Kenneth Westover, MD, PhD

  • Recruited to: The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
  • Recruited from: Harvard Radiation Oncology Program
  • Award: First-Time, Tenure-Track Faculty Member

Dr. Kenneth Westover received his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University where he worked in the laboratory of Roger Kornberg. He completed residency training in the Harvard Radiation Oncology Program and during that time also worked in the laboratory of Nathanael Gray in the Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology at Harvard Medical School.  He joined The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center faculty early in 2012 as an Assistant Professor the Department of Radiation oncology with a joint appointment in Biochemistry. As a board eligible radiation oncologist, Dr. Westover is a member of the Simmons Cancer Center lung cancer team and regularly treats cancer patients.

His research interests are twofold: (1) developing compounds with therapeutic and scientific value and (2) application of scientific discoveries to solve clinical problems in oncology. His laboratory combines expertise in chemistry, biochemistry, structural biology, cancer biology and computer science to accomplish these goals. Dr. Westover also has strong clinical and scientific interests in hypofractionated radiation therapy including stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), also known as Stereotactic Ablative Body Radiotherapy (SABR). 

Dr. Westover’s work has been published in numerous clinical and high-profile basic science journals. He has also authored several book chapters relating to radiation therapy.