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James B. Yu

Assistant Professor Adjunct

Contact Information

James B. Yu, MD, MHS, FASTRO

Patient Care Location

Office Location

Mailing Address

  • Therapeutic Radiology

    94 Woodland St.

    Hartford, CT 06105

    United States



James Yu, MD, MHS, is a practicing radiation oncologist at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Saint Francis Hospital, Department of Radiation Oncology, in Hartford, CT.

He is a former Professor of Radiation Oncology at the Yale School of Medicine, and former Associate Chief Medical Officer of the Smilow Cancer Hospital and Care Centers. He was most recently the Executive Vice Chair of Columbia University Irving Medical Center Department of Radiation Oncology.

Dr. Yu specializes in treating genitourinary cancers such as kidney, bladder and prostate, central nervous system cancers and cases requiring stereotactic radiosurgery, and has presented and lectured internationally on these subjects. He also treats rectal, breast, and lung cancers at Saint Francis Hospital.

In his academic work, Dr. Yu conducts research on ways to use radiotherapy treatments to improve outcomes for cancer patients. “We need to push the field ever forward and not be satisfied with merely prolonging survival,” says Dr. Yu. “I think radiosurgery will play a role in this. As systemic therapies improve and our ability to control microscopically disseminated disease improves, noninvasive ablative therapies will become ever more important.”

As a former Yale Center for Clinical Investigation scholar and founding member of the Cancer Outcomes, Public Policy, and Effectiveness Research (COPPER) Center at Yale, Dr. Yu’s research centers on the comparative effectiveness of new radiation technologies and how these new technologies are adopted nationally.

Dr. Yu is currently the Deputy Editor-In-Chief of the journal Practical Radiation Oncology and is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Clinical Oncology - Clinical Cancer Informatics, JNCI, JNCI-Cancer Spectrum, European Urology - Oncology, Journal of Surgical Oncology, and Oncology (Williston Park), and former editorial board member of the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

He has published over 350 original manuscripts and co-edited the textbook Pocket Radiation Oncology and Principles of Clinical Cancer Research. He is the radiation oncology co-chair for the Southwest Oncology Group Genitourinary Cancers Committee, and a nationally recognized expert in patient reported outcomes.

Education & Training

  • MHS
    Yale University, Masters of Health Science (2014)
  • Chief Resident
    Yale School of Medicine (2009)
  • Resident
    Yale New Haven Hospital (2009)
  • Intern
    California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, CA (2005)
  • MD
    University of Michigan Medical School (2004)
  • BS
    Yale University (1999)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
FellowAmerican Society for Radiation Oncology2023
Cancer Prevention and Control Research PrizeYale Cancer Center2017
Population Research PrizeYale Cancer Center2013
Seattle Prostate Brachytherapy FellowAmerican Brachytherapy Society2009
Roentgen Resident Research AwardRSNA2008
Young Oncologist Essay AwardAmerican Radium Society2008
Research and Education Foundation Research GrantRadiological Society of North America2008
University of Michigan Medical School Commencement Class Speaker2004

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