Ralph Vatner

Ralph E Vatner , MD,PhD

Assistant Professor of Clinical

UC Health Barrett Cancer Center
Department of Radiation Oncology
234 Goodman Street, ML 0757
Cincinnati, Ohio 45267-0757
Phone 513-584-5327
Fax 513-584-4007
Email vatnerrh@ucmail.uc.edu


Bachelor of Arts: Haverford College Pennsylvania , 2000 (Chemistry)

Ph.D.: University of Connecticut School of Medicine Connecticut, 2010 (Biomedical Science, Immunology)

Medical Degree: University of Connecticut School of Medicine Farmington, CT, 2010 (Medicine)

Intern: Mount Sinai Medical Center Florida, 2011 (Internal Medicine)

Residency: New York University School of Medicine New York, 2014 (Radiation Oncology)

Fellowship: Harvard Medical School, Francis H. Burr Proton Center Massachusetts, 2016 (Pediatric Proton Therapy )


American Board of Radiology (Radiation Oncology) (Certification Date: 05-17-2016 )

Clinical Interests


Radiation Oncology

Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia

Acute Myeloid Leukemia


Adenosquamous Carcinoma

Bone Marrow Cancers

Brain Cancers

Brain Metastases

Brain Stem Tumor

Brain Tumor


Central Nervous System Tumors

Cerebellar Cancers

Cerebral Arterial Disease

Cerebral Contusion

Cerebral Hemorrhage

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Small Vessel Disease

Cerebral Ventricle Tumor




Ewing Sarcoma



Glioneuronal Tumor


Infratentorial Cancers

Leptomeningeal Disease

Malignant Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumor


Metastasis Cancers


Nerve Sheath Tumors

Nerve Tumors





Olfactory Neuroblastoma (Esthesioneuroblastoma)

Osteogenic Sarcoma (Osteosarcoma)


Plexiform Neurofibroma

Precursor B-Cell Lymphoblastic Leukemia-Lymphoma

Precursor Cell Lymphoblastic Leukemia-Lymphoma

Precursor T-Cell Lymphoblastic Leukemia-Lymphoma

Primary Central Nervous System (CNS) Lymphoma

Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumors



Skull-Base Tumors

Spinal Cord Cancer

Spinal Tumors

Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Subependymal Glioma

T-cell lymphoma

T-Cell, Cutaneous Lymphoma

T-Cell, Peripheral Lymphoma


Radiation Oncology

Positions and Work Experience

08-2015 -07-2016 Pediatric Proton Therapy Fellow, Francis H. Burr Proton Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts

07-2014 -06-2015 Chief Resident, Department of Radiation Oncology, New York University School of Medicine, New York, New York

07-2011 -06-2014 Residency, Department of Radiation Oncology, New York University School of Medicine, New York, New York

06-2010 -06-2011 Intern, Department of Internal Medicine, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Miami Beach, Florida

Research Support

Grant: #Contract No. 475524 Investigators:Ionascu, Traian; Lamba, Michael; Takiar, Vinita; Vatner, Ralph 08-02-2019 -07-31-2020 Department of Energy Evaluating Equivalence of Cellular Response to X-ray and Gamma Irradiation of Varying Energies Role:Collaborator $53,489.25 Active Level:Federal


Peer Reviewed Publications

Medek, Sara; De, Brian; Pater, Luke; Breneman, John; Mahajan, Anita; Wolden, Suzanne; Vatner, Ralph E (2019. ) Practice patterns among radiation oncologists treating pediatric patients with proton craniospinal irradiation.Practical radiation oncology, , More Information

Vatner, Ralph E; Janssen, Edith M (2019. ) STING, DCs and the link between innate and adaptive tumor immunity.Molecular immunology, , 110 ,13-23 More Information

Turpin, Brian; Pressey, Joseph G; Nagarajan, Rajaram; Weiss, Brian D; Trout, Andrew T; Gelfand, Michael J; Pater, Luke; Vatner, Ralph E; Breneman, John C; Dasgupta, Roshni (2019. ) Sentinel lymph node biopsy in head and neck rhabdomyosarcoma.Pediatric blood & cancer, , 66 (3 ) ,e27532 More Information

Vatner, Ralph E; Niemierko, Andrzej; Misra, Madhusmita; Weyman, Elizabeth A; Goebel, Claire P; Ebb, David H; Jones, Robin M; Huang, Mary S; Mahajan, Anita; Grosshans, David R; Paulino, Arnold C; Stanley, Takara; MacDonald, Shannon M; Tarbell, Nancy J; Yock, Torunn I (2018. ) Endocrine Deficiency As a Function of Radiation Dose to the Hypothalamus and Pituitary in Pediatric and Young Adult Patients With Brain Tumors.Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, , 36 (28 ) ,2854-2862 More Information

4. Sertorio M, Perentesis JP, Vatner RE, Mascia AE, Zheng Y, Wells SI. (2018. ) Cancer cell metabolism: implications for X-ray and particle radiation therapy. .Cancer cell metabolism: implications for X-ray and particle radiation therapy. International Journal of Particle Therapy, , 5 (1 ) ,

Shin SM, Vatner RE, Tam M, Golfinos JG, Narayana A, Kondziolka D, Silverman JS (2015. ) Resection Followed by Involved-Field Fractionated Radiotherapy in the Management of Single Brain Metastasis. .Front Oncol. , , 5 (206 ) , More Information

Vatner RE, Cooper BT, Vanpouille-Box C, Demaria S, Formenti SC. (2014. ) Combinations of Immunotherapy and Radiation in Cancer Therapy.Front Oncol. , , 4 (325 ) , More Information

Vatner RE and Formenti SC (2015. ) Myeloid Derived Cells in Tumors: Effects of Radiation.Semin Radiat Oncol, , 25 (1 ) ,18 More Information

Vatner RE, Srivastava PK (2010. ) The tailless complex polypeptide-1 ring complex of the heat shock protein 60 family facilitates cross-priming of CD8 responses specific for chaperoned peptides.J Immunol, , 185 (11 ) ,6765 More Information

Vatner, Ralph; James, Charles D; Sathiaseelan, Vythialingam; Bondra, Kathryn M; Kalapurakal, John A; Houghton, Peter J (2020. ) Radiation therapy and molecular-targeted agents in preclinical testing for immunotherapy, brain tumors, and sarcomas: Opportunities and challenges.Pediatric blood & cancer, , e28439 More Information

Eaton, Bree R; Schwarz, Rudolf; Vatner, Ralph; Yeh, Brian; Claude, Line; Indelicato, Daniel J; Laack, Nadia (2020. ) Osteosarcoma.Pediatric blood & cancer, , e28352 More Information

Sabulski, Anthony; Bartlett, Allison L; Koch, Bernadette L; Vatner, Ralph; Mizukawa, Benjamin; Phillips, Christine L (2020. ) Hyperdiploid Precursor B-acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Presenting as a Cavernous Sinus Mass in a 4-Year-old Male.Journal of pediatric hematology/oncology, , More Information

Lawell, Miranda P; Indelicato, Daniel J; Paulino, Arnold C; Hartsell, William; Laack, Nadia N; Ermoian, Ralph P; Perentesis, John P; Vatner, Ralph; Perkins, Stephanie; Mangona, Victor S; Hill-Kayser, Christine E; Wolden, Suzanne L; Kwok, Young; Chang, John Han-Chih; Wilkinson, J Ben; MacEwan, Iain; Chang, Andrew L; Eaton, Bree R; Ladra, Matthew M; Gallotto, Sara L; Weyman, Elizabeth A; Bajaj, Benjamin V M; Baliga, Sujith; Yeap, Beow Y; Berrington de Gonzalez, Amy; Yock, Torunn I (2020. ) An open invitation to join the Pediatric Proton/Photon Consortium Registry to standardize data collection in pediatric radiation oncology.The British journal of radiology, , 93 (1107 ) ,20190673 More Information

Sertorio, Mathieu; Perentesis, John P; Vatner, Ralph E; Mascia, Anthony E; Zheng, Yi; Wells, Susanne I (2018. ) Cancer Cell Metabolism: Implications for X-ray and Particle Radiation Therapy.International journal of particle therapy, , 5 (1 ) ,40-48 More Information

Professional Affiliation

Member American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO),

Member Pediatric Radiation Oncology Society,

Contact Information

Academic - UC Health Barrett Cancer Center
Department of Radiation Oncology
CincinnatiĀ  Ohio, 45267-0757
Phone: 513-584-5327
Fax: 513-584-4007