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St. Bernards Welcomes Radiation Oncologist Dr. Karen Xu

Oct 01, 2021

Radiation oncologist Karen Xu, M.D. has joined the medical team at St. Bernards Cancer Center after completing a five-year residency at Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University in Atlanta. At St. Bernards, Dr. Xu [pronounced SHOO] joins a group of board-certified radiation oncologists that lead a multidisciplinary team in diagnosing, planning and delivering radiation treatments and support services to patients with a variety of cancers. 

As background, Dr. Xu earned her doctorate of medicine from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine after graduating from the University of Rochester in New York. Her clinical training at Emory University includes the latest therapies and standard of care practices in radiation oncology, including 3D-CRT (Conformal Radiation Therapy), IMRT (Intensity-Modulated radiation therapy), RapidArc, 4D-CT (Computed Tomography), IGRT (Image-Guided Radiation Therapy), SBRT (Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy), SRS (Stereotactic Radiosurgery), LDR/HDR Brachytherapy (Low-Dose Rate/High-Dose Rate), Gamma Knife and Proton therapy.

Dr. Xu described radiation oncology as one of the fastest-progressing fields in medicine.

“In the past decade, radiation oncology has moved forward at lightning speed,” Dr. Xu said. “It’s our job as physicians to harness the available technologies because I never want a patient thinking a cancer diagnosis is beyond treatment.”

St. Bernards Medical Center Administrator Michael Givens said Dr. Xu’s arrival bolsters the region’s top cancer care.

“From oncology to clinical trials, care navigators, cancer screenings and survivor support, St. Bernards has a proven track record of caring for patients with all types of cancers beyond the cancers themselves,” Givens said. “We’re incredibly grateful Dr. Xu has chosen to practice here, and we look forward to her connecting with the patients we serve.”

Dr. Xu has participated in numerous research, publication and teaching opportunities, and she holds memberships with the American Brachytherapy Society and the American Society for Radiation Oncology. In her spare time, Dr. Xu enjoys spending time with family and friends, exercising, cooking and outdoor activities such as hiking and fishing.

For more information, please call the St. Bernards Healthline at 870.207.7300.