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Bryan J. Ager, MD

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Specialty

Radiation Oncology

Tumor Treating Fields (Optune)

Location:

NORTH SPOKANE

Dr. Ager was raised in Spokane and has deep roots in the community. Having experienced the painful loss of his father to cancer in 2013, Dr. Ager has a personal connection with his patients and is passionate about cancer care.

Dr. Ager graduated magna cum laude from Western Washington University with a degree in Biochemistry. He subsequently received his MD from the University of Texas Medical Branch where he graduated top of his class. Dr. Ager later completed specialty training in Radiation Oncology at the University of Utah Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah. Over the course of his training and career, he has given multiple presentations and published peer-reviewed articles across a variety of cancer types.

Dr. Ager is experienced in an array of advanced radiation techniques including, but not limited to, stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), low-dose rate (LDR) and high-dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy, and image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT). 

Dr. Ager and his wife are elated to be back in the Inland Northwest to raise their young children. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, watching Gonzaga basketball, and participating in the multitude of outdoor activities available in the region. 

Education

Medical School:

  • University of Texas Medical Branch; Galveston, Texas

 

Internship:

  • Spokane Teaching Health Center; Spokane, WA

 

Residency:

  • University of Utah Huntsman Cancer Institute (Radiation Oncology); Salt Lake City, UT
 
Certification
  • American Board of Radiology: Radiation Oncology 

 

Honors / Leadership
  • RSNA Roentgen Resident Research Award (2019)

  • Chief Radiation Oncology Resident, University of Utah Huntsman Cancer Institute (2018-2019)

  • Gold-Headed Cane Award finalist (2015)

  • Graduated #1 in his medical class at University of Texas, receiving the William N and Ida Zinn Alpha Omega Alpha Award (2015)

  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society (2015)

  • Edward Randall Medal for Academic Excellence (2015))

  • Dr. Berry Rothschild Award for Compassion in Medicine (2014-2015)

 
Memberships
  • American College of Radiation Oncology

  • American Society of Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)

  • Radiological Society of North America

 
Textbook Chapters

Ager BJ, Anker CJ. Radiation Oncology: A Question-Based Review, 3rd Edition. Chapter 47. Gastric Cancer. Published September 14, 2018.

 
Peer-Reviewed Articles

Wells S, Boothe D, Ager BJ, Tao R, Gilcrease G, Lloyd S. Analysis of Non-Surgical Treatment Options for Metastatic Rectal Cancer. Clin Colorectal Cancer. 2020, Jun:19(2):91-99.

Ager BJ, Torgeson A, Francis SR, Burt LM, Gaffney DK, Cannon DM. Impact of brachytherapy boost and dose-escalated external beam radiotherapy in margin positive cervical cancer treated with chemotherapy and radiation. Am. J. Clin. Oncol. 2020, Jan;43(1):35-42.

McComas KN, Torgeson AM, Ager BJ, Hellekson C, Burt LM, Maurer KA, Werner TL, Gaffney DK. The Variable Impact of Positive Lymph Nodes in Cervical Cancer: Implications of the New FIGO Staging System. Gynecol Oncol. 2020, Jan;156(1): 85-92.

Scheick SM, Ager BJ, Hitchcock YJ, Poppe MM. The radiation dose response of non-retroperitoneal soft tissue sarcoma with positive margins: an NCDB analysis. J Surg Oncol. 2019, Dec;120(8):1476-1485.

Ager BJ, Scheick SM, Gruhl JD, Stoddard GJ, Tao R, Kokeny KE, Hitchcock YJ. Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy versus Percutaneous Local Tumor Ablation for Early-Stage Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer. Lung Cancer. 2019, Dec;138:6-12.

Francis SR, Ager BJ, Do O, Huang YJ, Soisson AP, Dodson MK, Werner T, Sause W, Grant J, Gaffney DK. Recurrent Early Stage Endometrial Cancer: Patterns of Recurrence and Results of Salvage Therapy. Gynecol Oncol. 2019, Jul;154(1):38-44.

Ager BJ, Francis SR, Do O, Huang YJ, Soisson AP, Dodson MK, Werner T, Sause W, Grant J, Gaffney DK. Do vaginal recurrence rates differ among adjuvant vaginal brachytherapy regimens in early-stage endometrial cancer? Brachytherapy. 2019, Jul-Aug;18(4):453-461. 

Ager BJ, Christensen MT, Burt LM, Poppe MM. The value of high-dose radiotherapy in intracranial ependymoma. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2019, Jun;66(6):e27697. 

Tao R, Ager BJ, Lloyd S, Torgeson A, Denney M, Gaffney D, Kharofa J, Lin SH, Koong AC, Anzai Y, Hoffman JM. Hypoxia imaging in upper gastrointestinal tumors and application to radiation therapy​. J Gastrointest Oncol. 2018, Dec;9(6):1044-1053.

Ager BJ, Gallardo-Rincón D, de León DC, Chávez-Blanco A, Chuang L, Dueñas-González A, Gómez-García E, Jerez R, Jhingran A, McCormack M, Mileshkin L, Pérez-Plasencia C, Plante M, Poveda A, Gaffney DK. Advancing clinical research globally: Cervical cancer research network from Mexico. Gynecol Oncol Rep. 2018, Jun;25:90-93.

Ai T, Morelli JN, Hu X, Hao D, Goerner FL, Ager BJ, Runge VM. A historical overview of magnetic resonance imaging, focusing on technological innovations. Invest Radiol. 2012;47(12):725-41.

Ager BJ, Bourque LE, Buchner KM, Woerpel KA. Silylene transfer to allylic sulfides: formation of substituted silacyclobutanes. J. Org. Chem. 2010, 75:5729-5732.