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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

  • 2020 CCF ASCO Career Development Grant 
  • 2017 NCCN Fellow
  • 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
  • MR-guided radiation
  • Radiation therapy in low- and middle-income countries

Selected Publications

Acharya S, Liu JF, Tatevossian RG, Chiang J, Qaddoumi I, Gajjar A, Walker D, Harreld J, Merchant TE, Ellison DW. Risk stratification in pediatric low-grade glioma and glioneuronal tumor treated with radiation therapy: An integrated clinicopathologic and molecular analysis. Neuro-Oncology Feb 13, 2020. pii: noaa031. doi: 10.1093/neuonc/noaa031.

Acharya S, Wu S, Ashford JM, Tinkle CL, Lucas JT, Qaddoumi I, Gajjar A, Krasin MJ, Conklin HM, Merchant TE. 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.

Acharya S, Quesada S, Coca K, Richardson C, Hoehn ME, Chiang J, Qaddoumi I, Boop FA, Gajjar A, Merchant TE. Long-term visual acuity outcomes after radiation therapy for sporadic optic pathway glioma. J Neurooncol Sep; 144(3):603-610, 2019. doi: 10.1007/s11060-019-03264-2.

Acharya S, Robinson C, Michlaski 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

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, 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, 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 3-D image-based high dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy. Radiother Oncol 118:167–172, 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*, 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 T, Shinohara ET, Perkins SM. Long-term outcomes and late effects for childhood and young adulthood intracranial germinomas. Neuro-Oncology 17(5):741-746, 2015.

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.

Acharya S. Cancer in Nepal: The necessity of a multi-targeted approach. The Journal of Global Health (2): 32-34, 2012.

Acharya S. Between Maoists and a Monarch: Nepal’s ailing health system. Six Degrees: A Stanford Journal of Human Rights (2): 22-26, 2005.

Last update: May 2020