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Rachel Catherine Blitzblau

Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology
Office: Morris Bldg White Zone Subbase, Box 3085, Durham, NC 27710
Campus Mail: DUMC Duke University/Radiation Onco, Box 3085, Durham, NC 27710

Education and Training

  • Chief Resident, Radiation Oncology, Yale University, 2009 - 2010
  • Resident, Radiation Oncology, Yale University, 2006 - 2010
  • Intern (PGY1), Radiation Oncology, Harvard University , 2005 - 2006
  • MD./PhD., Tufts University, 2005

Publications

Yoo, Sua, Yang Sheng, Rachel Blitzblau, Susan McDuff, Colin Champ, Jay Morrison, Leigh O’Neill, Suzanne Catalano, Fang-Fang Yin, and Q Jackie Wu. “Clinical Experience With Machine Learning-Based Automated Treatment Planning for Whole Breast Radiation Therapy.” Adv Radiat Oncol 6, no. 2 (March 2021): 100656. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.adro.2021.100656.

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Ho, Alice Y., Jean L. Wright, Rachel C. Blitzblau, Robert W. Mutter, Dan G. Duda, Larry Norton, Aditya Bardia, et al. “Optimizing Radiation Therapy to Boost Systemic Immune Responses in Breast Cancer: A Critical Review for Breast Radiation Oncologists.” Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 108, no. 1 (September 1, 2020): 227–41. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijrobp.2020.05.011.

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Ong, Cecilia T., Yi Ren, Samantha M. Thomas, Ilona Stashko, Terry Hyslop, Gretchen Kimmick, Rachel C. Blitzblau, E Shelley Hwang, Lars J. Grimm, and Rachel A. Greenup. “Overall health at diagnosis predicts the risk of complications within the first year after breast cancer diagnosis.” In Breast Cancer Res Treat, 182:439–49, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10549-020-05700-8.

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Shammas, Ronnie L., Yi Ren, Samantha M. Thomas, Scott T. Hollenbeck, Rachel A. Greenup, and Rachel C. Blitzblau. “Immediate Breast Reconstruction Allows for the Timely Initiation of Postmastectomy Radiation Therapy.” Plast Reconstr Surg 144, no. 3 (September 2019): 347e-357e. https://doi.org/10.1097/PRS.0000000000005899.

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Yoo, S., Y. Sheng, R. C. Blitzblau, G. Suneja, L. O’Neill, J. Morrison, S. Catalano, F. F. Yin, and Q. J. J. Wu. “Implementation of Machine Learning-Based Treatment Planning Tool for Whole Breast Radiotherapy Using Irregular Surface Compensator Technique.” In International Journal of Radiation Oncology*Biology*Physics, 105:S94–S94. Elsevier BV, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijrobp.2019.06.572.

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Erratum to: Blitzblau RC, Horton JK. First, Do No Harm. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 2019;103:295-296.” International Journal of Radiation Oncology*Biology*Physics 104, no. 3 (July 2019): 701–701. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijrobp.2019.03.033.

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Lane, Whitney O., Samantha M. Thomas, Rachel C. Blitzblau, Jennifer K. Plichta, Laura H. Rosenberger, Oluwadamilola M. Fayanju, Terry Hyslop, E Shelley Hwang, and Rachel A. Greenup. “Surgical Resection of the Primary Tumor in Women With De Novo Stage IV Breast Cancer: Contemporary Practice Patterns and Survival Analysis.” Ann Surg 269, no. 3 (March 2019): 537–44. https://doi.org/10.1097/SLA.0000000000002621.

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Blitzblau, Rachel C., and Janet K. Horton. “First, Do No Harm.” Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 103, no. 2 (February 1, 2019): 295–96. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijrobp.2018.04.029.

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Sheng, Yang, Taoran Li, Sua Yoo, Fang-Fang Yin, Rachel Blitzblau, Janet K. Horton, Yaorong Ge, and Q Jackie Wu. “Automatic Planning of Whole Breast Radiation Therapy Using Machine Learning Models.” Front Oncol 9 (2019): 750. https://doi.org/10.3389/fonc.2019.00750.

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Wang, Wentao, Yang Sheng, Sua Yoo, Rachel C. Blitzblau, Fang-Fang Yin, and Q Jackie Wu. “Goal-Driven Beam Setting Optimization for Whole-Breast Radiation Therapy.” Technol Cancer Res Treat 18 (January 1, 2019): 1533033819858661. https://doi.org/10.1177/1533033819858661.

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