Ashish Chawla, MD
Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology
Dr. Chawla joined Radiation Oncology Associates in 2011. He received his undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University, graduating with honors in Biology. He received his M.D. from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia in 1998, where he was elected to the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He completed his Radiation Oncology training at Harvard’s Massachusetts General Hospital in 2003, where he won awards for scholarly research as a Radiation Oncology resident. He has published several peer-reviewed articles related to breast, prostate and gastrointestinal cancer management.
Prior to joining ROA, he served as a Radiation Oncologist at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, Maryland. There, he helped lead innovative clinical research as the Principal Investigator for Breast Cancer protocols with the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG). He also helped lead the cancer center’s Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) Program, and served as Cancer Liaison for the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer. He led numerous studies involving Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation (APBI) as well as Prostate, Central Nervous System and Head/Neck cancer investigations.
His clinical interests include the multidisciplinary care of breast and gastrointestinal cancer patients. He is Inova’s Disease Site Leader for Breast Cancer Radiation Therapy, and specializes in the use of all modalities of care for breast cancer patients including proton therapy, IMRT/IGRT, Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy, and Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation (APBI). He has led numerous national protocols for breast cancer care as Inova’s site Principal Investigator. He also has expertise in stereotactic radiosurgery/stereotactic body radiotherapy for metastatic disease to the brain, spine and lung.
Dr. Chawla has served as Chair and Medical Director of the Department of Advanced Radiation Oncology at Inova Schar Cancer Institute since 2020. He previously served as the Medical Director of Radiation Oncology at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital from its inception in 2014 until 2020. He has served in leadership positions for Inova’s Cancer Committee and currently sits on the Board of the National Association for Proton Therapy. He is an Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia.
Dr. Chawla is board certified in Radiation Oncology. He has been listed in Washingtonian magazine, Northern Virginia Magazine, and U.S. News and World Report as a “Top Doctor” for Radiation Oncology in the Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia area.