Reshma Jagsi

Reshma Jagsi, MD, DPhil

Deputy Chair of Radiation Oncology
Newman Family Professor of Radiation Oncology
Residency Program Director
Director of the Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences
University Hospital
1500 E Medical Center Drive, UHB2C490
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

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Michaela Saputo 734-647-4754


Reshma Jagsi, MD, DPhil, is Professor, Deputy Chair, and Residency Program Director in the Department of Radiation Oncology and Director of the Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine at the University of Michigan.

She graduated first in her class from Harvard College and then pursued her medical training at Harvard Medical School. She also served as a fellow in the Center for Ethics at Harvard University and completed her doctorate in Social Policy at Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar.

An active clinical trialist and health services researcher, Dr. Jagsi’s medical research focuses on improving the quality of care received by breast cancer patients, both by advancing the ways in which breast cancer is treated with radiation and by advancing the understanding of patient decision-making, cost, and access to appropriate care. Her social scientific research includes research into issues of bioethics arising from cancer care and research regarding gender issues, including studies of women's representation in the medical profession.

Dr. Jagsi is the author of over 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals, and her research is actively funded by multiple independent grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Doris Duke Foundation, and other philanthropic foundations. She serves on the Steering Committee of the AAMC's Group on Women in Medicine in Science, the Board of Directors of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the Steering Committee of the Early Breast Cancer Trialists Collaborative Group, the editorial boards of the Journal of Clinical Oncology and JAMA Oncology, and numerous other influential national professional committees. Dr. Jagsi's contributions have been recognized with her election to the American Society of Clinical Investigation.

Areas of Interest

Improving Breast Cancer Patients’ Treatment Options and Decisions: Research seeks to distinguish aggressive from lower risk disease and appropriately individualize management, through both clinical and health services research.
Areas of specific interest include:

  • identifying patients at sufficiently low recurrence risk to avoid radiotherapy
  • improving the knowledge and preference-concordance of treatment decisions for patients with favorable-risk disease
  • intensifying treatment for patients with more aggressive disease—including inflammatory breast cancer--through radiosensitization

Medical Profession Research includes:

  • theoretical and empirical investigation in bioethics (with a focus on issues of resource allocation, conflicts of interest, and research ethics)
  • studies regarding gender equity in academic medicine

Clinical Interests

  • Breast Cancer
  • Bioethics

Honors & Awards

2017  Elected to American Society of Clinical Investigation (national honorary society)
2015  Elected to University of Michigan League of Educational Excellence (institutional honorary society)
2013  America’s Top Doctors
2011  ASCO Leadership Development Program
2009  Robert Wood Johnson Physician Faculty Scholar Award
2009  Southwest Oncology Group Young Investigator (one of four junior faculty selected to participate in prestigious annual training course)
2009  First Place Faculty Presentation Award, Taubman Medical Research Institute/Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research Symposium
2005  American Association of Women Radiologists Eleanor Montague Distinguished Resident Award
2004  AMA Foundation Leadership Award
1997-2002  British Marshall Scholarship
1991-2001  Harvard University National Scholarship
1999-2001  Leopold Schepp Foundation Scholarship
1991-2001  Daughters of the American Revolution Scholarship
1999  American Medical Women’s Association Wilhelm-Frankowski Scholarship
1997  Wellesley College M.A. Cartland-Shackford Fellowship
1997  Girl Scout Woman of Distinction Award
1996  Rotary Scholarship
1995  Radcliffe College Isobel Briggs Fellowship
1995  Harvard College Sophia Freund Prize (awarded to the summa cum laude graduate ranked first in class)
1994  Radcliffe College Captain Jonathan Fay Prize (highest overall honor awarded to one female graduate each year, for showing "greatest promise in conduct, character, and scholarship")
1991-1995  John Harvard Scholarship
1991-1995  Elizabeth Cary Agassiz Scholarship
1994  U.S.A Today Academic First Team
1994  Glamour Magazine’s Top 10 College Women
1994  Phi Beta Kappa, Junior Year Inductee, Class Marshal
1994  Harvard College Detur Prize
1994  Harvard College Bonaparte Prize in Government
1994  J.W. Saxe National Prize for Public Service


  • MSc, Comparative Social Policy, with distinction, Oxford University, Oxford, England,2002
  • DPhil, Oxford University, Oxford, England, 2002
  • MD, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, 2001
  • AB, Government, summa cum laude, first in class, Harvard-Radcliffe Colleges, Cambridge, MA,1995
  • Board Certification: Radiation Oncology


  • R01 CA201356 (PI: Jagsi), 08/16-07/21 National Institutes of Health-DHHD-US: Patient Perspectives on the Ethical Implementation of an Oncology Learning System, Role: Principal Investigator.
  • (PI: Darby), 04/16-04/21, Cancer Research United Kingdom Programme Grant in Breast Cancer Research: Benefits and Risks of Cancer Treatments, Role: Collaborator.
  • (PI: Jagsi), 01/16-12/19, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation: Evaluation of a Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists, Role: Principal Investigator.
  • (PI: Jagsi), :03/16-06/17, American Society for Radiation Oncology, Society of Chairs of Academic Radiation Oncology Programs,  Race, Gender, and the Experiences of Chairs of Academic Radiation Oncology Departments, Role: Principal Investigator.
  • P01-CA-163233 (PI: Katz), 09/12-08/17, National Institutes of Health:The Challenges of Individualizing the Treatment of Patients with Breast Cancer , Role: Project Director, Project 1.
  • (PI: Pierce), 02/11-  , Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan,The Michigan Radiation Oncology Quality Consortium, Role: Patient Outcomes Consultant with Effort. 
  • (PI: Jagsi), 01/16-06-17 Elizabeth Caroline Crosby Research Award: Bridge Funding to Support Further Biostatistical Analysis of a Rich Existing Dataset on Women’s Careers in Academic Medicine, Role: Principal Investigator.

Published Articles via PubMed

Published Articles or Reviews

Selected from 208 Publications

  • Jagsi R, Guancial E, Worobey CC, Henault LE, Chang Y, Starr R, Tarbell NJ, Hylek EM. The "gender gap" in authorship of academic medical literature--a 35-year perspective. New England Journal of Medicine, 355(3):281-7, 2006. PM16855268.
  • Jagsi R, Jiang J, Momoh AO, Alderman AK, Giordano SH, Buchholz TA, Kronowitz SJ, Smith BD.  Trends and variation in use of breast reconstruction in patients with breast cancer undergoing mastectomy in the United States. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 32(9):919-926, 2014. PM24550418
  • Jagsi R, Chadha M, Moni J, Ballman K, Laurie F, Buchholz TA, Giuliano A, Haffty BG.  Radiation field design in the ACOSOG Z0011 (Alliance) Trial.  Journal of Clinical Oncology,   32(32):3600-6, 2014.  PM25135994/PMC4220042
  • Jagsi R, Griffith KA, Boike TP, Walker E, Nurushev T, Grills IS, Moran JM, Feng M, Hayman J, Pierce LJ. Differences in the acute toxic effects of breast radiotherapy by fractionation schedule:  comparative analysis of physician-assessed and patient-reported outcomes in a large multicenter cohort.  JAMA Oncology, 1(7):918-30, 2015.  PM26247417.
  • Kurian A, Griffith K, Hamilton A, Ward K, Hawley S, Morrow M, Katz S*, Jagsi R*.  Genetic testing and counseling among patients with breast cancer.  JAMA, 317(5):531, 2017 doi:10.1001/jama.2016.16918

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Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5010