR “Cisplatin-based chemotherapy followed by focal, reduced-dose irradiation for pediatric primary central nervous system germinomas.” Journal of pediatric hematology/oncology 2006 Jan; 28; 1; 36-9

Board Certification

American Board of Radiology, Radiation Oncology, 2007