Sahaja Acharya, MD
Sahaja Acharya, MD

Sahaja Acharya, MD

Assistant Member, St. Jude Faculty



BA - Stanford University, Stanford, CA
BS - Stanford University, Stanford, CA
MD - Saint Louis University School of Medicine, Saint Louis, MO
Transitional Internship – Georgetown University, Washington DC
Residency – Washington University in St. Louis, Saint Louis, MO

Honors and Awards

  • 2017 Roentgen Resident/Fellow Award
  • 2017 ASCO/AACR Methods in Clinical Trials Participant
  • 2017 PTCOG Travel Award
  • 2015 ASCO Merit Award
  • 2015 GEC-ESTRO Best Junior Presentation Award
  • 2011 Alpha Omega Alpha

Research Interests

  • Brain tumors
  • Proton therapy
  • Image-guided radiation

Selected Publications

Acharya S, Wu S, Ashford JM, Tinkle CL, Lucas JT, Qaddoumi I, Gajjar A, Krasin MJ, Conklin HM, Merchant TM. Association between hippocampal dose and memory in survivors of childhood or adolescent low-grade glioma: A 10-year neurocognitive longitudinal study. Neuro-oncology April 2019. doi:10.1093/neuonc/noz068

Kennedy WR, Gabani P, Acharya S, Thomas MA, Zoberi I. Clinical outcomes and patterns of care in the treatment of carcinosarcoma of the breast. Cancer Med March 2019. doi:10.1002/cam4.1942

Liu APY, Hasting s C, Wu S, Bass JK, Heitzer AM, Ashford J, Vestal R, Hoehn ME, Ghazwani Y, Acharya S, Conklin HM, Boop F, Merchant TE, Gajjar A, Qaddoumi. Treatment burden and long-term health deficits of patients with low-grade gliomas or glioneuronal tumors diagnosed during the first year of life. Cancer January 2019. doi:10.1002/cncr.31918

Heitzer AM, Ashford JM, Hastings C, Liu APY, Wu S, Bass JK, Vestal R, Hoehn M, Chiang J, Ghazwani Y, Acharya S, Boop F, Gajjar A, Merchant TE, Conklin HM. Neuropsychological outcomes of patients with low-grade glioma diagnosed during the first year of life. J Neurooncol 141(2):413-420, 2019. doi:10.1007/s11060-018-03048-0

Liu APY, Harreld JH, Jacola LM, Gero M, Acharya S, Ghazwani Y, Wu S, Li X, Klimo P, Gajjar A, Qaddoumi I. Tectal glioma as a distinct diagnostic entity: a comprehensive clinical, imaging, histologic and molecular analysis. Acta Neuropathol Commun 6(1):101, 2018. doi:10.1186/s40478-018-0602-5

Acharya S, Robinson C, Michalski J, Mullen D, Campian J, DeWees TA, Campian JL, Chundury A, Bottani B, Hallahan D, Bradley J, Huang J. Association of 1p/19q codeletion and radiation necrosis in adult cranial gliomas after proton or photon therapy. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. February 2018. doi:10.1016/j.ijrobp.2018.01.099

Acharya S, Mahmood M, Mullen D, Yang D, Tsien CI, Perkins SM, Rich K, Chicoine M, Leuthardt E, Dowling J, Dunn G, Keller J, Huang J, Robinson CG, Abraham C. Distant intracranial failure in melanoma brain metastases treated with stereotactic radiosurgery in the era of immunotherapy and targeted agents. Adv Radiat Oncol 2(4):572-580, 2017. doi:10.1016/j.adro.2017.07.003

Tsang DS, Murphy ES, Lucas JT, Lagiou P, Acharya S, Merchant T. Pseudoprogression in pediatric low grade glioma after irradiation. J Neurooncol 135(2):371-379, 2017. doi:10.1007/s11060-017-2583-9

Fischer-Valuck BW, Henke L, Green O, Kashani R, Acharya S, Bradley J, Robinson C, Roach M, Thomas M, Zoberi I, Thorstad W, Gay H, Huang J, Li H, Mazur T, Contreras J, Olsen J, Hallahan D, Parikh P, Mutic S, Michalski J. Two-and-a-half year clinical experience with the world's first magnetic resonance image-guided radiation therapy. Adv Radiat Oncol 2(3):485-493, 2017. doi:10.1016/j.adro.2017.05.006

Acharya S*, Fischer-Valuck BW*, Mazur T*, Curcuru A, Sona K, Kashani R, Green O, Ochoa L, Mutic S, Zoberi I, Li HH, Thomas MA. MR image-guided radiation therapy (MR-IGRT) for external beam accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI): Evaluation of delivered dose and intra-fractional cavity motion. *co-first authors. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 96(4):785-792, 2016.

Acharya S, DeWees TA, Shinohara ET, Haydar F, Perkins SM. Effects of race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status on outcome in childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol 38(5):350-354, 2016.

Acharya S, Esthappan J, Badiyan SN, DeWees T, Tanderup K, Schwarz J, Grigsby PW. Medically inoperable endometrial cancer in patients with a high body mass index (BMI): Patterns of failure after 3D image-based high dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy. Radiother Oncol 118:167-172, 2016.

Acharya S, Heish S, Michalski JM, Shinohara ET, Perkins SM. Distance to radiation facility and treatment choice in early stage breast cancer. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 94:691-699, 2016.

Acharya S*, Fischer-Valuck BW*, Kashani R, Parikh PJ, Zhao T, Green OL, Wooten O, Li HH, Hu Y, Rodriguez VL, Olsen LA, Robinson CG, Michalski JM, Mutic S, Olsen JR. Online MR image-guided radiotherapy: First clinical applications. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 94:394–403, 2016. *co-first authors

Acharya S, Perkins SM, DeWees T, Fischer-Valuck BW, Mutch DG, Powell MA, Schwarz JK, Grigsby PW. Brachytherapy Is Associated With Improved Survival in Inoperable Stage I Endometrial Adenocarcinoma: A Population-Based Analysis. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 93(3):649-657, 2015.

Fischer-Valuck BW, Boggs H, Katz S, Durci M, Acharya S, Rosen LR. Comparison of stereotactic body radiation therapy for biopsy-proven versus radiographically diagnosed early-stage non-small lung cancer: a single-institution experience. Tumori 101(3):287-93, 2015.

Acharya S, DeWees T, Shinohara ET, Perkins SM. Long-term outcomes and late effects for childhood and young adulthood intracranial germinomas. Neuro-Oncol 17(5):741-746, 2015.

Badiyan SN, Rao RC, Apicelli AJ, Acharya S, Verma V, Garsa AA, DeWees T, Speirs CK, Garcia-Ramirez J, Esthappan J, Grigsby PW, Harbour JW. Outcomes of iodine-125 plaque brachytherapy for uveal melanoma with intraoperative ultrasonography and supplemental transpupillary thermotherapy. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 88(4):801-805, 2014.

Neuschwander-Tetri BA, Ford DA, Acharya S, Gilkey G, Metin B, Tetri LH, Brunt EM. Dietary trans-fatty acid induced NASH is normalized following loss of trans-fatty acids from hepatic lipid pools. Lipids 47(10):941-950, 2012.

Sweeney ZK, Acharya S, Briggs A, Dunn JP, Elworthy TR, Fretland J, Giannetti AM, Heilek G, Li Y, Kaiser AC, Martin M, Saito YD, Smith M, Suh JM, Swallow S, Wu J, Hang JQ, Zhou AS, Klumpp K. Discovery of triazolinone non-nucleoside inhibitors of HIV reverse transcriptase. Bioorg Med Chem Lett 18(15):4348-4351, 2008. 

Last update: April 2019

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