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Lia Halasz, MD

Associate Professor


Dr. Halasz is a radiation oncologist with expertise in brain and spinal tumors using the following modalities: stereotactic beam, photon beam, and proton beam radiation therapy. She treats adult and pediatric patients at UW Medical Center, Harborview, and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center – Proton Therapy. She serves as the Co-Director of the Alvord Brain Tumor Center and is the Residency Program Director for the Radiation Oncology Department at all our sites of practice.

Patient Care Philosophy

“My aim is to provide my patients with the highest quality care, including the best available treatments and unending compassion. It is a privilege to work with patients and their families during some of the most difficult times of their lives. I hope that I can help them in any way possible.”

Education and Training

College: Harvard College, Boston, MA, 2000

Medical Education: Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, 2006

Internship: Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA, 2007

Residency: Harvard Radiation Oncology Program, Boston, MA, 2011

Selected Publications from a Total of 40

Williams VM, Mansoori B, Young L, Mayr NA, Halasz LM, Dyer BA. Simulation-based learning for enhanced gynecologic brachytherapy training among radiation oncology residents. Brachytherapy. 2020 Nov 3:S1538-4721(20)30200-2.

Saeed AM, Khairnar R, Sharma AM, Larson GL, Tsai HK, Wang CJ, Halasz LM, Chinnaiyan P, Vargas CE, Mishra MD. Clinical Outcomes in Patients with Recurrent Glioblastoma Treated with Proton Beam Therapy Reirradiation: Analysis of the Multi-Institutional Proton Collaborative Group Registry. Adv Rad Onc. Sept-Oct 2020, 978-983.

Michael T Milano, Veronica L S Chiang, Scott G Soltys, Tony J C Wang, Simon S Lo, Alexandria Brackett, Seema Nagpal, Samuel Chao, Amit Kumar Garg, Siavash Jabbari, Lia M Halasz, Melanie Hayden Gephart, Jonathan P S Knisely, Arjun Sahgal, Eric L Chang, Executive Summary from American Radium Society’s Appropriate Use Criteria on Neurocognition after stereotactic radiosurgery for multiple brain metastases. Neuro-Oncology, noaa192, in press.

Rusthoven CG, Yamamoto M, Bernhardt D, Smith DE, Gao D, Serizawa T, Yomo S, Aiyama H, Higuchi Y, Shuto T, Akabane A, Sato Y, Niranjan A, Faramand AM, Lunsford LD, McInerney J, Tuanquin LC, Zacharia BE, Chiang V, Singh C, Yu JB, Braunstein S, Mathieu D, Touchette CJ, Lee CC, Yang HC, Aizer AA, Cagney DN, Chan MD, Kondziolka D, Bernstein K, Silverman JS, Grills IS, Siddiqui ZA, Yuan JC, Sheehan JP, Cordeiro D, Nosaki K, Seto T, Deibert CP, Verma V, Day S, Halasz LM, Warnick RE, Trifiletti DM, Palmer JD, Attia A, Li B, Cifarelli CP, Brown PD, Vargo JA, Combs S, Kessel KA, Rieken S, Patel S, Guckenberger M, Andratschke N, Kavanagh BD, Robin TP. Evaluation of First-line Radiosurgery vs Whole-Brain Radiotherapy for Small Cell Lung Cancer Brain Metastases: The FIRE-SCLC Cohort Study.  JAMA Oncol. 2020 Jun 4;6(7):1028-37.

Dinh TT, Ford E, Halasz LM, Lee CI. National Quality Improvement Participation Among US Radiation Oncology Facilities: Compliance with Guideline-Concordant Palliative Radiation Therapy for Bone Metastases. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2020 May 11. Online ahead of print.

Dinh TT, Halasz LM, Ford E, Rengan R. Radiation Therapy in King County, Washington During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Balancing Patient Care, Transmission Mitigation, and Resident Training. Adv Radiat Oncol. 2020 Mar 27. Online ahead of print

Tseng YD, Mezheritsky I, Halasz LM, Lo SS, Loggers ET. “Curative Intent Radiotherapy Delivered Within the Last Year of Life.” Am J Clin Oncol. 2019 Dec 4. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 31809330. [original work]

Chan MD, Soltys SG, Halasz LM, Laack NN, Minniti G, Kirkpatrick JP. Management of Unruptured AVMs: The Pendulum Swings. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2019 Nov 15;105(4):687-689. PMID: 31655651. [invited review]

Halasz LM, Patel SA, McDougall JA, Fedorenko C, Sun Q, Goulart BHL, and Roth JA. Intensity modulated radiation therapy following lumpectomy in early-stae breast cancer: Patterns of use and cost consequences among Medicare beneficiaries. PLOS One. 2019 Sep 30;14(9):e0222904. PMID: 31568536 [original work]

Lee HJ, Stacey A, Klesert TR, Wells C, Skalet A, Bloch C, Fung A, Bowen SR, Wong TP, Shibata D, Halasz LM, Rengan R. Corneal Substructure Dosimetry Predicts Corneal Toxicity in Patients with Uveal Melanoma Treated with Proton Beam Therapy. Int J Radiat Onc Biol. Accepted for publication. 2019 Jun 1;104(2):374-382. PMID: 30763658. [original work]

Soltys SG, Laack NN, Halasz LM, Minniti G, Chan MD, Kirkpatrick JP. Treatment of WHO Grade 2 and 3 Gliomas With Potentially Favorable Survival: Is Monotherapy Obsolete?  Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2019 Mar 1; 103(3):533-536. [invited review]

Ene CI, Macomber MW, Barber JK, Ferreira MJ, Ellenbogen RG, Holland EC, Rockhill JK, Silbergeld DL, Halasz LM. Patterns of Failure After Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Recurrent High-Grade Glioma: A Single Institution Experience of 10 Years. Neurosurgery. 2018 Dec 20. doi: 10.1093/neuros/nyy520. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 30576476. [original work]

Tseng YD, Hartsell W, Tsai H, Badiyan S, Wang CJ, Rossi C, Kotecha R, Vora S, Vargas C, Larson G, Halasz LM. Proton therapy patterns of care among pediatric and adult patients with CNS tumors. Neuro Oncol. 2018 Oct 9;20(11):1556-1557. PMID: 30085163. [original work]

Halasz LM, Mitin T. Tumor-Treating Fields: Answering the Concern About Quality of Life.  JAMA Oncol. 2018 Apr 1;4(4):504-505. PMID: 29392273. [invited review]

Halasz L, Phillips M. Radiation Oncology Needs to Adopt a Comprehensive Standard for Data Transfer: The Case for HL7 FHIR. International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics. 2017 Dec 1;99(5):1073-1075. [editorial]

Halasz LM, Uno H, Hughes M, D’Amico T, Dexter EU, Edge SB, Hayman JA, Niland JC, Otterson GA, Pisters KM, Theriault R, Weeks JC, Punglia RS. Comparative effectiveness of stereotactic radiosurgery versus whole brain radiation therapy for patients with brain metastases from breast or non-small cell lung cancer. Cancer. 2016 Jul 1;122(13):2091-100. PMID: 27088755. [original work]

Halasz LM, Weeks JC, Neville BA, Taback N, Punglia RS. Use of stereotactic radiosurgery for brain metastases from non-small cell lung cancer in the United States. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2012 Oct 9. PMID: 23058058. [original work]

Halasz LM, Bussiere MR, Dennis ER, Niemierko A, Chapman PH, Loeffler JS, Shih HA. Proton stereotactic radiosurgery for the treatment of benign meningiomas.  Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2010 Oct 7. PMID: 20934263. [original work]

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Research Interests

  • Outcomes research and health services
  • Central nervous system tumors

Educational Involvement

  • Residency Prorgam Director
  • GME Medical Education Committee
  • UW Medical Physics Residency Steering Committee

Professional Involvement

  • Co-Director, Alvord Brain Tumor Center, UW Medicine
  • ASTRO, Chair for the Health Services Track in the Scientific Committee
  • ASTRO, CNS Resource Panel
  • ASTRO, Vice Chair for Guidelines Committee on Lower Grade Gliomas
  • ACR-ARS, Member, Appropriate Use Criteria Brain Committee
  • AANS, Member, Low grade glioma guidelines committee
  • Past associate senior editor, International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics