Dr. James Welsh, Class of 1978

Board Certified in Radiation Oncology and Neuro-Oncology, Dr. Welsh is a pioneer in nuclear oncology research.

Highly regarded in his field, Dr. Welsh is a former professor of Radiation Oncology and Neurosurgery at Louisiana State University’s School of Medicine in Shreveport, La. He also previously served as a Clinical Professor in the Departments of Medical Physics and Human Oncology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine in Madison, Wisconsin.

He received his master’s degree in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale University Dr. Welsh received his medical degree from SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine and completed his residency training in radiation oncology at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Following his residency, Dr. Welsh joined the faculty of Johns Hopkins and was awarded the Johns Hopkins Oncology Center Director’s Teaching Award in 1999. He is on the Board of Chancellors for the American College of Radiation Oncology and is Associate Editor for the American Journal of Clinical Oncology.

He also serves as one of the radiation oncologist representatives on the Advisory Committee on the Medical Uses of Isotopes (ACMUI), having been appointed in 2007 by the Director of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

He participated in the initial scientific evaluation of this new technology and was the first physician in the world to use helical tomotherapy in human cancer care.

Dr. Welsh has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and has clinical research interests in stereotactic boy radiation therapy (SBRT), image-guided intensity modulated radiation therapy (IGRT), crachytheraphy and particle therapy. His basic science research interests include radiobiology of dose-rate, immunological effects of ionizing radiation, biology of brain tumors and the biological effects of radiation.

Dr. Welsh practices at the NIU Institute for Neutron Therapy at Ferminlab and at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital/CyberKnife Center of Chicago.

His brother, Dr. William Welsh, Class of 1982, was also inducted into the Farrell Hall of Fame in 2013.